New Book | The Museum of French Monuments 1795–1816

Posted in books by Editor on September 22, 2013

From Ashgate:

Alexandra Stara, The Museum of French Monuments 1795–1816: ‘Killing art to make history’ (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2013), 198 pages, ISBN: 978-1409437994, $100.

9781409437994_p0_v1_s600The first volume in two centuries on Alexandre Lenoir’s Museum of French Monuments in Paris, this study presents a comprehensive picture of a seminal project of French Revolutionary cultural policy, one crucial to the development of the modern museum institution. The book offers a new critical perspective of the Museum’s importance and continuing relevance to the history of material culture and collecting, through juxtaposition with its main opponent, the respected connoisseur and theorist Quatremère de Quincy. This innovative approach highlights the cultural and intellectual context of the debate, situating it in the dilemmas of emerging modernity, the idea of nationhood, and changing attitudes to art and its histories.

Open only from 1795 to 1816, the Museum of French Monuments was at once popular and controversial. The salvaged sculptures and architectural fragments that formed its collection presented the first chronological panorama of French art, which drew the public; it also drew the ire of critics, who saw the Museum as an offense against the monuments’ artistic integrity. Underlying this localized conflict were emerging ideas about the nature of art and its relationship to history, which still define our understanding of notions of heritage, monument, and the museum.

Alexandra Stara is Reader in the History and Theory of Architecture at Kingston University, London.

Fellowships | The Society of the Cincinnati Fellowships for 2014

Posted in fellowships by Editor on September 22, 2013

The Society of the Cincinnati Research Fellowships for 2014
Applications due by 8 November 2013

Anderson HouseThe Society of the Cincinnati is offering four research fellowships for 2014: The Tyree-Lamb Fellowship, two Massachusetts Society of the Cincinnati Fellowships and, new this year, the Society of Colonial Wars in the State of Maryland Fellowship (the latter specifically for a scholar whose work is focused in the American colonial period, 1607–1775). Each fellowship provides $1,000 to support the cost of travel, housing, and per diem expenses for a scholar wishing to use the Society’s library for a period of at least five days. The fellowships are open to graduate students and other scholars who are conducting research that may benefit from the library’s holdings.

The Society of the Cincinnati library collections include contemporary books, manuscripts, maps, and works of art on paper which support the in-depth study of 18th-century naval and military history and the art of war in the age of the American Revolution. The library also houses books and archives related to the formation and history of the Society of the Cincinnati, as well as materials related to the life of Larz and Isabel Anderson, whose Gilded Age home now serves as a museum, and the headquarters of the Society.

Recipients will be required to fulfill their fellowship research in the library within a period of one year from the date of the award. Further, the recipient will be required to submit a two-to-three-page written report and summary of research findings, which may be published in the Society’s journal, Cincinnati Fourteen. In addition, the library requests a single copy of any subsequent publication (article, thesis, dissertation, or book) that may result.

The recipients of each of the three research fellowships will be chosen from a single round of applications. Applicants should submit the following:
• A curriculum vitae, including educational background, publications and professional experience
• A brief outline of the research proposed (not to exceed 2 pages)
• (For current graduate students only) Two confidential, sealed letters of recommendation from faculty or colleagues familiar with the applicant and his or her research project. Note: If letters are to be mailed independently, please include the names of recommenders when submitting the application.

Applications for the 2014 fellowships must be received by November 8, 2013. Applicants will be notified by January 15, 2014.

Applications should be mailed to:
Ellen McCallister Clark, Library Director
The Society of the Cincinnati
2118 Massachusetts Ave, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20008

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The Society of the Cincinnati is the oldest patriotic organization in the United States, founded in 1783 by officers of the Continental Army and their French counterparts who served together in the American Revolution. Its mission is to promote knowledge and appreciation of the achievement of American independence and to foster fellowship among its members. Now a nonprofit educational organization devoted to the principles and ideals of its founders, the modern Society maintains its headquarters, library, and museum at Anderson House in Washington, D.C. Members of the Society are qualified male descendants of officers of the Continental Army and Navy and their French counterparts during the Revolutionary War.

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