Fellowship | Bard Graduate Center

Posted in fellowships by Editor on February 22, 2014

New research fellowship announced by the BGC:

Bard Graduate Center Research Fellowships
Applications due by 15 April 2014

The Bard Graduate Center invites applications for a new funded research fellowship program. Scholars from university, museum and independent backgrounds are invited to apply. Candidates must already have a PhD or equivalent professional experience. The fellowship is open to both collections-based research at the BGC or elsewhere in New York, and to writing or reading projects in which being part of the BGC’s dynamic research environment is intellectually valuable. The stipend rate is $3,500 per month and housing costs are assumed by the BGC. Both long- and short-term fellowships are available (for example, 6, 4, 2 or 1 month), with a one-month minimum. The timing of dates will be negotiated with individual awardees. Fellows would work in a Research Center alongside 12 other postdoctoral fellows.

The BGC is a graduate research institute devoted to study of the decorative arts, design history, and material culture, drawing on methodologies and approaches from art history, economic and cultural history, history of technology, philosophy, anthropology, and archaeology. It offers MA and PhD degrees, possesses a specialized library of 60,000 volumes exclusive of serials, publishes West 86th: A Journal of Decorative Arts, Design History, and Material Culture; Cultural Histories of the Material World (University of Michigan Press); and the catalogues which accompany the four exhibitions it presents every year in its Gallery space. Over 50 research seminars, lectures and symposia are scheduled annually and are livestreamed around the world on the BGC’s YouTube channel.

Applicants should send a detailed description of their project, explain why the BGC is an appropriate research affiliation, and indicate the preferred length of such a fellowship. Two letters of reference should be sent directly by the referees. All materials should be sent by April 15, 2014 to Research Fellowship Applications, attn: Elena Pinto Simon, Bard Graduate Center, 38 W. 86th Street, NY NY 10024. The fellowship year begins on or after September 1, 2014. Fellowships are awarded without regard to race, color, gender, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, age, or disability.

New Book | Giovanni Baratta, 1670–1747

Posted in books by Editor on February 22, 2014

From L’Erma di Bretschneider (and available from artbooks.com) . . .

Francesco Freddolini, Giovanni Baratta 1670–1747: Scultura e industria del marmo tra la Toscana e le corti d’Europa (Rome: L’Erma di Bretschneider, 2013), 355 pages, ISBN: 978-8882659257, €215.

Freddolini_cover-1 06Sep13Discendente di una tra le più importanti dinastie di scultori attive in Italia tra Sei e Settecento, Giovanni Baratta fu a capo del primo importante studio di scultura basato a Carrara, la città del marmo. Negli anni giovanili l’ ambiente artistico fiorentino ed il sofisticato mondo dei cortigiani medicei ispirarono lo scultore a sperimentare ardite soluzioni formali e soggetti raffinati e a creare alcuni tra i capolavori assoluti della decorazione a stucco italiana di primo Settecento. La natura delle commissioni, la composizione della bottega, l’organizzazione del lavoro ed i rapporti con i committenti subirono tuttavia un progressivo cambiamento nella stagione matura, quando l’ industria del marmo inizió a guidare le scelte dello scultore. Questo studio mostra come l’ evoluzione della carriera di Baratta—attraverso la grande decorazione scultorea e architettonica per le corti europee, la collaborazione con Filippo Juvarra ed il mercato del marmo—rifletta la risposta dello scultore alle sfide dell’ agone artistico italiano ed europeo e getti nuova luce sulla storia materiale e sociale della scultura.

Francesco Freddolini è Assistant Professor of Art History a Luther College, University of Regina, ed ha ricevuto borse di studio dalla National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., dallo Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C., dalla Huntington Library, San Marino, CA, e dal Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles.

A preview of the book is available here»

Call for Papers | French Seventeenth-Century Studies

Posted in Calls for Papers by Editor on February 22, 2014

For those of you working in the long seventeenth century. From SE17:

33rd Annual Conference | Society for Interdisciplinary French Seventeenth-Century Studies
University of Western Ontario, London, Canada, 16–18 October 2014

Proposals due by 30 March 2014

Conference Organizer / Organisateur du colloque
Jean Leclerc, University of Western Ontario, jlecler@uwo.ca

Scholars from all disciplines are invited to submit abstracts in French or English (300 words maximum) for presentations relating to the session themes listed below. Please send abstracts by email directly to session chairs by March 30, 2014. Presentations will be of 20 minutes’ duration.

Les chercheurs de toutes disciplines sont invités à soumettre des propositions de communication (en français ou en anglais) relatives aux thèmes annoncés ci-dessous. Les propositions ne doivent pas dépasser 300 mots et sont à envoyer par courriel directement aux présidents de séance avant le 30 mars 2014. Les interventions devront se limiter à 20 minutes.

1. Economy and spending / Économie et dépenses
Chair  /  Présidente de session : Nathalie Freidel, Université Wilfrid Laurier, nfreidel@wlu.ca

2. Center and margins / Centre et marges
Chair  /  Président de session : Jean-Vincent Blanchard, Swarthmore College, jblanch1@swarthmore.edu

3. Old and New France / Ancienne et Nouvelle France
Chair  /  Présidente de session : Marie-Christine Pioffet, York University, mpioffet@yorku.ca

4. Spaces and perspectives / Espaces et perspectives
Chair  /  Président de session : Francis Assaf, University of Georgia, fassaf@uga.edu

5. Disappearances and endings / Disparitions et fins
Chair  /  Présidente de session : Charlotte Trinquet, University of Central Florida, ctrinquet@gmail.com

6. Dazzling, stunning, sublime / Éblouissement, sidération, sublime
Chair  /  Président de session : Gilles Declercq, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle, gilles.declercq@univ-paris3.fr

7. Pedagogy / Pédagogie
Chair  /  Présidente de session : Sylvaine Guyot, Harvard University, guyot@fas.harvard.edu

Further information concerning the conference will be available starting in March on the Society’s website / Des informations complémentaires seront disponibles dès le mois de mars sur le site Web de la Société.

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