Journée d’études | L’architecture et l’urbanisme des ingénieurs

Posted in conferences (to attend) by Editor on September 21, 2015

From the conference programme:

L’architecture et l’urbanisme des ingénieurs, 1650–1850: Paris, province et capitales européennes
Versailles, Bibliothèque municipale Galerie des Affaires étrangères, 10 October 2015

Louis-Nicolas Van Blarenberghe, Vue de l’accident survenu en 1759 sur le chantier de l’Hôtel des Affaires étrangères et de la Marine à Versailles, 1759, BMV, ©Pierrick Daul

Louis-Nicolas Van Blarenberghe, Vue de l’accident survenu en 1759 sur le chantier de l’Hôtel des Affaires étrangères et de la Marine à Versailles, 1759, BMV, ©Pierrick Daul

Les années 1980 furent propices à l’étude du travail des ingénieurs : en 1981, Anne Blanchard publiait un Dictionnaire des ingénieurs militaires actifs en France entre 1691 et 1791, témoignant par son volume de l’importance de leur activité, tandis qu’en 1988, Antoine Picon, dans son ouvrage Architectes et ingénieurs au siècle des Lumières, accordait enfin aux ingénieurs des Ponts l’attention qu’ils méritaient et examinait leur formation et leurs méthodes de travail au regard de celles des architectes de l’Académie royale d’architecture.

Au-delà des programmes attendus, fortifications, ouvrages hydrauliques, ponts et routes, les ingénieurs, militaires et des Ponts et Chaussées, honorèrent des commandes dans le domaine de l’architecture publique monumentale, de l’architecture religieuse et hospitalière, mais aussi dans celui de l’architecture domestique et de l’art des jardins.

L’historiographie fait la part belle aux architectes dans les embellissements de la capitale, mais l’action des ingénieurs en matière d’architecture et d’urbanisme reste à évaluer. Cette seconde journée sera l’occasion de présenter les limites de cette opposition architecte/ingénieur et d’initier un travail systématique sur l’activité de ces derniers du règne de Louis XIV à l’aube du Second Empire.

Après une première rencontre dédiée à l’habitat (8 novembre 2014), la seconde journée sera consacrée plus particulièrement au projet urbain et à l’architecture publique monumentale, à Paris, en province et dans les capitales européennes. Une troisième rencontre se déroulera au printemps 2016.

Journée d’études organisée par Basile Baudez, Alexia Lebeurre et Dominique Massounie avec le concours des Universités Bordeaux-Montaigne, Paris-Ouest-Nanterre, Paris-Sorbonne, de la Ville de Versailles et du GHAMU.

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9.30  Accueil café

10.00  Dominique Massounie (Université Paris-Ouest-Nanterre), Pour un inventaire de l’architecture des ingénieurs des Ponts et Chaussées au XVIIIe siècle

10.45  Béatrice Gaillard (LéaV-ENSAV), Le traité de l’ingénieur Antoine d’Alleman à la lumière de sa pratique architecturale

11.15  Robert Carvais (CNRS-CTAD) et Philippe Bernardi (CNRS- Lamop), Un ingénieur au pays de l’architecture. Antoine D’Alleman (1679–1760) et son traité inachevé

12.30  Pause déjeuner

14.00  Aline Lemonnier (GHAMU), Les phares normands de l’ingénieur Duchesne sous Louis XVI

14.30  Théodore Guuinic (Université Paris-Diderot), L’ingénieur Charles-Etienne Durand (1762–1840) : théorie et pratique de l’architecture pratique selon les principes antiques

15.00  Adrián Almoguera (Université Paris-Sorbonne), Ut urbis hortis: que la ville soit à l’image d’un jardin. Les ingénieurs et la transformation urbaine de Madrid au Siècle des Lumières

16.00  Basile Baudez (Université Paris-Sorbonne), Jean-Baptiste Berthier, ingénieur et architecte de l’administration

Visite de la Bibliothèque municipale de Versailles, ancien ministère des Affaires étrangères et de la Marine

Conclusion: Alexia Lebeurre (Université Bordeaux-Montaigne)

Symposium | Material World

Posted in conferences (to attend) by Editor on September 21, 2015

This Saturday at Harvard Art Museums:

Material World
Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge MA, 26 September 2015

18204152This one-day symposium considers the historical importance, artistry, and evolution of textiles, within the context of a world where traditional notions of textiles are constantly changing. The event is organized as part of the Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in Conservation Science.


10:30  Welcome and introductory remarks by Georgina Rayner, Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Conservation Science, Harvard Art Museums

10:45  “Mentored by Textiles,” Mary Schoeser, Honorary President, The Textile Society, United Kingdom

11:35  “Textiles Matter: Theory through Practice,” Dinah Eastop, Honorary Senior Lecturer, Institute of Archaeology, University College London

12:25  Lunch break

1:50  “My Materials: Clothing, Fabric and Belonging,” Shinique Smith, Contemporary Artist

2:40  “Fashion in the Museum,” Valerie Steele, Director and Chief Curator, The Museum at FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology)

3:30  Break

4:00  “Textile Future: What Is a Textile?,” Matilda McQuaid, Deputy Director of Curatorial and Head of Textiles, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

4:50  Closing Remarks by Narayan Khandekar, Director of the Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies and Senior Conservation Scientist, Harvard Art Museums

The event will be held in Menschel Hall, Lower Level.

New Appointments Announced at the Harvard Art Museums

Posted in museums by Editor on September 21, 2015

Press release (via Art Daily, 20 September 2015). . .

The Harvard Art Museums has announced the appointment of two new curators to the Division of European and American Art and the Division of Asian and Mediterranean Art, as well as the internal promotion of two curators in the Division of European and American Art.

Ethan Lasser has been named Head of the Division of European and American Art and was promoted to Theodore E. Stebbins, Jr., Curator of American Art—the first person to hold this endowed position at the museums. Lasser had served as acting head of the division since December 2014.

A. Cassandra Albinson has been appointed the new Margaret S. Winthrop Curator of European Art, and Elizabeth M. Rudy, who has been at the museums since 2011, was named the new Carl A. Weyerhaeuser Associate Curator of Prints.

In the Division of Asian and Mediterranean Art, Rachel Saunders has been named the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Associate Curator of Asian Art; she is the first to hold this endowed position at the museums.

Comprised of the Fogg Museum, the Busch-Reisinger Museum, and the Arthur M. Sackler Museum, the Harvard Art Museums reopened to the public last November after a six-year renovation and expansion project. These curatorial appointments, with deep expertise in key areas of the museums’ world-class collections, will help fulfill the promise of the new facility.

“Last year, we unveiled a new model for a 21st-century university art museum—one that broke down barriers between traditional curatorial areas of expertise to create new opportunities for research, teaching and learning with the collections,” said Deborah Martin Kao, the Landon and Lavinia Clay Chief Curator and Interim Co-Director of the Harvard Art Museums. “These new curatorial appointments go to four extraordinary scholars who share our belief in the intrinsic power of original works of art, and who are committed to unlocking the full potential of Harvard’s great collections for all audiences. As representatives of a new generation of curators, they will bring energy, fresh ideas, and an intellectual dynamism that will help us grow into our future.”

The appointments, which begin this fall, were initiated and completed before Thomas W. Lentz, the former Elizabeth and John Moors Cabot Director of the Harvard Art Museums, stepped down in July.

lasser_headshot_blogimgLasser joined the Harvard Art Museums in 2012 as the Margaret S. Winthrop Associate Curator of American Art and played a key role in the Division of European and American Art as the museums prepared for reopening. Lasser developed a compelling cross-media and transnational approach to the European and American galleries, posing exciting and imaginative new questions that have propelled the field forward and contributed to the further refinement of the broader Collection Galleries program for European and American art. He also led the development of the Silver Cabinet and the galleries devoted to the Atlantic World and the interplay between painting and photography in the 19th century.

In 2017, the museums will open Lasser’s special exhibition, From the Philosophy Chamber: Harvard’s Lost Collection, 1766–1831, developed in collaboration with Harvard faculty partner Jennifer Roberts. For the first time since the early 19th century, an astounding collection of portraits, prints, scientific instruments, and various ‘curios’ obtained abroad by Harvard graduates will be reunited for display and study. The reassembled Philosophy Chamber will examine the role that images and objects can play in building, organizing, and transmitting new knowledge.

A.+Cassandra+Albinson+(2)Albinson brings more than a decade of curatorial experience and a commitment to teaching with original works of art. She comes from the Yale Center for British Art, where she was curator of paintings and sculpture and acting head of the department. Albinson also served as a lecturer at Yale, teaching courses on portraiture and on British and French art from the Rococo period through 1850. She has curated multiple exhibitions including The Critique of Reason: Romantic Art, 1760–1860 and Thomas Lawrence: Regency Power and Brilliance. The catalogue for the latter was awarded the Historians of British Art Book Prize for a multi-authored volume in 2011. Albinson was drawn to the Harvard Art Museums’ rich collections—notably, portraiture, works by Géricault, and Pre-Raphaelite art—and the museums’ new collaborative curatorial model, with experts across specializations working together to advance teaching, learning, and research. She is currently working on a project on the importance of the color pink in the 18th century in Britain and France, and is writing a book on portraits of aristocratic women in Victorian Britain.

As the former Cunningham Assistant Curator of European Art at the Harvard Art Museums, Rudy has in-depth knowledge of both Harvard and the Harvard Art Museums. She received her Ph.D. in art history at Harvard, with a dissertation titled “Pierre-Paul Prud’hon and the Problem of Allegory.” Rudy played a vital role in the reinstallation of the European and American galleries, and served as lead curator for the romanticism, impressionist, and Wertheim Collection galleries. She is currently working with Professor Ewa Lajer-Burcharth on a forthcoming show of French drawings, which involves multiple graduate and undergraduate collaborators. In addition to her experience at Harvard, Rudy also served as a curatorial fellow in the Department of Drawings and Prints at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and has maintained an impressive record of lectures and publications.

Saunders has just completed her Harvard dissertation on a fourteenth-century Japanese handscroll illustrating the journey to India of the Chinese monk Xuanzang. She joins the Harvard Art Museums from the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., where she was the Ittleson Fellow. From 2004 to 2011, Saunders was a research associate in Japanese art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. There, she curated the exhibition Pursuits of Power: Falconry and the Samurai and led efforts to catalogue numerous rare, woodblock-printed books. Saunders specializes in Japanese art and maintains great interest in the larger framework of the entire East Asian cultural region. She will help unlock the museums’ powerful Asian art collections, buttressed by the extensive promised gift of Japanese works of art from the collection of Robert and Betsy Feinberg, through exhibitions and programs that will benefit Harvard students, faculty, and the wider public.

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