Call for Papers | New Scholarship in British Art History

Posted in Calls for Papers by Editor on July 30, 2016

From the conference website:

New Scholarship in British Art History: Discoveries at the NCMA
North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, 27–28 January 2017

Proposals due by 15 September 2016

Attributed to John Hoppner, The Honorable Sherson (Raleigh: NCMA, G.28.2.43).

Attributed to John Hoppner, The Honorable Sherson (Raleigh: NCMA, G.28.2.43).

A two-day symposium, in collaboration with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, hosted alongside the upcoming exhibition History and Mystery: Discoveries in the NCMA British Collection.

The question of what makes the British Isles ‘British’ is particularly relevant given recent political events, such as the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union. Using the North Carolina Museum of Art’s British collections as inspiration, this New Scholars Conference explores the ways in which we can examine ‘English’ and ‘British’ works of art. Particularly, this topic raises questions about the ways Britain can be viewed, either as inward looking and/or in dialogue with the wider world.

We encourage topics ranging from traditional categories of British art, such as portraiture, to new investigations into the mobility of artists and styles, as well as issues of race, class, and gender. The aim of this conference is to explore how innovative scholarship and new narratives can help expand the larger discipline of British studies. This conference is intended for graduate students, recent doctoral graduates, and post-doctoral scholars. We strongly suggest that speakers consider their papers in relation to the British collections at the NCMA, whose works of art range from 1580 to 1850.

We invite 20-minute papers on topics including (but not limited to) the following:
• English Portraiture
• Britain’s Relationship to the World
• Post-Reformation Effects on the Arts
• Influence of Sir Joshua Reynolds
• British Notions of Territory
• Architecture in the English Context
• Race, Gender, and Class in Art
• Formation of the British Academy
• The Immigrant Artist
• The British Family in Art
• Foreign Influences in British Art
• Imagery of Travel and Exchange

Please send an abstract (250 words) and a CV to Miranda Elston (mlelston@email.unc.edu) by 15 September 2016 with the email heading ‘NCMA New Scholarship in British Art History’ and your Name, Affiliated Institution, and Paper Title in the email. Speakers will be informed via email by October 1, 2016.


Exhibition | History and Mystery: The NCMA British Collection

Posted in exhibitions by Editor on July 30, 2016

Opening next week at the NCMA:

History and Mystery: Discoveries in the NCMA British Collection
North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, 6 August 2016 — 19 March 2017

Attributed to Nathaniel Dance, Oldfield Bowles, ca. 1775–80 (Raleigh: NCMA, 52.9.87)

Attributed to Nathaniel Dance, Oldfield Bowles, ca. 1775–80 (Raleigh: NCMA, 52.9.87)

History and Mystery showcases the best of the NCMA’s permanent collection of Old Master British paintings and sculpture from 1580 to 1850. The exhibition is anchored by an extraordinary group of nine Elizabethan and Jacobean aristocratic portraits from about 1580 to 1620 that has been the focus of an ongoing research project involving the NCMA Conservation and Curatorial departments and students and faculty from UNC–Chapel Hill and Duke.

The exhibition also provides the opportunity to reexamine familiar favorites in the collection from new perspectives and to display a few ‘hidden treasures’ that have rarely—or never before—been on public view. History and Mystery is one in a series of permanent collection focus exhibitions highlighting the work of the NCMA’s Conservation Department.

Online Exhibition | Memento Mütter

Posted in exhibitions by Caitlin Smits on July 30, 2016


Papier-mâché eyeball model, late nineteenth century
(Philadelphia: The Mütter Museum, F1993.701)

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From The Mütter Museum:

Memento Mütter
Online exhibition, The Mütter Museum of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, Launched in March 2016

Memento Mütter is an online exhibit that allows you to get uncomfortably close to the Mütter Museum in the comfort of your own home. The exhibit includes more than 60 items from the Museum’s collection, about half of which are not on public display.

The name for the exhibit comes from the Latin memento mori –’remember that you shall die’. From medieval times, artists created memento mori artwork that expressed the sentiment that life is short and that attachment to worldly pleasures is fleeting. Just as mementos mori invited the viewer to reflect on mortality, Memento Mütter stimulates reflection on the diversity of the human bodily experience and our attempts to understand our physical selves.

Memento Mütter invites you to view, magnify, rotate, and interact with tools and specimens like never before. Discover the full stories behind the objects, with access to photography collections and Historical Medical Library materials.

Writing for Hyperallergic (8 July 2016), Allison Meier notes the exhibition to highlight the anatomical work of Frederik Ruysch (1638–1731).