Conference | CAA 2017, New York

Posted in conferences (to attend) by Editor on January 5, 2017

105th Annual Conference of the College Art Association
New York Hilton Midtown, 15–18 February 2017

a4b70nfmThe 2017 College Art Association conference takes place in New York, February 15–18, at the New York Hilton Midtown (1335 Avenue of the Americas). In introducing the eighteenth-century offerings for CAA 2016, I complained there were only four panels that seemed obviously relevant for the period. This year, again there are only a handful of sessions. Still, these look fabulous, and for anyone put off by the exorbitant registration fee (which can run as high as $495), bear in mind that there are other options ($20 per single time-slot session), which might be especially attractive for anyone in the New York area. We would love to have you join us!

Also, I’m glad to extend a warm invitation to HECAA members to join a group of HBA members on Saturday for a day trip to visit the recently re-opened Yale Center for British Art and to tour the exhibition Enlightened Princesses: Caroline, Augusta, Charlotte, and the Shaping of the Modern World with Lisa Ford, Assistant Director of Research. Space is limited. For more information or to reserve a spot, please email: CraigAshleyHanson@gmail.com. CH

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Charting a New Course: Reorienting the Discourse of Early African American Art History
Wednesday, 15 February 2017, 3:30–5:00, Clinton Suite, 2nd Floor

Chairs: Mia L. Bagneris (Tulane University) and Anna Arabindan-Kesson (Princeton University)

• Jennifer Van Horn (George Mason University), Stealing a Glance: Enslaved Viewers in the Plantation South
• Key Jo Lee (Yale University), Face(ing) the Impossibility of Recovery: Tracing the Affective Terrain of the Anonymous in African American Photography
• Phillip Troutman (The George Washington University), Techniques of the Engraver: Patrick Henry Reason’s African American Portraits, 1830s–1860s

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Editing Journals in a Digital Age, Association of Research Institutes in Art History (ARIAH)
Thursday, 16 February 2017, 8:30–10:00am, East Ballroom, 3rd Floor

Chairs: Sarah Victoria Turner (The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art) and Martina Droth (Yale Center for British Art)

• Samuel Bibby, Reflections on Editing Art History
• Petra ten-Doesschate Chu, Reflections on Editing Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide
• Kirk Ambrose, Reflection on Editing The Art Bulletin
• Alison M. Kettering, Reflections on Editing the Journal of Historians of Netherlandish Art
• Discussant: Gail Feigenbaum (Getty Research Institute)

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Transglobal Collecting: Co-Producing and Re-visioning British Art Abroad (HBA)
Thursday, 16 February 2017, 3:30–5:00, Gramercy B/East, 2nd Floor

Chair: Julie Codell (Arizona State University)

• Kathleen Stuart (Denver Art Museum), The Berger Collection at the Denver Art Museum: British Art in the Rocky Mountain West
• Elizabeth A. Pergam (Sotheby’s Institute of Art, New York), The British Model of Collecting: Importing British Art to America
• Andrew Stephenson (University of East London), ‘A Thing That Racially Belongs to Us More Than Any of the Latin Styles’: Collecting and Displaying English Art in Private Collections in the United States, c.1890–1926
• Nancy Scott (Brandeis University), Paintings across the Pond: Anchoring J. M. W. Turner in American Collections

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Studies in Eighteenth-Century Style
Friday, 17 February 2017, 8:30–10:00am, Gramercy B/East, 2nd Floor

• Josefine Baark (Lingnan University), ‘The King Stared at the Figure in Astonishment’: Chinese Nodding-Head Figures in Early Modern Denmark
• Andrea Bell (Parsons School of Design, The New School), The Geometrical Landscape: Architecture and the Severity of Style in Rome
• Tracy Ehrlich (The New School), Fashioning the Architectural Body in Eighteenth-Century Rome
• Kristin O’Rourke (Dartmouth College), The Toilette: Dressing in Public and Private

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Superpowers in the Global Eighteenth Century: Empire, Colonialism, and Cultural Contact
Friday, 17 February 2017, 10:30–12:00, Beekman Parlor, 2nd Floor

Chair: Tara Zanardi (The Metropolitan Museum of Art)

• Joanna Gohmann (Walters Art Museum), A Sign of Empire: The Pineapple in the Colonial British World
• Jocelyn Anderson (Independent Scholar), ‘The Most Remarkable Places’: Military Views of North America and the Caribbean in the Mid-Eighteenth Century”
• Amelia Rauser (Franklin and Marshall College), Satanic Mills, Indian Muslin, and the Materiality of Neoclassical Dress in the 1790s
• Discussant: Michael Yonan (University of Missouri)

The session is dedicated to the memory of Mary Sheriff (1950–2016).

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Yale Center for British Art and Paul Mellon Center Reception
Friday, 17 February 2017, 12:00–1:30, East Ballroom Foyer, 3rd Floor

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Art and Caricature
Friday, 17 February 2017, 5:30–7:00, Gramercy A/West, 2nd Floor

Chair: Phoebe Wolfskill (Indiana University)

• Anne L. Williams (Virginia Commonwealth University), Early Modern Multivalence: Caricature, Subversion, and Veneration in Sacred Art
• Richard Taws (University College London), The Smiling Face of Terror: Etienne Béricourt’s French Revolution
• Matthew Von Vogt (Indiana University), Pasolini’s Authorial Caricature: Reconsidering Authorship in the Intellettuale
• Corina L. Apostol (Rutgers University), Aggravating the Powerful: Political Caricature Now and Then

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The Netherlands and the Global Baroque, Historians of Netherlandish Art (HNA)
Saturday, 18 February 2017, 8:30–10:00am, Trianon Ballroom, 3rd Floor

Chair: Caroline Fowler (Yale University)

• Adam Eaker (The Metropolitan Museum of Art), Suriname on Display
• Christina An (Boston University), Art beyond Price or Place: Vermeer, Asia, and the Poetics of Painting
• Marsely Kehoe (Michigan State University), A Global Dutch Architecture?: Hybridity in Curaçao’s Eighteenth-Century Merchant Homes

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Key Conversation: Mary Sheriff (1950–2016): A Memorial Session
Saturday, 18 February 2017, 12:15–1:15, Madison Suite, 2nd Floor

Chair: Francesca Fiorani (University of Virginia)

Join this session to remember Mary Sheriff. Come together, share memories, and celebrate her achievements.

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Graphic Growth: Discovering, Drawing, and Understanding Nature in the Early Modern World
Saturday, 18 February 2017, 1:30–3:00, Madison Suite, 2nd Floor

Chairs: Catherine Girard (Williams College) and Jaya Remond (Max Planck Institute for the History of Science)

• Madeleine C. Viljoen (The New York Public Library), Ornament’s Science
• Katherine M. Reinhart (University of Cambridge), Graphic Practice and Natural Philosophy in the Early Paris Académie Royale des Sciences
• Elizabeth Athens (Worcester Art Museum), The Animating Mark: William Bartram’s Drawings from Life

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Day Trip to New Haven for the Yale Center for British Art
Saturday, 18 February 2017, 10:00am–5:00pm

Opportunity to visit the recently re-opened Yale Center for British Art and to tour the exhibition Enlightened Princesses: Caroline, Augusta, Charlotte, and the Shaping of the Modern World with Lisa Ford, Assistant Director of Research. Space is limited. For more information or to reserve a spot, please email: CraigAshleyHanson@gmail.com.

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Note (added 25 January 2017) — The original posting did not include the memorial session for Mary Sheriff.

Note (added 6 February 2017) — The original posting did not include the session on editing journals in a digital age.



New Website | Early Modern Typography

Posted in resources by Editor on January 5, 2017


I imagine some Enfilade readers will find Early Modern Typography useful (it includes the eighteenth century); it’s also interesting to see a blog used as an index for a Flickr collection of images. As posted several days ago on the SHARP listserv (with permission from Paul Dijstelberge for resposting). CH

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Dear Friends,

On the first day of the year I want to present a new website: earlymoderntypography.com. I have been adding images to a Flickr collection for 7 years, but the access became more and more difficult, due to the sheer amount of images. Early Modern Typography functions as an index to the Flickr website of 70,000 images of type, historiated initials, images, pages, bindings, and so on. The Flickr collection functions as a repository containing the ‘rough’ material for a book I am writing on the 16th-century European decorated initials (to be finished in 2017, with a separate website with advanced search possibilities).

The Flickr site contains material of 800+ printers and is growing on a daily basis. In time I hope to use ICONCLASS and advanced image search to create an instrument for the history of the book in the broadest sense. In 2017 I hope to digitize the archives of the late Paul Valkema Blouw that contains all 16th-century Dutch printers from 1540 to 1600 and to start on the Dutch late 17th and 18th centuries. Dutch books can be rather boring so I will add initials and images from other European printers too, mainly from the 16th and 18th centuries.

There is another page that might be of interest: illustrations from early modern books. I am working on Ovid’s Metamorphoses and on our great collections of topography and medicine at the Allard Pierson / Special Collections at the University of Amsterdam. Ovid is part of a project to write a thesis on the Dutch editions of the Metamorphoses.

I hope 2017 will be a good year. Like Candide I will spend it with cultivating my garden, but not without looking out for our civilization in general.


Paul Dijstelberge
University of Amsterdam / Allard Pierson – Special Collections



Exhibition | Images and Revolts in Book and Prints

Posted in books, catalogues, exhibitions by Editor on January 5, 2017


Now on view at the Bibliothèque Mazarine:

Images and Revolts in Book and Prints, 14th–Mid-18th Century
Images & Révoltes dans le livre et l’estampe, 14e–milieu du 18e siècle
Bibliothèque Mazarine, Paris, 14 December 2016 — 17 March 2017

Curated by Tiphaine Gaumy

Since the late Middle Ages, revolts and uprisings have marked European history. For a long time, historians believed that due to the extent of illiteracy, opponents had very few means of self-expression. However, the increase and widespread appearance of contesting images during periods of insurgency provides evidence of a visual and popular culture existing long before the French Revolution. Significant examples can be observed during the Bohemian Hussite movement in the 15th century or during the Peasants War in the Holy Roman Empire (1525).

An iconography of revolts emerged and spread, especially on ephemeral and scarcely preserved materials, but also in manuscripts, and very soon on new media. Opponents expressed their discontent through pamphlets and prints. In response, authorities tried to contain the dissemination of seditious images and to display, through other images, their own legitimacy and authority. This visual production raises many questions. How did rebels influence their creation? How did technical innovations (printing) or spiritual ones (reformation, iconoclasm…) determine their spread, form and content? Can historians trust them?

The exhibition features a broad variety of images, from rebellions of Flemish cities in the 14th century, to peasants revolts and religious troubles of the 15th and 16th centuries, uprisings and revolutions in the mid-17th century (in France, Portugal, Naples, the British Isles), and Jansenist protests in the 18th century. They form an unknown and astonishing visual legacy and a key testimony to understanding the political culture of Europe.

An exhibition organised by the Bibliothèque Mazarine, in collaboration with the ANR project Culture des révoltes et révolutions.

Stéphane Haffemayer, Alain Hugon, Yann Sordet, and Christophe Vellet, eds., Images & Révoltes dans le livre et l’estampe, XIVe–milieu du XVIIIe siècle (Paris: Bibliothèque Mazarine & Editions des Cendres, 2016), 315 pages, ISBN: 979  1090853  096, 38€.

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