Lecture | Tracy Ehrlich on Carlo Marchionni and the Art of Conversation

Posted in lectures (to attend) by Editor on October 6, 2017

From the flyer:

Tracy Ehrlich, Carlo Marchionni and the Art of Conversation:
Architectural Drawing and Social Space in Eighteenth-Century Rome

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, New York, 3 November 2017

Carlo Marchionni, Design for a Doorway in the Villa Albani, Rome, 1755–56; pen and brown ink, brush with brown and grey wash, graphite on cream laid paper, 417 × 289 mm (Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Museum; photo by Matt Flynn).

In the 1750s the Roman architect Carlo Marchionni (1702–1786) produced a set of highly finished drawings for the villa of the noted collector Cardinal Alessandro Albani. Marchionni’s renderings feature sophisticated figures in fashionable dress conversing and gesticulating at the thresholds of the grand gallery. The figures yield little if any technical information; yet in these drawings the bodies are as architectonic and expressive as the building itself, perhaps even more so. Marchionni’s work diverged from contemporary conventions for architectural drawings, offering his patron not simply a design for a pleasure casino but a distinctive cultural argument that may be traced to models of civility. An eloquence of the body, a sociable kind of living, in short, the art of civil conversation, marks the drawings of Carlo Marchionni.

Tracy Ehrlich, Faculty member, MA in the History of Design & Curatorial Studies Parsons School of Design, The New School, and Smithsonian Institution, Senior Fellow, 2016–17
3 November 2017 at 1:00pm, Lower Level Lecture Hall, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum







Call for Papers | Artist Immigrants to the Baltic Sea Area, 1554–1721

Posted in Calls for Papers by Editor on October 6, 2017

From H-ArtHist:

Successful Immigrants: Artist Immigrants
to the Baltic Sea Area in Times of the Nordic Wars, 1554–1721

Leibniz Institut für die Geschichte und Kultur des östlichen Europas, 8–9 February 2018

Proposals due by 31 October 2017

Movement and mobility have always been important engines for innovation and development in the arts. Together with artists, also new ideas, concepts, styles, and techniques traverse boundaries and mix up with traditional and constricted habits at their place of arrival. Long hikes to foreign countries implied a high risk in early modern times since knowledge about far regions was limited and traveling arduous. Nevertheless, a surprisingly high activity of migration can be observed in artistic professions. This workshop seeks to explore the latter phenomenon in the Baltic Sea area.

The Baltic Sea in early modern times wasn’t only a barrier as which it was observed in the further course of history, but also a contact zone. Its neighbouring countries were intertwined in various forms of relations—trade, diplomacy, and also wars gave rise to more exchange and thus encouraged migration movements. This workshop aims to shape a more differentiated picture about the dynamics of artistic transfer processes and labour conditions in the Baltic region. The workshop will focus not only on major cities like Gdansk, which had a special appeal on artists, or Dutch artists and craftsmen, which represented the largest group of immigrants to the Baltic region. Rather, the workshop will target different groups and individuals as well as the entire Baltic Sea area: the Kingdoms of Poland, Denmark and Sweden (including its Baltic provinces), the Duchy of Courland, and cities like Stockholm, Riga, and Reval.

The following questions can serve as opening questions: What reasons motivated the artists to migrate and what goals did they pursue? What made a place attractive for the arrivals? Did the artists stay in their new domains, did they return home or did they continue traveling? How did the artistic development proceeded and how did they integrate in their new home places? Any project that concerns individual artist careers, rewarded with success or failed, will be of interest for the workshop. The workshop also welcomes papers offering an overview, focusing on protagonists, cities, or routes. Furthermore, proposals concerning traveling writers may be included as possible comparison group. Please send your one-page proposal and short CV to Agnieszka Gąsior at agnieszka.gasior@leibniz-gwzo.de by October 31st 2017.

Organized by Agnieszka Gąsior, Leibniz-Instituts für Geschichte und Kultur des östlichen Europa (GWZO)

Erfolgreiche Einwanderer: Künstlerimmigration im Ostseeraum während der Nordischen Kriege, 1554–1721

AAMC Foundation Engagement Program for International Curators

Posted in museums, resources by Editor on October 6, 2017

From the Association of Art Museum Curators:

AAMC Foundation Engagement Program for International Curators
Applications due by 20 October 2017

The AAMC Foundation Engagement Program for International Curators, made possible with major support from the Terra Foundation for American Art, is a two-year Program for three non-US based curators and three US Liaisons working on or having worked within exhibitions and projects that explore historic American Art (c. 1500–1980), including painting; sculpture; works on paper, including prints, drawing and photography; decorative arts; and excluding architecture; design; and performance. The Program offers numerous benefits for Awardees, including travel funding.

Through fostering international relationships between curators, the Program aims to not only provide opportunities for professional development and exchange, but also to expand and strengthen the international curatorial community and give primacy to the curatorial voice in the international dialogue between museum professionals.The Program will be an active part of building international partnerships, leading cross-border conversations, and spearheading international representation within AAMC’s membership & AAMC Foundation’s efforts.

Program Goals
• Form new international relationships and partnerships through the interaction of each International Awardee with their US Liaison and the larger AAMC community of members & supporters
• Provide opportunities for International Awardee to engage with US museum networks and professional development opportunities through AAMC membership benefits, including travel funding to the AAMC Annual Conference; Program-specific webinars and access to past AAMC webinars; AAMC Committee or Task Force participation; an Annual Alumni reception; visit to US Liaison’s institution, and more
• Foster awareness of the concerns and needs of curators working outside the US within AAMC’s membership and within the AAMC Foundation programming
• Establish a long lasting relationship between AAMC, AAMC Foundation, the International Awardees, and community of international scholars
• Bring an international voice to AAMC’s leadership through engagement with the organization’s donor groups and involvement on an AAMC Committee

Additional information, including details for International Curators and US Liaisons, is available here»

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