Exhibition | Global Encounters and the Archives: Britain’s Empire

Posted in exhibitions by Editor on October 10, 2017

Opening this month at the Lewis Walpole Library:

Global Encounters and the Archives: Britain’s Empire in the Age of Horace Walpole
The Lewis Walpole Library, Farmington, CT, 20 October 2017 — 2 March 2018

Curated by Justin Brooks, Heather Vermeulen, Steve Pincus, and Cynthia Roman

Barrett Ranelagh, Portrait of General Henry Seymour Conway (The Lewis Walpole Library, Yale University).

As part of the year-long celebrations of the 300th anniversary of Horace Walpole’s birth, Global Encounters and the Archives: Britain’s Empire in the Age of Horace Walpole draws on the Lewis Walpole Library’s rich collections to bring Walpole’s global interests to light. As befitting the son of a prime minister (Sir Robert Walpole), the nephew of the auditor-general of the Revenue of America (Horatio Walpole), and the close friend of a secretary of state (Henry Seymour Conway) who oversaw important imperial affairs, Horace Walpole well understood the partisan conflicts that helped shape the British Empires. A lively collaboration between the Lewis Walpole Library and Yale faculty and graduate students, this exhibition takes full advantage of the diverse range of archival resources and special collections held by the Library, including manuscripts, printed texts, and graphic images in presenting conflicting visions of empire through the domains of political economy, diplomacy, slavery, and indigenous peoples.

In association with this exhibition, the library will sponsor a two-day conference in New Haven on 9-10 February 2018. The conference papers will present new archival-based research on Britain’s global empire in the long eighteenth century.

Curated by Justin Brooks (Doctoral Candidate in History, Yale University), Heather V. Vermeulen, (Ph.D., Lecturer in African American Studies, Yale University), Steve Pincus (Bradford Durfee Professor of History, Yale University), and Cynthia Roman (Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Paintings, The Lewis Walpole Library).

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George Haggerty, The Many Lives of Horace Walpole
Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, 26 October 2017

In his charming biography of Horace Walpole, R.W. Ketton-Cremer makes the point that “one of the difficulties which confront a biographer of Walpole is his remarkable versatility. He was active in many fields—in politics, social life, literature, architecture, antiquarianism, printing, virtú; and it is not easy to include them all in the compass of a single volume.” George Haggerty, who is currently writing a new biography of Horace Walpole, will take up this challenge in his lecture with and through Walpole’s letters. Haggerty asserts that Walpole writes himself into his experience by means of his epistolary imagination. George E. Haggerty is the Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of English at the University of California, Riverside. Yale Center for British Art Lecture Hall, Thursday, 26 October 26 2017, 5:30pm.

Queer Biography and the Archives: A Roundtable with George Haggerty
Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, New Haven, 27 October 2017

Discussants include Abby Coykendall, Jason Farr, Caroline Gonda, Paul Kelleher, Ellen Malenas Ledoux, Susan Lanser, and Timothy Young. Friday, 27 October 2017, 2:30–4:45pm. Registration is required. For questions and further information, please contact Cynthia Roman cynthia.roman@yale.edu.

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Justin Brooks, Global Encounters in the Archives: Britain’s Empire in the Age of Horace Walpole
The Lewis Walpole Library, Farmington, CT, 1 November 2017

Justin Brooks, Doctoral Candidate in History, Yale University, will speak on the the Lewis Walpole Library’s exhibition Global Encounters in the Archives: Britain’s Empire in the Age of Horace Walpole. The exhibition, which looks at aspects of the global British Empire in the long eighteenth century, takes full advantage of the diverse range of archival resources held by the Library and which Mr. Brooks co-curated, including manuscripts, printed texts, graphic images, and objects. Interrelated themes include political economy, diplomacy, indigeneity, and slavery. The talk, exhibition, and other related programs celebrate the broad pre-disciplinary collecting activities of Horace Walpole (1717–1797) and W.S. Lewis (1895–1979) and will explore how current multi-disciplinary methodologies invite creative research in the Library’s archival collections. Mr. Brooks’s talk is offered as part of a year’s worth of events celebrating the 300th anniversary of Horace Walpole’s birth. This Lewis Walpole Library lecture is held in partnership with the Farmington Libraries. Wednesday, 1 November 2017, 7:00pm. Space is limited, and registration is required.



Symposium | The Greenwich and Foundling Hospitals

Posted in conferences (to attend) by Editor on October 10, 2017

From The Foundling Museum:

Art, Charity, and the Navy: The Greenwich and Foundling Hospitals
Greenwich and London, 30 October 2017

In this one-day symposium explore similarities in the origins, artistic involvement, and philanthropic purpose of the Foundling Hospital and the Greenwich Royal Hospital for Seamen.

The Foundling Hospital and the Greenwich Royal Hospital are eighteenth-century institutions with many similarities, both charitable hospitals with strong ties to maritime Britain. The Foundling Hospital was the first children’s charity in Britain, established by Royal Charter in 1739 by Captain Thomas Coram, a shipwright in the American colonies. The Royal Hospital for Seamen, Greenwich, was established by Royal Charter in 1694 and from 1712 also incorporated a naval school.

Along with presentations and discussion with expert speakers, the day includes:
• A tour of the Chapel at the Old Royal Naval College, formerly the place of worship for the inhabitants of the Royal Hospital for Seamen
• The opportunity to see the Foundling Museum’s historic Court Room and Picture Gallery, displaying works of art by Hogarth, Gainsborough, Highmore, Ramsay, and many others
• A visit to the exhibition Basic Instincts
• Lunch, tea and coffee, and early evening drinks reception

Speakers include Will Palin (Director of Conservation, Old Royal Naval College), Christine Riding (Head of Arts and Curator of the Queen’s House), Caro Howell (Director of the Foundling Museum), and Jacqueline Riding (Honorary Research Fellow at Birkbeck, University of London, and Curator of the exhibition Basic Instincts).

Morning, Queen’s House, Royal Museums Greenwich and the Old Royal Naval College; afternoon, Foundling Museum. Participants will make their own way between the two sites. Tickets £50, £40 concessions and Foundling Friends.

The programme is available here»

Images: Left, Samuel Wale, Greenwich Hospital, ca. 1748 (London: The Foundling Museum) and right, Richard Wilson, The Foundling Hospital, ca. 1746–50 (London: The Foundling Museum).





Call for Papers | Feminist Art History Conference

Posted in Calls for Papers by Editor on October 10, 2017

Feminist Art History Conference
American University, Washington, D.C., 28–30 September 2018

Proposals due by 1 December 2017

This conference builds on the legacy of feminist art-historical scholarship and pedagogy initiated by Norma Broude and Mary D. Garrard at American University. With the goal of fostering a broad dialogue on feminist art-historical practice, the event will feature papers spanning a range of chronological, geographic, and intersectional topics.

Papers may address such topics as: artists, movements, and works of art and architecture; cultural institutions and critical discourses; practices of collecting, patronage, and display; the gendering of objects, spaces, and media; the reception of images; and issues of power, agency, gender, and sexuality within visual cultures. Submissions on under-represented art-historical fields, national traditions, and issues of race and ethnicity are encouraged. We welcome submissions from established and emerging scholars of art history as well as advanced graduate students.

To be considered for participation, please provide a single document in Microsoft Word. It should consist of a one-page, single-spaced proposal of unpublished work up to 500 words for a 20-minute presentation, followed by a curriculum vitae of no more than two pages. Please name the document “[last name]-proposal” and submit with the subject line “[last name]-proposal” to feminist.ahconference@gmail.com.

Invitations to participate will be sent by 1 February 2018.

Keynote Speaker
Amelia Jones, Robert A. Day Professor in Art and Design and Vice-Dean of Critical Studies at the Roski School of Art and Design, University of Southern California

Organizing Committee
Joanne Allen, Juliet Bellow, Norma Broude, Kim Butler Wingfield, Nika Elder, Mary D. Garrard, Helen Langa, Andrea Pearson, and Ying-chen Peng

Sponsored by the Art History Program and the Department of Art, College of Arts and Sciences, American University

Lecture Series | L’art de l’Ancien Régime

Posted in lectures (to attend) by Editor on October 10, 2017

From H-ArtHist:

Lecture Series: L’art de l’Ancien Régime
Deutsches Forum für Kunstgeschichte / Centre allemand d’histoire de l‘art, Hôtel Lully, Paris, 11 October — 4 December 2017

Le Centre allemand d’histoire de l’art organise des conférences publiques dans le cadre de son sujet annuel 2017/18 L’art de l’Ancien Régime – centres, acteurs, objets (Die Kunst des Ancien Régime – Zentren, Akteure, Objekte). Nous avons le plaisir d’accueillir au premier semestre:

11 October 2017, 18.00
Sophie Raux (Université Lumière Lyon 2), Explorer virtuellement un haut lieu du commerce d’art, à Paris, sous la Régence: Gersaint, Watteau et le Pont Notre-Dame

24 October 2017, 18.00
Hannah Williams (Queen Mary University of London), Inside a Parish Church: Art and Religion in 18th-Century Paris

7 November 2017, 18.00
Ulrike Gehring (Universität Trier), Land in Sicht. Verfahren der Landkartierung bei küstennaher Fahrt um 1600

4 December 2017, 18.00
Olivier Bonfait (Université de Bourgogne), Un enjeu national pour la peinture française aux XVIIe et XVIIIe siècles : le grand format

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