Symposium | Taking Exception: Women, Gender, Representation

Posted in conferences (to attend) by Editor on January 14, 2018

From the symposium announcement:

The 2018 Bettie Allison Rand Symposium in Art History
Taking Exception: Women, Gender, Representation in the Eighteenth Century
A Symposium in Honor of Mary D. Sheriff
Ackland Art Museum, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1–3 February 2018

The 2018 Bettie Allison Rand Symposium will take place in tandem the Ackland Art Museum exhibition, Becoming a Woman in the Age of Enlightenment: French Art from the Horvitz Collection (open in Chapel Hill from 26 January until 8 April 2018). The exhibition is curated by Melissa Hyde, Professor of Art History, University of Florida Research Foundation Professor, University of Florida, and the late Mary D. Sheriff, W.R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor of Art History, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. It is organized by Alvin L. Clark, Jr, Curator, The Horvitz Collection and The J.E. Horvitz Research Curator, Harvard Art Museums/Fogg.

Through a generous gift to the UNC Arts and Sciences Foundation, William G. Rand established this lecture series in memory of his late wife, Bettie Allison Rand. This funding allows the Department of Art to bring one or more eminent art historians to UNC-CH every other year for residencies of various lengths. While they are in Chapel Hill, these scholars present a series of lectures and interact with undergraduate and graduate art history and studio art students. More information about the series can be found here.

Speakers will include
• Vivian Cameron, Independent Scholar
• Susanna Caviglia, Assistant Professor of Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Duke University
• Melissa Hyde, Professor of Art & Art History, University of Florida
• Anne Lafont, Director of Studies, L’Ecole des Hautes Etudes En Sciences Sociales
• Christopher Johns, Norman L. and Roselea J. Goldberg Professor of History of Art, Vanderbilt University
• Dorothy Johnson, Roy J. Carver Professor of Art History, University of Iowa
• Kathleen Nicholson, Professor Emerita of the History of Art and Architecture, University of Oregon
• Suzanne Pucci, Professor of Modern & Classical Languages, Literatures, & Cultures, University of Kentucky
• Abigail Solomon-Godeau, Professor Emerita of the History of Art & Architecture, University of California Santa Barbara
• Susan Taylor Leduc, Independent Scholar
• Michael Yonan, Associate Professor of Art History and Archaeology, University of Missouri

A memorial for Mary D. Sheriff will be held on Saturday, February 3rd at 1:00pm.

For more schedule details and to register to attend, visit the symposium website.

Contact: Tania C. String, tcstring@email.unc.edu

New Book | The Gardens of La Gara

Posted in books by Editor on January 14, 2018

Distributed by ACC Publishing and The University of Chicago Press:

Anette Freytag, ed., The Gardens of La Gara: An 18th-Century Estate in Geneva with Gardens Designed by Erik Dhont and a Labyrinth by Markus Raetz (Zurich: Scheidegger and Spiess, 2017), 272 pages, ISBN: 978 38588 18027, $99 / £85.

La Gara is an 18th-century country estate in Jussy, a village near Geneva, Switzerland. The buildings have been carefully restored by Swiss architect Verena Best, who also added inspired touches to the interior design. The renowned Belgian landscape designer Erik Dhont reinterpreted and subtly redesigned the gardens and surrounding grounds, completed by a palindrome-like labyrinth designed by Swiss artist Markus Raetz. This new book tells the story of the La Gara estate and illustrates its beauty. The essays investigate its preservation and restoration of buildings and gardens and the contemporary interventions. They highlight features such as the historic watering system for the gardens and the fishponds and look at the specific Genevan garden tradition and characteristics of the rural landscape around Jussy with its biodiversity. Moreover, they contextualise La Gara with the ‘ferme ornée’, a villa with agricultural and ornamental features following ancient Roman models. The beautiful volume is rounded out with newly commissioned photographs by renowned Swiss photographer Georg Aerni.

Anette Freytag is Professor of Landscape Design at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey.

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