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Call for Papers | Encounters, Entanglements, and Exchanges

Posted in Calls for Papers by Editor on December 10, 2018

Basket, American China Manufactory, Philadelphia, 1770–72 , soft-paste porcelain
(New Haven: Yale University Art Gallery). More information is available here»

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Encounters, Entanglements, and Exchanges
Fifteenth Annual Yale American Art History Graduate Student Symposium
Yale University, New Haven, 6 April 2019

Proposals due by 1 February 2019

Points of encounter can occur across time and space. In the colonial Americas, both blue and white earthenware vessels made in the Mexican city of Puebla and soft-paste porcelain wares produced at the American China Manufactory in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, responded to East Asian hard-paste porcelain. At the same time, ceramic manufacturers in China adapted designs that catered to pan-American tastes. More recently, Carrie Mae Weems’s The Hampton Project reexamined a nineteenth-century vocational school that served as a cultural crossroads for formerly enslaved African Americans, American Indians, and white Americans to raise pressing questions of race, imperialism, and nationalism in the twenty-first century. These points of convergence between individuals, groups, places, and objects often instigate shifts in creative production with lasting and global resonances. The interaction of disparate cultures offers a rich nexus for artistic creation. Yet such encounters are also inseparable from the shifting dynamics of power that operate along gendered, racial, economic, and political lines. What can exchanges and entanglements reveal about the nature of encounter? How do encounters shape exchanges? In what ways do exchanges propagate new encounters?

The Fifteenth Annual Yale University American Art Graduate Symposium invites papers that interrogate the dialectical relationship between encounter and exchange and explore the legacies of cultural intersection. We invite submissions that address art across North, Central, and South America and the Caribbean, that engage a range of critical perspectives, and that speak to a variety of time periods and artistic practices.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:
• Activism, coalition building, and the arts
• Micro-histories that address a specific instance of encounter
• Collaborations that problematize narratives of ‘influence’ across social, cultural, or political hierarchies
• Impact of religious proselytization and conversion in the arts
• Gift exchange, diplomacy, and trade
• Appropriation, fetishism, and mimicry
• Contact zones, intersectionality, and peripheries
• Imbalanced power dynamics within systems of colonialism, racism, homophobia, or sexism
• Immigration, migrants, and refugees
• Authorship and ownership
• Tourism and travel narratives
• Global encounters with the notion of ‘Americanness’
• Networks created via technology, globalization, and media

Interested participants are invited to submit an abstract of no more than 350 words along with a CV to americanist.symposium@gmail.com by 1 February 2019. Accepted participants will be notified in mid-February. Accommodations will be provided for all participants in New Haven, Connecticut.

New Book | The Rebirth of an English Country House: St Giles House

Posted in books by Editor on December 10, 2018

From Rizzoli:

Tim Knox and The Earl of Shaftesbury, with photographs by Justin Barton and an introduction by Nick Ashley-Cooper and Jenny Chesher, The Rebirth of an English Country House: St Giles House (New York: Rizzoli, 2018), 256 pages, 978-0847863204, $55.

The brilliantly restored St. Giles House, in the idyllic Dorset countryside, offers high-point Georgian architecture and interiors that bridge many historical styles.

The 12th Earl of Shaftesbury, 39-year-old Nicholas Ashley-Cooper, invites the reader into the house that his family has called home since the fifteenth century. In recent years, his award-winning restoration has brought the house back to life, transforming exquisite spaces that honor the past while being suited to twenty-first-century living. English country-house splendor, through the hands of some of the world’s top artisans and craftspeople, returns to the house in the form of re-created wallpapers, customized paints, revived furniture from the Georgian and Victorian periods, reworked antique Brussels tapestries, restored plasterwork and textiles, and a complete overhaul of the landscape, with its sunken garden, woodlands, avenue of beeches, lake, and shell-encrusted grotto.

With stories of noteworthy architecture, beautiful interiors, and centuries of a single family’s involvement in British and world history, this book will appeal to devotees of country living, the aristocratic life, historic houses, and English interior design.

The 12th Earl of Shaftesbury, Nicholas Ashley-Cooper, is an English peer and philanthropist. Tim Knox is a British art historian and director of the Royal Collection Trust. Justin Barton is a London-based photographer.

 

New Book | Great English Interiors

Posted in books by Editor on December 10, 2018

Featuring twenty-two interiors, including five eighteenth-century houses; from Prestel:

David Mlinaric and Derry Moore, Great English Interiors (London: Prestel, 2018), 224 pages, ISBN: 978-3791381985, £40 / $60.

Famed photographer Derry Moore and renowned interior designer David Mlinaric offer a panoramic tour inside some of Britain’s finest manor houses, halls, castles, and public buildings. Bridging five centuries, this lavishly illustrated book looks at houses such as Haddon Hall, Chastleton, and Knole, each with superb examples of Tudor and Stuart interiors. Including Houghton Hall from the 18th century and Waddesdon Manor from the 19th century, the book continues into the 20th century to feature the homes of such influential figures as Nancy Lancaster, Pauline de Rothschild, and David Hicks, guiding readers through the finest examples of English interior design. The work of British masters including Inigo Jones, William Kent, and Robert Adam is beautifully portrayed in striking photographs while complementary essays enlighten readers on the events and personalities that lend each site cultural significance. Anglophiles, armchair tourists, and lovers of grand interiors will enjoy these gorgeous photographs while discovering more about the designers, architects, and trends that have made British style so alluring and enduring over the centuries.

Derry Moore is a British architectural photographer and portraitist. He is the author of An English Room and In the Shadow of the Raj (both by Prestel).

David Mlinaric is a British interior designer whose work ranges from commissions for private clients such as Lord Rothschild and Mick Jagger to public galleries and museums, including the National Gallery, and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.