Conference | New Directions in British Art and Architecture, 1550–1850

Posted in conferences (to attend) by Editor on April 25, 2019

Next week at Columbia:

Picture, Structure, Land: New Directions in British Art and Architecture, 1550–1850
Columbia University, New York, 3 May 2019

Organized by Meredith Gamer and Eleonora Pistis

This one-day conference will bring together leading and emerging scholars working in and across the fields of British art and architectural history, broadly defined. Even with the rise of interdisciplinary studies, the study of the visual arts and the built environment in early modern Britain have remained largely separate endeavors. Our aim is to put the two in dialogue and, in doing so, to test, blur, and redraw the boundaries of each. For any questions, please contact britishartarch@gmail.com.

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9:30  Opening Remarks from Meredith Gamer and Eleonora Pistis (Columbia University)

10:00  Fluid Boundaries
Moderator: Alessandra Russo (Columbia University)
• Christy Anderson (University of Toronto), Castles of the Sea: Ships and Architecture in Early Modern England
• Emily Mann (Courtauld Institute of Art), Land, Sea, and the Space in Between: The Visual World of the Overseas Trading Company

11:15  Coffee Break

11:45  Shifting Perspectives
Moderator: Zeynep Celik Alexander (Columbia University)
• Christine Stevenson (Courtauld Institute of Art), Naming Names in Early Modern English Architecture
• Matthew Hunter (McGill University), ‘The Sun is God’: Turner’s Insurance

1:00  Lunch Break

2:30  Performing Identities
Moderator: Barry Bergdoll (Columbia University)
• Matthew Reeve (Queen’s University), Body Politics and Gothic Architecture in the Long Eighteenth Century
• Douglas Fordham (University of Virginia), Discovering Britain in Aquatint: William Daniell’s A Voyage Round Great Britain (1814–25)

3:45  Coffee Break

4:15  Transitional Objects
Moderator: Tim Barringer (Yale University)
• Sylvia Houghteling (Bryn Mawr College), Tapestry between Architecture and Chintz: A Medium in Transition, ca. 1700
• Romita Ray (Syracuse University), China Connections: Tea and Colonial Calcutta

5:30  Refreshments

This event is made possible by the generous support of the Dr. Lee MacCormick Edwards Charitable Foundation, which honors the legacy of Columbia alumna Dr. Lee MacCormick Edwards, GSAS’78, GSAS’81, GSAS’84, an art history scholar, author, and photographer who contributed richly to the cultural and artistic life of both the United States and Australia.

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