Panel Discussion | Revisiting Kubler’s The Shape of Time

Posted in lectures (to attend) by Editor on November 25, 2022

From the BGC:

Reading The Shape of Time, 60 Years Later
Bard Graduate Center, New York, 30 November 2022, 6pm

Four perspectives on the seminal text by George Kubler from BGC faculty Meredith Linn, François Louis, Aaron Glass, and Drew Thompson, moderated by Joshua Massey and Jeffrey Collins.

In 1962, Yale University art historian George Kubler published The Shape of Time: Remarks on the History of Things, a book that challenged traditional notions of style and period in art history. Now, 60 years later, we bring together a historian, an anthropologist, an archaeologist, and an art historian—all members of the BGC faculty—to explore The Shape of Time across geographical and disciplinary boundaries and to rediscover the prescient insights it offers for material culture and object-oriented scholarship.

$15 General | $12 Seniors | Free for people with a college or museum ID, people with disabilities and caregivers, and BGC members.

Meredith B. Linn is assistant professor of historical archaeology at Bard Graduate Center. She holds a PhD in anthropology from Columbia University, an MA in the social sciences from the University of Chicago, and a BA in art history from Swarthmore College. Her work focuses on nineteenth-century New York City, particularly upon the health-related experiences and strategies of Irish immigrants and upon Seneca Village, the predominantly African American community whose land was taken by the City of New York to construct Central Park. She has published articles about both projects and is currently working on a book about each.

François Louis is professor of Chinese art and material culture at Bard Graduate Center. From 2002 to 2008 he also served as editor-in-chief of the journal Artibus Asiae. He obtained his doctorate from the University of Zurich and has published widely on the visual and material culture of medieval China. Recent publications include Design by the Book: Chinese Ritual Objects and the Sanli Tu and the co-edited volumes Antiquarianism and Intellectual Life in Europe and China, 1500–1800 (2012) and Perspectives on the Liao (2013). He is currently working on a history of Liao-dynasty archaeological finds.

Aaron Glass is an associate professor of cultural anthropology at Bard Graduate Center. His research focuses on Indigenous visual art, material culture, media, and performance on the northwest coast of North America, as well as the history of anthropology, museums, and ethnographic representation. Glass’s books include The Totem Pole: An Intercultural History (2010); Objects of Exchange: Social and Material Transformation on the Late Nineteenth-Century Northwest Coast (2011); Return to the Land of the Head Hunters: Edward S. Curtis, the Kwakwaka’wakw, and the Making of Modern Cinema (2014); and Writing the Hamat’sa: Ethnography, Colonialism, and the Cannibal Dance (2021).

Drew Thompson is associate professor of Black studies and visual culture at Bard Graduate Center, where he researches and teaches in the areas of African and Black diaspora visual and material culture. Curating exhibitions is a fundamental part of his teaching and scholarship. He recently co-curated Benjamin Wigfall & Communications Village, the first posthumous survey of the Black American artist Benjamin Wigfall, which opened in September 2022 at the Dorsky Museum before traveling to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. He is also at work on an exhibition about African metalwork for the BGC Gallery, scheduled for fall 2023. He authored Filtering Histories: The Photographic Bureaucracy in Mozambique, 1960 to Recent Times (University of Michigan Press, 2021) and numerous publications about the history of photography and contemporary art in Southern Africa.

Joshua Massey is a student at Bard Graduate Center, where he studies American material culture and the ways in which objects are transformed into art through critical and creative interventions. His essay, “The World According to Aldwyth,” appears in the exhibition catalogue for This is Not! Aldwyth in Retrospect (2023–24), and he is the editor of Wordsmithing: The Spoken Art of Lonnie Holley, a forthcoming collection written in collaboration with Bernard Herman and Holley himself. In his spare time, Massey writes poetry, practices film photography, and shops for books he has no time to read.

Jeffrey L. Collins is professor of art history and material culture at Bard Graduate Center, where he specializes in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Europe and its sphere of influence overseas. He is the author of Papacy and Politics in Eighteenth-Century Rome: Pius VI and the Arts (Cambridge, 2004) and a principal contributor to Pedro Friedeberg (Mexico City, 2009) and History of Design: Decorative Arts and Material Culture, 1400–2000 (New Haven and London, 2013). A fellow of the American Academy in Rome, he has published widely on architecture, urbanism, painting, sculpture, book illustration, museology, metalwork, furniture, and film.

Online Talk | Adrian Johns and Jason Dean on Historia Coelestis (1712)

Posted in lectures (to attend), online learning by Editor on November 4, 2022

From the series website:

Adrian Johns and Jason Dean, After Hours with Historia Coelestis (1712)
Zoom, Linda Hall Library of Science, Engineering, and Technology, Kansas City, Missouri, 10 November 2022

On Thursday, November 10, at 7.00pm (CT), the Linda Hall Library of Science, Engineering, and Technology will host the fourth installment of its 2022 After Hours series. The program places Library staff in dialogue with outside scholars, collectors, and other cultural heritage professionals to create wide-ranging conversations about books in the collection.

In the upcoming program, Adrian Johns and Jason Dean will unpack the remarkable story of the 1712 Historiae Coelestis Libri Duo through the material evidence found in the Library’s copy of the 1712 edition, as well as the later, authorized, 1725 edition. Their presentation will also draw on the in-progress work of Emma Louise Hill as she works toward a census of the approximately 15 remaining copies of the 1712 edition. As per usual, the program will be recorded and posted online.

In the spring of 1716, the Astronomer Royal, John Flamsteed, built a pyre on Greenwich Hill near the Royal Observatory. From a safe vantage point, he watched with satisfaction as pages from a book he wrote went up in flames, calling them a good “sacrifice to TRUTH.” This was not done in a fit of frustration with his research, but rather to take back control of work that he felt had been stolen from him. The 1712 edition of Historiae Coelestis, though large, expensive, and beautifully printed, went to press prematurely against Flamsteed’s wishes. The series of events that led to Flamsteed’s furious burning of sections of that edition involved some of the most powerful members of the early Royal Society, including Isaac Newton and Edmond Halley, all embroiled in professional jealousy, intellectual theft, and clandestine printing.

Adrian Johns is Allan Grant Maclear Professor of History at the University of Chicago. Originally educated at Cambridge, he taught at the University of Kent, the California Institute of Technology, and the University of California, San Diego, before arriving in Chicago in 2001. He is the author of The Nature of the Book: Print and Knowledge in the Making (1998), Piracy: The Intellectual Property Wars from Gutenberg to Gates (2009), and Death of a Pirate: British Radio and the Making of the Information Age (2010), as well as dozens of papers on the histories of science, information, and the book. His latest book is The Science of Reading: Information, Media, and Mind in Modern America, forthcoming from the University of Chicago Press. He has been the recipient of awards from the Guggenheim Foundation, the ACLS, the Mellon Foundation, and other bodies, and is currently at work on a history of the policing of information since the Middle Ages.

Jason W. Dean is Vice President for Special Collections at the Linda Hall Library. Prior to coming to the Library, Jason was Director of Special Collections & Archives at Southwestern University. He has previously held positions at the University of Arkansas and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. He earned an undergraduate degree in history from Hardin-Simmons University and his MS in Library and Information Science from Syracuse University. He is a member of the Grolier Club, and a past Institute of Library and Museum Services-Rare Book School fellow.

Online Talk | Lelia Packer on 18th-Century Venice

Posted in lectures (to attend), online learning by Editor on October 26, 2022

After Canaletto, Venice: The Molo from the Bacino di San Marco, ca. 1740–60, oil on canvas, 52 × 70 cm
(London: The Wallace Collection, P514).

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From The Wallace Collection:

Lelia Packer | Meet the Expert: Experiencing and ​Painting Venice in the 18th Century
Online, Thursday, 17 November 2022, 13.00 (GMT)

The Wallace Collection holds an impressive collection of vedute, or topographical views, of Venice by Canaletto and Guardi, and by artists working in Canaletto’s circle. In this talk, Dr. Lelia Packer discusses a selection of these works in order to explore Venice as a major tourist destination during the 18th century. What did visitors come to see? What did they do during their visit? And, most importantly, how was the city recorded in paint for them? This talk will be hosted online through Zoom and YouTube. Please click here to register for Zoom.

Lelia Packer is Curator of Dutch, Italian, Spanish, German, and Pre-1600 Paintings at The Wallace Collection.

Lecture | Hugh Roberts on Ince & Mayhew

Posted in lectures (to attend), online learning by Editor on October 20, 2022

Marquetry top of one of a pair of tables made by Ince and Mayhew for the Earl of Caledon, 1785.

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From the FHS:

Sir Hugh Roberts | Ince & Mayhew: Interpreting the Record
The Furniture History Society Annual Lecture
In-person and online, Society of Antiquaries, Burlington House, London, 7 November 2022

The lecture marks the publication by Philip Wilson in 2023 of Industry and Ingenuity: the Partnership of William Ince and John Mayhew by Hugh Roberts and Charles Cator. This book is the culmination of many years of research by both authors. It brings together for the first time a corpus of well documented or firmly attributed work by one of the leading metropolitan cabinet-making firms of the eighteenth century, a firm which was as well-known and successful in its day as that of Thomas Chippendale.

By the time furniture history had become established as a serious area of study in the 20th century, much of the furniture produced by this long-lived business had lost its identity and no clear picture of the firm’s output existed. The lecture will examine the process by which the authors have been able to retrieve evidence of some ninety-seven commissions, and to reconnect around three hundred pieces of furniture with patrons and documents.

Admission to the lecture is free for FHS members, but attendance is by ticket only, which must be acquired in advance. Please apply to the Events Secretary by email or post. Numbers are limited to 90. We plan to live-stream the event for those who cannot attend in person.

Sir Hugh Roberts, GCVO, FSA, is Surveyor Emeritus of The Queen’s Works of Art and former Director of The Royal Collection.

Online Talk | Janet Couloute on Black Presence in the Wallace Collection

Posted in lectures (to attend), online learning by Editor on October 16, 2022

From The Wallace Collection:

Janet Couloute, Black Presence in the Wallace Collection
Online, Thursday, 20 October 2022, 13.00 (BST)

Govaert Flinck, A Young Archer, ca. 1639–40, oil on oak panel, 66 × 51 cm (London: The Wallace Collection, P238).

To mark Black History Month in Britain, join Janet Couloute for a virtual African Heritage tour of the Wallace Collection. Spanning 400 years of European art, Dr Couloute will place the presumed peripheral and unimportant black male and female figure centre stage. Through a closer look at how artists have created iconographies of blackness and whiteness, Couloute will illustrate how museums such as the Wallace Collection, through more inclusive and open history telling, can encourage visitors to respond more imaginatively to such iconographies. This talk will be hosted online through Zoom and YouTube. Please click here to register for Zoom.

Janet Couloute is a social work academic and art historian interested in revising and expanding current British art-historical canons. With a particular interest in works that are rarely discussed as visual indexes of ‘race’, she is currently working on a research project entitled Renaissance ‘Whiteness’: Reimaging ‘Race’ through the Prism of Early Modern Portraiture. Dr Couloute has also been a Tate guide for twenty years, and has developed an expertise in encouraging gallery audiences to engage with the histories of the Black presence in Europe.

Seminar Session | Clémence Fort on ‘Porcelaines des Sauvages’

Posted in lectures (to attend), online learning by Editor on October 12, 2022

This month’s session from the GRHS series on the circulation of knowledge, with information on other GRHS seminar series available here:

Clémence Fort | ‘Porcelaines des Sauvages’
Circulation, appropriation et représentation d’un objet emblème en France au XVIIIe siècle
Diffusion, circulation et appropriation des savoirs – Séminaire du Groupe de Recherche en Histoire des Sociabilités
In-person and online, Université du Québec, Montréal, 21 October 2022, 12.30pm

Avec l’essor du projet colonial en Amérique du Nord au 18e siècle, les « porcelaines des Sauvages » en provenance de Nouvelle-France et issues de la collecte apparaissent dans les collections françaises. Leur circulation engendre des représentations qui documentent les nombreux imprimés de cette époque allant des récits de voyages aux atlas historiques. Naturalistes et amateurs s’intéressent aussi à la manière dont les objets sont fabriqués et imités. Ils les incluent alors dans une culture visuelle scientifique et esthétique nouvelle. Cette présentation examinera la manière dont « les porcelaines des Sauvages » invitent à repenser la géopolitique du collectionnisme à partir des enjeux artistiques, scientifiques et économiques. Nous étudierons la façon dont les « porcelaines des Sauvages » participent à la diffusion esthétique, historique et scientifique de l’entreprise coloniale de la Nouvelle-France au 18e siècle.

Le séminaire privilégiera les circuits et les transmissions de l’imprimé sous toutes ses formes, sans pour autant exclure les autres productions (et marchandises) de la connaissance. Les séances se tiendront en comodal, au local R-4215 à l’UQAM et par visioconférence.

Clémence Fort est actuellement doctorante contractuelle en deuxième année au sein de l’université PSL (ENS) à Paris. Sa thèse intitulée : « Collecter les Americana : la Nouvelle-France dans les cultures visuelles et l’art des Lumières (v. 1700–1763) » est dirigée par Charlotte Guichard. Les recherches de Clémence s’inscrivent au croisement d’une histoire de l’art renouvelée par l’histoire de la collecte, des collections et des cultures visuelles et matérielles.

Seminar Session | Ersy Contogouris on Vigée-LeBrun’s Self-Portraits

Posted in lectures (to attend) by Editor on October 12, 2022

This month’s session from the GRHS series on women’s self-portraits, with information on other GRHS seminar series available here:

Ersy Contogouris | Les autoportraits d’Élisabeth Vigée-LeBrun au Salon de 1787
Autoportraits au féminin (XVIe–XVIIIe siècle) –Séminaire du Groupe de Recherche en Histoire des Sociabilités
Université du Québec, Montréal, Thursday, 13 October 2022, 2.00pm

Cette conférence étudiera l’autoportrait qu’Élisabeth Vigée-LeBrun expose au Salon de 1787. Vigée-LeBrun avait été admise à l’Académie royale de peinture et de sculpture en 1783 aux côtés d’Adélaïde Labille-Guiard, portant ainsi à quatre le nombre de femmes membres de l’Académie pour la première fois depuis sa fondation en 1648, et à quinze le nombre total de femmes y ayant été admises. Cette présence féminine à l’Académie n’étant pas appréciée de tous, les années 1780 et les Salons bisannuels de 1783, 1785 et 1787 furent marqué·es par de nombreux débats portant sur la place des femmes dans le plus important espace artistique français. L’autoportrait de Vigée-LeBrun, dans lequel elle se représente avec sa fille Julie, sera mis en dialogue avec les autres œuvres présentées par Vigée-LeBrun à ce Salon afin de réfléchir à ce groupe de tableaux comme une sorte d’autoreprésentation de l’artiste en 1787.

Lecture | David Cannadine on How to Study Country Houses Now

Posted in lectures (to attend) by Editor on October 7, 2022

Harewood House, West Yorkshire, designed by John Carr and Robert Adam, and built between 1759 and 1771.

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From The Attingham Trust:

Sir David Cannadine, How Do We Study the Country House Now?
In-person (and recorded), Sotheby’s, London, Tuesday, 8 November 2022

The Attingham Trust has been championing the study of historic houses and their collections for seven decades, aiming to broaden the understanding of the artistic, social and cultural legacies they offer. In this lecture, David Cannadine will look afresh at these buildings and tease out some of the many complex and sometimes challenging narratives to which they bear witness, illustrating how the study of the country house has evolved and how much still remains for us to learn.

5.45pm  Drinks on arrival
6.30pm  Lecture

Tickets for both in-person attendance and to receive the recording (available for a limited time) can be purchased here. For queries about this event, please contact rebecca.parker@attinghamtrust.org.

Professor Sir David Cannadine is Dodge Professor of History at Princeton University and a visiting professor of history at Oxford University. He has written extensively on the economic, social, political, and cultural history of modern Britain and its empire, on collecting and philanthropy, and on the history of history. In 2018 he co-edited, with Jeremy Musson, The Country House: Past, Present, and Future, exploring how the idea of the country house has changed over the last forty years. Previously Chair of the Trustees at the National Portrait Gallery, President of the British Academy, and on the board of the Royal Oak Foundation, he is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society, the Royal Society for Literature, the Society of Antiquaries, the Historical Association, and the British Academy. He is a patron of The Attingham Trust.

Online Lecture | Andrew Rudd on Print Philanthropy

Posted in exhibitions, lectures (to attend), online learning by Editor on October 4, 2022

Jonas Hanway, Thoughts on the Plan for a Magdalen-House for Repentant Prostitutes, second edition (London, 1759). The first edition was published anonymously in 1758.

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From Yale’s Lewis Walpole Library, in connection with the exhibition From ‘Knight Errant of the Distressed’: Horace Walpole and Philanthropy in Eighteenth-Century London:

Andrew Rudd | Print Philanthropy in the Age of Horace Walpole
Online, 28 October 2022, 12.00pm EST

Eighteenth-century England witnessed a remarkable flowering of philanthropic activity as society wrestled with problems such as poverty, disease, mental illness, vice, and suffering caused by war. Walpole boasted in 1760 of what he called “our noble national charity.” While many aspects of philanthropy remain similar today, this lecture will explore how the print culture of Walpole’s era was central in driving charitable behaviour, particularly in terms of creating philanthropic networks and framing relationships between donors and beneficiaries. The talk will showcase the sheer range of printed text and images—fundraising prospectuses, sermons, topographical views of hospitals, tickets to benefit concerts and dinners, and celebratory odes—mobilised in service of good causes during this period, as well as highlight examples of Walpole’s own support for, and portrayals of, philanthropic causes during his lifetime.

Registration is required»

Andrew Rudd is Senior Lecturer in the English Department at the University of Exeter. He researches and teaches British literature of the eighteenth century and Romantic period. His monograph Sympathy and India in British Literature 1770–1830 (Palgrave Macmillan) was published in 2011, and he is currently writing a cultural history of charity in the eighteenth century. This builds on experience he acquired as Parliamentary Manager at the Charity Commission for England and Wales before joining Exeter in 2013. Dr. Rudd holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge, and he has studied at the University of Durham, Trinity College, Cambridge, and Yale University. He has held numerous fellowships—most recently at Yale’s Lewis Walpole Library and the School of Advanced Studies in English, University of Jadavpur. Since 2015, he has been a member of the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s Peer Review College.

Public Lecture Course | Georgian Provocations, II

Posted in lectures (to attend), online learning by Editor on September 27, 2022

From PMC with registration at Eventbrite:

Georgian Provocations, II
In-person and Online, Paul Mellon Centre, London, 27 October — 8 December 2022

Organized by Martin Postle

The Paul Mellon Centre’s next public lecture course is entitled Georgian Provocations II, a sequel to the highly successful Georgian Provocations, which ran in the summer of 2020. Adopting a similar format, the present course will focus upon a series of provocative artworks from the Georgian era and investigate their contents, contexts, and impact. The series is convened by Martin Postle, Senior Research Fellow at the Paul Mellon Centre. The course runs from 27 October to 8 December 2022 and is in-person and live on Zoom weekly, 6.00–7.30pm GMT on Thursdays.

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Lecture 1 | 27 October 2022
Paris Spies-Gans — Establishing a Female Lineage at the Royal Academy’s Show: Eliza Trotter, Angelica Kauffman, and the Intrigues of Lady Caroline Lamb. Register here»

Lecture 2 | 3 November 2022
Martin Myrone — The Haunted Eighteenth Century: Fuseli’s The Nightmare. Register here»

Lecture 3 | 10 November 2022
Esther Chadwick — A Black King in Georgian London: British Art and Postrevolutionary Haiti. Register here»

Lecture 4 | 17 November 2022
Nicholas Robbins — George Romney in the Prison-World of Europe. Register here»

Lecture 5 | 24 November 2022
Nika Elder — John Singleton Copley’s Watson and the Shark and the Taste for Flesh. Register here»

Lecture 6 | 1 December 2022
Martin Postle — Joseph Wright of Derby: Self-portrait as an Experimental Artist. Register here»

Panel Discussion | 8 December 2022
Discussion with Series Speakers and Q&A. Register here»

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