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Enfilade Turns Nine! Buy an Art Book! Donate to HECAA!

Posted in site information by Editor on June 22, 2018

From the Editor

As Enfilade turns nine (22 June 2018), I’m glad to write with my usual observations and admonitions. The site exists because you—along with lots of others reading alongside you—continue to tune in. We’ve just surpassed 920,000 views. Thanks so much! And so to celebrate . . .

1) Buy an art book this weekend. In the world of academic art history publishing, several hundred books sold over a few days is stellar. It’s an important way to communicate that the eighteenth century is a thriving field with a vital, engaged audience. The more people who buy books addressing the eighteenth century, the easier it will be to publish your next book on the eighteenth century.

2) Renew your HECAA membership. In the normal world $30 doesn’t really count as philanthropy. For a small academic society it does. Because HECAA is registered as a 501c3, all donations are tax deductible in the United States. So send in a contribution of $100 or $5. But donate something. We accept PayPal.

3) Register for the HECAA conference in November. Early registration rates apply until July 1. More information is available here.

4) Finally, send in news you’d like to see reported!  I’m glad to post announcements about conferences, forthcoming books, journal articles, exhibitions, fellowship opportunities, &c. Just about anything except job listings. The postings readers most enjoy are inevitably original content, reports of interesting collections, house museums, resources, and the like. No reason to be shy.

Again, thanks to all of you and all the best!
Craig Hanson

Warm Thanks to the Fall 2017 Intern, Julia Bouwkamp

Posted in site information by Editor on January 4, 2018

With the new year upon us, it seems like a fine time to introduce and publicly thank Julia Bouwkamp, who has done an amazing job as an intern here at Enfilade for the last few months! Julia is another one of my former students (like Rebecca Woodruff, she was part of the May-term course I taught in Sweden and Denmark in 2016).

Since then, Julia has been busy with lots of things. She was a historic interpreter at Colonial Michilimackinac, a reconstructed 18th-century fort in Michigan where the lower and upper peninsulas touch. She worked as an AmeriCorps VISTA member in Wayland, Michigan marketing the economic development and historic preservation potential of the town’s Main Street program. She’s presently interning with the Greater Grand Rapids Women’s History Council, where she also serves on the board. In particular, Julia is preparing entries for Her Hat Was in the Ring, a national crowd sourcing effort mapping women who ran for elected office before the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution in 1920 (in Grand Rapids, over fifty women stood for election in the late 19th and early 20th in various school board and local government positions). In addition, Julia is doing supporting research for an upcoming documentary on the history of kindergarten in the U.S.

Clearly Julia’s interests are diverse, but there are typically a series of reliable, coherent threads: gender, the history of fashion, material culture, the mediation of the past, and history as lived experience with real world consequences (then and now).

Many thanks, Julia!

–Craig Hanson

 

Enfilade Turns Eight! Buy an Art Book! Donate to HECAA!

Posted in site information by Editor on June 21, 2017

Adriaen Manglard (French, 1695–1760), Fireworks in Rome Over Castel Sant’ Angelo, etching, plate: 23 × 31 cm (New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 67.542.26).

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From the Editor

As Enfilade turns eight (22 June 2017), I’m glad to write with my usual observations and admonitions. The site exists because you—along with lots of others reading alongside you—continue to tune in. We’ve just surpassed 800,000 views. Thanks so much! And so to celebrate . . .

1) Buy an art book this week. In the world of academic art history publishing, several hundred books sold over a few days is stellar. It’s an important way to communicate that the eighteenth century is a thriving field with a vital, engaged audience. The more people who buy books addressing the eighteenth century, the easier it will be to publish your next book on the eighteenth century.

2) Renew your HECAA membership. In the normal world $30 doesn’t really count as philanthropy. For a small academic society it does. Because HECAA is registered as a 501c3, all donations are tax deductible in the United States. So send in a contribution of $100 or $5. But donate something. We accept PayPal.

3) Finally, send in news you’d like to see reported!  I’m glad to post announcements about conferences, forthcoming books, journal articles, exhibitions, fellowship opportunities, &c. Just about anything except job listings. The postings readers most enjoy are inevitably original content, reports of interesting collections, house museums, resources, and the like. No reason to be shy.

Again, thanks to all of you and all the best!
Craig Hanson

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Warm Thanks to the Fall 2016 Intern, Rebecca Woodruff

Posted in site information by Editor on January 18, 2017

img_6579As Enfilade’s readership continues to grow, I receive more and more items to post. I wouldn’t want it any other way (and please keep the news coming), but it does mean that interns have become an increasingly helpful part of managing the site. I’ve therefore been most grateful for all Rebecca Woodruff has done to keep the ship afloat over the past six months! Rebecca is one of my students, and I had the good fortune of getting to know her better during a May interim course based in Stockholm, looking particularly at country houses and palaces (it was with Rebecca and a handful of other students I first visited Gustav III’s Museum of Antiquities, one of the really extraordinary museum spaces of the eighteenth century). As an aside, I’m also pleased to report that Rebecca will be presenting a paper for the undergraduate panel at the meeting of this year’s Midwest Art History Society (in April, at Cleveland and Oberlin)! She’s done a fabulous job as an intern.

Many thanks, Becca!

–Craig Hanson

Introducing the 2016 Spring Intern, Caitlin Smits

Posted in site information by Editor on April 11, 2016

DSC_0028 2Anyone paying particularly close attention to postings here at Enfilade over the past few months (really since the end of last year) will have noticed that many of them—often the most interesting and lively ones—have come from ‘InternCS’. I’m delighted here to give Caitlin Smits, one of my own students, her due with this posting. It’s been especially enjoyable to work with Caitlin over the past several years. She went to London as part of my January 2014 interim, and she’ll also be part of my upcoming May course based in Stockholm and Copenhagen (all 16 of us are counting the days). Her art historical interests are wide-ranging, her instincts are spot-on, and she’s perhaps the most effective administrator I’ve ever encountered in an undergraduate. Yes, she’s also keenly intelligent and witty, to boot. Thanks, Caitlin, for all the terrific work.

—Craig Hanson

Happy Birthday, Enfilade!

Posted in anniversaries, site information by Editor on June 23, 2015

From the Editor

As Enfilade turns six, I continue to be amazed at the growth of the siteall because of you fabulous readers! This spring we passed the half-million hits threshold. A typical month brings in more than 10,000 visits, and over 1300 of you are subscribers. Thank you.

And so I’ll extend in my usual annual pleas:

1) Buy an art book this week. In the world of academic art history publishing, several hundred books sold over a few days is stellar. It’s an important way to communicate that the eighteenth century is a thriving field with a vital, engaged audience.

2) Renew your HECAA membership. In the normal world $30 doesn’t really count as philanthropy. For a small academic society it does. And thanks to Michael Yonan’s indefatigable work with the IRS in securing HECAA’s 501c3 status, all donations are now tax deductible in the United States. So send in a contribution of $100 or $5. But donate something. We accept PayPal.

3) Finally, send in news you’d like to see reported! Years into this, and I’m not sure what surprises me more: how easy it is to know what’s going on in the field all over the world, or how difficult it is to know what’s going on in the field all over the world! I’m glad to post announcements about conferences, forthcoming books, journal articles, exhibitions, fellowship opportunities, &c. The postings readers most enjoy are inevitably original content, reports of interesting collections, house museums, resources, and the like. No reason to be shy.

Again, thanks to all of you and all the best!
Craig Hanson

Enfilade Turns Five, So Buy an Art Book (and have some ice cream)!

Posted in Member News, site information by Editor on June 22, 2014

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Here, after five years, 1056 subscribers, and 421,000 hits, I’m as excited as ever about what Enfilade has become, thanks to such loyal readers. Thank you!

If you’re reading this with any measure of kind-hearted gratitude, here’s what you can (I dare say should) do:

1) Join HECAA (Historians of Eighteenth-Century Art & Architecture). It’s quick and inexpensive—just $30 (only $5 for students)—with the money going to promote the field of eighteenth-century studies, much of it to graduate students at that. Or you can donate whatever amount you choose. Think your $3 doesn’t matter? Well, if all 312 of you visiting the site today gave that much, we would bring in close to a $1000. For an organization like HECAA, that’s enormous. Click here to join or contribute.

2) Buy an Art Book. If readers like you aren’t buying art books, then who do we expect will? So if you’ve not bought an art book within the past month, buy one today (and ‘no’, remainders, used books, and the like don’t count).

Thanks for reading; thanks for writing in with news to share.

–Craig Ashley Hanson

Image: Trade card of Negri & Wetten, Confectioners at the Pineapple, Berkeley Square. Print by Ignatius Fougeron, after Peter Babel, ca. 1799 (London: British Museum, D,2.1636). From the collection of Sarah Sophia Banks. Food historian Ivan Day writes about eighteenth-century ice creams with reference to Negri, and last summer Vic Sanborn provided a fine summary of Negri’s business, “The Pot and Pineapple and Gunter’s: Domenico Negri, Robert Gunter, and the Confectioner’s Art in Georgian London,” published at her ever interesting blog Jane Austen’s World.

 

Introducing the Summer 2014 Intern, Mattie Koppendrayer

Posted in site information by Editor on June 6, 2014

greenwich[2]I’m delighted to welcome Mattie Koppendrayer on-board here at Enfilade as a summer intern. As one of my students at Calvin College, Mattie is used to putting up with me during the school year; it’s good of her to sign on for June and July, too.

She is an exceptional student—the only case I’ve had of a student finding her way to a paper topic on Chinese export ceramics with nothing in the class materials leading her there. Earlier this year, I had the chance to get to know Mattie better during a January-term spent in London (12 of us altogether). I can vouch for her good judgment, keen interest, and warm sense of humor.

-Craig Hanson

 

 

 

 

Restoration of Schloss Mirow

Posted in site information by Editor on November 12, 2013

The December 2013 issue of Architectural Digest teasingly includes this news in the column “AD Hears. . .”

that architecture aficionados are agape at the flamboyant plasterwork concealed behind the modest façade of Germany’s Schloss Mirow—the birthplace of Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, wife of England’s King George III—currently under renovation (48).

With a small amount of online searching, I found only a little more about the project; readers should feel free to chime in with more information. Presumably, we’ll hear more in the coming months. -CH

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From the Mecklenburg website:

Das Mirower Schloss befindet sich in der Endphase seiner hochkarätigen Restaurierungsarbeiten. Höchst komplex sind die zahlreichen Methoden, die am Schloss zum Einsatz kommen. Die hohe Qualität und die Besonderheit der Restaurierungsarbeiten in Mirow haben das Schloss nun zum “Hot Spot” werden lassen. Die für den Dreh beauftrage Produktionsfirma Spiegel TV begleitete und interviewte einen Tag lang verschiedene Experten bei ihrer Arbeit – sie gehören zu den absoluten Spezialisten des Landes.

Das Fimteam traf in Mirow auf ganz unterschiedliche Gewerke: Bauhistoriker Dr. Tilo Schöfbeck verschaffte einen reizvollen Eindruck von den Techniken zur Altersbestimmung von Gebäudeelementen, während Diana von Stietencron einen spannenden Einblick in die geheimen Rezepturwelten von Vergoldern und Fassmalern des 18. Jahrhunderts gab. Bildhauer Bernhard Lankers wusste davon zu berichten mit welcher Genialität die Schnitzer im Rokoko gearbeitet haben. Einzigartig ist auch das Rekonstruktionsprojekt, bei dem eine handgestickte Tapete vom Atelier Twist in Berlin wieder zum Leben erweckt wird. . . .

Enfilade Turns Four! Buy an Art Book!

Posted in books, site information by Editor on June 21, 2013

To celebrate Enfilade’s fourth birthday (22 June), I’m encouraging readers to participate in the second annual Buy-an-Art-Book Day! This year I’m happy to announce a special, one-day discount from Ashgate. Many thanks for the kind support. — Craig Hanson

Ashgate-Logolhmonogram_v2At Ashgate or Lund Humphries, use the promotion code 287Y for a 20% discount on Saturday, June 22. The offer should work internationally, though please bear in mind U.S. timezones.