Penn State Reads presents 'Americanah-Nigerianah: The Arts of Nigeria' William Dewey, associate professor of African art history in the department of art history at Penn State, will present “Americanah-Nigerianah: The Arts of Nigeria” at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 4, in 112 Borland. Along with presenting and explaining a few examples of the arts of Nigeria, Dewey will detail how his experiences as an exchange student to Nigeria in 1973 (going in the opposite direction of 2014 Penn State Reads author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie) led him to becoming a professor of African art history.
Nancy Locke, associate professor of art history, had her article “Visible Specters, Images from the Atmosphere,” published online in Nonsite.org, Issue #14 (December 15, 2014): http://nonsite.org/article/visible-specters
Catherine Adams (Assistant Curator of Visual Resources, Department of Art History) has been elected the Chapter Chair for the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Visual Resources Association (VRA). The VRA is a multi-disciplinary, international professional organization dedicated to furthering research and education in the field of image and media management within the educational, cultural heritage, and commercial environments. She will begin her two year term in January 2015.
Sarah K. Rich, associate professor of art history, authored a review of “Morris Louis: Veils,” Mnuchin Gallery, New York, as part of the “Best of 2014” series of Artforum (December 2014): 266-269. Rich's review ran beside, and operated as a counterpoint to, Michael Fried’s review of the same exhibition in that issue.
Randy Ploog, affiliate assistant professor of art history and A&A international program coordinator, presented an invited lecture “Manierre Dawson: The American Cézanne?”, at the Institute of American Universities, Aix-en-Provence, France, November 5, 2014. For more information on this article visit http://artsandarchitecture.psu.edu/news/ploog-serves-visiting-scholar-to...
Dr. Sarah K. Rich, associate professor of art history, published an obituary for “Marjorie Strider (1931-2014)” in artforum.com, November 12, 2014:http://artforum.com/passages/id=49052
Dr. Amara Solari, associate professor of art history & anthropology, presented a lecture, “The Victorious Virgin: Diseased Divinity in 17th-Century Yucatán,” to the Department of the History of Art, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, October 2014.
Dr. Robin L. Thomas, associate professor of art history, will present a paper, “Planning Portici: Architecture and Diplomacy between Naples and Spain 1734–49,” at the conference Naples and Spain: Cultural and Intellectual Networks (1500–1800), organized by the Neapolitan Network, Barcelona, Spain, October 24, 2014.
Dr. Anthony Cutler, Evan Pugh Professor of Art History, will present a lecture “Inhabited Inhabited Architecture: A Pervasive Motif in Medieval Art and Modern Theory” at the Harvard Faculty Club, Cambridge, Massachusetts, September 29, 2014. Dr. Cutler will explore the meaning of peripheral figures in Late Antique, Byzantine, and Western Medieval art. The lecture is part of the International Center of Medieval Art’s Forsyth Lectureship on Medieval Art. It is co-sponsored by the Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture, ICMA, and Harvard University Standing Committee on Medieval Studies.
Dr. Anthony Cutler, Evan Pugh Professor of Art History, will chair a session on “Byzantine Art” and will be a respondent for a “Session in Honor of Erica Cruikshank Dodd: The Visual Culture of Byzantium in a Mediterranean Context” at the Byzantine Studies Conference, Vancouver, Canada, November 6-9, 2014.
A Donation, an Attribution, and a Glimpse into the Past: Perkins Foss Donates Rare Book to Special Collections Library at Penn State Read more here from the College of Arts and Architecture story:
Art History Professor, Nancy Locke, answers a probing question about Impressionism on Penn State News: http://bit.ly/ProbingQuestion
The Department of Art History Visual Resources Centre (VRC) will be hosting a meeting of the Mid-Atlantic and Upstate New York Chapters of the Visual Resources Association (VRA) on August 8, 2014. The VRA is an international multidisciplinary organization dedicated to furthering research and education in the field of image management within the educational, cultural heritage, and commercial environments. The VRC supports the teaching and research needs of faculty and students of the Department of Art History by providing access to digital images and slides, instruction on scanning and imaging software, and assistance utilizing our local and subscription image databases. For more information about the upcoming chapter meeting at Penn State, click here.
Nancy Locke, associate professor of art history, has published a book review of Susan Sidlauskas' Cézanne's Other: The Portraits of Hortense, in H-France Review vol. 14 (July 2014), no. 119.http://www.h-france.net/vol14reviews/vol14no119locke.pdf
William J. Dewey, associate professor of art history, is the American representative for the MetalAfrica Association: A Scientific Network on African Metallurgy. Affiliated with the Society of Africanist Archaeologists (SAfA), the association's home institution is the Université de Toulouse in France. The inaugural meeting of MetalAfrica will be held July 2014 at the PanAfrican Archaeological Congress in Johannesburg, South Africa, with a second meeting planned for the 2016 biennial meeting of SAfA in Toulouse.
Anthony Cutler, Evan Pugh Professor of Art History, has been appointed the Forsyth Lecturer on Medieval Art, by the International Center of Medieval Art. This Lectureship sponsors "a lecture by a distinguished scholar of medieval art to be presented at multiple venues." During September-October 2014, Professor Cutler will be presenting lectures at Hellenic College (Brookline, Mass.), the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor), the Ohio State University (Columbus), and Kenyon College (Gambier, Ohio).
Craig Zabel, Head of the Department of Art History, recently published several essays on architecture in The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Cultural and Intellectual History, editors-in-chief Joan Shelley Rubin and Scott E. Casper (New York: Oxford University Press, 2013).
Perkins Foss, Visiting Associate Professor of Art History, has just published: Perkins Foss, An Old Urhobo, Edition Henricus Simonis (Köln: Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, 2011). Text in both German and English ISBN: 978-3-86560-987-8
Robin Thomas, assistant professor of art history, presented a paper, “Staging Gothic: Luigi Vanvitelli's Designs for Milan Cathedral,” at the Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Austin, Texas, April 9-13, 2014.
Anthony Cutler, Evan Pugh Professor of art history, presented the keynote address, “Those who Wait and Watch: Some Unidentified Figures at the Chora and their Curious Persistence in Byzantine Art,” at the symposium From Constantinople to Cappadocia at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Philadelphia, April 13, 2014.