Material Culture in Context Seminar to Meet April 22

Mireille Lee, assistant professor of history of art, and Beth Conklin, associate professor of anthropology, are coordinating a seminar at the Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities entitled “Material Culture in Context,” which will meet at noon on Tuesday, April 22.

This seminar explores objects and materiality from multiple perspectives. It will examine the meaning attached to objects by the people who made and used them, partially through looking at the contexts (cultural, social, historical, spatial) in which objects appear. Participants will also explore how objects are transferred through space and time. This seminar should be of special interest to specialists in archaeology, anthropology, sociology, history, and history of art, as well as cultural and media studies, and philosophy.

Interested participants can email allison.thompson@vanderbilt.edu to be added to the seminar mailing list.

Enjoy Pancakes and Waffles in the VRC This Week on April 24-25

pancakesTake a break from final exams and join us in the VRC next Thursday and Friday, April 24-25—anytime between 7:30 am and 4 pm—for pancakes and waffles replete with fabulous toppings, fruit juices, and coffee. Our master chef, Chris Strasbaugh, will prepare fresh batches of pancakes and waffles throughout the day for all who cross the threshold of Cohen 134.

The VRC will continue to provide free coffee throughout the exam period, which ends on Thursday, May 1. Students are invited to stay and study in our space or review streaming images on our large monitor.

Free Coffee Available in the VRC Now Through Thursday, May 1

As the spring semester comes to an end, the Visual Resources Center invites students, faculty, and staff to join us for a free cup of coffee—or two or three—in Cohen 134. Coffee will be available throughout the day from now through the last day of exams, which is Thursday, May 1.

Pour yourself a cup and dash to class or stay for a while and review images streaming across the big screen at the end of our large study table or simply sit down and take some time to relax and enjoy a cup of java. The VRC is open weekdays from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Department of Art Majors Featured in Senior Show April 11-May 9

seniorshow14Vanderbilt’s Department of Art proudly presents the work of its seven graduating studio art majors in a senior show that opens Friday, April 11, in Space 204, the second floor gallery at the E. Bronson Ingram Studio Art Center, 25th and Garland Avenues, on Vanderbilt’s main campus.

A reception will be held in the second floor rotunda on Friday from 4 to 6 p.m., with student awards announced at 5 p.m., including the prestigious Margaret Stonewall Wooldridge Hamblet awards, the Allan P. DeLoach Award for Photography, the Mid-South Ceramics awards, and the Plaza Artist Materials awards.

Participating seniors include Margaret “Elle” Burnett, Kelsey Creel, Lesley Hill, Desiré Hough, David Krenz, Demi Landstedt, and Anisha Patel. Their work will remain on display in Space 204 through Friday, May 9.

Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, with weekend hours of noon to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays for the duration of the exhibition. “It’s an exciting show, with some unique, weird and interesting projects,” said Mel Ziegler, chair of the Department of Art. “I’m pleased to see the progress that this group has made. I hope everyone has the opportunity to see the exhibition.”

In conjunction with the opening of the Senior Show, art work completed during the spring semester by all studio art students will be on display throughout the art building during the department’s Spring Open House on Friday, April 11, from noon to 6 p.m.

All Space 204 events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Department of Art at 615-343-7241.

Andrew Wilburn to Deliver Archaeology Lecture on April 10

wilburnAndrew T. Wilburn, associate professor of classics and archaeological studies at Oberlin College, will deliver the Archaeological Institute of America lecture at 7:00 pm on Thursday, April 10, at the Nashville Parthenon. His lecture is entitled “Sorcery in the Soil: Finding Magic at Graeco-Roman Karanis in Egypt.”

His areas of specialization are Graeco-Roman Egypt and the archaeology of ritual and magic. He has been involved in fieldwork at Abydos, Corinth, Tel Kedesh and Caesarea in Israel, and on Cyprus. In his book, Materia Magica: The Archaeology of Magic in Roman Egypt, Cyprus, and Spain (University of Michigan Press, 2013), Wilburn focuses on three sites in the Mediterranean—Karanis in Egypt, Amathous on Cyprus, and Empúries in Spain. He attempts to discover magic in the objects of daily life from antiquity, suggesting that individuals frequently turned to magic, particularly in times of crisis.

Free and open to the public, Wilburn’s lecture is sponsored by the Nashville Society of the Archaeological Institute of America, the Nashville Parthenon, and Vanderbilt’s Department of Classical Studies and Department of History of Art. Those who plan to attend the lecture are encouraged to call the Nashville Parthenon at 615.862.8431 to reserve a seat.

HART Students to Present Papers at Writing Symposium March 30

Three of our students—Ashley Shan, Zachary Richards, and Hannah Berg—will present papers at the Undergraduate Writing Symposium held Sunday, March 30, at the Ingram Commons Center. Betsey Robinson, Associate Professor of History of Art, will chair the panel session, Art Across Time and Space, which will meet in room 233 from 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Shan, a sophomore in sociology and history of art, will examine a series of prints by the Japanese artist Yoshitoshi based on her work with Halle O’Neal, Mellon Assistant Professor of History of Art. Her paper is entitled Capturing Uncertainty: Yoshitoshi and his Eimei Nijūsasshūku (Twenty-Eight Famous Murders with Verse).

Zachary Richards, a senior in history of art and philosophy, will speak on an ancient Roman cosmological floor mosaic at Merida, Spain, which he studied with Robinson and saw firsthand thanks to a Downing Grant. His paper is entitled The House of the Mithraeum and Its Cosmological Mosaic: Preserving Pagan Roman Tradition through Art.

Hannah Berg, a senior majoring in psychology and music, will speak on Tibetan amulet boxes and their role in helping their owners assert a physical and spiritual identity. Berg worked with Nancy Lin, Assistant Professor of History of Art, and her paper is entitled Ga’u and Perceived Space in Tibetan Thought.

The symposium features numerous panel sessions from 3 to 5:30 pm followed by closing remarks and a reception for panelists and their guests.

Kevin Murphy to Speak at Film Theory and Visual Culture Seminar

Kevin Murphy, Andrew W. Mellon Chair in the Humanities and chair of the History of Art Department, and Sally O’Driscoll, associate professor of English, Fairfield University, will be featured speakers at the Film Theory and Visual Culture Seminar on Friday, March 28, from noon to 2 p.m. They will address “Ephemera as Intervention: Deploying the Visual” in the conference room of the Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities on the Vanderbilt campus. Murphy and O’Driscoll are co-editors of Studies in Ephemera: Text and Image in Eighteenth-Century Print (2013).

Murphy’s work has focused on historicism in France and the United States, both with respect to new designs based on historic precedents and with regard to the preservation of historic sites. His publications include Memory and Modernity: Viollet-le-Duc at Vézelay (2000), Jonathan Fisher of Blue Hill, Maine: Commerce, Culture and Community on the Eastern Frontier (2010), several co-edited volumes, and numerous journal articles. He is currently working on a book that considers issues surrounding the commemoration of political revolution in the late 18th and 19th centuries by examining the contributions of the Marquis de Lafayette to French and American history.

O’Driscoll teaches 18th-century British literature and culture, women’s and gender studies, queer theory, and cultural studies. She has published in edited collections and in journals, including Signs, The British Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Eighteenth-Century: Theory and Interpretation, and Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature.

This seminar aims to foster dialogue among faculty and graduate students across campus working in film, visual culture, art history, literature, and cultural studies, as well as anyone interested in theories of the image, philosophies of perception, aesthetics and critical theory, media histories, and the history of vision.

Lunch is included, and no RSVP is necessary. For more information, contact Jennifer Fay, seminar coordinator, at jennifer.m.fay@vanderbilt.edu.