Michael Leja to Deliver Goldberg Lecture on December 4

Leja_Goldberg_SP14smallMichael Leja, professor of history of art and director of program in visual studies, University of Pennsylvania, will present the Norman L. and Roselea J. Goldberg Lecture in Art History on Thursday, December 4, at 4:10 p.m. in 203 Cohen Hall. His lecture is entitled “Cubism in Bondage: Morgan Russell’s Synchromism,” with a reception to follow in the atrium.

Leja (PhD, Harvard University) studies the visual arts in various media (painting, sculpture, film, photography, prints, illustrations) in the 19th and 20th centuries, primarily in the United States. His work is interdisciplinary and strives to understand visual artifacts in relation to contemporary cultural, social, political, and intellectual developments. He is especially interested in examining the interactions between works of art and particular audiences.

Synchromism was an art movement founded in the early 1910s by two American artists living in Paris at the time, Morgan Russell (1886-1953) and Stanton Macdonald-Wright (1890-1973). With Stanton Macdonald-Wright, Russell created an avant-garde style of colorful abstract painting. Seeking a spiritual exaltation equivalent to that produced by music, with which he also experimented, Russell combined abstract shape and color in paintings.

Leja’s book Looking Askance: Skepticism and American Art from Eakins to Duchamp (2004) traces the interactions between the visual arts and the skeptical forms of seeing engendered in modern life in northeastern American cities between 1869 and 1917. It won the Modernist Studies Association Book Prize in 2005. Leja was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2008.

Sponsored by the Department of History of Art, the Goldberg Lecture is free and open to the public. Limited parking is available in Lot 95 outside Cohen Hall, off 21st Avenue South on the Peabody campus and across from Medical Center East.

Documentary Screening and Panel Discussion Tonight in Cohen 203

Donna FerratoIn conjunction with I Am Unbeatable: Documenting and Celebrating Stories of Empowerment—Photographs by Donna Ferrato, the Vanderbilt Fine Arts Gallery will host a screening of Nashville Public Television’s documentary film Living in Fear at 6 pm on Thursday, November 13, in Cohen Memorial Hall, room 203. Following the film will be a panel discussion moderated by LaTonya Turner, host of the documentary, and Joseph Mella, director of the Fine Arts Gallery.

The number of incidents and the severity of domestic violence has been a public safety crisis in Tennessee for decades, and the staggering statistics show there is no typical victim. Tennessee ranks tenth in the nation for the number of women killed by men, and more than half of the reported violent crimes in the state are related to domestic violence. In NPT Reports Domestic Violence: Living in Fear, we learn about the survivors, the perpetrators, and the witnesses to these criminal acts of violence.

The screening is free and open to the public, and the gallery will be open until 8 pm. For more information about NPT Reports Domestic Violence: Living in Fear, visit wnpt.org/domesticviolence/ or about the current gallery exhibit, visit vanderbilt.edu/gallery.

Donna Ferrato
American, born 1949
Sarah Augusta, 26, Finally Free from Abuse, 2012
Archival pigment print, digital 35 mm
© Donna Ferrato

Creating a 3D Scan of the Korean Sculpture Discovered at Peabody

koreanfunerarystatueRepresentatives from Novacopy and Creaform will be in Cohen Memorial Hall on Tuesday, November 25, at 10 a.m. to create a three-dimensional scan of a rare Korean funerary statue that resided for nearly 45 years outside Payne Hall on the Peabody College campus. The sculpture currently stands outside the entrance to the Fine Arts Gallery while awaiting restorative care. The gallery will use the scan to record the sculpture pre-restoration and then archive it.

“The goal is to allow this scan to be the first of many 3D scans that will be accessible through DIMLI,” said Chris Strasbaugh, director of the department’s Visual Resources Center. “The scan could also be used to test 3D printers.”

Conservation efforts for the statue are led by the Office of the Dean of Peabody College, Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery, Asian Studies Program, Department of History of Art, Department of English, and the Vanderbilt Korean Alumni group.

Sheri Shaneyfelt to Lecture on the Frist’s “Sanctity Pictured” Exhibit

Shaneyfelt_FristLecture_LowRes (2)Sheri Shaneyfelt, senior lecturer and director of undergraduate studies in the department of history of art, will give a lecture on Tuesday, November 11, at 6 pm in Cohen 203 to correlate with the current exhibit at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts entitled Sanctity Pictured: The Art of the Dominican and Franciscan Orders in Renaissance Italy.

Beginning in the early thirteenth century, Italy was transformed by two innovative new religious orders known as the Dominicans, founded by Saint Dominic of Caleruega, and the Franciscans, founded by Saint Francis of Assisi. Shaneyfelt will present highlights of the exhibition, which is the first to examine the significant role played by the two major mendicant orders in the great flowering of art in Italy in the period from 1200 to 1550.

The lecture is free and open to the public. Cohen Memorial Hall is located on the western edge of the Peabody campus at 1220 21st Avenue South. Parking is available in Lot 95 outside Cohen Hall, off 21st Avenue South on the Peabody campus and across from Medical Center East.

Mireille Lee Writes Monograph on Ancient Greek Dress

mireilleleebookcoverMireille Lee, assistant professor of history of art and classical studies, has written the first general monograph on ancient Greek dress in English to be published in more than a century: Body, Dress and Identity in Ancient Greece, forthcoming in December from Cambridge University Press.

By applying modern dress theory to the ancient evidence, Lee reconstructs the social meanings attached to the dressed body in ancient Greece. Whereas many scholars have focused on individual aspects of ancient Greek dress, from the perspectives of literary, visual, and archaeological sources, this book synthesizes the diverse evidence and offers fresh insights into this essential aspect of ancient society.

Accessible to a broad audience, Lee’s book is lavishly illustrated and relates ancient society to the modern world.

Patricia Leighten to Deliver Goldberg Lecture on November 6

cartier-bresson.behindGareStLazare.1932Patricia Leighten, professor of art history & visual studies, Duke University, will present the Norman L. and Roselea J. Goldberg Lecture in Art History on Thursday, November 6, at 4:10 p.m. in 203 Cohen Hall. Her lecture is entitled “The Secret Life of Henri Cartier-Bresson,” with a reception to follow in the atrium.

Leighten’s field of research is late nineteenth and early twentieth-century modernism and politics in Europe, primitivism, and the history and theory of photography. In her research and teaching, she is interested in the relationship between visual culture and the politics of both representation and interpretation. Leighten received her PhD from Rutgers University.

She is author of The Liberation of Painting: Modernism and Anarchism in Avant-Guerre Paris (University of Chicago Press 2013) and Re-Ordering the Universe: Picasso and Anarchism, 1897-1914 (Princeton University Press 1989) as well as coauthor of A Cubism Reader: Documents and Criticism, 1906-1914 (University of Chicago Press 2008) [Le cubisme devant ses contemporains–Documents et critiques (1906-1914), Paris: Les Presses du réel, forthcoming 2014] and Cubism and Culture (Thames & Hudson 2001 [Cubisme et culture 2002]).

Sponsored by the Department of History of Art, the Goldberg Lecture is free and open to the public. Limited parking is available in Lot 95 outside Cohen Hall, off 21st Avenue South on the Peabody campus and across from Medical Center East.

*Henri Cartier-Bresson, Behind the Saint-Lazare Station, Paris, 1932, gelatin silver print

Vivien Fryd Presents Paper on Henry Ries at Berlin Conference

henryriesVivien Green Fryd, professor of history of art, presented a paper on October 29 at the Fifth International Conference on the Image at the Freie Universität, Berlin. Fryd, niece of the New York Times photographer Henry Ries (1917-2004), addressed the topic Henry Ries’ Iconic Photograph of the Berlin Blockade: The Transformation of Germans from the Enemy to a Friend. Fryd examined his photograph of 1948, which celebrates the Berlin blockade when the United States becomes the friend and ally of his native Germany.

Ries, a Berlin-born Jew who fled Hitler with his sister (Fryd’s mother) in 1938, returned to Germany after the war and often used images of mundane life to contrast the darkness of war’s aftermath. Among his most evocative pictures of postwar Germany are his images of the Berlin airlift in 1948 and 1949.