HART Society to Host Tour of Frist Exhibit with Vivien Fryd

hopperrailroad sunsetThe HART Society will host a tour of “Real/Surreal: Selections from the Whitney Museum of American Art,” an exhibit at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, on Thursday, September 18. Vivien Fryd, professor of history of art, will lead the tour, and students and faculty should plan to meet in Cohen’s 21st Avenue lobby at 5:00 pm.

Fryd will lead participants in understanding major movements within American art history from 1920 to 1950 as represented by works in the current exhibit, which features a survey of works from the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s drawn from the Whitney.

Anyone interested in the HART-sponsored tour at the Frist should RSVP (by September 17) to Jodi Chamberlain at jodi.l.chamberlain@vanderbilt.edu.

*Edward Hopper, Railroad Sunset, 1929, oil on canvas, 74.3 x 121.9 cm, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

AIA Lecture Features Lea Stirling and Her Work at Leptiminus

stirling_lea_croppedLea Stirling, associate professor of classics, University of Manitoba, will deliver the first Archaeological Institute of America lecture of the academic year on Thursday, September 18, at 6 pm at the Nashville Parthenon in Centennial Park. Stirling will introduce us to her excavations at Leptiminus (Lamta), Tunisia, in her lecture titled Food, Funerals, and Fuel at Leptiminus: Honoring the Dead in Roman Africa.

“Textual sources, inscriptions, and ancient images all indicate that dining and food offerings for the dead were an important element in funerals and commemoration,” wrote Stirling. “These discussions are usually unspecific about ‘menus,’ however, and archaeological evidence of actual food remains has often been sparser still. Thus, during excavations (2004-2006) at the East Cemetery of Leptiminus (Lamta, Tunisia), an important focus of the project was to collect physical evidence of food remains, namely bones, seeds, and residues. Finds related to food preparation and certain architectural features (particularly libation tubes and offering tables) provide further insight.”

Stirling holds a Canada Research Council Chair in Roman Archaeology. She has co-directed excavations in Roman kilns and cemeteries at the ancient city of Leptiminus, Tunisia, and participated in fieldwork at Germa, Libya, Carthage, Tunisia and Roccagloriosa, Italy. She specializes in Roman art and archaeology, including that of the Roman provinces, Late Antiquity, and North Africa. Her art historical research focuses on Roman and Late Antique statuary and its role in society.

“Betsey Robinson, Robin Jensen, and I had the very great pleasure of traveling to North Africa with Lea two years ago,” said Barbara Tsakirgis, associate professor of classical studies and history of art, “and we are eager to have her here so that everyone can enjoy learning about the exciting work she and her team are doing at Leptiminus.”

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

Closing Reception for Space 204 Exhibits on September 11

winkleThe Department of Art will hold a closing reception on Thursday, September 11, from 4 to 6 pm for two exhibits in the Space 204 gallery by art faculty from area colleges. A group show by Middle Tennessee State University professors Barry Buxkamper, John Donovan, Sisavanh Houghton, and Michael Baggarly as well as a solo show by Kimberly Winkle of Tennessee Technical University will be on display through Friday, September 12.

Winkle’s show, Frill, features 17 beautifully crafted and painted wood tables and other furniture items and objects. In the adjacent gallery, the MTSU group show, Intersections, brings together a wealth of experience and a wide range of media from four artist-educators.

All exhibits are free and open to the public. Space 204 is located at 25th Avenue South and Garland Avenue in the E. Bronson Ingram Studio Art Center on the Vanderbilt campus. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 10 am to 4 pm. On street parking is available along Garland Avenue and in the nearby parking ramps.

*Kimberly Winkle, Tit for Tat Tables, polychrome poplar and mahogany, 22 x 18 x 18 inches

Fryd Teaches American Realism and Surrealism Course at the Frist

HopperCapeCodSunsetVivien Fryd, professor of history of art, taught a three-week course on American realism and surrealism in late August and early September at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts in Nashville. Fryd led participants in understanding major movements within American art history from 1920 to 1950 as represented by works in the current exhibit, Real/Surreal: Selections from the Whitney Museum of American Art that will be on view through October 13 at the Frist.

A survey of works from the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s drawn from the Whitney, Real/Surreal examines American artists’ representations of reality as a subjective and malleable state of mind rather than a fixed truth. Influenced by European Surrealists of the 1920s like Salvador Dalí and René Magritte, some American artists used the tools of illusionistic representation to subvert reality entirely, while others subtly tweaked the conventions of realism to turn the familiar into something unsettling and uncanny. Fryd examined works by Andrew Wyeth, Edward Hopper, Grant Wood, Man Ray and Thomas Hart Benton, among others.

*Edward Hopper, Cape Cod Sunset, 1934, oil on canvas, 74.3 x 91.92 cm, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

Cohen Gallery Exhibit of Donna Ferrato’s Photographs Opens Friday

Donna FerratoDonna Ferrato, a documentary photographer internationally acclaimed for her work to end family violence, on Friday, September 12, will debut the first gallery exhibition in her series that focuses on women who have left their abusers. I Am Unbeatable––Documenting and Celebrating Stories of Empowerment will be on display at Vanderbilt Fine Arts Gallery in Cohen Hall through December 4. A reception will be held in honor of the photographer on Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. in the atrium of Cohen Hall.

In conjunction with the opening reception, Ferrato will address Looking for Positive Change in a Climate of Fear at 6 p.m. in Cohen 203. A short film on Ferrato’s subjects, Sarah (a survivor of domestic violence) and her children, whose experiences are the focus of much of this exhibition, will premiere at the opening and be shown continuously thereafter in the gallery.

Ferrato’s groundbreaking documentary project, “Living with the Enemy,” serves as a context for framing her new campaign against domestic violence, “I Am Unbeatable,” which takes her social activism to a new level by focusing on survivors of domestic abuse. Through a storytelling partnership with acclaimed American journalist Alex Chadwick, best known for his work on National Public Radio, and Claudia Glenn Dowling, award-winning journalist for such publications as Life, Time, and others, “I Am Unbeatable” is an exhibition, a grass-roots effort to support women who have escaped violent relationships, and a means to speak directly to young women and girls who have yet to declare themselves “unbeatable.”

For more than a decade, Ferrato traveled with police, lived in battered women’s shelters, camped out in emergency rooms, and stayed in maximum security prisons with women who were serving life sentences for killing their abusers in self-defense. “Shocked that love could go so wrong, I became obsessed with documenting domestic violence,” said Ferrato. “Driven to do something about it, I found that a camera was my best weapon.”

Her photographs on this subject were published in Life, The New York Times Magazine, Time, USA Today, U.S. News and World Report, and the Los Angeles Times, among other publications, and were aired on the television programs Dateline and Eye on America. The culmination of Ferrato’s domestic violence project came in 1991 with the publication of her book, Living with the Enemy, and the founding of the Domestic Abuse Awareness Project, which produces photographic exhibitions on domestic violence to raise money for women’s shelters.

FerratoThis exhibition is presented in collaboration with the Class of 2018 Commons Reading, Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward. I Am Unbeatable—Documenting and Celebrating Stories of Empowerment—Photographs by Donna Ferrato, a project organized by the Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery and curated by Joseph S. Mella, director, is brought to Vanderbilt by The Ingram Commons, the College of Arts and Science, the Project Safe Center, and the Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities. Additional support has been provided by an Innovation Grant from the Curb Center for Art, Enterprise & Public Policy, and by a generous gift from Leslie Cecil and Creighton Michael, MA ’76.

The exhibition is free and open to the public. The Fine Arts Gallery is located in Cohen Memorial Hall, 1220 21st Avenue South on the Peabody campus. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and weekends from 1 to 5 p.m. The gallery will be closed October 16 through 19 for fall break and November 22 through 30 for Thanksgiving break.

For more information on the exhibition, visit the gallery’s website or call 615-322-0605.

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

Sarah’s New World, 2012
Archival pigment print, Sony, digital
© Donna Ferrato

HART Society to Host Summer Social in Cohen Lobby

The History of Art Society is hosting a summer social on Friday, August 29, from 4 to 6 pm in the lobby of Cohen Hall. Students are invited to mingle with the professors and enjoy light refreshments. The department’s new faculty member, Riyaz Latif, and new administrative assistant, Teresa Benedetti, will be introduced at the event. Faculty members will speak briefly about their summer research.

Vivien Fryd to Lecture on Andy Warhol at Cheekwood on July 17

Flowers_130x130Fifty years ago, during the summer of 1964, Andy Warhol began working on silkscreen paintings of Flowers, a subject that would preoccupy him for the rest of his life. Best known for his vibrant pop imagery and searing commentary on art and popular culture, Warhol’s flower imagery reveals a softer, more intimate side of the artist.

Vivien Fryd, professor of history of art at Vanderbilt University, will lecture at Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art on Thursday, July 17, at noon. Her lecture, entitled “Decoding Andy Warhol: Lifestyle and Art,” is part of the Lunch and Lecture series and will be held in the Potter Room of Botanic Hall (also known as the Visitor Center).

Fryd will look at Warhol’s background and examine his closeted sexuality and how it is both absent and present in such subjects as his flowers and comics. Her lecture is coordinated with a current exhibit at Cheekwood, Andy Warhol’s Flowers, on display now through September 7. A guided tour of Andy Warhol’s Flowers will follow the lecture.

This exhibition traces Warhol’s engagement with floral images throughout his career, beginning with a group of his earliest commercial illustrations, drawn in the 1950s, and his creation of the Flowers series in 1964, to photographs, paintings, and screen prints through 1986 before his untimely death the following year.