Department to Honor HART Graduates at Reception on May 7

cohen-thumbHistory of Art majors and minors and their families and friends are invited to attend the department’s reception for our graduating seniors on Thursday, May 7, from 2 to 4 pm. The event will be held in the atrium of Cohen Memorial Hall on the Peabody campus, and awards will be presented at 3 pm.

Graduates and their families attending the reception are also invited to view the current exhibits in the Fine Arts Gallery near the atrium from noon to 4:00 p.m. Drawing on the combined resources of the Vanderbilt Fine Arts Gallery, the Eskind Biomedical Library Special Collections, local museums, and several private collections, the exhibit, entitled “Memento Mori: Looking at Death in Art and Illustration,” will be on view through May 23.
It features multiple perspectives on the nature of death and our attempts to memorialize the dead in order to give meaning to their lives.

“Up Close and Personal: Intimate Devotions and Everyday Objects in Late Antiquity,” an exhibition curated by Vanderbilt students that explores the devotional traditions of individuals who practiced Judaism, Christianity and Roman religions from the first century BCE to the seventh century CE, opens Thursday, May 7, in conjunction with the HART awards ceremony and celebration of graduates. This exhibit will be on view through September 4.

The gallery will also be open on Commencement Day (Friday, May 8) from noon to 4 pm, and Saturday, May 9, from 1 to 5 pm. Gallery hours for the summer are Tuesday-Friday, noon to 4 pm; Saturday, 1-5 pm. The gallery will be closed on Sundays and Mondays and on Saturday, July 4.

Enjoy Pancakes and Waffles in the VRC This Week on April 23-24

pancakesTake a break from final exams and join us in the Visual Resources Center this Thursday and Friday, April 23-24—anytime between 7:30 am and 4 pm—for pancakes and waffles replete with fabulous toppings, fruit juices, and coffee. Our master chef and fearless leader of the VRC, Chris Strasbaugh, will prepare fresh batches of pancakes and waffles throughout the day for all who cross the threshold of Cohen Hall 134.

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

Shaneyfelt Examines Workshop Practices in Renaissance Perugia

peruginoAn article by Sheri Shaneyfelt, senior lecturer and director of undergraduate studies, Department of History of Art, was recently published in the March 2015 issue of The Art Bulletin (Volume XCVII, Number 1). The article, “The Società del 1496: Supply, Demand, and Artistic Exchange in Renaissance Perugia,” is part of a larger project on workshop practices in Renaissance Perugia, circa 1480-1520. Shaneyfelt’s research and publications focus on Renaissance Umbria, particularly the school of Perugino.

In May 1496 five local artists opened a shared workshop in Perugia, creating a painters’ cooperative, known as the Società del 1496. An analysis of the formation and operation of their enterprise, their active civic roles, individual and collaborative works and their costs, as well as their interrelations with Perugino, Pintoricchio, and Raphael—the more famous painters active in the city—provide a more complete picture of the society’s integral position in Renaissance Perugia. The result is a greater understanding of how communal artistic production was designed to meet the increasing demand for art in central Italy around 1500.

*Pietro Perugino, The Madonna della Consolazione, 1496-1498, tempera on panel, 146 x 104 cm. Galleria Nazionale dell’Umbria, Perugia.

Applications for Fine Arts Gallery Internships Due Friday, April 17

cohen-thumbVanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery internships are designed to give Vanderbilt students an opportunity to gain hands-on, behind-the-scenes experience in a university art gallery setting. Interns will contribute to a variety of projects, including our digital imaging project, exhibition research and label copy writing, student outreach, and exhibition preparatory work. In addition, interns will assist with the day-to-day operations of the gallery.

Interns are expected to commit to a four-hour time slot per week in the gallery for two semesters. Day of the week and time will be coordinated with the gallery staff once academic schedules are in place. Responsibilities include research and exhibition writing; serving as a docent in the gallery for special events and group visits; scanning and sizing artwork for the digital imaging project; coding and adding information to the collection database, and contributing to exhibition preparatory work.

Experience in the following areas is preferred: a strong academic background in art, art history, or a related discipline (please list classes taken); research and writing skills; Photoshop: digital imaging, and strong computer skills (word, excel, database experience).

Students interested in applying for the 2015-2016 Fine Arts Gallery internships should email application materials to Margaret Walker ( by Friday, April 17. Application must include letter indicating your interest and a resume, including relevant coursework, writing sample, and two letters of reference.

Vivien Fryd to Lecture on Henry Ries at Symposium Held in May

brandenburg gateVivien Green Fryd, professor of history of art, will present a paper next month at the Critical Topography Symposium, Trent University, Peterborough, and Ryerson University, Toronto. Fryd, niece of the New York Times photographer Henry Ries (1917-2004) will address the topic Henry Ries’ Photographs of the Brandenburg Gate, 1937-1981: Collective Trauma, Struggle, and Identity.

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.

*Henry Ries, Brandenburg Gate, gelatin silver print, ca. 1937

HART Student Research Symposium Slated for Thursday, April 16

cohen-1Graduating seniors and history of art majors Jodi Chamberlain, Jessica DeAngelo, Clee Malfitano, and Holly McKee are the featured speakers at the fourth annual Student Research Symposium on Thursday, April 16, at 4:10 p.m. in Cohen Hall 203. A reception in the atrium will immediately follow the symposium.

Paper topics include San Vitale and Its Imperial Portrait Panels: A New Look from the Sixth-Century Viewers’ Perspective (Jodi Chamberlain); Follow the Ladder: Visual Analysis of a Dominican Antiphonary Page (Jessica DeAngelo); Gutzon Borglum’s Mount Rushmore National Memorial (Clee Malfitano), and ‘Flashpoint, Berlin!’ A comparative analysis of the photographs of Henry Ries and Gerhard Gronefeld documenting the Allied Occupation of Berlin (Holly McKee).

Sponsored by the Department of History of Art and the Vanderbilt History of Art Society, the symposium is open to the public and will be documented on video for future posting on the departmental website.

Leonard Folgarait Part of Flexner Dean’s Lecture on April 14

Vesalius - CopyThe Flexner Dean’s Lecture, “Memento Mori: Clinical and Historical Readings on Death in Art,” will be held on Tuesday, April 14, from noon to 1 p.m. in 208 Light Hall in the Vanderbilt University Medical Center. The lecture will be an interdisciplinary conversation on close readings led by John Sergent, professor of medicine, Leonard Folgarait, professor of history of art, and Holly Tucker, professor of French studies and professor in the center for biomedical ethics and society.

Each of the speakers will analyze one of the pages from Andreas Vesalius’s book on anatomy, De humani corporis fabrica (On the Fabric of the Human Body), from their respective academic disciplines. A 1555 edition of the work is currently on display in the Memento Mori—Looking at Death in Art and Illustration exhibition at the Vanderbilt Fine Arts Gallery housed in Cohen Memorial Hall on the Peabody campus.

The lecture is open to the public, and lunch will be provided. To RSVP, email and indicate your RSVP for the “medicine in art” lecture.

*Andreas Vesalius, Flemish (1514-1564)
De humani corporis fabrica (On the Fabric of the Human Body)
Second Edition, 1555
Bound Woodcuts
The Eskind Biomedical Library Special Collections