Tara Zanardi to Present Goldberg Lecture on Thursday, April 9

Porcelain Room Detail Figure Seated edit (3)Tara Zanardi, assistant professor of art history at Hunter College, will present the Norman L. and Roselea J. Goldberg Lecture in Art History on Thursday, April 9, at 4:10 p.m. in 203 Cohen Hall. Her lecture is entitled “Porcelain Pleasures and the Allure of the East: Charles III and China,” with a reception to follow in the atrium.

“Tara Zanardi’s scholarly interests engage the art and visual culture of Spain and its global empire during the long eighteenth century,” said Christopher Johns, the Norman L. and Roselea J. Goldberg Professor of History of Art.

Zanardi (PhD, University of Virginia) teaches courses on eighteenth- and nineteenth-century European art that consider a wide range of topics—art and politics, the development of museums, national identities and cultural representations, fashion, gender, and global exchange.

She has published widely in a number of scholarly journals, including Zeitschrift für Kunstgeschichte and Eighteenth-Century Studies, and has received numerous prestigious fellowships. Her first book, Majismo and the Pictorial Construction of Elite Identity in Eighteenth-Century Spain (Penn State University Press) will appear later this year.

Her new book project, titled Global Exchange and Tropical Play: Chinerìa in Spanish Visual and Material Culture, focuses on “the deployment of colonial exoticisms in Spain and its empire, attempting to understand in the political and artistic context why certain artistic choices were made and others avoided,” said Johns. Zanardi will explore the highly fashionable and “exotic” eighteenth-century decorative mode of chinoiserie in primarily two major sites, the royal palaces of Madrid and Aranjuez. It will be the first in-depth analysis of chinoiserie in Spanish interior design, textiles, and decorative arts.

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. For more information, call the department at 615.322.2831.

Late Antiquity Seminar Announces Kate Cooper’s March 27 Lecture

kateccooperThe Robert Penn Warren Center’s seminar on Late Antiquity announces a lecture by Kate Cooper, professor of ancient history at the University of Manchester (UK), on Friday, March 27, at 4:00 pm in room 122 of the Divinity School. Cooper’s lecture is entitled “Virgins, Mothers, and Martyrs: Women in Early Christian Africa.”

Cooper will discuss her recent book, Band of Angels: The Forgotten World of Early Christian Women, in which she brings together the fruits of many years of academic research on women’s “hidden” contribution to the growth of Christianity in its early centuries.

“More than anything,” she suggests, “the vitality of early Christianity was built on the power of stories: stories told around the table at mealtimes, in prayer meetings, to children at bedtime. It was by handing down stories that the earliest Christians remembered the life and death of Jesus, and captured its meaning for their own communities and for the future. Naturally, women played an important part in this. Wonderfully, we are closer to understanding women’s contribution to the early Church than we have been at any time in history.”

This event is sponsored by the Department of Classical Studies, the Carpenter Program in Religion, Gender and Sexuality at Vanderbilt Divinity School, and the Late Antiquity seminar at the Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities.

Studio VU Lecture Series Features Phoenix Savage on March 25

phoenixsavageThe Department of Art’s Studio VU Lecture Series features Phoenix Savage, assistant professor of art at Tougaloo College, Jackson, Mississippi, on Wednesday, March 25, at 7:00 pm in room 220 of the E. Bronson Ingram Studio Art Center. Her lecture is cosponsored by The Mellon Partnership for Humanities Education and Tennessee State University.

Savage’s research-based art practice is an intersection of auto ethnography and the principles of formalism. She is a recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship via the U.S. State Department as well as the Being Humans Fellowship awarded by the Institute for the Arts and Humanities at Pennsylvania State University.

Her work has been recognized through such exhibitions as the bi-annual Movers and Shakers of Georgia’s Art Scene hosted by the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia (MOCAGA); Ain’t I A Woman organized by the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporian Arts of Brooklyn, NY (MOCADA); Mississippi Invitational organized by the Mississippi Museum of Art; and Secular & Sacred at the University of Florida.

Her sculpture, Fire in the Belly of God, recently acquired by the African American Collection of Clark Atlanta University of Atlanta, Georgia, is featured in The Eye of the Muses, the Collection’s catalog. Savage received a MFA in sculpture from Georgia State University and holds two additional graduate level degrees: an MA in medical anthropology (University of Mississippi) and an MA in studio arts from Northwestern State University.

The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact the Department of Art at 615.343.7241.

Call for Student Symposium Papers by Wednesday, April 1

HART Society Symposium 3The History of Art Student Symposium will be held Thursday, April 16, at 4:10 pm in Cohen Hall 203. All students are invited to submit research papers written for upper-level courses or theses in the History of Art.

Papers must be received by Wednesday, April 1, at 5 pm and will be selected for presentation anonymously by HART faculty. In order to be considered, please send your paper as an email attachment to teresa.p.benedetti@vanderbilt.edu with the subject, “HART Symposium.”

Contact mireille.lee@vanderbilt.edu with any questions or concerns.

Christopher Johns Presents Paper on John Singleton Copley

copleystudyascensionChristopher Johns, Norman L. and Roselea J. Goldberg Professor of History of Art, presented a paper on Saturday, March 21, at the annual meeting of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies in Los Angeles. Its title: “John Singleton Copley in Rome: The Challenge of the Old Masters Accepted.”

The paper was read in the session “American Latium: The Impact of Rome on American Artists in the Long Eighteenth Century,” chaired by Karin Wolfe, Research Fellow, British School at Rome. The American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies is an interdisciplinary group dedicated to the advancement of scholarship in all aspects of the period—from the later seventeenth through the early nineteenth century.

*John Singleton Copley (1738-1815). Study for “The Ascension,” 1774. Ink (“Bistre”) washes, pen and ink, black chalk, and graphite on off-white laid paper, watercolor. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

New York Artist Marina Rosenfeld to Present Talk on March 19

rosenfeld brisbaneA noted composer of large-scale performances and an experimental turntablist working with hand-crafted dub plates, New York-based Marina Rosenfeld is considered a leading voice in the increasing hybridization between the domains of visual art and music.

Rosenfeld, who joined the faculty of Bard College’s MFA program in 2003 and has co-chaired its department of Music/Sound since 2007, will present a talk on Thursday, March 19, at 6:00 pm in the E. Bronson Ingram Studio Arts Center, room 220, on the Vanderbilt campus.

Rosenfeld has created chamber and choral works, including the performances Teenage Lontano (2008), roygbiv&b (2011), and Free Exercise (2014); a series of conceptual orchestras for floor-bound electric guitars and other quasi-sculptural scenarios; works notated in video, including WHITE LINES and My red, red blood; and since 2008, a series of installation/performance works, often mounted in monumental spaces, such as the Park Avenue Armory in New York and Western Australia’s Midland Railway Workshops, deploying complexes of unamplified live performers and custom loudspeaker installations.

Widely presented throughout Europe, North America and Australia, her work includes recent solo projects for the Museum of Modern Art in New York; SPOR, Ultima, Wien Modern and Holland Festivals; and the Whitney, Liverpool and PERFORMA Biennials; among others. Recent collaborative projects include her duo with George Lewis (Sour Mash) and an album featuring the collaboration of legendary Jamaican vocalist Warrior Queen, as well as long-time collaborator, cellist Okkyung Lee.

Rosenfeld is a 2011 recipient of both a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants to Artists award and an Artist Residency from the Headlands Center for the Arts. Previous awards include grants and honors from the New York State Council on the Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, Park Avenue Armory, Harvestworks Digital Media Arts, Experimental Television Center, and Austria’s Ars Electronica competition in digital musics.

Rosenfeld’s talk is sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Chair in the Humanities, the Department of Art, and the Curb Center for Art, Enterprise, and Public Policy. The event is free and open to the public. The E. Bronson Ingram Studio Art Center is located at 25th Avenue South and Garland Avenue on the Vanderbilt campus. For more information, call the Department of History of Art (615.322.2831) or the Department of Art (615-343-7241).

*Marina Rosenfeld, Brisbane Powerhouse, Australia, 2011

“Memento Mori” Exhibit Opens March 12 in the Fine Arts Gallery

Vesalius - CopyThe Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery celebrates the opening of Memento Mori: Looking at Death in Art and Illustration with a reception on Thursday, March 12, from 5 to 7 pm in Cohen Memorial Hall on the Peabody campus. 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, on view through May 23, will reveal multiple perspectives on the nature of death and our attempts to memorialize the dead in order to give meaning to their lives.

The selection of art work attempts to create a greater understanding of the role of death and mourning throughout history. Through this collaborative effort, the Fine Arts Gallery presents an interdisciplinary approach to our awareness of mortality from the sixteenth century to the present.

Material featured within this exhibition ranges from art rooted in the Danse Macabre or Dance of Death, the medieval allegorical concept of the all-conquering and equalizing power of death, to deathbed scenes—a reminder that, in contrast to the way death is often experienced today, the end of life was frequently a gathering of family and loved ones. Other works reveal approaches to funerals and mourning, including artistic tributes to the dead.

The exhibition represents a range of times and cultures and includes works by Ivan Albright, Andrea di Bartoli, Enrique Chagoya, Sue Coe, William Edmondson, Hans Holbein, Käthe Kollwitz, Georges Roualt, Thomas Rowlandson, Stephen Tourlentes, Andreas Vesalius, Werner Wildner, and Tsukioka Yoshitoshi.

Memento Mori: Looking at Death in Art and Illustration is organized by the Vanderbilt Fine Arts Gallery and co-curated by Joseph Mella, director, Holly Tucker, professor of French studies and professor of biomedical ethics and society, Christopher Ryland, assistant director at the Eskind Biomedical Library, and James J. Thweatt, coordinator for historical collections at the Eskind Biomedical Library.

Save the date for the Flexner Dean’s Lecture: “Memento Mori: Clinical and Historical Readings on Death in Art,” Tuesday, April 14, from 12:00-1:00 pm in Light Hall 208. Panelists include John Sergent, professor of medicine; Leonard Folgarait, professor of history of art; and Holly Tucker, professor of French and professor of biomedical ethics and society. More details to follow.

Gallery hours from March 12 to April 30 are Monday through Friday, 11 am to 4 pm, and Saturday and Sunday, 1 to 5 pm; and from May 1 to May 23: Tuesday through Friday, noon to 4 pm, Saturday, 1 to 5 pm, and closed on Sunday and Monday. Free and open to the public, the Fine Arts Gallery is housed in Cohen Memorial Hall, 1220 21st Avenue South, on the western edge of the Peabody College campus. Free parking is available after 5 pm in Lot 95 outside Cohen Hall, off 21st Avenue South on the Peabody campus and across from Medical Center East.

For further information, call the gallery (615.322.0605) or the curator’s office (615.343.1702); or visit vanderbilt.edu/gallery.

*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