NYU to Host Three Lectures by Cultural and Literary Critic Harry Berger, Jr.—Oct. 5, 12, and 27


New York University will host three lectures by cultural and literary critic Harry Berger, Jr.: “Collecting Body Parts in Leonardo’s Cave” (October 5); “Caterpillage: Death & Truthiness in 17th Century Floral Dutch Still Lifes” (October 12); and “The Mercifixion of Shylock” (October 27).

NYU to Host Three Lectures by Cultural and Literary Critic Harry Berger, Jr.—Oct. 5, 12, and 27
New York University will host three lectures by cultural and literary critic Harry Berger, Jr.: “Collecting Body Parts in Leonardo’s Cave” (October 5); “Caterpillage: Death & Truthiness in 17th Century Floral Dutch Still Lifes” (October 12); and “The Mercifixion of Shylock” (October 27).

New York University will host three lectures by cultural and literary critic Harry Berger, Jr.: “Collecting Body Parts in Leonardo’s Cave” (October 5); “Caterpillage: Death & Truthiness in 17th Century Floral Dutch Still Lifes” (October 12); and “The Mercifixion of Shylock” (October 27). All three lectures begin at 6 p.m. The October 5 and October 27 lectures will be held at 20 Cooper Square, and the October 12 lecture will take place at NYU’s Casa Italiana.  Serving as respondents will be, respectively, Patricia Rubin, Director, The Institute of Fine Arts; John Walsh, Director Emeritus of The J. Paul Getty Museum; and Barry Edelstein, Director, The Public Theater’s Shakespeare Initiative.

Berger is a founding faculty member of the University of California, Santa Cruz, where he is a professor emeritus. He is currently a visiting faculty member at NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study. Berger’s work has covered a range of artistic and literary subjects: Renaissance studies, Shakespeare, Plato, Leonardo, Vermeer, Rembrandt, the Old Testament, Beowulf, Pepys, Dante, Robert Frost, and more. His books include: Second World and Green World; Situated Utterances; Making Trifles of Terrors; Imaginary Audition; Fictions of the Pose; Manhood, Marriage, and Mischief; and the forthcoming Caterpillage.

Tuesday October 5, 6 p.m.

Collecting Body Parts in Leonardo’s Cave: Vasari & the Erotics of Obscene Connoisseurship

Respondent: Patricia Rubin, Director, The Institute of Fine Arts

20 Cooper Square, 5th Floor (on Bowery at 5th St.); Subways: 6 (Astor Place), R (8th Street).

Tuesday October 12, 6 p.m.

Caterpillage: Death & Truthiness in 17th Century Floral Dutch Still Lifes

Respondent: John Walsh, Director Emeritus, The J. Paul Getty Museum

Casa Italiana, 24 West 12th Street (between 5th and 6th Avenues); Subways: 4, 5, 6, L, N, Q, R (Union Square).

Wednesday October 27, 6 p.m.

The Mercifixion of Shylock

Respondent: Barry Edelstein, Director, The Public Theater’s Shakespeare Initiative

20 Cooper Square, 5th Floor (on Bowery at 5th St.); Subways: 6 (Astor Place), R (8th Street).

The lectures are free and open to the public, with seating on a first-come, first-served basis.  Photo ID is required for entry.  For more information, visit www.NYiHumanities.org or contact Stephanie Steiker of the New York Institute for the Humanities, at 212.998.2101 or nyih.info@nyu.edu.

The series is sponsored by the New York Institute for the Humanities, the Humanities Initiative at NYU, and the Gallatin School of Individualized Study.

 

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