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2018 Calendar

The fall 2017 schedule has concluded. Please check the archive for a list of past events. A new schedule will be posted in January, 2018.

January

Friday, January 26, 2018, 6:30pm
Title: Frick In-House Symposium
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Tuesday, January 30, 2018, 6:30pm
Speaker: Dr. Mounia Chekhab-Abudaya, Curator for North Africa and Iberia, Museum of Islamic Art, Doha, Qatar
Title: Visualizing Pilgrimage: Images of Mecca and Medina in the Collections of the Museum of Islamic Art, Doha
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Abstract: Islamic pilgrimage routes have influenced the production of manuscripts, not only for those intended to be transported by pilgrims, but also for commercial transactions related to the pilgrimage itself. Pilgrimage and the mobility of the pilgrims has encouraged the development of manuscripts of several genres. These have played a role not only in the canonization of the rituals but also in the standardization of the sacred places’ representations and in the use of such manuscripts as instruments of devotion. Based on examples of representations of Mecca and Medina in manuscripts conserved in the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, Qatar, this lecture will attempt to demonstrate the variety of images of the holy sites – whether executed on scrolls, bound volumes or talismanic documents – as well as the different functions of such illustrations.

Dr. Mounia Chekhab-Abudaya is the Curator for North Africa and Iberia at the Museum of Islamic Art, Doha, Qatar, where she curated several exhibitions including Hajj – The Journey through Art (2013 - 2014) in collaboration with the British Museum, Qajar Women (2015) and Imperial Threads: Motifs and Artisans from Turkey, Iran and India (2017-2018). She completed her Ph.D. in Islamic Art History and Archaeology at the Pantheon Sorbonne University in Paris and is specialized on the Western Mediterranean, manuscripts and pilgrimage-related devotional materials in the Islamic world. For the 2017-2018 Academic year, Mounia Chekhab-Abudaya has been undertaking a research project in Harvard university as a post-doctoral research associate, as part of the Aga Khan Programme for Islamic Art and Architecture. Dr. Chekhab-Abudaya taught Islamic Art at undergraduate and graduate levels for four years at the Pantheon Sorbonne and INALCO (2007-2011).

Tuesday, January 30, 2018, 5:30pm
Series: Works in Progress
Speaker: Colin Eisler on Durer's Genius of Syphilis: Melencolia I.
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February

Friday, February 2, 2018, 6:30pm CANCELLED
Due to unforeseen circumstances, Salvatore Settis will not be able to be here on Friday, February 2, 2018 and the event has been cancelled. We apologize for the inconvenience.
Series: Greek & Roman Seminar
Speaker: Salvatore Settis, Scuola Normale Superiore
Title: "The Materiality of the Divine: Aniconism, Iconoclasm, Iconography”

Monday, February 5, 2018, 6:30pm
Series: Works in Progress
Speaker: Julia Pelta Feldman on Charles Simonds and the 'Clay World'
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Wednesday, February 7, 2018, 6:00pm
Series: Medieval Art Forum
Speaker: Lucretia Kargère, Conservator, The Cloisters Metropolitan Museum
Title: Romanesque Polychrome Wood Sculptures: A New Wave of Technical Studies in Europe
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Abstract: The scientific analysis of polychrome wood sculptures has developed exponentially in the last thirty years, revolutionizing our knowledge of the techniques employed in medieval times. Our understanding of Romanesque polychrome wood sculptures is still partial, admittedly behind the study of architectural sculptures.  Despite their age and condition, a clear impetus to examine these objects is rising in a number of European countries revealing highly colorful works of art.  
The lecture’s focal point is the technical examination of a group of French Romanesque sculptures both at The Metropolitan Museum and in France, as it fits into wider questions of typology, aspects of style and influences, dating, and workshop practices in Europe.  The long material history of these objects challenges their study, but close examinations divulge significant clues as to their original aspects, relations to other arts, original liturgical functions, re-uses and adaptations.   

Thursday, February 8, 2018, 5:30pm
Title: First Annual Gayle Greenhill Photography Lecture
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Monday, February 12, 2018, 6:30pm
Series: Artists at the Institute
Speaker: Rachel Rose
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Abstract: Rachel Rose (b. 1986) is among the foremost artists working with and in video today. Guided by research into such topics as vast as 19th century park design, cryogenics, to the American Revolutionary War, modernist architecture, and the sensory experience of walking in outer space, Rose’s work pinpoints what it is that makes us human, and how we seek to alter, enhance, and escape that designation.

Thursday, February 15, 2018, 6:00pm
Series: Pre-Columbian Society Lecture
Speaker: Joanne Pillsbury, Andrall E. Pearson Curator of Ancient American Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Title: From the Heart of the Andes: On Creating Golden Kingdoms
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Friday, February 16, 2018, 6:30pm
Series: China Project Workshop
Speaker: Susan Naquin
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Tuesday, February 20, 2018, 6:30pm
Series: Works in Progress
Speaker: Ann Macy Roth will discuss "Working and Watching: Active and Passive Representations in Egyptian Art"
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Tuesday, February 20, 2018, 6:30pm
Samothrace Lecture
Speaker: Bonna Wescoat, Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Art History, Emory University; Director of Emory University and NYU Excavations, Sanctuary of the Great Gods, Samothrace
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Monday, February 26, 2018, 6:00pm
Series: Judith Praska Distinguished Visiting Professor in Conservation and Technical Studies Lecture
Speaker: David Saunders, British Museum
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Tuesday, February 27, 2018, 6:30pm
Series: Silberberg Lecture Series
Speaker: Whitney Davis
Title: The Dancer and the Dance; or, The Projection and the Projected
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Abstract: Writing in the English language in New York City in 1897 and 1943 respectively, the anthropologists Franz Boas (born in 1858 in Minden, Westphalia) and Claude Lévi-Strauss (born in 1908 in Brussels, Belgium) – both later identified with sustained, powerful, and politically influential critiques of racialism in general anthropology and in American and United Nations public policies – stated fundamental principles of their ‘art histories’ in bravura (and highly tendentious) readings of the languages, visual cultures, and performance traditions of the indigenous peoples of the ‘North Pacific’ coast of present-day British Columbia, especially of the Kwakwakw’wakw people (‘Kwakiutl’) and their mask-dancing ceremonies (partly suppressed in Canadian outlaw of the potlach). This lecture examines the multilingual exchanges and inter-translations in question as the determinative context for two of the most influential proposals about the very nature of the ‘languages of art’, widely applied throughout world art history – Boas’s theory of projection and Lévi-Strauss’s ‘structuralist’ method.

March

Thursday, March 1, 2018, 6:30pm
Series: Greek & Roman Seminar
Speaker: Alessandro Pierattini, University of Notre Dame
Title: "The Temple Before the Order: The Origins of Greek Temple Architecture”
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Thursday, March 8, 2018, 6:00pm
Series: Pre-Columbian Society Lecture
Speaker: Simon Martin, Senior Research Specialist, University of Pennsylvania Museum
Title: Entangled Tesserae: Looking at Classic Maya Political Society
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Sunday, March 18, 2018, 5:00pm
Title: The Songs of Claude Debussy on the One Hundredth Anniversary of his Death with Sylvie Robert & Steve Beck
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Wednesday, March 21, 2018, 11:00am
Series: Works in Progress
Speaker: Kent Minturn will present "The Political Unconscious of Art Brut Materials"
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Wednesday, March 21, 2018, 6:00pm
Series: Medieval Art Forum
Speaker: William J. Diebold, Jane Neuberger Goodsell Professor of Art History, Reed College
Title: Displaying ‘German Greatness’ in Nazi Germany: The Middle Ages in the Exhibition 'Deutsche Größe' (1940-1942) and its Legacy
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Tuesday, March 27, 2018, 6:30pm
Series: Silberberg Lecture Series
Speaker: Chrissie Iles, Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz Curator at the Whitney Museum
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Wednesday, March 28, 2018, 6:30am
Series: Works in Progress
Speaker: PhD Candidate Daniella Berman will present a portion of her dissertation "Aesthetics of Contingency: History and the Unrealized Paintings of the French Revolution"
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Thursday, March 29, 2018, 6:30pm
Series: Artists at the Institute
Speaker: Lee Ming Wei
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Friday, March 30, 2018, 6:30pm
Series: China Project Workshop
Speaker: Daniel Greenberg
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April

Tuesday, April 3, 2018, 6:30pm
Series: Works in Progress
Speaker: TBD
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Thursday, April 5, 2018, 6:30pm
Series: Greek & Roman Seminar
Speaker: Milette Gaifman, Yale University
Title: “The Two-dimensional and Three-dimensional in Greek Painted Pots.”
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Wednesday, April 11, 2018, 6:30pm
Series: Works in Progress
Speaker: PhD Candidate Jennifer Buonocore will present "Dan Graham: Possible Poems, 1966-1969"
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Thursday, April 12, 2018, 6:00pm
Series: Pre-Columbian Society Lecture
Speaker: Sarahh Scher, Visiting Lecturer, Salem State University
Title: TBD
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Friday, April 13, 2018, 6:30pm
Series: China Project Workshop
Speaker: Meimei Rado
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Thursday, April 19 - Friday, April 20, 2018
ISLAA SYMPOSIUM
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Monday, April 23, 2018
Series: Samuel H. Kress Lecture
Speaker: Rupert Featherstone

Wednesday, April 25, 2018, 6:30pm
Series: Works in Progress
Speaker: Günter Kopcke
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Friday, April 27, 2018
IFA - Frick Symposium
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May

Tuesday, May 1, 2018, 6:30pm
Series: Silberberg Lecture Series
Speaker: Emine Fetvacı from the Department of Art and Architecture at Boston University
Lecture Title: TBD
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Thursday, May  3, 2018, 6:30pm
Series: Works in Progress
Speaker: Hannah De Corte will present "Painting as absorption. Looking at the textile of the canvas and its properties of absorption"
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Friday, May 11, 2018, 6:30pm
Series: China Project Workshop
Speaker: Chenghua
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