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Medieval Art Forum

Welcome to the Medieval Art Forum!  The Forum presents opportunities for discussion and exchange on topics of current interest to medieval art study.  All media, all periods, and all approaches are represented. Curatorial and conservation issues are also on the agenda, so as to take advantage of the exceptional resources of New York’s medieval collections, particularly those of the Metropolitan Museum, and of the Institute’s Conservation Center.  Events include traditional lectures and symposia, but the Forum organizes also discussions around pre-circulated papers, round tables with guest scholars, and works-in-progress.  Most of our events meet in the Institute’s seminar room, although the Forum’s collaborations with New York University’s Medieval and Renaissance Center (MARC) will occasionally bring events to NYU’s Washington Square campus.

Fall 2017 Schedule

Wednesday, September 27, 2017, 6pm
Speaker: Martha Easton, The Material Collective
Title: “The Most Extraordinary Art Museum in the World”: Inventing Medievalism at the Hammond Castle Museum in Gloucester, Massachusetts”

Abstract: In the 1920s, the scientist and inventor John Hays Hammond, Jr. built a medieval-style castle high on a bluff overlooking the sea in Gloucester, Massachusetts. His ‘castle’ housed his laboratory, but Hammond also used it as a stage setting for his sizeable collection of ancient, medieval, and Renaissance objects, in a fantastical setting meant to evoke a medieval past. Although Hammond lived, worked, and entertained his many famous friends in the castle, he also operated it as a museum, which one breathless newspaper account of the time deemed “the most extraordinary art museum in the world.” Despite these accolades, today Hammond’s collection and castle are almost completely unknown and unpublished.

Thursday, December 7, 2017, 6pm
Speaker: Manuel Castiñeiras, Professor and Chair, Department of Art and Music, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and Samuel H. Kress Senior Fellow, 2017-18, CASVA, National Gallery of Art
Title: “From Spain to Italy: Myths as identity for Emerging Powers in the Medieval Mediterranean (11th-13th centuries)”
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Wednesday, February 7, 2018, 6pm
Speaker: Lucretia Kargère, Conservator, The Cloisters, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Title: “Romanesque Polychrome Wood Sculptures: A New Wave of Technical Studies in Europe”
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Wednesday, March 21, 2018, 6pm
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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March 27th, 2017
Speaker: Professor Jean-Marie Guillouët, Université de Nantes

January 25th, 2017
The Paul Lott Lecture presents the inaugural talk of the Institute's Medieval Art Forum 
Speaker: Charles T. Little, Curator, Department of Medieval Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art
Title: “The Art of Ivory in the Carolingian World: Assessing and Reassessing the Canon"
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