Burke Lecture Series
Robert and Avis Burke Lecture Series
Robert Elisha Burke (1884-1957) was an artist and professor of Fine Arts at Indiana University from 1907 to 1949. He was Professor Emeritus of Fine Arts from 1949 until his death in 1957, when his wife, Avis Adalaide Tarrant Burke (1886-1984), endowed the department of the History of Art to present distinguished scholars to Bloomington. Mrs. Burke was widely known for her philanthropic interests including her donation to Indiana University of nineteenth century women’s clothing and fans.
The purpose of the Robert and Avis Burke Lecture Series is to share the current research of outstanding scholars with Indiana University students and faculty as well as the larger Bloomington community. We attempt to coordinate the key speakers to the interests of faculty and topics in current courses.
2013 - 2014 Schedule
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Barbara E. Frank, Associate Professor of Art History at Stony Brook University
Lecture title: Mapping West African Cultural Landscapes: Potters, Blacksmiths, Bronzecasters, Leatherworkers, Weavers and Indigo Dyers.
4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
IU Kelley School of Business(Hodge Hall) Room 219
Her primary research has been in Mali, West Africa, where she has worked with ceramic and textile artists, leatherworkers and blacksmiths documenting artistry, technology and social identity. She has held several major fellowships from NEH, Smithsonian, Fulbright-Hays and the Social Science Research Council for her research. Her major publications include Mande Potters and Leatherworkers. Art and Heritage in West Africa (Smithsonian, 1998, 2001) selected as a Choice Outstanding Academic Book, and an edited volume Status and Identity in West Africa: Nyamakalaw of Mande (Indiana, 1995).
February 20, 2014
Dr. Reindert Falkenburg
Vice Provost, Intellectual and Cultural Outreach
New York University, Abu Dhabi
Lecture Title: Hieronymus Bosch, diableries, and 'speculative' vision
4:00 - 5:00 p.m. in Ballentine 310
Falkenburg's own research explores the visual arts primarily from the perspective of image/viewer relationships. He studies tensions and crises in late medieval and Renaissance art, in particular the role of the visual arts in the aesthetic, religious, moral and spiritual formation of early modern man. His scholarly interest regard especially works by 16th-century Dutch and Flemish masters such as Hieronymus Bosch and Pieter Bruegel. His books include The Fruit of Devotion: Mysticism and the Imagery of Love in Flemish Paintings of the Virgin and Child, 1450-1550. Currently he is finishing a monographic study, titled Mirror of Mirrors: Hieronymus Bosch, The Garden of Earthly Delights. Most recently, Falkenburg served as chair of the Art History Department at Leiden University in The Netherlands. Before that he was Professor of Western Art and Religion at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California; Deputy Director of the Netherlands Institute for Art History; and Research Fellow of the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences. Falkenburg teaches The Idea of the Portrait, a class on one of the most fundamental forms of human expression in art. Falkenburg holds his Ph.D. from the University of Amsterdam, and masters and undergraduate degrees from Gronigen University in the Netherlands.
Thursday, November 14, 2013
William H. Robinson, Ph.D.
Department Head, European and American Painting and Sculpture
Curator of Modern European Art at the The Cleveland Museum of Art
Lecture Title: Van Gogh & Madness: The Artist versus the Legend
6:00 - 7:00 pm in Radio TV 226
Dr. William H. Robinson is Curator of Modern European Art at the Cleveland Museum of Art, Head of the Department of European and American Painting and Sculpture, and Adjunct Professor of Art History at Case Western Reserve University. He received his PhD in art history from CWRU in 1988, a certificate in Spanish language studies from the Universitat de Barcelona in 2001, and a certificate in management from Weatherhead School of Management, CWRU, in 2003. He has organized over twenty exhibitions and written extensively on a broad range of topics concerning 19th and 20th century art. His most recent publications include: Picasso and the Mysteries of Life (2012), Van Gogh Repetitions (forthcoming 2013), and Monet and the Modernist Garden (forthcoming 2015).
Thursday, October 31, 2013
Thor Mednick, Ph.D., Assistant Professor at the University of Toledo
Co-sponsored by the Robert E and Avis Burke Lecture Series
Lecture Title: What Lies Ahead: Science, Technology, and the Transformation of the Danish Landscape
4:45 - 5:45 p.m. in Opotometry 105
October 11th, 2013
Candace M. Keller, Ph.D., Assistant Professor; Department of Art, Art History, and Design/Residential College in the Arts & Humanities, Michigan State University
Lecture Title: Picturing Identity: Understanding Portraiture by Malick Sidibé
4:00 - 5:00 p.m. in Fine Arts 102
Candace Keller earned M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the Department of the History of Art at Indiana University, where she majored in African art and minored in African Studies and African American art. In 2008, she became Assistant Professor of African art and visual culture in the Department of Art, Art History, and Design and the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities at Michigan State University. Her research on the histories of photography in western Africa has appeared in several publications, exhibitions, invited lectures, and conference presentations and has been generously supported by Fulbright-Hays, British Library, Foreign Language and Area Studies (F.L.A.S.), and Arts Council of the African Studies Association (A.C.A.S.A.) fellowships.
RECEPTION: IMU University Club Faculty Room, 250 - 5:30pm to 7:30 PM
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