Indiana University Bloomington

Department of the History of Art

Burke Lecture Series

  Burke Lecture Series Archive

2008-2009 Burke Lecture Series

Spring 2009
Friday, January 16th @ 4:30 PM,  Fine Arts 102

Dr. Patricia Mainardi, Professor of Art History, City University of New York

Title: “Paths Forgotten, Calls Unheard: Illustration in the 19th Century”

Dr. Patricia Mainardi is the author of numerous books and articles on 19th century art, including Art and Politics of the Second Empire: The Universal Expositions of 1855 and 1867 (Yale, 1988), which received the Charles Rufus Morey Award from the College Art Association as the outstanding art history book of its year; The End of the Salon: Art and the State in the Early Third Republic (Cambridge, 1993), and Husbands Wives and Lovers: Marriage and Its Discontents in 19th Century France (Yale, 2003). She is currently completing a book entitled “Another World: Illustrated Print Culture in 19th-Century France.” She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts At the National Gallery of Art, the Institute for Advanced Study, among others.

Friday, January 23rd @ 4:30 PM, Woodburn Hall 120

Dr. Elisabeth Cameron, Associate Professor of Art History, University of California, Santa Cruz

Title: “Art that Dies: Iconoclasm and the Perduring Object in African Art”

Dr. Elisabeth Cameron’s research focuses on Central African art, particularly in Zambia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. She is the author of several books, her most recent being The Art of the Lega (Los Angeles: UCLA Fowler Museum of  Cultural History, 2001).  Others include Isn't S/He a Doll? Play and Ritual in African Sculpture (Los Angeles: UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History, 1996) and Reclusive Rebels: An Approach to the Sala Mpasu and their Neighbors (San Diego: San Diego Mesa College, 1992).

Reception to be held at the SoFA Gallery 6:00 P.M.  

Friday, February 20 @ 4:00 PM, Fine Arts 102     

Dr. Mark Meadow, Associate Professor of Art History, University of California, Santa Barbara Title: "The Aztecs at Ambras: Social Networks and the Dissemination of Knowledge about the New World"

Professor Meadow is the author of Pieter Bruegel the Elder's Netherlandish Proverbs and the Practice of Rhetoric, 2002 and the editor of several volumes, including translations and critical editions of Symon Andriessoon's 1550 Duytsche adagia ofte spreeckwoorden, Hilversum, 2003 and Samuel Quiccheberg's 1565 Inscriptiones vel tituli theatri amplissimi, Los Angeles, forthcoming. A specialist in Northern European art of the early-modern period, Professor Meadow has particular interests in the histories of rhetoric and collecting and in early-modern ritual and spectacle. As Co-Director of The Microcosms Project, Prof. Meadow is investigating the history, functions and future of the material collections in the contemporary university.  He recently founded Proteus: Studies in Identity Formation in Early-Modern Image-Text-Ritual-Habitat, a new book series with Brepols Publishers in Belgium.

Friday, February 20 @ 5:30 PM, Radio & TV 251 

Dr. Ellen Johnston Laing, CCS Center Associate & Retired Maude I. Kerns Distinguished Professor of Oriental Art, University of Michigan 

Title: “Art and Politics on the Eve of the Chinese Revolution.”

Dr. Lang presents a Horizons of Knowledge Lecture on the topic of “Art and Politics on the Eve of the Chinese Revolution.” This program is made possible with generous support from the Horizons of Knowledge, Thomas T. Solley Endowment for the Pamela Buell Curator of Asian Art, East Asian Studies Center, East Asian Languages and Cultures, Department of History, Friends of Art, The Robert and Avis Burke lecture series, and the Department of the History of Art.  The lecture will be followed by a reception in the Thomas T. Solley Atrium at the IU Art Museum from 6:30-8:00 at which time the second floor gallery, Art of Asia and the Ancient Western World, will be open so that visitors might enjoy an installation of Chinese Socialist Realist prints on loan to the Museum in Memory of John and Alice Colling.

Reception in the Thomas T. Solley Atrium from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. at which time the second floor gallery, Art of Asia and the Ancient Western World, will be open so that visitors might enjoy an installation of Chinese Socialist Realist prints on loan to the museum in Memory of John and Alice Colling.

Friday, March 6 @ 3:30 PM, Woodburn Hall 101

Dr. David Peters Corbett, Professor of Art, University of York

Title: "The Moral Result: Martin Johnson Heade, Frederic Edwin Church, Theodore Winthrop and the Painter's Responsibility"

Professor Corbett has written extensively on English painting after 1850 and is now at work on a project which looks at the relationship between landscape painting and depictions of the city in the United States between the mid-nineteenth century and the Armory Show in 1913. The project looks at the subject from two new perspectives. Firstly, the US is placed within an expanded field, drawing in comparisons from Mexico and Canada . Secondly, it identifies and examines a set of themes, revolving around the idea of creation as the work both of the painter and of nature, which are thematised in the works and which structure their aesthetics. He also continues to have an interest in British art and is now at an early stage of research on painting and culture in England between 1930 and the mid-1960s.

Thursday, April 2 @ 4:30 PM, Library 033
Dr. Davor Dzalto, Assistant Professor of the History and Theory of Art, Niš University in Serbia
Title: "Vanishing Acts: Corporeal Absence in Twentieth Century Art."

Dr. Davor Dzalto is an Assistant Professor of the History and Theory of Art at Niš University in Serbia. He received his Ph.D. from Albert-Ludwig University in Freiburg, Germany with a dissertation entitled "The Role of the Artist in Self-Referent Art." He has received fellowships from the governments of Germany, Norway, Serbia, and the United States, and lectured from Bonn to Belgrade. A practicing artist as well, Dr. Dzalto has had exhibitions and performances in Austria, Germany, Greece, Russia, and Serbia. He is spending the spring semester 2009 at Indiana University on a prestigious fellowship from the U.S. Department of State.

Thursday, April 2 – Sunday, April 5, Indiana University Memorial Union  Shifting Cultural Frontiers in Late Antiquity

The Department of History at Indiana University will host the eighth biennial Society of Late Antiquity's Shifting Frontiers in Late Antiquity Conference. This conference seeks to understand how cultural transformation occurred amidst the political and religious disruption that can seem characteristic of late antiquity. 

Friday, April 10 @ 4:30 PM, Fine Arts 102                          

Dr. Anna Brzyski, Associate Professor of Art History, University of Kentucky

Title: “Who is Contemporary and Who is Not: Historiography and Modernism in East Central Europe”

Anna Brzyski's research interests focus on Central/Eastern Europe, in particular, Poland. Her work examines the critical discourse and institutional framework within which modern art developed in this region. She is also interested in systemic analysis of art worlds, relationship between modernism and nationalism, dynamics of self-promotion within artists' groups, emergence of art canons, impact of specific languages on development of art historical paradigms, and discursive shifts in the meaning of the term "modernism."