Indiana University Bloomington

Department of Art History

Burke Lecture Series

  Burke Lecture Series Archive

2012-2013 Burke Lecture Series

Anna Brzyski, University of Kentucky

Thursday, October 18, 2012 from 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. in Woodburn Hall 101

Lecture title: “Modernism without Modernity: Internationalism and National Identity in Polish Symbolism at the Fin de Siecle.”

Anna Brzyski is Chellgren Endowed Associate Professor of Art History and Visual Studies at the School of Art & Visual Studies, University of Kentucky. She has published broadly on Central/Eastern European, in particular Polish, art and art discourse. Her research interests focus on the dynamics of cultural and economic value, especially on the role played by institutions, discourses, and art groups within those processes. She the editor of Partisan Canons (Duke UP, 2007), and of three special issues of the journal Centropa: Central European Art Groups, 1880-1914 (January 2011), Parallel Narratives.  Construction of National Art Histories in Central Europe (September 2008), and Modernism and Nationalism, Postmodernism and Postnationalism? (September 2001). Her research has been supported by grants from the Whiting, Luce, and IREX foundations. She is also a recipient of the Fulbright and Fulbright-Hays Fellowships. Her work has appeared in Art Criticism, Centropa, 19th Century Art Worldwide, RES, n-Media, and a number of anthologies. She is currently completing work on a book project National Modernism: Polish art on the International Stage, 1870-1914 and is serving as the guest project editor for Central & Eastern Europe at Grove Art On-Line (Oxford UP).

Philip Sohm, University of Toronto

Thursday, November 8, 2012 from 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. in Woodburn Hall 101

Lecture title: “Performing Painters:  Hands, Brushes and Palettes at work.”

Philip Sohm works on early-modern Italian art and architecture, criticism, theory, biography and economics.  His books cover various topics: architectural patronage in Renaissance Venice (The Scuola Grande di San Marco: the Architecture of a Venetian Lay Confraternity, 1982); the history of a word in early modern art criticism (Pittoresco.  Marco Boschini, His Critics and Their Critiques of Painterly Brushwork, 1991); the language and theories of artistic style (Style in the Art Theory of Early Modern Italy, 2001); the old age of art and artists (The Artist Grows Old. The Aging of Art and Artists in Italy, 2007); and the economics of art production (co-authored: Painting for Profit. The Economic Lives of Seventeenth-century Italian Painters, 2010).   He is currently working on art studios as psycho-social work spaces:  the studio as sensorium and other mind/body issues; the material conditions of making art; and painting as performance.

David Doris, University of Michigan

Friday, February 8, 2013 - 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. in Radio/TV 251

Lecture Title: When Two is Three: The Presence of Absence in Yoruba Ogboni Society Staffs

David T. Doris (Ph.D Yale, 2002) is Associate Professor of African Art and Visual Culture at the University of Michigan, in the Department of the History of Art, the Center for Afroamerican and African Studies, and the School of Art & Design. He has been a Fulbright Scholar in Nigeria, an Ittleson Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study of the Visual Arts, a Smithsonian Post-Doctoral Fellow at the National Museum of African Art, and a Residential Fellow at the Getty Research Institute. His PhD dissertation, written under the mentorship of Robert Farris Thompson, received the 2004 Roy Sieber Memorial Award for Outstanding Dissertation in African Art History, from the Arts Council of the African Studies Association. The resulting book is Vigilant Things: On Thieves, Yoruba Anti-Aesthetics, and the Strange Fates of Ordinary Objects in Nigeria (University of Washington Press, 2011); it addresses the moral, ethical, and aesthetic roles of assemblages of useless and discarded objects in contemporary Yoruba culture. Vigilant Things won the 2012 Melville J. Herskovits Award, from the African Studies Association.

Art History Association Symposium

Saturday, March 30, 2013 - 5:00-6:00 p.m. Fine Arts 102

Keynote Speaker: Rebecca Green, Bowling Green State University

Lecture Title: Community Public Artistic Responses to HIV/AIDS in Trinidad and Tobago

Rebecca L. Skinner Green is associate professor of World Art and culture and has been teaching at Bowling Green State University since 1996, where she served as Division Chair for almost 10 years.  She received her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Indiana University in African, Oceanic, and Pre-Columbian Art History (1991 and 1996 respectively), and her B.A. in Art History from the University of California, Santa Barbara (Honors in African Art History, 1986). Her research focuses on traditional and contemporary art and culture in Africa, with particular specialization on Madagascar, where she studies the relationships between ancestors, funerary practices, divination, gender roles, and traditional and contemporary art. Her research is currently expanding into art and culture in the Caribbean, with primary focus on Trinidad and Tobago, contemporary art, and communal public artistic responses to HIV/AIDS. Her work, which has resulted in conference papers, articles, books, edited volumes, curated exhibitions, and television interviews, has been sponsored by a Social Science Research Council fellowship, a Foreign Language Area Studies grant, a Fulbright fellowship, two Fulbright-Hays fellowships, and an American Association of University Women fellowship. Green regularly presents papers at national and international conferences, including the African Studies Association, the Arts Council of the African Studies Association (where she served on the Board of Directors), the Caribbean Studies Association, and others. Green's publications include: "From Cemetery to Runway: Dress and Identity in Highland Madagascar," in Contemporary African Fashion. Suzanne Gott and Tina Loughran (eds), Indiana University Press, 2010; and "Conceptions of Identity and Tradition in Highland Malagasy Clothing," in Fashion Theory: The Journal of Dress, Body & Culture. Special Issue: African Fashion/African Style. Victoria Rovine (editor), June 2009.  Green has also authored: "Kanga/Proverb Cloths‚" in Encyclopedia of Clothing and Fashion, Valerie Steele (ed.), Charles Scribner & Sons, 2005;  "Betsileo Textiles: Negotiating Identity Between the Living and the Dead," in Unwrapping A Little-Known Textile Tradition: The Field Museum's Madagascar Textile Collection. Chapurukha M. Kusimba, Judy Odland, and Bennet Bronson (eds). UCLA's Fowler Museum, 2005; and "Ancestral Dreams: Re-Visiting the Past, Re-Living the Present, Re-Creating the Future," in Memory and Representation: Constructed Truths and Competing Realities. Eber, Dena E., and Arthur G. Neal (eds), Bowling Green: Popular Culture Press, 2001

Hannah Higgins, University of Illinois at Chicago

Thursday, April 4, 2013 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. in Fine Arts 102

Lecture Title: "The Ghost in the Machine: The Experimental Art of Manframes." 

A Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Higgins is the author of Fluxus Experience (University of California Press, 2002) and The Grid Book (MIT Press, 2009) and an edited anthology with Douglas Kahn, Mainframe Experimentalism: Early Computing and the Foundations of Digital Art, about the mainframe phase of experimental computer art from 1960-1970 (University of California Press, 2012. Higgins has lectured internationally on topics ranging from Fluxus to the art of Marcel Duchamp, a variety of grid structures across the arts and sciences, and artists’ games. She received her PhD from the University of Chicago in 1994 and has been the recipient of DAAD, Getty and Philips Collection research support.