Indiana University Bloomington

Department of the History of Art


Friday, May 9, 2014

Graduating Undergraduate students Awards reception
1:00 - 2:00 p.m. in the Grunwald Gallery Art, Henry Radford Hope School of Fine Arts
Hosted by the Department of the History of Art

Thursday, May 1, 2014

History of Art Graduate Student recognition reception
5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
Grunwald Gallry of Art

Friday, April 11 and Saturday April 12, 2014

Miniature and Minor: An ancient studies Conference at Indiana University
The Program in Ancient Studies at Indiana University will host a conference on the miniature and the minor on April 11-12, 2014.

Co-Sponsored by the Robert and Avis Burke Lecture Series

Whereas so much of our research implicitly or explicitly concerns the monumental and the major, we propose to investigate the miniature and the minor from a range of disciplinary perspectives. The art historian might explore cameos or textiles. The literary theorist might explore minor characters or minor works. The historian might explore micro-histories or minor battles. We are interested not only in the realia of the miniature and the minor but in the construction of those categories by both ancients and moderns. We are interested in the miniature and the minor both in their own rights and as counterpoints to the monumental and the major. We are less interested in simply demanding that attention be paid to the neglected or the overlooked.    

April 11, 2014
Wylie Hall 015

April 12, 2014
Fine Arts 102

Please go to for details

April 8, 2014

Robert and Avis Burke Lecture Series:

Barbara E. Frank, Associate Professor of Art History at Stony Brook University

Lecture title is Mapping West African Cultural Landscapes:  Potters, Blacksmiths, Bronzecasters, Leatherworkers, Weavers and Indigo Dyers.

Tuesday April 8th: 4:00pm
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). 

Saturday, April 5, 2014

24th Annual Art History Association Graduate Symposium

Keynote by Dorothy Metzger Habel, PhD
University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Envisioning the Urban Sphere: Aesthetics of Power, Patronage, and Civic Life

From time immemorial, the urban sphere has proven to be a fertile environment for artistic production. Indeed, the visual evidence for the engagement with urban life includes civic/political propaganda, urban design and maps, images of the city, and the creation of both sacred and profane spaces. This symposium will therefore explore the ways in which art and architecture have interacted with the larger urban fabric. We encourage papers that address the topic of art and architecture created for an urban context. Submissions may cover any time period or culture, from the ancient city to the contemporary urban center, Western or non-Western.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Friends of Art Work in Progress Meet the Scholars event
Sunday March 30, 2014, 2:00 - 4:00 pm

Bloomington, Indiana – The Friends of Art is hosting an event titled Work in Progresson Sunday March 30, 2014 from 2 to 4 pm in room 174 of the Fine Arts Building at Indiana University. The event will allow Friends of Art and other interested community members to meet several recipients of Friends of Art scholarships and awards, and learn about their academic ambitions, research methods, studio practices, influences and inspiration. The event will also provide insight into graduate level research in the arts to students interested in pursuing advanced degrees in Studio Art and Art History. Light refreshments will be served while award recipients give brief presentations about their studies.

Presentations will be given by Studio artists Vincent Pontillo (Jewelry and Metalsmithing) and Hyejin Kang (Digital Art), and by Art Historians Anna Goodman and Haohao Lu. The event is free and open to the public, and offers an opportunity to see the talents of students studying in IU’s School of Fine Arts. Seating is limited. For more information call the Friends of Art at (812) 855-1333.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Honors Program Call-out for Undergraduate Students
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Fine Arts 002

 Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Georgia Cowart
Case Western Reserve University

5:30 pm, Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Simon Music Building, Room 242
200 S. Jordan Ave. (behind the fountain)

 Mary-Margaret Barr Koon Fund of the Department of French & Italian
 Department of History of Art
 Renaissance Studies Program
 Department of Theatre, Drama, and Contemporary Dance
 Center for 18th-Century Studies
 Department of Musicology

The Department of French & Italian presents a lecture by
Performing a New France:
Watteau, the Musical Stage, and the Burial of Louis XIV 
About the talk: Antoine Watteau (1684-1721) worked briefly as a set painter at the Paris Opera House around 1702-1703, and a number of his most well known paintings can be explained via a series of pieces performed in the musical theater of that time. These works encode a critique of the increasingly unpopular rule of the aging Louis XIV, while offering utopian visions of a new France. Drawing on the opera, ballet, and commedia dell'arte, the presentation will examine the imagery of The French Comedians, The Italian Comedians, Mezzetin, and other works as they respond to and participate in a theatrical game of masks involving satire, parody, and allusion.
About the speaker: Georgia Cowart is a professor in the Department of Music at Case Western Reserve University. She has published three books and a number of articles on music, the arts, and cultural politics in early modern France. Her most recent book, The Triumph of Pleasure: Louis XIV and the Politics of Spectacle (University of Chicago Press, 2008), focused on the shifting intersections of the arts, ideology, and aesthetics at the court of Louis XIV and in the Parisian public sphere in the late 17th and early 18th centuries. She is currently at work on a book manuscript, tentatively titled “Performing a New France: Watteau, Spectacle, and the Sunset of Absolutism.”

Friday, February 28, 2004

Brown Bag Lecture

12:00 - 1:00 p.m. - Fine Arts 002

Brown Bag Lecture featuring our own Professor Knox, who will share his paper "El Greco and Byzantine Monumental Art." Light refreshments are provided.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Robert and Avis Burke Lecture Series

Dr. Reindert Falkenburg
Vice Provost, Intellectual and Cultural Outreach
New York University, Abu Dhabi
4:00- 5:00 pm, Ballentine 310
Lecture Title: Hieronymus Bosch, diableries, and 'speculative' vision

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.


Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Noon Talk - Indiana University Art Museum

12:15 - 1:00 p.m.

International Gods: Isis and Serapis in Rome

Gallery of the Arts of Asia and the Ancient Western World, first floor

Associate Professor Julie Van Voorhis will present a talk on the diffusion of Egyptian cults into the Roman Pantheon through war and trade