Indiana University Bloomington

Department of Art History


2014 - 2015

Robert and Avis Burke Lecture Series

Friday, April 17, 2015 at 4:00 p.m.

Verity Platt, Associate Professor of Classics and Art History & Visual Studies 
Cornell University
"Winckelmann's Pharmacy: Art Historical Description and the Phantasia of Restoration"

Lecture: Fine Arts 102

Verity Platt joined the Classics and History of Art departments at Cornell in 2010, having previously taught at the University of Chicago and Exeter University, following a post-doctoral research fellowship at University College, Oxford. She specializes in Greek and Roman art history, and has a particular interest in the relationship between ancient literary and visual cultures, especially in the Hellenistic and Roman periods. Her research and publications focus on the material and visual culture of religion; the relationship between images and texts; ancient theories of representation and sense-perception; creative lives and the concept of the artist; Roman wall-painting and funerary art; Graeco-Roman seal-stones; and Greek literature under the Roman Empire. Her publications include: Facing the Gods: Epiphany and Representation in Graeco-Roman Art, Literature and Religion (Cambridge, 2011); “The Art of Art History in Graeco-Roman Antiquity" special edition of Arethusa, co-edited with M. Squire (Vol. 43.2, Spring 2010); and Framing the Visual in Greek and Roman Art, co-edited with M. Squire (Cambridge, in preparation). Her current book project, Handling the Object in Graeco-Roman Literature: Matter, Making and Perception, explores the ways in which Hellenistic and Roman texts address the materiality, facture and haptic qualities of works of art. Moving beyond the trope of ekphrasis, which has dominated so much scholarship on the text-image relationship in antiquity, it focuses in particular on the language of the impression and narratives of making, addressing the verbal and conceptual strategies that authors employ when dealing with the physicality of art objects.

Reception to follow 

Art History Association Symposium

Saturday April 18, 2015, Fine Arts 102

David J. Roxburgh (AHA Keynote Speaker)

Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Professor of Islamic Art History
Harvard University

Annual Art History Association reception to follow

Monday, April 20, 2015 at 5:30 p.m.

Jeffrey T. Schnapp, Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures and Comparative Literature
Director, metaLAB (at) Harvard
Director, Berkman Center for Internet & Society
Harvard University
"Built out of Bits and Books (Dreaming the Library)"

Jeffrey T. Schnapp is Professor of Romance Languages & Literature and Comparative Literature, and on the teaching faculty in the Department of Architecture at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. He is the faculty director of metaLAB (at) Harvard and faculty co-director of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society. A cultural historian with research interests extending from antiquity to the present, his most recent books are, with Adam Michaels, The Electric Information Age Book (Princeton Architectural Press, 2012); an anthology of essays on 20th century Italian literature, design, and architecture entitled Modernitalia (Peter Lang, 2012); Digital_Humanities (MIT Press, 2012), co-written with Anne Burdick, Johanna Drucker, Peter Lunenfeld, and Todd Presner; and The Library Beyond the Book (Harvard University Press, 2014), an experimental book co-authored with Matthew Battles that explores future scenarios for libraries in the digital age. His work in the domains of design, digital arts and humanities, and curatorial practice includes collaborations with the Triennale di Milano, the Cantor Center for the Visual Arts, the Wolfsonian-FIU, and the Canadian Center for Architecture. His Trento Tunnels project—a 6000 sq. meter pair of highway tunnels in Northern Italy repurposed as a history museum—was featured in the Italian pavilion of the 2010 Venice Biennale of Architecture and at the MAXXI in Rome in RE-CYCLE. Strategie per la casa la città e il pianeta (fall-winter 2011). Panorama of the Cold War, a collaboration with Elisabetta Terragni (Studio Terragni Architetti) and Daniele Ledda (XY comm), was exhibited in the Albanian Pavilion of the 2012 Venice Biennale of Architecture and is currently on exhibit in Erasmus Effect – Architetti italiani all’estero / Italian Architects Abroad at the MAXXI in Rome (Dec. 2013-April 2014). He also served as chief consulting curator for BZ ’18-’45, a documentation center built under Marcello Piacentini’s Monument to Victory in Bolzano/Bozen open to the public since July 2014.

Lecture: Wells Library, Scholars Commons, Hazelbaker Hall

Indiana University Art Museum

Visions from the Forests: The Art of Liberia and Sierra Leone March 7- May 10, 2015
Special Exhibitions Gallery and the Judi and Milt Stewart Hexagon Gallery, first floor

IU Art Museum is one of four national venues to host this first major showing of traditional art from the West African nations of Liberia and Sierra Leone. The exhibition brings together more than seventy objects from the collection of the late William Siegmann (1943–2011), former curator of African art at the Brooklyn Museum and an IU alumnus who lived and worked in Liberia between 1965 and 1987. Siegmann assembled a collection that not only presents typical masks, figures, and prestige arts from more than a dozen ethnic groups, but also explores nuances in forms and motifs of similar object types that serve as markers of local preferences as well as of individual artists’ choices.

Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition Group 1 April 1-12, 2015
Special Exhibitions Gallery, first floor

Joseph Kameen, painting
Vincent Pontillo-Verrastro, metalsmithing and jewelry
Greg Watson, painting

Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition Group 2 April 15-26, 2015
Special Exhibitions Gallery, first floor

Autumn Bussen, painting
Paige Mostowy, sculpture
Ekaterina Vanovskaya, painting

Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition Group 3 April 28-May 10, 2015
Special Exhibitions Gallery, first floor

Taylor Leaman, painting
Carolyn Watson, ceramics