Indiana University Bloomington

Department of Art History


2014 - 2015

Robert and Avis Burke Lecture Series

Tuesday February 24, 2015 at 4:00 p.m.

Lecture: Fine Arts 102

Mark Abbe, Assistant Professor, Ancient Art
University of Georgia

Mark Abbe teaches a full complement of undergraduate and graduate courses on ancient art history (Greek, Roman, Near Eastern, and Egyptian). A specialist in Greek and Roman antiquity, he approaches works of art as expressions of culture that are best explained by situating them within their historical, social, and philosophical contexts. In addition to extensive archaeological fieldwork in the Mediterranean (Italy, Greece, Turkey, Egypt) and teaching in classical philology, he has professional training in art conservation and the scientific investigation of works of art. He has received research fellowships from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, the Leon Levy Foundation, the American School of Classical Studies, and the American Research Institute in Turkey. A specialist in the study of color in antiquity, his principal areas of current research are on Greek and Roman marble sculpture, particularly issues related to their ancient coloration and polychromy, and the digital visualization of historic materials.

Friday March 6, 2014 at 4:00 p.m.

Lecture: Fine Arts 015

Amy Papalexandrou, Assistant Professor,
Late Antique and Byzantine Art
Richard Stockton College of New Jersey

Amy Papalexandrou is assistant professor of art history and archaeology at The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. Her specialization is in the area of Late Antique and Byzantine studies, wherein she places emphasis on the archaeological and contextual frameworks that inform the monuments of this period. She has published on issues of memory, orality, inscriptions, and the relationship of the Byzantines with their ancient past. Recent work is focused on the soundways of Byzantium, especially perceptions of sound and architectural acoustics. Her work has inspired a project this past summer that brought together a group of art & architectural historians, sound engineers, musicologists and chanters for a lively investigation of acoustics in the medieval churches of Thessaloniki.

Thursday April 9, 2015 at 4:00 p.m.

Finbarr Barry Flood, William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of the Humanities;
Professor of Art History, Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies
Institute of Fine Arts, New York University

Lecture: Fine Arts 102

Finbarr Barry Flood is William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of the Humanities at the Institute of Fine Arts and Department of Art History, New York University. He publishes on Islamic architectural history and historiography, cross-cultural dimensions of Islamic art, image theory, technologies of representation, and Orientalism. His books include  The Great Mosque of Damascus: Studies on the Makings of an Umayyad Visual Culture (2000), Objects of Translation: Material Culture and Medieval “Hindu-Muslim” Encounter, (2009), awarded the 2011 Ananda K. Coomaraswamy Prize of the Association for Asian Studies, and Globalizing Cultures: Art and Mobility in the Eighteenth Century (2011), co-edited with Nebahat Avcıoğlu. His current book project, which will be published by Reaktion Books, London, is provisionally entitled  Islam and Image: Polemics, Theology and Modernity.

Friday, April 10, 2015 at 4:00 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)"

Lectuure: Fine Arts 015

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

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

Indiana University Art Museum

Robert Barnes late career retrospective, Grand Allusions, on Friday, Sept. 25, 2015, 5:30-8:00 p.m.