Muriel and Philip Berman Curator of Modern Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art
“Reality and Simulacrum in the Art of Joseph Cornell”
The invention of collage and related artistic practices produced distinctly 20th-century forms of illusionism. This talk will consider Cornell’s contribution to this historical development by examining his involvement during the 1930s and 40s with photography, film and, devices for the artificial duplication of reality.
Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Italian and Italian Studies
Bryn Mawr College
“Anachronism, the Late Medieval Patrona Statue of Lucera, and a Modern Angevin Cult”
This talk examines the so-called Santa Maria Patrona statue of Lucera, a late medieval wooden Throne of Wisdom venerated as an eighth-century statue for a southern Italian civic cult that dates to the eighteenth century. This talk examines the tensions that have formed between the Patrona statue as a work of art—or more precisely a product of a late thirteenth-, early fourteenth-century Angevin cultural milieu—and the statue as an important cult object and the center of a southern Italian city’s foundation legends. Second, it examines the tension between local legends that trace current devotional practices to the year 1300, and the reality that those practices were institutionalized only after a period of civic medievalism at the turn of the eighteenth century.
Visiting Assistant Professor, Art Department, Swarthmore College
“Messy Vitality:” Designing Architecture and Urbanism in Roman Africa”
One might ask, how does the study of large-scale public buildings contribute to the new discussions regarding the diversified material culture of the heterogeneous populations of the Roman provinces? The case studies presented in this lecture indicate that while there are certainly commonalities in building types and forms, the evidence suggests that there was a clear intentionality to create site-specific monumental public architecture in Africa Proconsularis that responded to the various conditions of each place.
Visiting Assistant Professor
Department of Italian and Italian Studies
Bryn Mawr College
“Sites of Colonial Memory in Postcolonial Rome”
This presentation focuses on the latest work of the second-generation Somali-Italian writer, Igiaba Scego. In this book, the touristic map of Rome will be replaced by a lesser known map of Postcolonial sites of memory. I will discuss the relation between memory, forgetting, monuments of colonialism in Rome and postcolonial literature.
Associate Professor, Department of History of Art, Bryn Mawr College
“Christian Marclay’s Two Clocks”
Christian Marclay’s The Clock (2010) is a 24-hour digital video work composed entirely of found footage of clocks, watches, and people announcing or inquiring about the time, culled from film and television history. Shown only in installation form, it is synched to function as an accurate timepiece. But is Marclay’s clock digital or analog? This talk will define these terms and consider their relationship in light of Henri Bergson’s theory of durational time.
Independent Scholar at Kornbluth Photography
“Roman and Early Medieval Amulets: Science, Magic, and Practicality”
Thursday, January 29, 2015
Thomas Library 224
Lecture 4:30 PM
Reader in Spanish, Oxford Brookes University
“Heroes in Transition: Class and Gender in the Cine Quinqui“
Cine Quinqui is one of the key phenomenon of Spanish transition cinema. Francoist popular cinema had complacently focused on tame villagers and even tamer members of the urban middle classes. Around 1980, a number of films started to make visible the subculture of young urban proletarians and small time delinquents. With deep roots in neorealism and using some shock tactics of popular journalism, these films engaged with social conflict and proposed variations on gender roles. The lecture will be illustrated with clips from such films as Navajeros (1980), Perros Callejeros (1977), Colegas (1982) or Perras Callejeras (1985).
College Art Association Meeting
Assistant Professor, Department of History of Art, University of Pennsylvania
“Giorgio Vasari’s Technical Treatise: Materiality and Text in the Italian Renaissance”
Nowhere does Giorgio Vasari offer a more sustained discussion of materials than in his introduction to the three arts of architecture, sculpture, and painting. Found at the beginning of his monumental work The Lives…(1550/1568), these chapters relate artists’ understanding of materials with issues of geography, artistic process, and the physical behavior of matter. This talk will conduct close readings of several key passages in the introduction and explore Vasari’s preoccupation with the concept of durability and the promise of the eternal masterpiece.