Assistant Professor of the Arts of Africa and the Black Atlantic, Oberlin College
“Questions of Value and Bondage at a Hotel in London, March 1865”
In March of 1865, Dante Gabriel Rossetti encountered a child in the doorway of a London hotel. One year later, Rossetti presented that child as an androgynous, bejeweled, and servile rendering of blackness in his celebrated painting, “The Beloved”. This talk explores the implications of that encounter, and that rendering, for debates about the representation of enslavement and blackness in Rossetti’s own social circle, the wider Atlantic world in the 1860s, and among those who work with and against the troubled archive of Atlantic slavery.
“The Rules of the Game (of Art)”
Professor and Chair of the Fine Arts Department
University of Pennsylvania School of Design
Ken Lum will speak about what is for him the meaning of art, which he defines as living the life of the artist. While such a definition may sound romantic, living the life of an artist means a life where everything is relevant, from beautiful experiences to painful ones. It also means a life of profound misgivings about the art system in which art must operate. Lum will speak about how his mixed feelings about art have led to extensive travel and major curatorial and writerly initiatives.
Slought is pleased to announce “An island, a ship, a prison”, a conversation and installation of video works by Domietta Torlasco on Wednesday, October 10, 2018 from 6-8pm. The event will begin with the screening of House Arrest (2015) and Sunken Gardens (2016), two videos that engage themes such as migrancy, borders, surveillance, and debt, followed by conversation with Homay King, Professor in the Department of History of Art at Bryn Mawr College. In conjunction with this event, Torlasco’s work will also be continuously screened in the Slought Mediatheque from October 10-31, 2018. This program is co-presented with the Bryn Mawr College Program in Film Studies.
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Chair, Professor, and Eugenia Chase Guild Chair in the Humanities
Department of History of Art, Bryn Mawr College
Camera Obscura editorial collective
Associate Professor of Art History, Dickinson College
“The Religion of Health: Augustus Saint-Gaudens, Cancer and the Phillips Brooks Monument”
In 1900, when the sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens was diagnosed with cancer, he began experimenting with a dizzying array of medical cures and therapies from surgery to electric shock treatment to eating Kellogg’s Corn Flakes and “Fletcherizing.” Throughout his illness, and until his death in 1907, he also worked on the Phillips Brooks Monument, dedicated to the Boston preacher known for his compassionate presence in the sick room. This paper addresses the poignant interplay between the artist’s own body as it was consumed by disease and the production of the Brooks, which came to life as the sculptor worked and re-worked the folds in the preacher’s robes, his expression, gesture and stance.
Assistant Professor of History of Art on the Jye Chu Lectureship in Chinese Studies
Bryn Mawr College
“The Vision of Immortality in a Princely Stone Sarcophagus in Sixth-Century China”
Dated to 532 CE, Prince Yuan Mi’s lavishly engraved stone sarcophagus exemplifies a hitherto little understood Chinese visual strategy, i.e., using the imagery of diagonal gaze to make a persuasive visual argument. Because gaze in medieval Chinese literature was an idiom for “closeness” and “parallelism,” the artist used the slanting gaze to shorten the physical and psychological distance between the three-quarter-view gazers and the gazed at, a group of ancient filial paragons residing in a landscape setting in the outermost layer. In supporting this argument, this essay also looks into the epitaph buried with the sarcophagus, which similarly paints a beautified picture of the deceased prince as a good official, which he was not according to his official biography.
Brooke Russell Astor Curator of Chinese Art
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
“The First Emperor, the Chinese Empire, and the Wider World: Art and Material Culture of the Qin Dynasty”
By examining the art and material culture recovered through archaeology in the last fifty years, this presentation focuses on the First Emperor of China and the Empire that he created during the late third century B.C. It also explores the contact between China and other parts of the world, which resulted from the increased trade and exchange over the transcontinental Silk Road and through maritime routes across the oceans.
Director, Arcadia University Art Gallery
“Reconsidering the Exhibition as Medium”
The re-staging of Harald Szeemann’s “Live in Your Head: When Attitudes Become Form,” for the 2013 Venice Biennale served as a dramatic reminder of how gallery display impacts our experience of art. Originally presented at the Bern Kunsthalle in 1969, its recent reconstruction (curated by Germano Celant, in dialogue with Thomas Demand and RemKoolhaas), foregrounded the ways in which our sensitivities to the staging of artworks has changed over time. The project also confirmed that the matrix of conditions that constitute exhibition making offer singular possibilities and restrictions that become more critical as new platforms of presentation emerge. Using examples of other re-stagings and a sampling of recent solo and group shows, this talk will explore the evolution of the exhibition as a medium and its impact on artmaking, curatorial practice, and questions of authorship and interpretation.