College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Art History

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Art History

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Burke Lectures - Current Series

Fall 2016

JoAnne Mancini
Maynooth University, Ireland

"Art and War in the Pacific World"
Friday, September 16, 2016

Woodburn Hall 101

J. M. Mancini (Ph.D., M.A., Johns Hopkins; B.A., University of Virginia) is Senior Lecturer in the Department of History, Maynooth University (Ireland), and previously taught in the University of Sussex and in University College Cork.  She is the author of Pre-Modernism: Art-World Change and American Culture from the Civil War to the Armory Show (Princeton, 2005),, winner of the Smithsonian American Art Museum's 2008 Charles C. Eldredge Prize for Outstanding Scholarship in American Art, and co-editor, with Keith Bresnahan, of Architecture and Armed Conflict: The Politics of Destruction (Routledge, 2015),
She takes an interest in communicating academic perspectives to wider audiences, and has appeared on programmes including Newstalk Radio's Talking History, live coverage of the 2012 U.S. Presidential Election on RTÉ Television (the Irish national broadcaster), and the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities show BackStory, broadcast on National Public Radio.  Her new book, Art and War in the Pacific World, will be published by the University of California Press in 2017.

Michael Cole
Columbia University

What Was Beauty: "Sofonisba Anguissola's Beauty"

Friday, October 21, 2016

University Club, Indiana Memorial Union

Michael W. Cole is Department Chair of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University. His recent books include Ambitious Form: Giambologna, Ammanati and Danti in Florence (Princeton, 2011); Italian Renaissance Art (with Stephen Campbell, Thames & Hudson, 2011); Leonardo, Michelangelo and the Art of the Figure (Yale, 2014) and the catalogue he edited for the exhibition “Donatello, Michelangelo, Cellini: Sculptor’s Drawings from Renaissance Italy” (2014), which he co-curated at the Isabella Stuart Gardner Museum in Boston.

Marsha Morton
Pratt Institute

"'Impressions of Strangeness:' Dream and Reality in the Art of Max Klinger"

Friday, November 11, 2016

Woodburn Hall 101

Marsha Morton is Professor of Art History at Pratt Institute and president of HGSCEA (The Historians of German, Scandinavian, and Central European Art.)  Her books include Max Klinger and Wilhelmine Culture: On the Threshold of German Modernism (Ashgate 2014), the co-edited anthology The Arts Entwined: Music and Painting in the Nineteenth-Century (Garland 2000), and Pratt and Its Gallery: The Arts & Crafts Years (1999).  She has published numerous essays on nineteenth-century German and Austrian visual culture, many with a focus on interdisciplinary topics (cultural history, science, ethnography, and music) examining artists and critics such as Alois Riegl, Gustav Klimt, Max Klinger, Alfred Kubin, Max Beckmann, Max Liebermann, and the German Romantics.  Her current research area is Viennese Orientalism.

Spring 2017

Bruce Cole
Ethics and Public Policy Center

"Boondoggle! The Struggle to Build the Eisenhower Memorial"

Friday, January 27, 2017
4:00-5:00 p.m.
Fine Arts 102

Bruce Cole is a Senior Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center. His areas of expertise include the teaching of American history and civics, and private and federal cultural policy.
Mr. Cole, the former Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, is the author of fourteen books and numerous articles.

Under Mr. Cole’s leadership (from 2001 to 2009), the NEH launched key initiatives, including We the People, a program designed to encourage the teaching, study and understanding of American history and culture, and the Picturing America project, which uses great American art to teach our nation’s history and culture in 80,000 schools and public libraries nationwide. He also created the NEH’s Digital Humanities Initiative and Office, which made the NEH a national leader in this new frontier of humanities access and knowledge. Under his tenure—the longest in NEH history—the NEH developed partnerships with several foreign countries, including Mexico and China. Mr. Cole managed a budget of $150 million and a staff of 170 and was responsible for awards totaling over $800 million dollars.

Before taking the NEH chairmanship, Mr. Cole was Distinguished Professor of Art History and Professor of Comparative Literature at Indiana University in Bloomington. In 2008, he received the President’s Medal from the University for “excellence in service, achievement and teaching.” In 2006, Governor Mitch Daniels awarded Mr. Cole the Sagamore of the Wabash, which recognizes individuals who have brought distinction to the state of Indiana.
Born in Ohio, Mr. Cole earned his B.A. from Case Western Reserve University, a master’s degree from Oberlin College, and a doctorate from Bryn Mawr College. He is a recipient of nine honorary doctorate degrees. For two years he was the William E. Suida Fellow at the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florence. Mr. Cole has held fellowships and grants from the Guggenheim Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Kress Foundation, the American Philosophical Society, and the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is a corresponding member of the Accademia Senese degli Intronati, the oldest learned society in Europe.

Mr. Cole served as a delegate on the U.S. National Commission for the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), on the boards of the Woodrow Wilson Center and the Norman Rockwell Museum, and as a Senate-appointed member of the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity. He is currently a member of the boards of American Heritage and the Jack Miller Center. In 2010, Mr. Cole was appointed by Governor Mitch Daniels to a three-year term on Indiana University’s Board of Trustees.
In 2008, President George W. Bush awarded Mr. Cole the Presidential Citizens Medal “for his work to strengthen our national memory and ensure that our country’s heritage is passed on to future generations.” The medal is second only to the Presidential Medal of Freedom among the honors the President can confer upon a civilian. Also in 2008, Mr. Cole was decorated Knight of the Grand Cross, the highest honor of the Republic of Italy.
In August 2013, Mr. Cole was appointed by President Barack Obama to be a member of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Commission. Bruce Cole is not speaking on behalf of the Eisenhower Memorial Commission but as a private citizen.

Sheila Dillon
Duke University

"Portrait Statuary in Athens in the Roman Period: the Material from the Athenian Agora"

Friday, February 10, 2017

Fine Arts 102

Sheila Dillon received a Ph.D. in Classical Art and Archaeology from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. She teaches courses on Greek and Graeco-Roman art and archaeology. Her research interests focus on portraiture and public sculpture and on reconstructing the statuary landscape of ancient cities and sanctuaries. Her books include The Female Portrait Statue in the Greek World (2010); Ancient Greek Portrait Sculpture: Contexts, Subjects, and Styles (2006), which was awarded the James R. Wiseman Book Award from the Archaeological Institute of America in January 2008; Roman Portrait Statuary from Aphrodisias (2006); and an edited volume A Companion to Women in the Ancient World (2012). Professor Dillon was a member of the Aphrodisias Excavations in Turkey from 1992-2004, has worked at the Sanctuary of the Great Gods on the island of Samothrace, and now spends summers doing fieldwork in Athens. Her current projects include a history of portrait sculpture in Roman Athens, and a digital mapping project of the archaeology of Athens, a collaborative endeavor centered in the Wired Lab that involves undergraduate and graduate students at Duke and international colleagues in Athens. Professor Dillon was the Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Archaeology from 2013-2016, and is currently chair of the Department of Art, Art History & Visual Studies.

Stanley Abe
Duke University

"Duplication in Chinese Sculpture"

Friday, March 3, 2017
4:00-5:00 p.m.

Fine Arts 102

Stanley Abe is Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Art, Art History and Visual Studies, Duke University. His publications include essays on Buddhist art and practice in a Chinese cave temple, Greek influence on Buddhist art, abstract expressionism, world art and the collecting of Chinese sculpture. His book Ordinary Images (2002), a study of Chinese Buddhist and Daoist images from the second to the sixth centuries C.E., was the recipient of the 2004 Shimada Prize for distinguished scholarship in the history of East Asian art. He is writing an illustrated historical narrative titled Imagining Sculpture, the story of the figural arts in Europe and China over the course of the long nineteenth century.


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