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Professor Cordula Grewe's co-edited catalogue, The Enchanted World of German Romantic Prints, 1770-1850 has been listed among the "Art Books of the Year" in the Sunday Times of London.

Professor Margaret Graves is organizing a two-day workshop and conference, "Making Modernity in Nineteenth-Century Islamic Art and Architecture" at Indiana University March 1-2.

Professor Michelle Facos gave a talk entitled "The Self-Fashioning of the Swedish Avant Garde" at the "Munch, Modernism, and Modernity" annual conference at Scandinavia House in New York on the 18th.

Abigail Billing, a Media School student with minors in Art History and Informatics, is one of the new Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation Interns for the Mathers Museum. We're so excited for this great opportunity for her. Margaret Slaughter, an MA student in Religious Studies, Ethan Miller an Art History and English major, and Kaila Austin, an African-American and African Diaspora Studies, Art History, and Painting major all served as the Summer 2017 Clowes interns at the museum. You can learn more about their work here.

We had so much fun meeting new friends at the Majors Expo this afternoon. We hope you had a chance to drop by and that you enjoy the soup a la Andy Warhol.

Professor Phillip Bloom has accepted the position of Director of the Center for East Asian Garden Studies and Curator of Chinese Garden Art at the Huntington Library, Museum, and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, California. We wish him all the best in his new role.

Professor Andrei Molotiu's artwork is being exhibited in the "Pulp Art: Out of the Gutter and on the Wall" show at the Carnegie Center for Art and History in New Albany, Indiana.

Professor Andrei Molotiu's abstract/concrete travelogue photonovel, The Kingdom, has been published by Duration Press.

Ph.D. student, MaryClaire Pappas presented her paper, "Indeterminate Gender in Edvard Munch's Sunbathing I," at theArt Institute of Chicago's 52nd Annual Graduate Student Seminar. Way to go MaryClaire! Here she is with her advisor, Professor Facos, at the event

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Join us on Friday, May 5, at 10:00 a.m. in the Grunwald Gallery of Art as we celebrate our graduating seniors. Family and friends are welcome!

Join us on Saturday, April 15, at 3:00 p.m. in Fine Arts 015 for an African Art Symposium in honor of Professor Patrick McNaughton's retirement. Keynote lecturers Dr. Susan Gagliardi and Dr. Kassim Kone will present their lectures from 3:00-5:00 p.m. Please join us at the reception immediately following the lectures on the second floor of the Eskenazi Museum of Art. This event is sponsored by the Department of Art History, the African Studies Program, the Eskenazi Museum of Art, and the Robert E. and Avis Tarrant Burke Fund.

Professor Michelle Facos has been awarded an American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship for 2017-2018 she will focus on her project The Copenhagen Art Academy circa 1800: Reinventing Tradition. Works produced by artists studying in Copenhagen between 1770 and 1820 anticipated later developments in continental art often attributed to artists elsewhere—painting modern life, national romanticism, abstraction—and generated simultaneously movements usually considered sequential and oppositional: neoclassicism, romanticism, and realism. This project investigates Copenhagen’s art academy during this period to show how it embodied relationships among art, economics, philosophy, politics, religion, and science that were novel at the time and contrasted with the hierarchical, tradition-bound policies of state-sponsored art academies elsewhere. A hub of Enlightenment culture in the eighteenth century due to a progressive German bureaucracy and civic-minded landowners, Copenhagen fostered the interdisciplinary exchange that made it a harbinger of modernism.

We're so excited to bring you our Spring 2017 newsletter! A lot has happened this year that we're delighted to share with you!

The Indianpolis Monthly has featured Professor Michelle Facos' buisness, MooseBooties. Until the 1990s, moose skin was deemed useless. It wasn't until Finnish tanners discovered a process that resisted strechging that the hide became a usable leather product. Dr. Facos has created a sustainable, ecologically friendly product which is nontoxic and safe for small children.

Art History alumnus, Dr. Aaron Rio (IU '04), has been appointed Andrew W. Mellon Assistant Curator of Japanese and Korean Art at the Minneapolis Institute of Art.

Professor Faye Gleisser curated the exhibition, Preview 6: We've met before, with the Chicago Artists Coalition. This is a group exhibition featuring BOLT Artist Residents from 2016-2017. This exhibition will present work by Amanda Joy Calobrisi, Annette Hur, Ginger Krebs, Hương Ngô, Jeffrey Michael Austin, Juan Camilo Guzmán, Kaveri Raina, Luis Sahagun, Mayumi Lake, and Yvette Mayorga. It is the first and only group show of these artists together, presenting current works or revealing new directions that the artists may explore in their solo exhibitions occuring in 2017.

The American Musicological Society granted Professor Diane Reilly and Dr. Susan Boynton the Solie Award for an outstanding collection of essays for their book Resounding Images: Medieval Intersections of Art, Music, and Sound (Brepols).

Professor Michelle Facos is branching out into a new field: pre-college, culturally-immersive summer enrichment programs. In July 2016, and with participants from Capetown to Cupertino, Facos’s summer program in picturesque Greifswald, Germany has inspired growth. In July 2017, her company, Teen Global Education UG, will add Girona, Spain, a Game of Thrones location and training center for competitive cyclists like Lance Armstrong (www.ggesummerschool.com and www.sgesummerschool.com). 

Professor Phillip Bloom's article, "Ghosts in the Mists: The Visual and the Visualized in Chinese Buddhist Art, ca. 1178" is featured in the Art Bulletin. Water-Land Retreat (cover image), a late twelfth-century Chinese Buddhist painting crafted for use in large-scale offering rituals, depicts the liminal moments of ghosts' manifestation during a nocturnal liturgy of spectral salvation. Taking inspiration from the sensory dimensions of ritual performance and making use of sophisticated stratigraphy of pigmentation, the painting leads the viewer-worshipper from consideration of external acts of offering and recitation to contemplation of internal visualizations performed solely in the minds of meditating monks. The viewer-worshipper is thus awakened to the multisensory matrix of ritual that unites liturgical art, text, and performance.

Professor Bret Rothstein has launched a new series, Ludic Cultures, 1100-1700, with fellow editors Alessandro Arcangeli and Christina Normore.Ludic Cultures treats medieval and early modern play in all its innumerable eccentricities, from toys and games to dramatic performances, courtly intrigues, and the like. . . . This series publishes monographs and essay collections that address play as a complex phenomenon governed by a distinctly lusory attitude, but potentially expressing in virtually any facet of life. In this respect, the series promotes the documentation of cultural practices that have thus far eluded traditional disciplinary models. Our goal is to make visible modes of thought and action that until recently seemed impossible to trace, while contributing to a growing interest in playfulness both past and present.

The Department of Art History was deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Grafton Trout, a long-time friend of the Department. His presence in our classrooms and at lectures will be greatly missed. A tribute to Grafton can be read here.

Professor Adelheid Gealt has curated the Eskenazi Museum of Art's upcoming Exhibition of important drawings by Italian masters, Giambattista and Domenico Tiepolo: Master Drawings from the Anthony J. Moravec Collection. The opening reception will be held on Friday, September 30 from 6:30-8:00p.m.

The exhibition will showcase a series of Italian master drawings, in an exhibition that highlights the most significant gift of Old Master drawings in the museum's 75-year history. Giambattista and Domenico Tiepolo: Master Drawings from the Anthony J. Moravec Collection will present a collection of works on paper by the Venetian masters Giambattista and Domenico Tiepolo--a father and son who are widely considered two of the most notable Italian draftsmen of their era-along with works by contemporaries Ubaldo Gandolfi and Giuseppe Bernardino Bison, as well as their predecessor Jacopo Palma il Giovane. Giambattista and Domenico Tiepolo marks the first time that the Eskenazi Museum has comprehensively exhibited the collection of Anthony J. Moravec, an Indiana philanthropist and civic leader who spent five years building the collection in concert with Dr. Adelheid Gealt, the museum's director emeritus, before donating his holdings to the Eskenazi Museum in 2010.

On view from October 1, 2016 through February 5, 2017, the exhibition and its accompanying catalogue will provide new scholarship and curatorial insight on Giambattista and Domenico Tiepolo, two of the most important artists in the Old Masters canon. The exhibition will center on a set of 12 New Testament drawings by Domenico Tiepolo, part of a now-scattered cycle of 320 drawings that is regarded as the most exhaustive and sustained visual exploration of the subject by any artist in history. Domenico's large pen, brush, and ink drawings were dispersed after his death in 1804, and entered many public and private collections where they were prized as outstanding drawings. However, the actual series to which these individual drawings belonged was not known until two scholars--Adelheid Gealt and George Knox, professor emeritus of the University of British Columbia, Vancouver--spent 10 years piecing the series back together and publishing it as a newly discovered New Testament cycle in 2006. Following Moravec's 2010 gift, which was the largest private collection of New Testament drawings to enter a public collection in recent history, the Eskenazi Museum has become the world's third-largest repository of works from Tiepolo's New Testament series, after the Museé du Louvre and the Morgan Library and Museum.

In addition to works from Domenico's New Testament series, the Moravec collection also includes important works on paper by his father, Giambattista Tiepolo, who is widely regarded as one of the greatest draftsmen of the 18th century. Works by Ubaldo Gandolfi and Giuseppe Bernardino Bison round out the collection, along with a drawing by Jacopo Palma il Giovane--a previously unidentified study for his painting St. John the Baptist Preaching, which was acquired by the museum in 1964. In total, 24 works on paper will be displayed in Giambattista and Domenico Tiepolo, which will be a major highlight of the Eskenazi Museum's 75th-anniversary season.

Professor Adelheid Gealt authored an illustrated catalogue to accompany the exhibition, which will include new scholarship on Giambattista and Domenico Tiepolo. The catalogue will also feature an interview with Anthony Moravec about the origins and history of his collecting practice. Giambattista and Domenico Tiepolo will be published this fall in association with Indiana University Press.

Professor Faye Gleisser's exhibition, The Making of a Fugitive, will open July 16 and run through December 4, 2016 in the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago.

In September 1970, Life magazine’s cover featured a photograph of recently arrested scholar and activist Angela Davis superimposed with the words “The Making of a Fugitive.” The exhibition, which takes its name from the iconic publication, presents works that not only reflect on the fugitive figure in American popular culture, but also interrogate how narratives constructed by the media influence our understandings of lawlessness and otherness and directly inform our views on innocence, safety, and normalcy. The artists have combined text and images, self-fashioned themselves as “wanted” bodies, and questioned our ability to accurately interpret visual evidence shaped by multiple social pressures and conditions.

The Making of a Fugitive showcases mixed media, prints, photographs, and sculptures made by artists working from the 1970s to the present and highlights conceptual artworks in the MCA’s collection. Featured artists include Dennis Adams, Chris Burden, David Hammons, Jenny Holzer, R. B. Kitaj, Barbara Kruger, Glenn Ligon, Fred Lonidier, Bruce Nauman, Michal Rovner, Carrie Schneider, and Xaviera Simmons. Whether the works conjure memories of iconic fugitives, such as Patty Hearst and Angela Davis, or incorporate loaded words, like safety and fear, viewers are prompted to question their assumptions about criminality and contemplate how the circulation of images influences their ideas.

The exhibition is presented in the Carol and Douglas Cohen Gallery and Stone Family Gallery, Ellen Stone Belic and Dr. Nenad Belic, Cynthia and Richard Raskin, Carole David Stone and James H. Stone on the museum’s fourth floor.

Kira Bushman, a current IU student, has just started a podcast entitled "Aesthetic Greatness: A Podcast About Women and Art." Kira has been working under the direction of Professor Michelle Facos and the department is looking forward to tuning in regularly to listen! You can click here to listen to Episode 1, "Women and Art Education."

Profesor Diane Reilly will present "Sound, Image and Learning in the Medieval Monastery of Cȋteaux," and "The Lion of Saint Mark in Medieval Art History," at the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, Lima Peru.

Professor Michelle Facos has pioneered a baby shoe business: MooseBooties. Until the 1990s, moose skin was deemed useless. It wasn't until Finnish tanners discovered a process that resisted strechging that the hide became a usable leather product. Dr. Facos has created a sustainable, ecologically friendly product which is nontoxic and safe for small children. The moose leather is sourced from a small town in Finland, the fleece from Poland, and the leather ties from Germany. Women in a village in Poland hand-sew the final product. Dr. Facos hopes to expand the MooseBooties line with plans for a women's boot. You can read more about her venture in Inside IU Bloomington.

The Department of Art History is delighted to announce Faye Gleisser will be joining Indiana University as assistant professor of contemporary art in the fall. Gleisser is a specialist in the intersection of performance art, biopolitics, and technologies of surveillance in the 1960s and 70s.

In academic year 2015-16, Professor Jeffrey Saletnik published essays in the exhibition catalogue Leap Before You Look: Black Mountain College 1933-1957, as well as essays in Intersecting Colors: Josef Albers and his Contemporaries and Artforum. He presented invited lectures at the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, McGill University, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, and the Dia Art Foundation. Along with Karen Koehler, he convened the panel “Modes of Architectural Translation: Objects and Acts” at the College Art Association annual conference. 

Sometimes those undergraduate professor-student bonds are hard to break! Professor Michelle Facos and former undergraduate Bart Pushaw (IU ‘12; University of Maryland, ABD) are holding a workshop in Bloomington in March in preparation for their international conference on Visual Culture Exchange in the Baltic Sea Region 1772-1918. It will be held in Greifswald, Germany in June 2017 and is sponsored jointly by Greifswald University’s Baltic Borderlands Program and the Krupp Wissenschaftskolleg, a research institute located in Greifswald. 

Professor Margaret Graves is spending the AY 2015-16 as a member of the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, where she is working on her book on the emulation of architecture within the portable arts of the medieval Middle East. She has recently been awarded a New Frontiers project grant to research and publish the collection of pre-modern Islamic ceramics in the Indiana University Art Museum. During the Fall 2015 semester she presented a paper at the Eighth European Conference of Iranian Studies at the Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg, and gave a keynote lecture at the international symposium  Faking, Forging, Counterfeiting: Discredited Practices at the Margins of Mimesis, at the Centre for Advanced Studies, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich.

Professor Phillip Bloom published “Shikakuka sareta girei to kansō: Daitokuji denrai Gohyaku rakan zu ni okeru suiriku-e no hyōgen” [Painting Ritual, Envisioning Visualization: Representation of the Water-Land Retreat in the Daitoku-ji Temple Five Hundred Arhats] in Bukkyō geijutsu [Ars Buddhica] no.344 (January 2016): 32-51.

Professor Jeffrey Saletnik has been awarded a research fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. Dr. Saletnik will be in residence at the Institut für Kunst- und Bildgeschichte at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin for the duration of the fellowship period.

Professor Phillip Bloom presented a paper entitled “Cong kong er zhi: Nan Song fohua yu yigui zhong zhushen jianglin de tuxiang” [Arriving from the Void: Images of Descending Deities in Southern Song Buddhist Painting and Ritual Manuals] at a conference on a Buddhist ritual known as the Water-Land Retreat at the Buddha Memorial Center at Fo Guang Shan Monastery in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. 

Professor Melody Barnett Deusner has been granted a Fulbright-University of Birmingham (UK) Scholar Award for January-July 2016. Based at that institution's American and Canadian Studies Centre, she will continue her research into transatlantic visualizations of networked life in the nineteenth century.

The Department of Art History recognizes recent graduate and undergraduate student accomplishments. Among our graduate students, Charlotte Forstall attended the Classical Summer School at the American Academy in Rome; Lindsey Hansen completed a year's study in France under the Bourse Jeanne Marandon and had been awarded a College of Arts and Sciences Dissertation Completion Fellowship; Haohao Lu completed the first half of a two-year Samuel H. Kress Foundation Institutional Fellowship at the Kunsthistorisch Instituut at Leiden University and was awarded a Graduate Conference Travel Award from the College Arts and Humanities Institute at Indiana University; Joanna Matuszak published "Performing with Objects: Andrés Galeano in conversation with Joanna Matuszak" in PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art; Erin Pauwels was awarded a Huntington Library Travel Grant for Study in the United Kingdom and has assumed a position as a Lecturer in the Department of Art History at USC; Angela Ratigan completed her M.A. degree and began her doctoral studies at Heidelberg University in the Institut für Klassische Archaeologie; Brittany Sheldon was awarded an American Dissertation Fellowship from the American Association of University Women. Among our undergraduate students, Andrea Benzschawel and Jacob Schmalz were elected to Phi Beta Kappa; Rachel Miller was awarded the Alonzo and Mary Louise Brummett Scholarship; and Melissa Young secured a summer internship at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Professor Michelle Facos is Visiting Professor in the "Baltic Borderlands: Shifting Boundaries of Mind and Culture in the Borderlands of the Baltic Sea Region" program at Ernst-Moritz-Arndt-Universität Greifswald during the spring/summer 2015 semester. Dr. Facos also gave a lecture "Emma Lamm and Anders Zorn: Art, Entrepreneurship, Philanthropy" at Uppsala University in April 2015.

Along with Walter S. Melion and Michel Weemans, Professor Bret Rothstein has published The Anthropomorphic Lens: Anthropomorphism, Microcosmism and Analogy in Early Modern Thought and Visual Arts. The essays in this volume address a practice that was integral to early modern notions of analogy and microcosm. What had been construed in Antiquity as primarily a metaphor for the order of creation was reworked in the early modern period into a complex system relating the human body to the body of the world. Cosmological diagrams, illustrated treatises of botany and zoology, maps, alphabets, collections of ornaments, architectural essays – a striking number are entirely constructed on the anthropomorphic analogy. Exploring the complexities inherent in such work, the interdisciplinary essays in this volume explore the contradictions and tensions between magical and rational, speculative and practical thought that were (and are) inherent in the anthropomorphic model. Dr. Rothstein also published an essay, "Visual Difficulty as a Cultural System," in RES: Anthropology and Aesthetics 65/66 (2014/2015). 

Professor Julie Van Voorhis co-curated Colors of Classical Art, an exhibition held at the Indiana University Art Museum from October 4 through December 21, 2014. Dr. Van Voorhis also received an Indiana University Institute for Advanced Study Consultation Fellowship to bring Dr. Mark Abbe to campus to do a full-on pigment analysis of the busts of Septimius Severus and Julia Domna at the IUAM, which will be the basis for future research projects and exhibitions. 

Professor Michelle Facos has publishedSymbolist Roots of Modern Art, a volume edited with Thor J. Mednick (IU Art History PhD, 2009) and including a contribution by Department of Art History graduate student Katie Larson.

Professor Phillip Bloom began teaching in the department after a year as Social Science Research Council/Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Postdoctoral Fellow (Short Term) at the Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia at the University of Tokyo. Dr. Bloom presented a webinar for the East Asian Studies Center at Indiana University. The talk dealt with Chinese Buddhist ritual and some of the ways that the internal, meditative aspects of ritual practice are translated into painting. 

Professors Sarah Bassett and Margaret Graves will be members at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton for the academic year 2015-2016. While there Dr. Bassett will work on her book, Style and Meaning in the Visual Arts of Late Antiquity. Dr. Graves will be working on her book Small Worlds: Architecture, Scale and the Medieval Islamic Art of the Object

Professor Diane Reilly has published Acta Synodi Atrebatensis, Vita Autberti, Vita Gaugerici; Varia scripta ex officina Gerardi exstantia with Steven Vanderputten. This is a critical edition of the most important texts associated with Gerard of Cambrai, a figure central to Christian theological debates of the eleventh century, including those about the role of art in Christian spiritual life. Dr. Reilly also recently participated in The New Sound Studies: A Roundtable, at the American Historical Association's annual meeting in New York.

Professor Jeffrey Saletnik has been awarded a College Arts and Humanities Institute Research Fellowship for 2015-16 to support his book project: The Material Means of Bauhaus Pedagogy and Late Modernism.

Professor Patrick McNaughton has published two articles as part of his trans-West Africa research project. "A Little Metal Object of Provocative Potential: Re-considering the History of West African Metalurgy," and "The Smiths in Sunjata: What Epics and Oral Traditions Suggest About West African History." These articles begin to set the historical stage for understanding how a stunning and powerful category of mask, distinguished by its large size and horizontal alignment, spread across over two thousand miles of West Africa, into over 80 ethnic groups. The hypothesis is that versions of this mask type originated over a thousand years ago, and were invented by professional blacksmiths-herbalists-sorcerers in what is now the Republic of Mali.

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