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  • Picasso’s Demoiselles: Africa, Sex, Origins and Creativity—9th Annual Mary L. Heuser Lecture featuring Suzanne Preston Blier, Ph.D.

    February 7, 2017
    For years, Picasso’s deep engagement with African cultures in his iconic Les Demoiselles d’Avignon (1907) was often played down to avoid any potential embarrassment that one of the more influential works of the western canon, created by one of the 20th century’s most famous innovators, had its key sources outside Europe. In this talk, Harvard Professor Suzanne Blier will reintegrate Africa and Picasso’s other key sources back into the history of this revolutionary work.
    Ellison Lecture, Watson Fine Arts, 6:00 p.m. More »
  • Registering the Queer Past: Activist Pedagogy and Public History

    November 2, 2015
    Professor Kelly Ball presents a workshop and lecture for students and faculty focused on the Queer History Project—an initiative that she undertook in response to the National Register of Historic Places’ initiative to increase the number of historical sites dedicated to LGBT history.
    Ellison Lecture, Watson Fine Arts, 5:00 p.m. More »
  • Photography and Democracy: Artist Talk by Cedric Nunn

    September 23, 2015
    Cedric Nunn began to take photographs professionally in the early 1980s in South Africa and is well known for images taken during the struggle period under Apartheid rule and from the transition to democracy in the 1990s. He has exhibited extensively in South Africa and Europe, and in 2012 David Krut Projects presented Call and Response, a travelling retrospective of photographs and Nunn’s first solo exhibition in New York. His latest series of photographs focusing on South Africa’s 100 Years War is currently on display in the Beard Gallery. Nunn's lecture will be followed by a reception and book signing in the Haas Concourse.
    Ellison Lecture, Watson Fine Arts, 7:00 p.m. More »
  • Voice of an Artist—Yuko Shimizu

    October 20, 2015
    Shimizu speaks about her career as an illustrator, including taking you backstage to show you her step-by-step process of creating an illustration (sometimes with lots of sweat and tears). She will also share her top 10 tips for creatives learned throughout her career.
    Ellison Lecture, Watson Fine Arts, 5:00 p.m. More »
  • WIIH LEAPS presents The Art of Networking

    April 20, 2015
    Find your passion and be guided by Wheaton alums toward the job of your dreams in art history, arts administration, museum education, international art business and architecture. Hailey (O’Donnell) Conneely ’07, Membership Manager at the Gardner Museum; Alicia LaTores '09, Curatorial Assistant at the Davis Museum, Wellesley College; Meghan Quigley '11, Learning and Interpretation Assistant, Portland Museum of Art; Peter Nelson '06, Architect, Kleinfelder Associates; Annie Guill '04, Operations Manager, ArtStar.com and Little Collector.com.
    Ellison Lecture Hall, Watson Fine Arts, 5 p.m. More »
  • The Geographical Boundaries of Art History: Academia and the Museum

    April 7, 2015
    Kristen Gresh, Estrellita and Yousuf Karsh Assistant Curator of Photographs, and Jen Mergel, Robert L. Beal, Enid L. Beal and Bruce A. Beal Senior Curator of Contemporary Art

    How do curatorial departments, art historical specialities, and the way collections are organized by geography shape the way we study art, and classify the world? Are there practical possibilities for challenging the geographical model for museum exhibitions? Kristen Gresh and Jen Mergel will address these questions as they apply to an exhibition they are currently researching which will explore contemporary art from across Africa and its diaspora, to open at the MFA Boston in Fall 2016.
    Ellison Lecture, Watson Fine Arts, 6:00 p.m. More »
  • What Does an Art Historian Bring to Contemporary Art, and Vice Versa?

    March 24, 2015
    Martha Lucy, Assistant Professor of Art History, Drexel University; Consulting Curator, Barnes Foundation/Former Associate Curator, Barnes Foundation

    Dr. Lucy is currently preparing “The Order of Things” (an exhibtion at the Barnes, May 16-Aug 3, 2015). The exhibition invites contemporary artists Mark Dion, Judy Pfaff, and Fred Wilson to critically respond to Barnes installation of his collection into “ensembles,” and the narratives of modernist art they construct. She will address how historical analysis intersects with, and differs from, theories of contemporary art and its curation.
    Ellison Lecture, Watson Fine Arts, 6:00 p.m. More »
  • Contemporary Art: How does it become art history?

    March 17, 2015
    Peter Kalb, Cynthia L. and Theodore S. Berenson Associate Professor of Contemporary Art Dept. of Fine Arts, Brandeis University, Author, Art Since 1980: Charting the Contemporary

    Dr. Kalb will address the ways in which undergraduate art history textbooks are researched, written, and published, within a larger contextual discussion of how contemporary art is taught at the university level. Who is represented by those texts and why? He will also address the ways in which the traditional art history model of the survey is responding and adapting to digital resources and online courses, which are increasingly accompanying, and perhaps eventually replacing, print textbooks. He will also be advising students on best practices.
    Ellison Lecture, Watson Fine Arts, 6:00 p.m. More »
  • From Diss to MS: How and Why Art History Research Gets Published

    March 3, 2015
    Workshop: Katie Hornstein, Assistant Professor, Modern European Art, Dartmouth College

    Dr Hornstein’s current project Picturing War in France, 1792-1856 focuses on the relationships between visual representations of war, emergent modes of visual production across a range of media, and structures of political power from the French Revolution through the Crimean War. In addition to sharing her scholarship, she will discuss the practical and conceptual stages in transforming dissertation research into peer-reviewed scholarly essays and book publications.
    Ellison Lecture, Watson Fine Arts, 6:00 p.m. More »
  • Art History on the Move: Interpretation in the Age of Digital Technology

    February 24, 2015
    Sarah Ganz Blythe, Deputy Director for Exhibitions, Education, and Programs, RISD Museum Providence

    Dr Ganz Blythe will discuss the relationships between the display of art and its interpretation in general, and the use of technology at RISD Museum specifically. RISD has developed interpretive methods that invite audiences to engage deeply and expansively with works of art. This includes a new digital platform, Channel. Ganz Blythe will discuss the ways in which that project and others were conceived and executed, with a critical assessment of best practices for technology use to enhance the experience of original works of art.
    Ellison Lecture, Watson Fine Arts, 6:00 p.m. More »