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  • 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 »