By Susan E Rice

American Visual Culture in Context: A Symposium in Honor of Professor Patricia Hills

March 21st, 2014 in Uncategorized

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In honor of the remarkable career of Professor Patricia Hills , “American Visual Culture in Context“, will be a wonderful opportunity to honor a beloved teacher and remarkable scholar, to hear nationally recognized art historians and American Studies scholars who also happen to have been her students, and to meet and network with Boston University alumni who are professionals in the humanities!   Composed of Professor Hills’  former students presenting their current research. It will both demonstrate Professor Hills’ profound influence upon the field of American Visual Culture and will provide a snapshot of the current state of the field.

The symposium, which will be followed by a reception, is free and open to the public.

 

When:
April 26, 2014 from 12:30 to 6 pm
Where:
Metcalf Ballroom on the 2nd floor of the George Sherman Union
775 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA  02215

Click Here for a complete program.

 

Sponsored by the Dean of the College of Arts & Scientists, Alumni & Current Students, the Boston University Humanities Center,  the Department of the History of Art & Architecture, the American & New England Studies Program, and the African American Studies Program.

 

New, interdisciplinary course announced for Fall 2014

March 19th, 2014 in General News, Graduate Student News, Side Bar, Uncategorized

Reading Boston: Conversations About the Real & Imagined City

Professor Keith N. Morgan, History of Art & Architecture and Professor William Huntting Howell, English  offer a new, exciting course this Fall.   

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A multidisciplinary examination of Boston from the Wampanoag settlement to the present, this course will explore how specific neighborhoods have developed and how they have been presented in literature.  Including frequent site visits around Boston, this offering is limited in space, and expected to fill up quickly.   AM501   Tue  2:00-5:00    4cr.

**Students majoring in English, Architectural Studies, or Art History should petition their respective departments to receive credit towards their specific program requirements.

Contact either Professor for more information, and to determine its possible fulfillment of specific program requirements.

Professor Keith N. Morgan,
History of Art & Architecture, CAS
knmorgan@bu.edu

Professor William Huntting Howell,
Department of English, CAS

Guest Lecture Series – April 17

February 20th, 2014 in General News, Graduate Student News, Uncategorized

Please join us for our seventh and final GSHAAA Guest Scholar Lecture of the academic year on Thursday, April 17th, 2014, 5:30PM.

We look forward to welcoming our speakers and guests to some excellent lectures this Spring, and hope that you will add our upcoming events to your busy schedules!

Fred S. Kleiner, Boston University
Teaching the History of Art & Architecture with Google Earth

Location: 725 Commonwealth Ave., Room 303A

Lecture Time: 5:30pm, all are welcome!

For further information on the entire Lecture Series, please check our website at:

http://www.bu.edu/ah/students/graduate-student-history-of-art-architecture-association/guest-lecture-series/

Guest Lecture Series – April 10

February 20th, 2014 in General News, Graduate Student News, Uncategorized

Please join us for our sixth GSHAAA Guest Scholar Lecture of the academic year on Thursday, April 10th, 2014, 5:30PM.

We look forward to welcoming our speakers and guests to some excellent lectures this Spring, and hope that you will add our upcoming events to your busy schedules!

Carol Payne, Carleton University

Views from the North: Photographs, Generations and Cultural Memory Among the Inuit”

Location: 725 Commonwealth Ave., Room 303A

Lecture Time: 5:30pm, all are welcome!

For further information on the entire Lecture Series, please check our website at:

http://www.bu.edu/ah/students/graduate-student-history-of-art-architecture-association/guest-lecture-series/

Feb 27- “Asia and the City”: The Changing Meanings of Beijing FORUM

January 29th, 2014 in General News, Graduate Student News, Uncategorized, Undergraduate Student News


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In this forum, part of the “Asia and the City” BUCSA yearly series, two short presentations will highlight the changing nature of the Chinese capital between the late imperial and contemporary periods, followed by a conversation with Boston University faculty.

BU Hosts: Professors Alice Tseng, Paolo Scrivano, Eugenio Menegon, Cathy Yeh, Enrique Silva

Speakers:

Professor Ya-chen Ma
Institute of History, National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan
Visiting Scholar, Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Harvard University

“Capital Reimagined: Beijing as the Center of Time and Space and Its Imagined Other”

Embedded in the intensive visual interactions between the court and local societies in the eighteenth century, Beijing could not be projected as a political center without marginalizing the provinces. Measuring more than 8 feet in width and almost 8 feet in height, Xu Yang’s (c. 1712-a. 1779) the painting “Springtime in the Capital” was commissioned by the Qianlong emperor to redefine the capital as the center of time and space in the Qing empire. This presentation examines how Beijing was constructed pictorially as a magnificent imperial capital through reference to its imagined Other, the southern city of Suzhou, and the provinces.

Professor Shuishan Yu
School of Architecture – College of Arts, Media and Design
Northeastern University
Author of Chang’an Avenue and the Modernization of Chinese Architecture, University of Washington Press, 2013.

“Cutting the Dragon Vein: Modern Transformation of Imperial Beijing”

 

Dominated by a north-south axis,  Ming-Qing Beijing featured a concentric plan with layer after layer of walls and gates, screening the invisible center of power away from public view. Lining up all symbolic structures legitimizing the Mandate of Heaven, this axis was known as the “Dragon Vein.” The modern transformation of Beijing had been posed as an antithesis to such an imperial urban model, tearing down the walls and gates and cutting the dragon vein with big avenues. Yet like the imperial model, the modern urban space strengthened the centralization of power rather than weakening it. Analyzing the metamorphosis of Beijing in the mid-twentieth century focusing on its old and new axes, this presentation demonstrates how the imperial framework affected the modern transformations of Beijing and its political implications in the current development.

Location: Eilts room, Department of International Relations, Boston University, 154 Bay State Road (2nd floor)

Date:  February 27, 2014

Co-sponsored by the BU Center for the Study of Asia & City Planning and Urban Affairs Program, BU Metropolitan College

Feb 4th – Literary Reading by Jacques Fux

January 29th, 2014 in General News, Uncategorized

 

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Winner of the São Paulo Prize for Literature
, Brazil (considered the equivalent of the Man Booker Prize in the Portuguese language)

Reading from his novel Antiterapias, in Portuguese, with the English translation read by Ernest Hartwell.

Tuesday, Feb. 4, 5pm.
CAS 303A, 725 Commonwealth Ave, Boston University.

Refreshments and hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Jacques Fux has recently won the São Paulo Prize for Literature with his novel Antiterapias. He will be reading from this award-winning book, in the original, accompanied by the reading of the English translation by Ernest Hartwell. Fux was born in the city of Belo Horizonte, Brazil. He received degrees in mathematics and computer science, and later earned two Doctorates, one in Comparative Literature from UFMG and another in French Language, Literature and Civilization from Université Lille. He had previously published Literatura e Matemática: Jorge Luis Borges, Georges Perec e o OULIPO (2001).About the novel: “Conscious of Portnoy’s Complaint and Georges Perec constraints, the author uses short sentences to awaken the reader to images, sensations, and questions. Testimony, memory, masturbation, fiction, history, Cabala, Bible, and literature enclose and permeate the biography of a young Jewish man in his search for a place in the contemporary Brazilian ghettos which followed the diaspora. From an international perspective, Antiterapias shows what is both exotic and common about a small Brazilian Jewish community in the twenty-first century.”

Sponsored by: Department of Romance Studies, Department of History of Art & Architecture, The Latin American Studies Program, and PUBBoston (Pesquisadores e Universitários Brasileiros em Boston).

See the Light: Feb 28- Mar 1

January 17th, 2014 in General News, Graduate Student News, Uncategorized, Undergraduate Student News

The 30th Annual Boston University Graduate Symposium on the History of Art and Architecture

February 28th & March 1st, 2014

The “See the Light” symposium considers the employment and reception of light in the history of art and visual culture.

 

KEYNOTE ADDRESS

Friday, February 28, 2014, 5:30 pm
Boston University Art Gallery at the Stone Gallery
855 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215

PROFESSOR S. HOLLIS CLAYSON
S. Hollis Clayson is the Samuel H. Kress Professor at the National Gallery of Art’s Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, 2013-2014. She is Bergen Evans Professor in the Humanities and Professor of Art History and History at Northwestern University. She has published widely on nineteenth-century French art and culture including two monographs, Painted Love and Paris in Despair. Her forthcoming book is entitled Electric Paris: The Visual Cultures of the City of Light in the Era of Thomas Edison.

 

GRADUATE SYMPOSIUM

Saturday, March 1, 2014
Riley Seminar Room, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
465 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115

MORNING SESSION 

Elisabeth Berry Drago, PhD Candidate, University of Delaware
Shadowed Spectatorship in the Photographic Nocturne, 1895-1910

Sarah Rovang, PhD Candidate, Brown University
“A Light in Every Heart”: Electric Lighting and the Modernization of the American Farmstead

Tina Rivers, PhD Candidate, Columbia University
Tripping the Light Fantastic: “TV as a Creative Medium”


AFTERNOON SESSION

Jung E. Choi, PhD Candidate, Duke University
Temporalizing the Space of Light: Your Atmospheric Colour Atlas

Brendan McMahon, PhD Candidate, University of Southern California
Tricks of the Light: Representing Iridescence in the Seventeenth-Century Spanish World

Betsy Stepina Zinn, PhD Student, Rice University
Waiting for Ganzfeld: James Turrell’s End Around and the New Landscape

 

For more information, please contact Caitlin Dalton, 2013/2014 Symposium Coordinator, Department of History of Art & Architecture, bugraduatesymposiumhaa@gmail.com.
Click here to download a current schedule of events.

This event is generously sponsored by The Boston University Center for the Humanities; the Boston University Department of History of Art & Architecture; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Boston University Graduate Student History of Art & Architecture Association; and the Boston University Art Gallery at the Stone Gallery.

 

Faculty Book Release – Paolo Scrivano

November 27th, 2013 in General News, Graduate Student News, Side Bar, Uncategorized, Undergraduate Student News

scrivano-bookBuilding Transatlantic Italy: Architectural Dialogues with Postwar America

Professor Paolo Scrivano, Boston University

At the end of the Second World War, America’s newly acquired status of hegemonic power- together with the launch of ambitious international programs such as the Marshall Plan- significantly altered existing transatlantic relations. In this context, Italian and American architectural cultures developed a fragile dialogue characterized by successful exchanges and forms of collaboration but also by reciprocal wariness. The dissemination of models and ideas concerning architecture generated complex effects and frequently led to surprising misinterpretations, obstinate forms of resistance and long negotiations between the involved parties. Issues of continuity and discontinuity dominated Italian culture and society at the time since at stake was the possible balance between allegedly long-established traditions and the prospect of a radical rupture with recent history. Architectural culture often contributed to reach a compromise between very diverging attitudes. Situated in the larger realm of studies on Americanization, this book questions current interpretations of transatlantic relations in architecture. By reconsidering the means and effects of the dialogue that unfolded between the two sides of the Atlantic during the postwar years, the volume analyzes how cultural and formal models were developed in one context and then modified when transferred to a new one as well as the fortune of this cultural exchange in terms of circulation, amplification, and simplification.
Details: 254 pages, hardcover
Release date: December 2013
Published by: Ashgate Press
ISBN: 978-1-4724-1483-0

Guest Lecture Series – March 18

November 21st, 2013 in General News, Graduate Student News

Please join us for our fifth GSHAAA Guest Scholar Lecture of the academic year on Tuesday, March 18th, 2014, 5:30PM.

We look forward to welcoming our speakers and guests to some excellent lectures this Spring, and hope that you will add our upcoming events to your busy schedules!

Celeste-Marie Bernier, University of Nottingham
“Imaging Resistance: Representing the Body, Memory and History in African American and Black British Visual Arts”

Location: 725 Commonwealth Ave., Room 303A

Lecture Time: 5:30pm, all are welcome!

For further information on the entire Lecture Series, please check our website at:

http://www.bu.edu/ah/students/graduate-student-history-of-art-architecture-association/guest-lecture-series/

Guest Lecture Series – February 6th

November 21st, 2013 in General News, Graduate Student News, Uncategorized, Undergraduate Student News

Please join us for our fourth GSHAAA Guest Scholar Lecture of the academic year on Thursday, February 6th, 2014, 5:30PM.

We look forward to welcoming our speakers and guests to some excellent lectures this Spring, and hope that you will add our upcoming events to your busy schedules!

Martha Buskirk, Montserrat College of Art
“Collision Course? Artists’ Rights versus Public Interest”

Location: 725 Commonwealth Ave., Room 303A

Lecture Time: 5:30pm, all are welcome!

For further information on the entire Lecture Series, please check our website at:

http://www.bu.edu/ah/students/graduate-student-history-of-art-architecture-association/guest-lecture-series/