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Melissa Renn

January 16th, 2015 in Uncategorized

mfa725 Commonwealth Ave, Rm 301B
Boston, Massachusetts 02215
Fax: (617) 353-3243

Lecturer, Curatorship

Ph.D., Boston University


HAA Professor Emine Fetvacı receives Köprülü Prize

December 22nd, 2014 in Side Bar, Uncategorized

eminepic9780253006783_medProfessor Emine Fetvacı was awarded the 2014 M. Fuat Köprülü  Book Prize by the Ottoman and Turkish Studies Foundation for her book Picturing History at the Ottoman Court (Indiana University Press, 2013).


The M. Fuat Köprülü  Book Prize is an annual prize awarded for the best book in the area of Turkish and Ottoman studies published in the previous year (copyright date of 2013), sponsored by the Ottoman and Turkish Studies Association with the generous support of the M. Münir Ertegün Foundation.

Talk by Dr. Juana García Duque, PhD.

December 16th, 2014 in Side Bar, Uncategorized


“International Cooperation and the Colombian Peace Process”

Talk by Dr. Juana García Duque, PhD.
Professor of International Studies and Administration at the University of Los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia
Former Director of International Cooperation for the Ministry of Foreign Relations, Colombia

December 8, 2014
From 5-7pm
725 Commonwealth Avenue,
CAS 303A

This event is sponsored by the Latin American Studes, Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies and History of Art & Architecture.


This event had already occurred, for more information about the topic, check out the Pardee School of Global Studies event summary.

Labor in a Single Shot- Conference-Nov 13-15

November 3rd, 2014 in Uncategorized

An international, interdisciplinary conference on a global video workshop curated by Antje Ehmann and Harun Farocki

Boston Univeristy
NOVEMBER 13-15, 2014
Free and open to the public

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Between 2011 and 2014, the curator Antje Ehmann and the filmmaker Harun Farocki conducted workshops in 15 cities worldwide that taught participants to make short videos about labor: paid and unpaid, material and immaterial, rich in tradition or altogether new.

This workshops demonstrate how a single, continuous shot can create narratives full of suspense and surprise. Boston University and the Goethe-Institut are organizing an international, interdisciplinary conference in response to this unique project.

For more information, visit the conference site,  any questions should be directed to Magdalena Malinowska, Conference Director at

In the House and on the Web: 21st Century Strategies for Interpreting Historic Interiors.

October 22nd, 2014 in Uncategorized

92840_NHM letterhead_BODOn Friday, 3rd. October, Boston University’s Museum Studies Program hosted a symposium at the Boston Atheneaum, with Wellesley College’s McNeil Program for Studies in American Art, and the Nichols House Museum. Five speakers from Europe and the United States shared experiences of how their museums had successfully integrated technology into interpretations of their historic interiors and landscapes. Dr Lee Glazer spoke about the Freer Gallery’s use of digital technology to interpret Whistler’s famous Peacock Room as it appeared in London and Detroit:

Loic Tallon, Mobile Manager from the Metropolitan Museum in New York explained the processes behind designing the Met’s new app: Annie Kemkaran-Smith, one of the curators with English Heritage, explained the changing use of digital technology in three properties in her care over the past decade, and Victoria Kastner described the development and use of apps at Hearst Castle. Finally, John Sibbald, Director of the Virtual Hamilton Palace Trust, described the virtual recreation of the collections at Hamilton Palace from inventories and accounts. The delegates made their way to the MFA for a tour of one of the Hamilton Palace rooms, now at the Museum, by Tom Michie, Curator of European Decorative Arts and Sculpture.


One-hundred-and-thirty-one people attended, comprising eighty-seven museum professionals from Massachusetts, Maine, New York, Florida and Delaware, and twenty-five students, mainly from Boston University and Wellesley College, as well as several professors from local universities. We ate at the Union Club, and an excellent day was had by all. This was the fourth symposium held in collaboration with the Nichols House Museum, and the eighth Museum Studies conference.

Call for Papers-December 10, 2014

October 6th, 2014 in General News, Graduate Student News, Side Bar, Uncategorized

The 31st Annual Graduate Student Symposium on the History of Art & Architecture, 2015.

Submissions Due:    November 22, 2014   December 10, 2014—DEADLINE EXTENDED!
Symposium Dates:   February 27 –28, 2015

Creative Conflict

The 31st Annual Boston University Graduate Symposium on the History of Art
& Architecture

Conflict generates and transforms many works of art and architecture, both inspiring their creation and shaping their legacies. The 31st Annual Boston University Graduate Student Symposium on the History of Art & Architecture invites submissions that explore visual and material manifestations of discord among individuals, groups, nations, or ideologies.
Possible subjects include, but are not limited to, the following: works directly addressing disagreement, violence, and war; political posturing and persuasion; ideological dissent and inner turmoil; protective structures and objects such as armor, weaponry, and fortifications; and works subsequently impacted by conflict, including looting, vandalism, iconoclasm, wartime destruction and pillaging, accidental damage in times of riot or unrest, and disputes over the ownership and display of works of art.

We welcome submissions from graduate students at all stages of their studies, working in any area or discipline.

A paper title, an abstract (300 words) and a CV should be sent to the Symposium Coordinator, Sarah Parrish, at The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, December 10, 2014.

Papers should be 20 minutes in length and selected speakers will be notified before January 1st. The Symposium will be held Friday, February 27 – Saturday, February 28, 2015, with a keynote lecture by Dr. Richard M. Leventhal, Executive Director of the Penn Cultural Heritage Center, at the Boston University Art Gallery at the Stone Gallery on Friday evening and graduate presentations on Saturday in the Riley Seminar Room of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

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.


Graduate students from BU’s Department of History of Art & Architecture organize one of the longest running Graduate Student Symposiums in the country. From a call for papers, presentations are juried and selected graduate students come together to share their recent research one weekend in March.  Please see below for this year’s theme and CFP. A downloadable PDF version of the CFP is available here.


* Please note * Information regarding previous symposia—including the dates, theme, keynote, speakers, schedule, and locations—is provided for reference in the Symposium Archive.  Information on this year’s Symposium, including keynote speaker and selected participants, will be posted when available.

For more information or should you have any questions, please contact Sarah Parrish, 2014/2015 Symposium Coordinator, Boston University Department of History of Art & Architecture, at




Guest Lecture Series – Oct 30th

October 2nd, 2014 in General News, Graduate Student News, Uncategorized, Undergraduate Student News

Please join us for our second GSHAAA Guest Scholar Lecture of the academic year on Thursday, October 30, 2014.

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!

mobile_200603A50_03Laura AuricchioThe New School
“The Marquis: Lafayette Reconsidered”

Location: 725 Commonwealth Ave., Room 200

Lecture Time: 5:30pm, free and open to the public!

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



Guest Lecture Series – Oct 14th

October 2nd, 2014 in General News, Graduate Student News, Uncategorized, Undergraduate Student News

Please join us for our first GSHAAA Guest Scholar Lecture of the academic year on Tuesday, October 14, 2014.

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!

Dr. Carrie Anderson, Middlebury College

maurits“The Challenges of Spatial Research: Johan Maurits and the Landscape of Diplomacy”

Location: 725 Commonwealth Ave., Room 200

Lecture Time: 5:30pm, free and open to the public!

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

“Dwight Tryon and American Tonalism” at the Addison Gallery, curated by recent MA grad.

October 1st, 2014 in Uncategorized

September 13, 2014 – January 4, 2015

Dwight Tryon and American Tonalism, curated by independent scholar Keith Kauppila, contributes to the growing scholarly interest in American Tonalism and gives Tryon’s work of the 1880s the closer look that it deserves.

This exhibition brings together seven landscape paintings from the 1880s by the American artist Dwight Tryon and sets them within the context of Tonalist works from the Addison’s collection by such artists as George Inness, John Twachtman, and Alvin Langdon Coburn.

An American artistic style of the period 1880-1915, Tonalism followed the factual naturalism of the Hudson River School. Developed at the same time that American artists were influenced by French Barbizon and Impressionist painting, Tonalist works are characterized by subtle gradations of tone within a limited color scale, projecting personal expressions of mood through veiled depictions of light and atmosphere.

Tryon’s paintings, created near his home in Dartmouth, Massachusetts, display his intimate connection to the southeastern Massachusetts coastal region. The seven remarkable paintings in the exhibition, including three studies of New Bedford Harbor at different times of day, distinguish themselves as highly evocative of the artist’s personal relationship with nature and his response to a particular time and place.

Generous support for this exhibition has been provided by The Bernard and Louise Palitz Exhibitions Fund.

HAA Professor Launches Innovative Mapping Site.

September 3rd, 2014 in General News, Side Bar, Uncategorized

CRANSTONHistory of Art & Architecture Professor Jodi Cranston, with generous assistance from the Kress Foundation, recently launched Mapping Titian (, a new digital art history resource which allows users to visualize one of the most fundamental concerns of the discipline of Art History: the interrelationship between an artwork and its changing historical context.  Focusing on the paintings executed by the Venetian Renaissance artist, Titian (ca. 1488-1576), this site offers a searchable provenance index of his attributed pictures and allows users to create customizable collections of paintings and customizable maps that show the movement of the pictures over time and space.

Mapping Titian contains the most up-to-date information available from print publications and from museum websites for the provenance of the paintings.  The sources for each painting’s provenance are cited each time the picture changes ownership and/or location.  A references page includes a complete bibliographic entry for these sources. Users are encouraged to share new information and/or to offer corrections to the current database.  As of now, the site includes only paintings attributed to Titian and, because of attribution questions, does not yet include drawings by the artist.  Information is still being entered and refined, and the site should be fully developed by the end of September.