HAA Lecture Series

The Department of History of Art & Architecture invites you to the
2018-2019 HAA Lecture Series:

The HAA Lecture Series brings together historians of art, architecture and material culture specializing in diverse fields and genres. Prominent scholars are invited to share their latest research with the BU community in a lecture followed by Q&A and a light reception. The HAA Lecture Series is organized by a committee of graduate students and faculty from the department.

Upcoming Lectures:


“Floating Arcadia: Pastoral Views of Renaissance Venice”

Prof. Jodi Cranston, Boston University
Wednesday February 6th, 6pm, CAS 132

Beginning around 1500, Venetians began to imagine, perceive, and experience their marine city as dotted with green worlds, with actual and imaginary green places. Gardens became a celebrated feature of newly built private villas on outer islands; specific garden sites were settings for fictional literary exchanges and poetic inspiration; pastoral paintings, drawings, and sculptures adorned palace interiors; performances of pastoral eclogues and plays occurred throughout the city and on celebratory floats that traversed the canals; and Venice itself was represented frequently as a lagoon city comprised of verdant islands. This talk will address aspects of this diverse “greening” of Venice with particular focus on paintings that visualize insular discourses, which also captured the contemporary literary and cartographic imagination during the time of exploration of the Atlantic and the Americas.



Archive of Past Lectures


October 25, Jennifer Roberts, Elizabeth Cary Agassiz Professor of the Humanities and Johnson-Kulukunkdis Family Faculty Director of the Arts at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
“The Moiré Effect: Robert Rauschenberg, Print, and Interference.”
CAS 132, 6 pm
Co-sponsored with the BU Initiative on Cities. This event is free and open to the public. 

September 13, Prof. Esra Akcan, Cornell University 
“Open Architecture: An Immigrant Perspective from Kreuzberg, Berlin”
CAS 132, 6pm
Co-sponsored with the BU Initiative on Cities. This event is free and open to the public.