Monthly Archives: November 2010

John Weretka – Giuseppe Maria Crespi ‘Ecstasy of St Margaret of Cortona’

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What are you looking at? John Weretka Giuseppe Maria Crespi, Ecstasy of St Margaret of Cortona, 1701. Museo Diocesano, Cortona. If Crespi is remembered at all today, it must be for his genre paintings, the subject of an exhibition (Giuseppe Maria Crespi and the emergence of genre painting in Italy) in 1986. Crespi’s The flea hunt (Louvre; probably late 1720s – link) and A courtyard scene (Bologna, Pinacoteca Nazionale; probably 1730s) are probably his two best known genre pictures, while his series of the Seven sacraments (Gemäldegallerie, Dresden; c. 1712) and the superb St John Nepomuk confessing the Queen of Bohemia (Turin, Galleria Sabauda; 1743) are among his best known sacred works. Born in 1665 in Bologna, Crespi’s early study included…

Funding: Humanities Research Centre (ANU) Visiting Fellowship Program 2012

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Humanities Research Centre at the Australian National University 2012 Visiting Fellowship Program The HRC is now accepting applications for the 2012 Visiting Fellowship Program. Deadline: Tuesday, 15th March 2011. Annual Theme: Ecological Enlightenment In the 1960s, James Lovelock formulated his Gaia hypothesis about the symbiosis of the earth’s intersecting ecosystems.  He posited a complex feedback loop that somehow maintains, as he put it, ‘an optimal physical and chemical environment for life on this planet’. Little did he know then that the catastrophic role of human agency in upsetting this symbiosis would gain such centrality in scientific debates forty years later. The human as geological agent is a relatively recent formulation. The idea of a new geological age, the Anthropocene, was…

Call for Papers: Emotions in the Medieval and Early Modern World

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Emotions in the Medieval and Early Modern World A Conference of the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions, UWA Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies and Perth Medieval and Early Renaissance Group University of Western Australia, 9th – 11th June, 2011 Call for Papers This conference will explore the subject of emotions in the medieval and early modern world, c.500-1800, across a range of disciplines. Within the field, paper proposals from any relevant areas of study are welcome. Possible approaches and themes may include: The theory of pre-modern emotions; Emotions in social and political history; Religion and emotion; Representations in literature, theatre and the arts; Scientific, philosophical and theological understandings; The public performance of emotion; Gender…

Call for Papers: Norbert Elias, Emotional Styles, and Historical Change

Norbert Elias, Emotional Styles, and Historical Change An Interdisciplinary Collaboratory at the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions, Change Program University of Adelaide 14-15 June, 2011 This will be an international Collaboratory on the historical development of emotional styles in Europe and North America from medieval times to the present. The meeting will focus on the seminal ideas of the sociologist Norbert Elias about changes in emotions and society in his The Civilising Process (1939) and his work more generally. Contributions are sought from historians, sociologists, cultural theorists and others working in the field of the history of emotions, and may take the form of substantial historical essays or theoretical papers discussing alternative models and interpretations to…

Panel Discussion: Is Photography Global?

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Is Photography Global? Panel Discussion at the Centre for Contemporary Photography Date: 6:15pm – Wednesday, December 1st, 2010 What are the relations involved in the global production of photographs? In what ways are new technologies influencing, shaping or impinging on these relations? Does photography have a specific place in globalisation? Are some kinds of photography more global than others? ‘Is Photography Global?’ aims to begin an international conversation among critics, historians and practitioners of photography on global thinking within the discipline. Paul James (Director of the Globalism Institute, RMIT), Natalie King (curator/writer) and Matthew Sleeth (artist) will discuss issues around the global production, distribution and local reception of photographs. Led by David Bate (University of Westminster, London) and Daniel Palmer…

Call for Papers: The Printed Image Within a Culture of Print 1400-1750

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The Printed Image Within a Culture of Print: Prints, Publishing and the Early modern Arts in Europe, 1450 – 1700 Saturday, 9 April 2011, The Courtauld Institute of Art, London Call for Papers Deadline 10 January 2011 Website: http://www.courtauld.ac.uk/researchforum/events/2010/summer/apr9_Printsconference.shtml From the fifteenth through the seventeenth century, the advent of print utterly changed the production of images. A repertoire of images of all kinds, from the crudest woodcut to the most virtuosic engraving, from broadsides of wonders and prodigies to pictures reproducing famous paintings and sculptures, was put into the hands of both image-makers and consumers of images. New possibilities for allusion and intertextuality came into being thanks to this bridge between the image and its publics. And the publication of…

Funding: Getty Foundation Graduate Internships

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Getty Foundation Graduate Internships The next application deadline is December 1, 2010. Getty Graduate Internships are offered in the four programs of the J. Paul Getty Trust—the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Getty Research Institute, the Getty Conservation Institute, and the Getty Foundation—to students who intend to pursue careers in fields related to the visual arts. Training and work experience are available in areas such as curatorial, education, conservation, research, information management, public programs, and grantmaking. Please see the list of internship areas and host departments participating in 2011—2012 (PDF, 57KB). Approximately twenty graduate internship positions are funded each year. Eligibility Internships are open to students of all nationalities. Applicants must be: Students currently enrolled in a graduate program leading…

Funding: Awards for Research at the British School at Rome (Italy)

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Awards for Research at the British School at Rome Residential Awards for Research in Archaeology, History, Art History, and the Society and Culture of Italy from Prehistory to the Modern Period 2011–12 The British School at Rome is a leading humanities research institute with outstanding facilities and an international reputation for research and interdisciplinarity in Italy and across the Commonwealth. Our highly competitive and prestigious awards have provided many leading scholars with a critical base for their subsequent careers. Applications are invited for a number of residencies at the British School at Rome. These awards, tenable for three or nine months, give scholars at different stages of their careers a valuable opportunity to pursue their research in Rome. They offer…

News: Website – Recreating Early Modern Festivals

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Website – Recreating Early Modern Festivals A new website has been launched by a group of scholars called ‘Recreating Early Modern Festivals’. The website has information about research projects based on Early Modern Festivals in Europe. The core group of researchers is based at the University of Edinburgh, with a steering committee made up of academics from universities in the UK, Italy and Spain. The aim of the website and of the broader research group is to bring together scholars from a range of disciplines in order to study Early Modern festivals, which are of interest to art and architectural historians, musicologists, social and theatre historians and so on. The group also wants to investigate the possibility of recreating these…

Call for Papers: Happiness or Its Absence in Art (Israel 2011)

Call for Papers Happiness or Its Absence in Art A symposium at the Department of the Arts, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel, March 10th, 2011 The theme of happiness goes hand in hand with art. During the evolution of Western civilization the concept of happiness was tied to visual representations in different ways and carried various meanings. Ancient Egyptian burial structures and their contents relate to happiness and wealth acquired in the afterlife, while victory arches, for example, convey a sense of elation drawn from joy and happiness associated with a crowd united by its feelings of nationalism. Medieval works of art were often designed in order to inspire the viewer with happiness resulting from religious fulfilment. However, religious…

Call for Papers and Panels: Symposium – The Right to the City

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Call for Papers, Panels and Presentations Symposium – The Right to the City Faculty of Architecture Design and Planning, University of Sydney, Saturday April 9th, 2011 The Right to The City is an exhibition and publishing project cosponsored by Tin Sheds Gallery and Architectural Theory Review. We invite the submission of abstracts proposing papers, panels and creative presentations for a  one-day symposium, investigating connections between art, architecture, planning and activism. The Right to the City takes as its starting point David Harvey’s polemical article, of the same name, that redefined  urban existence as a contested part of modern democracy: ‘The freedom to make and remake our cities and ourselves is, I want to argue, one of the most precious yet…

Talk – Hidden and in plain view: considering Taryn Simon’s Index

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Hidden and in plain view: considering Taryn Simon’s Index Inspired by rumours of WMDs and secret sites in Iraq, American photographer Taryn Simon decided to address secret sites in her own country. For An American Index of the Hidden and Unfamiliar 2006, Simon photographed hidden places and things within US borders. Her subjects range across realms of science, government, medicine, entertainment, nature, security, and religion. As Australians, what do we make of Simon’s America, are we both intrigued and repelled? While this series has been described as the ‘aesthetic antithesis of photojournalism’ Simon draws upon traditions of documentary photography to create this disorienting image of contemporary America. Venue: Centre for Contemporary Photography, 404 George St, Fitzroy, Vic 3065. Date: Thursday…

Conference: AAANZ Adelaide 2010 – Full Program now available

Ruby Tjangawa WILLIAMSON, Australia, c.1940, Pitjantjatjara people, South Australia, Puli murpu—mountain range, 2009, Amata, South Australia, synthetic polymer paint on linen, 121.5x152.0cm, South Australian Government Grant 2009, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, © Ruby Tjangawa Williamson, Courtesy of Tjala Arts

AAANZ Conference, December 1-4, Adelaide Tradition and Transformation The full program for the AAANZ (Art Association Australia and New Zealand) is now available to download from their website here The program for Wednesday/Thursday is here (pdf) Friday/Saturday here (pdf). The conference covers a wide range of topics, both Australian and International, contemporary and historical from both established and emerging scholars. For details about registration or any other enquiries please see the AAANZ website. The keynote speakers are (full detail here): December 1st 6pm:  Professor Evelyn Welch (Professor of Renaissance Studies and Vice Principal for Research and International Affairs, Queen Mary, University of London) – ‘Copycat Culture: Creating Fashion in Renaissance Europe’ December 2nd 5:30: Professor John Paoletti (Kenan Professor of…

Graduate Seminar: Making Art, Picturing Practice: The Artist’s Studio in Britain ca. 1700–1900 (June 2011)

Making Art, Picturing Practice: The Artist’s Studio in Britain ca. 1700–1900 Yale Center for British Art, Graduate Summer Seminar June 6–11, 2011 In June 2011 the Yale Center for British Art (ycba) will offer a week long graduate student seminar, generously supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, open to doctoral candidates working on topics relating to the artist’s studio and artistic practice in the eighteenth, nineteenth, and early twentieth centuries. The artist’s studio has long been a major subject of art historical enquiry, and over the past two decades a burgeoning corpus of publications and exhibitions has examined the studio as both concept and space. While the studio is no longer taken at face value as the “imagination’s chamber,”…

Call for Papers – Travel in the Nineteenth Century: Narratives, Histories and Collections

Call for papers Travel in the Nineteenth Century: Narratives, Histories and Collections Lincoln, UK, 14-15 July 2011 Closing date for proposals: 15 February 2011 In the nineteenth century, railways made distant locations ever more accessible, the Grand Tour became more and more a pastime of the middle classes and British imperial expansion brought exotic locales and non-Western cultures ever closer to home.  New ways of thinking about and communicating experiences of travel and of interactions with other cultures held a significant influence in various areas of nineteenth-century culture.  This period saw an enormous expansion in museums and popular exhibition culture, technological innovations such as photography and film, as well as the vast growth of a popular press that served to…