Vanderbilt University History of Art Blog

November, 2012

Gallery Exhibit of Tim Hetherington’s Photographs Closing Soon

Long Story Bit by Bit: Liberia Retold, Photography by Tim Hetherington will be on view through Thursday, December 6, in the Vanderbilt Fine Arts Gallery in Cohen Memorial Hall on the Peabody campus. Tim Hetherington, an Oscar-nominated filmmaker and British photojournalist, documented the experience of war from the perspective of the individual, mostly in West…

Posted by on November 28, 2012 in Fine Arts Gallery, VRC


Future of Electronic Books in Art, Art History, and Architecture

Recent shifts in the museum, technology, and rights-management worlds have convinced Patricia Fidler, publisher of Yale University Press’s art and architecture list, that scholarly art-history publishing has a promising digital future. An interesting read is Jennifer Howard’s article, “Art Publishers Look to Yale Press for Glimpse Into Their Digital Future,” that appeared in the October…

Posted by on November 28, 2012 in Technology, VRC


The Ghent Altarpiece in 100 Billion Pixels

It is now possible for scholars, conservators, and art lovers worldwide to zoom into the intricate, breathtaking details of Hubert and Jan van Eyck’s Ghent Altarpiece on an interactive digital website supported largely by the Getty Foundation: Closer to Van Eyck: Rediscovering the Ghent Altarpiece. This stunning and highly complex painting, completed in 1432 and…

Posted by on November 27, 2012 in Technology, VRC


Mapping Gothic France

With a database of images, texts, charts and historical maps, Mapping Gothic France invites you to explore the parallel stories of Gothic architecture and the formation of France in the 12th and 13th centuries, considered in three dimensions: space, time, and narrative.

Posted by on November 26, 2012 in Technology, VRC


The Book of Kells Released as an iPad App

The eighth-century Book of Kells, the most extravagant and complex of the Insular Gospel books, was released as an iPad app on November 16. With its high quality screen and physical size akin to that of the manuscript, the iPad is the perfect platform to showcase the decorative skills of the scribes and the rich…

Posted by on November 26, 2012 in Technology, VRC


Vivien Fryd to Lecture on Faith Ringgold in Paris on December 6

Vivien Green Fryd, professor of history of art, will lecture on “The Transgenerational Trauma of Slavery in Faith Ringgold’s Slave Rape Story Quilt ” in Paris on December 6 at the Terra Foundation for American Art Europe. Fryd is currently the Terra Foundation Visiting Professor of American Art at the Freie Universität, Berlin. Faith Ringgold’s…

Posted by on November 26, 2012 in Events, HART, VRC


Screening and Conversation with Filmmaker Slated for November 28

The Department of Art will present a free screening and conversation with the filmmaker on a remake and reinterpretation of Red Dawn, the 1984 cult film released at the height of Cold War paranoia. Dread Spawn (Head Wrong), a film by Annamarie Ho, will be shown on Wednesday, November 28, at 3 p.m. in room…

Posted by on November 25, 2012 in Events, VRC


Creative Expressions XVIII Art Exhibit on View at Kennedy Center

Vanderbilt Kennedy Center and the Mayor’s Advisory Committee for People with Disabilities are hosting “Creative Expressions XVIII” to exhibit artwork by individuals with disabilities. This annual exhibit features work in various media by artists with a wide range of abilities/disabilities and ages. Since its inception in 1976, the Mayor’s Advisory Committee has promoted public education…

Posted by on November 7, 2012 in VRC


HART Society to View Carrie Mae Weems Exhibit on November 9

Join the Vanderbilt History of Art Society for ARTini: Carrie Mae Weems: Three Decades of Photography and Video at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts on Friday, November 9. Shaun Giles, educator for outreach at the Frist, will lead an informal conversation about some of the works included in the exhibition. The group will…

Posted by on November 7, 2012 in Events, HART, VRC


Julia Murray to Deliver Goldberg Lecture on Thursday, November 8

Julia K. Murray, professor of art history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will deliver the Goldberg Lecture in Art History on Thursday, November 8, at 4:10 p.m. in Cohen Hall 203. Her lecture is entitled “The Cult of Confucius and the Shrine of His Robe and Cap.” Sponsored by the Norman L. and Roselea J….

Posted by on November 6, 2012 in VRC


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