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March, 2016

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Fine Arts Gallery Event Spotlights Blair School of Music Faculty and Student Composers on March 29

Join the HART department and the University Fine Arts Gallery on March 29 at 7 p.m. for a special evening of music in the Cohen Gallery and the inaugural performance of four short compositions to be presented in conjunction with Close Readings: American Abstract Art from the Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery Collection.  A reception…

Posted by on March 29, 2016 in Events, Fine Arts Gallery, HART, Student/Alumni, VRC


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“Picturing Our World” Library Exhibit Features Moon Watch and Moon Pie Event on Library Lawn

As part of the current Heard Library exhibit, Picturing Our World, the University community—among them, HART VRC staffers Millie Fullmer and William Sealy—were invited to gaze at the moon through a telescope provided by Vanderbilt’s Dyer Observatory Viewings of the moon, held March 15 on the library lawn from 7-9 p.m., were led by Billy…

Posted by on March 22, 2016 in Events, HART, VRC


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HART VRC Staff Attend ARLIS/NA + VRA 2016 Joint Conference, Seattle, WA

Art-affiliated librarians en masse may not sound like anyone’s idea of a wild time, but HART’s Visual Resources Director Chris Strasbaugh and Assistant Curator Millie Fullmer certainly had a “Sleepless in Seattle” experience during last week’s ARLIS/NA + VRA 2016 joint conference.  ARLIS/NA (Art Libraries Society of North America) and VRA (Visual Resources Association) share…

Posted by on March 18, 2016 in Events, HART, Technology, VRC


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Exhibit of American Abstract Art Opens March 17 in Cohen Art Gallery

Close Readings: American Abstract Art from the Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery Collection opens this spring in celebration of recent gifts from the esteemed collections of Sarah-Ann and Werner Kramarsky and Edna and Monroe Kornfeld, while also drawing on the considerable strengths of the university’s permanent collection.  An opening reception is scheduled for Thursday, March 17,…

Posted by on March 15, 2016 in Events, Fine Arts Gallery, HART, VRC


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Goldberg Lecturer to Examine Islamic Gardens as Fully Sensory Environments on March 30

“Islamic gardens were fully sensory environments, delighting the eyes, nose, ears,” described D. Fairchild Ruggles, an historian of Islamic art and architecture and professor of landscape architecture at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  “The fleeting sensations made by a fountain’s spray or the scent of a rose do not last in the body or…

Posted by on March 15, 2016 in Events, HART, Lectures, VRC


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Christopher Johns Examines Chinoiserie in the Context of Church and State Politics

Christopher Johns, Norman L. and Roselea J. Goldberg Professor of History of Art, has written a groundbreaking study that examines chinoiserie—European works of art and visual culture that were influenced by Chinese art—in the context of church and state politics, with particular focus on the Catholic missions’ impact on Western attitudes toward China and the…

Posted by on March 14, 2016 in Events, HART, Lectures, VRC


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Kevin Murphy: Universities as Vanguards of Historical Preservation

The current issue of Vanderbilt Magazine (Winter 2016) features an article on a new campus land-use plan entitled “A Plan for All Seasons.”  Speaking at the all-day Vanderbilt University Land Use Symposium held on campus in early November, Kevin Murphy, Andrew W. Mellon Professor of the Humanities and chair of the Department of History of…

Posted by on March 14, 2016 in Events, HART, Lectures, VRC


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Ulla Haselstein to Lecture March 17 on Gertrude Stein’s Portrait of Cézanne

Ulla Haselstein, professor and chair of American Literature at the John F. Kennedy-Institut für Nordamerikastudien, Freie Universität, Berlin, will address “Gertude Stein’s Portrait of Cézanne” in a lecture on Thursday, March 17, at 4:10 pm in Buttrick Hall 305 on Vanderbilt’s main campus.  A recipient of a two-year “opus magnum” grant from the VW Foundation,…

Posted by on March 14, 2016 in HART, Lectures, VRC


Christopher Johns Presents Paper on Chinoiserie and Chairs Session at SEASECS Meeting

Christopher Johns, Norman L. and Roselea J. Goldberg Professor of History of Art, presented a paper and chaired a session at the annual meeting of the Southeastern American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies held February 25-27 in Savannah, Georgia.  His paper on chinoiserie addressed “The Color Yellow:  Qing Imperial Chromatics and the Origins of Western Ideas…

Posted by on March 12, 2016 in HART, Lectures, VRC


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HART Department Awards Five Downing Grants for the Spring Semester

The History of Art Department recently announced the recipients of the 2016 Downing Grants for the spring semester, whose research sites range from Johannesburg, South Africa, to New York City to Houston, Texas. The recipients are Haley Brown, Anna Greene, Hannah Ladendorf, Monica Peacock, and Sujin Shin. The Downing Grant is a competitive award made…

Posted by on March 2, 2016 in HART, Student/Alumni, VRC


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