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HART Alumnus and Sculptor John Powers Named 2016 Guggenheim Fellow

The allure of the unattainable and its connection to the passage of time have become central to the research of John Powers, BA’01, assistant professor of sculpture at the University of Tennessee–Knoxville, who was recently named a 2016 Guggenheim Fellow by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Drawing from areas as diverse as natural history,…

Posted by on April 27, 2016 in HART, Student/Alumni, VRC


HART Major Sujin Shin Visits Houston’s Rothko Chapel Through a Downing Grant

In April, through the Downing Grant, I had the incredible experience of visiting the Rothko Chapel in Houston, Texas.  Viewing Mark Rothko’s monumental paintings within the chapel and observing the entire layout in person contributed immensely to the creation of my Honors project.  I plan to explore how the concept of the sublime applies to…

Posted by on April 22, 2016 in HART, Student/Alumni, VRC


HART Alumna Stephanie Storey to Talk About Her Debut Novel on April 19

HART alumna Stephanie Storey graduated cum laude from Vanderbilt in 1997 with a fine arts major (now history of art) and a passionate interest in Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and the Italian Renaissance.  Such an obsession, she claims, ultimately culminated in her debut art historical novel, Oil and Marble, recently published by Arcade/Skyhorse. Storey will…

Posted by on April 18, 2016 in Events, HART, Student/Alumni, VRC


Rebecca VanDiver Convenes Panel on Diasporic Aesthetics at the University of Edinburgh

Rebecca VanDiver, assistant professor of history of art, convened a panel entitled “Diasporic Aesthetics: Towards a Definition” at the annual meeting of the Association of Art Historians held April 7-9 at the University of Edinburgh.  Although regularly understood to be the forced dispersal of individuals (often African-descended), in recent years the term ‘Diaspora’ has expanded…

Posted by on April 11, 2016 in Events, HART, Lectures, VRC


Tyler Jo Smith to Address Greek Vases in Popular Culture in AIA Lecture on April 14

A specialist in ancient Greek vase painting, Tyler Jo Smith, associate professor of classical art and archaeology, University of Virginia, will deliver the final AIA lecture of the semester on Thursday, April 14, at 6:00 pm at the Nashville Parthenon.  In her lecture, “From Hamilton to Hercules:  Greek Vases in Popular Culture,” Smith will explore…

Posted by on April 11, 2016 in Events, HART, Lectures, VRC


“Feedback: A Campus Conversation About Race” Pop-Up Exhibit Opens April 13 in Cohen Hall

“Feedback:  A Campus Conversation About Race”—an exhibition to encourage open dialogue about perceptions of race at Vanderbilt—opens on Wednesday, April 13, from 5 to 7 pm in the west atrium of Cohen Memorial Hall.  The exhibit is comprised of nine photographs from a 2013 Hidden Dores campaign based on the “I am Harvard Campaign” paired…

Posted by on April 11, 2016 in Events, Fine Arts Gallery, HART, VRC

Vivien Fryd Delivers Paper on Kara Walker at Popular Culture Association Conference in Seattle

Vivien Fryd, professor of history of art, delivered a paper addressing “Kara Walker’s About the Title:  Anti-Euro-American Colonialism and Imperialism” in the Popular Art, Architecture, and Design area of the Popular Culture Association Conference held in late March in Seattle, WA. Kara Walker’s About the title—I had wanted to title this “sketch after my Mississippi…

Posted by on April 8, 2016 in HART, Lectures, VRC


Christopher Johns to Lecture on Francisco Goya and the Alba Family at the Frist Center for Visual Arts

Francisco de Goya y Lucientes began his career as a painter in service to the Bourbon royal family and to a select cluster of noble families, including the Floridablanca, the Osuna, and especially the Alba.  In his noon lecture on April 7 at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Christopher Johns, Norman L. and…

Posted by on April 6, 2016 in Events, HART, HART in Nashville, Lectures, VRC


Elizabeth Moodey Featured Lecturer at University of Wyoming’s Visiting Artists Series

Elizabeth Moodey, assistant professor of history of art, was invited by the Department of Art at the University of Wyoming to present a lecture as part of their Visiting Artists Series.  Her lecture on March 9 was entitled “Laying Out the Case for Crusade in a Medieval Chronicle.” Moodey also taught a seminar in their…

Posted by on April 6, 2016 in Events, HART, Lectures, VRC


Mireille Lee Speaks at University of Louisville Spring Lecture Series

Mireille Lee, assistant professor of history of art, was among several scholars participating in a spring lecture series at the University of Louisville examining “Women in the Ancient Mediterranean World.” Her March 3 lecture was entitled “Mirror, Mirror:  Reflections of Femininity.”  A specialist in Greek art and archaeology, Lee has a particular interest in the…

Posted by on April 5, 2016 in Events, HART, Lectures, VRC

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