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August, 2017

How Art Museums in Houston and Environs Prepared for Harvey and its Aftermath

Over the past five days, Tropical Storm Harvey, the worst storm to hit the Houston, Texas, region in 50 years, has devastated the country’s fourth-largest city.  Along with being home to one of the most diverse populations in America, Houston and its surrounding areas also house a stunning accumulation of modern, contemporary and community-based art. How did…

Posted by on August 31, 2017 in Events, HART, VRC


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Vivien Fryd Interviewed by WNYC Radio About the Art and Politics of the U.S. Capitol Building

Since 1864 each of the states has donated two statues of historic importance to be placed in the U.S. Capitol building as part of the National Statuary Hall Collection.  Vivien Fryd, professor of history of art and author of Art and Empire:  The Politics of Ethnicity in the United States Capitol, 1815-1865, talked about the art…

Posted by on August 28, 2017 in Events, HART, HART in Nashville, VRC


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“The Shadow of the Sun” Exhibit On View in Central Library Gallery Through September 10

On August 21 a total solar eclipse passed over the width of the continental United States for the first time since 1918, and many of us were transfixed by the epic celestial event.   Alumni Lawn, among other sites across campus, afforded spectacular views of the eclipse for students, faculty, and staff.   Quite a stellar…

Posted by on August 25, 2017 in Events, HART, VRC


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Fine Arts Gallery Exhibit on American Artists and Legacy of the Grand Tour Closes August 26

The Vanderbilt Fine Arts Gallery exhibit, American Artists and the Legacy of the Grand Tour, 1880-1960, will close Saturday,  August 26.  The popular summer exhibit explores work created and brought home by American artists, and the continuing allure of Europe as a destination for leisure, study, and cultural refinement during these years. The exhibition features…

Posted by on August 23, 2017 in Events, Fine Arts Gallery, HART, VRC


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Space 204 Gallery Opens August 24 with Photography Exhibition of Michael Sherwin

The Department of Art’s Space 204 Gallery celebrates the beginning of fall semester classes with the August 24 opening  of a new exhibit in Ingram Studio Arts Center.  Vanishing Points features the photography of Michael Sherwin, associate professor of art, School of Art and Design, West Virginia University.  A closing reception is scheduled for Wednesday,…

Posted by on August 22, 2017 in Events, HART, VRC


Colin Dayan’s “Legal Sorcery” Screened at International Arts Festival in Kassel, Germany

The influence of Haitian vodou (known commonly as “voodoo”) rituals on Colin Dayan’s research on marginalized populations and the law is depicted in a performance monologue that she recorded for an international art exhibition.  Dayan, the Robert Penn Warren Professor of the Humanities, created “Legal Sorcery” for Documenta 14, a renowned arts festival that is held every…

Posted by on August 21, 2017 in Events, Fine Arts Gallery, HART, VRC


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Nashville Arts Magazine Features Articles on Current Exhibits in Vanderbilt Fine Arts Gallery

*Kevin Murphy’s students in the Vanderbilt Fine Arts Gallery, immersed in the initial stages of curating the current exhibition, American Modernism at Mid-Century: The Work of Morris Davidson, which closes September 17 “Part of the prestige of any museum or gallery is the ability to bring to the public the artistic contributions of cultures or…

Posted by on August 18, 2017 in Fine Arts Gallery, HART, Student/Alumni, VRC


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“O dark, dark, dark, amid the blaze of noon” : Celebrating the Great American Total Solar Eclipse 2017

A once-in-a-lifetime celestial event will occur on Monday, August 21, when the first solar eclipse in 99 years sweeps across the United States, with Nashville in its direct path. Skies will darken in totality from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic—from Oregon to South Carolina—along a stretch of land about 70 miles wide through 14 states. …

Posted by on August 15, 2017 in Events, HART, VRC


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Chilean Government to Build Museum Featuring Discoveries of Vanderbilt Archaeologist At Monte Verde

The government of Chile, in conjunction with UNESCO, has announced plans to build a museum in the southern tourist city of Puerto Montt featuring the discoveries of Vanderbilt archaeologist Tom Dillehay, the Rebecca Webb Wilson Distinguished Professor of Archaeology.   Dillehay’s excavations of a nearby site called Monte Verde revolutionized understanding of how and when the…

Posted by on August 11, 2017 in Events, HART, VRC


Two Pre-Fall Semester Workshop Programs on Digital Humanities Scheduled for August 14-17

Two new pre-semester workshop programs for Vanderbilt faculty and graduate students—A Quick and Useful Guide to Digital Humanities and a Digital Humanities Bootcamp—will be held August 14-17 at the Vanderbilt Center for Digital Humanities, 344 Buttrick Hall. A Quick and Useful Guide to Digital Humanities is addressed to faculty who want a general orientation but…

Posted by on August 2, 2017 in Events, HART, Technology, VRC


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