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ArtLab Explores Intersections of Art and Science at the Wond’ry

Whether art can actually boost a scientist’s creativity is just one of the intriguing questions that a group of faculty, students and staff are exploring in ArtLab, an interdisciplinary workshop started last fall by Kendra Oliver, an instructor of pharmacology. “This has been a dream come true for me,” said Oliver, who describes herself as an…

Posted by on April 27, 2018 in Digital Humanities, HART, News, Student/Alumni, Technology, VRC

Kevin Murphy to Deliver Keynote at 1st International Ephemera Studies Symposium April 25-27

Kevin Murphy, chair and professor of history of art, will co-present with Sally O’Driscoll, professor of English, Fairfield University, the keynote address at a conference entitled “Permanent Impact of Transient Documents: 1st International Ephemera Studies Symposium,” held April 25-27 at Koç University, Ankara, Turkey. Murphy and O’Driscoll will examine “The Invisible Touch of Ephemera: How…

Posted by on April 26, 2018 in Conferences, Events, HART, Lectures, News, VRC


Recent Acquisition ~ “Alban Trilogy” by Giovanni Battista Piranesi

The Jean and Alexander Heard Library has acquired the Alban Trilogy, a beautiful bound volume by Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720-1778), containing three monographs on ancient monuments in the Alban Hills near Rome: Descrizione e disegno dell’emissario del Lago Albano (Description and Design of the Emissarium of Lake Albano), 1762; Di due spelonche ornate dagli antichi…

Posted by on April 25, 2018 in HART, News, Vanderbilt University, VRC


Kevin Murphy and Alumna Mary Anne Hunting Present Paper at Conference of Society of Architectural Historians

Kevin Murphy, department chair and professor of history of art, and Mary Anne Hunting, Vanderbilt alumna (BA’80) and independent scholar, jointly presented a paper at the annual international conference of the Society of Architectural Historians held April 18-22 in Saint Paul, MN. Their talk, “The Professional Couples in Histories of American Modernism,” was presented in…

Posted by on April 25, 2018 in Conferences, Events, HART, Lectures, News, Student/Alumni, VRC

Free Coffee Available in Cohen 134 During Final Exams: April 24-May 3

As the spring semester comes to a close, the Visual Resources Center (VRC) invites students, faculty, and staff to join us for a free cup of coffee—or two or three—in Cohen 134. Coffee will be available throughout the day during the final exam period, beginning on “reading day,” Tuesday, April 24, through Thursday, May 3….

Posted by on April 24, 2018 in Events, HART, VRC


Leonard Folgarait to Lead Gallery Tour of “Under the Mexican Sky” at Chattanooga’s Hunter Museum

Leonard Folgarait, Distinguished Professor of History of Art, will give an in-gallery walking tour of “Under the Mexican Sky: A Revolution in Modern Photography,” a current exhibit at the Hunter Museum of American Art, Chattanooga, on April 19. Folgarait is a specialist in Latin American art with a focus on Mexican art and photography. He…

Posted by on April 18, 2018 in Events, HART, Lectures, News, VRC


Leonard Folgarait Explores Paris, Impressionism and Degas with VU Alums at the Denver Art Museum

The Denver Art Museum provided the perfect setting for an April 2018 Commodore Classroom featuring Leonard Folgarait, Distinguished Professor of History of Art, and the current exhibit Degas: A Passion for Perfection. Folgarait joined the Denver Vanderbilt Chapter on April 15 to discuss the work of Edgar Degas and to tour the museum’s exhibit of…

Posted by on April 16, 2018 in Events, HART, Lectures, News, Student/Alumni, VRC

HART Students Matthew Shorten and Samantha Smith Present Papers at Undergraduate Writing Symposium

Our department proudly recognizes two students who presented papers from their History of Art classes in the annual Undergraduate Writing Symposium on March 25 at the John Siegenthaler Center on the Peabody campus. Sophomore Matthew Shorten and senior Samantha Smith participated in a panel entitled “Objects of Culture and History,” chaired by Betsey Robinson, associate…

Posted by on April 16, 2018 in Events, HART, Lectures, News, Student/Alumni, Vanderbilt University, VRC


Rebecca VanDiver Examines Collages of Loïs Mailou Jones in “American Art” Cover Story

Loïs Mailou Jones (1905–1998) began traveling to Haiti in the summer of 1954. In the 1960s the artist produced a series of collages that signaled, via text and symbols, her experiences with and protracted study of Haitian Vodou ceremonial practices. Rebecca VanDiver’s cover article, “The Diasporic Connotations of Collage: Loïs Mailou Jones in Haiti, 1954–1964,” featured in…

Posted by on April 10, 2018 in HART, News, Vanderbilt University, VRC


Tracy Miller Presents Paper on Generative Design in Architecture of Medieval Chinese Buddhism

Tracy Miller, associate professor of history of art, will present a paper, “Rethinking Creativity: Generative Design in the Architecture of Medieval Chinese Buddhism,” on April 19 at an event hosted by the Department of History of Art and Architecture, Harvard University, and moderated by Eugene Wang, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Professor of Asian Art. The famous…

Posted by on April 9, 2018 in Events, HART, Lectures, News, VRC

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