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April, 2018

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

Arietta Papaconstantinou to Deliver Classical and Mediterranean Studies Distinguished Lecture on April 12

Arietta Papaconstantinou, associate professor of classics at The University of Reading, will deliver the Classical and Mediterranean Studies Distinguished Lecture—Was Umayyad Egypt a Mediterranean Society?—on Thursday, April 12, at 4:10 pm in Cohen Hall 203, with a reception afterward in the atrium. For a long time, the notion of a unified Mediterranean culture was clear…

Posted by on April 11, 2018 in Events, HART, Lectures, News, 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


Sheri Shaneyfelt Receives the Ellen Gregg Ingalls Award for Excellence in Classroom Teaching

Sheri Shaneyfelt, principal senior lecturer in the history of art, was among six Vanderbilt academic leaders honored by Chancellor Nicholas Zeppos at the April 5 Spring Faculty Assembly with awards recognizing their teaching, research, service and commitment to diversity. Shaneyfelt received the Ellen Gregg Ingalls Award for Excellence in Classroom Teaching—a cash prize of $5,000…

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


Christopher Johns Presents Paper at Symposium Focused on the Art of the Gesù

Christopher Johns, Norman L and Roselea J. Goldberg Professor of History of Art, delivered a paper, “Giovanni Battista Gaulli and the ‘Adoration of the Most Holy Name’: Painting and Piety in Late Baroque Rome,” at a symposium April 5-6 hosted by the Fairfield University Art Museum and held in conjunction with the current exhibition THE…

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


HART Alumna Jelena Bogdanović to Lecture on the Canopy and the Byzantine Church

Architectural historian and HART alumna Jelena Bogdanović, MA’02, will present a lecture entitled “The Canopy and the Byzantine Church” on Saturday, April 14, at 3 pm in Room G-23 of Vanderbilt Divinity School. Bogdanović, associate professor of architectural history and theory at Iowa State University, will examine the canopy—a four-columned structure with a roof—as an…

Posted by on April 6, 2018 in Divinity School, Events, HART, Lectures, News, Student/Alumni, Vanderbilt University, VRC

The PSFS Building in 1985 (Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons)

Shelby Merritt Presents Poster at VRA 2018 Conference, Philadelphia, PA

In late March, I represented Vanderbilt’s History of Art Visual Resources Center at the Visual Resources Association’s 35th Annual Conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This year’s conference theme was “Workshop of the World”, a theme which played on the nineteenth-century nickname for Philadelphia as an important center of industry. The highlight of the conference was the…

Posted by on April 4, 2018 in Conferences, Digital Humanities, Events, HART, News, Technology, VRC


Passover Exhibit on View in Central Library Celebrates Recent Acquisition

A special exhibition at the Central Library celebrates the recent acquisition of a rare guide to the Passover Seder. The  Amsterdam Haggadah of 1695 is the first Haggadah illustrated with engravings instead of woodcuts and one of the first publications to feature a printed Hebrew map. Illustrated by Abraham ben Jacob (ca. 1669-1730), the Amsterdam…

Posted by on April 4, 2018 in HART, News, VRC

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