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Exhibit of Contemporary Photographic Portraits Opens at Vanderbilt Fine Arts Gallery

An exhibition of contemporary photographic portraits opens the fall exhibition season at the Vanderbilt Fine Arts Gallery in Cohen Memorial Hall.  On view through December 7, Who Are We?  Identity and the Contemporary Photographic Portrait examines how—in our image-saturated world—photographs have increasingly played a primary role in shaping identity. An opening reception will be held…

Posted by on September 14, 2017 in Events, Fine Arts Gallery, HART, History of Art, News, Student/Alumni, 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


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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Morris Davidson Exhibit in Vanderbilt Fine Arts Gallery Featured in “Magazine Antiques” Article

When modernism dominated art in the United States, from the interwar period onward, Morris Davidson was a prominent and widely exhibited painter—as well as a teacher, a critic, and a leader of arts organizations. And yet, since his death in 1979, his work has fallen into obscurity. A new exhibition, American Modernism at Mid-Century: The Work…

Posted by on August 1, 2017 in Fine Arts Gallery, HART, Student/Alumni, VRC


VU’s Employee Appreciation presents “Art in the Afternoon” July 18 at the Fine Arts Gallery

Vanderbilt’s Employee Appreciation invites the University community to visit the Fine Arts Gallery in Cohen Memorial Hall on Peabody campus for “Art in the Afternoon” on Tuesday, July 18, from 12-2 pm. The event is a chance to enjoy the afternoon while viewing two exhibits currently on display:  American Modernism at Mid-Century:  The Work of Morris Davidson…

Posted by on July 11, 2017 in Events, Fine Arts Gallery, HART, VRC


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Traveling Europe Through Art with the Fine Arts Gallery’s Summer Exhibition

Siena’s Torre del Mangia in the Piazza del Campo, sunrise at San Remo on the Mediterranean coast, the Roman stone arch bridge of Alcántara spanning the Tagus River at Toledo, and other artfully rendered images of timeless beauty. Featured this summer in the Vanderbilt Fine Arts Gallery is American Artists and the Legacy of the…

Posted by on June 20, 2017 in Fine Arts Gallery, HART, VRC


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History of Art Graduates and Families Honored at Reception in Cohen Hall

Kevin Murphy, chair of the History of Art department, faculty, and staff honored the HART majors and minors and their families at the department’s annual reception for graduating seniors in the atrium of Cohen Memorial Hall. Earlier in the day, the Class of 2017 had attended the Senior Day address of Ken Burns, historian and…

Posted by on June 2, 2017 in Events, Fine Arts Gallery, HART, Student/Alumni, VRC


X-Peri and the Dada Effect: Readings of Contemporary Experimental Writing

Presented in conjunction with Vanderbilt Fine Arts Gallery’s current exhibition is X-Peri and the Dada Effect: Readings of Contemporary Experimental Writing, an event to be held in the gallery on Thursday, May 18, at 7 pm in Cohen Hall. Joining Nathan Spoon, X-Peri‘s associate editor, will be X-Peri contributors Samantha Prychodko, Jamie Thurman, and Alex…

Posted by on May 18, 2017 in Events, Fine Arts Gallery, HART, Lectures, VRC


Department Celebrates HART Graduates at Reception and Awards Ceremony on May 11

History of Art majors and minors and their families and friends are invited to attend the department’s reception and awards ceremony for our graduating seniors on Thursday, May 11, from 2 to 4 pm. The event will be held in the atrium of Cohen Memorial Hall on the Peabody campus, and awards will be presented…

Posted by on May 8, 2017 in Events, Fine Arts Gallery, HART, Student/Alumni, VRC


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