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Fall 2015 Visiting Artists & Scholars and Symposia

Art History Faculty Lectures

Kevin Chua, Ph.D., associate professor in art history
Wednesday, September 9, 2015 at 6:30 PM in Architecture 001
“Courbet after Sudjojono”
In 1964, the Indonesian artist Sudjojono found himself historically adjacent to Courbet – that giant of 19th-century French painting. This paper delves into three paintings Sudjojono produced that year – which dramatically revisit the last, convulsive years of the Indonesian Revolution – to ask what the "contemporaneity" afforded by his paintings has to tell us of the historiography of Realism. How can Realism be thought of not as a period movement or style, than as a temporally-heterogenous pictorial mode, one shot through with contradiction? By 1965, Indonesia would descend into yet another wave of violence and political conflict, leaving Sudjojono's paintings as a unique record of a lost moment in time: a dream of the revolution.

Brian Steele, Ph.D., associate professor in art history
Wednesday, September 16, 2015 at 6:30 PM in Art B-01
“Spirituality within Splendor: Paolo Veronese’s Mystic Marriage of St. Catherine.
Veronese’s Mystic Marriage of St. Catherine (Gallerie dell’Accademia, Venice; c. 1565-1575) has received relatively slight attention considering the fact that it is the only altarpiece depicting this subject in Renaissance Venice. Previous scholarship has examined the materiality of Veronese’s fabrics, has naturalized the subject as one appealing to wealthy virgins housed at the Augustinian convent of S. Caterina, and has interpreted rising levels on which the event is depicted as a metaphor evoking transition from physical to spiritual values. I employ St. Augustine’s spiritual principles in order to elucidate concepts evoked by the painting during the course of liturgy and meditation, and recontextualize the altarpiece by considering its physical setting, Jacobus da Voragine’s account of the event (Legenda Aurea), chants for the saint’s festival, and aspects of music articulated in Gioseffo Zarlino’s Le istitutioni harmoniche. Doing so suggests how the depicted saint models attitudes of devotion, quotidian chants intimate reverberation of the soul’s music with that issuing from represented angelic musicians, and poetic imagery evokes a cosmic harmony culminating in the martyrdom of Christ the King. Veronese’s Mystic Marriage of St. Catherine mediates between presenting narrative events and the icon of Christ as the traditional focus of altarpiece imagery.

Lynne Larsen, Ph.D., Instructor in Art History
Wednesday, September 23, 2015, 6:30 PM in Art B-01
“How to Rebuild After the Mud is Washed Away: Preservation Ethics in Abomey’s Royal Architecture”
West Africa’s Royal Palace of Dahomey has undergone physical and symbolic alterations throughout its history (c. 1645-present). As an earthen structure, the palace buildings are in constant flux of deterioration and repair. This paper investigates how issues of identity and architectural preservation ethics are manifest in the palace’s post-colonial context (1960-present). Post-colonial restoration efforts have largely been funded by foreign entities whose philosophies of conservation conflict, to a certain degree, with the preservation priorities of the Beninois. This paper explores the cultural divide in the understanding of what “preservation” means by examining the palace as a museum space, as an UNESCO World Heritage site, and as the site of religious ceremonies.

Arts Practice Research - TASA Conference at TTU
Scholarship, Pedagogy, and the Creative Process

                 October 1-3, 2015, various venues TBA
                 Nick Cave - Keynote Address, Friday, October 2nd

2015 Texas Metals Symposium
                 October 17, 2015, Escondido Theatre, TTU Student Union Building
                 Diane Falkenhagen, Studio Artist, Galveston, TX
                 Chris Irick, PrattMWP, Utica, New York
                 Randy Long, Indiana University, Bloomington
                 Cathy McClure, Studio Artist, Seattle/New York

Visiting Artist/Scholar Lectures

Rachel Garceau, Installation artist, Atlanta, GA
Artist’s Talk, Thursday, September 17, 2015 at 6:00 PM, 3D Art Annes
Reception for Artist, Friday, September 18, 2015, 7:00-9:00 PM, Satellite Gallery at CASP
(5th St at Ave J)

Joan Holladay, Professor, Department of Art and Art History, University of Texas at Austin
                  October 28, 2015 at 6:30 PM in Art Building, Room B-01
“Gothic Sculpture in Contexts New and Old: The Allentown Saint Sebastian and Art in Late Medieval Augsburg”

Abstract: Co-editor of Gothic Sculpture in America, vol. 3: The Museums of New York and Pennsylvania, Professor Holladay will discuss this multi-year project, the challenges it has presented, and the uses of such an inventory. She will then look in greater detail at one work, a meter-high wood figure attributed to Michel Erhart, an Augsburg sculptor active about 1500, to illustrate the kinds of discoveries that study of some of the inventoried works has produced. This figure of Saint Sebastian has much to tell us about the value and limits of traditional art historical methods, like connoisseurship, at the same time as it opens up newer questions about production processes, ongoing collaboration between artists specializing in different media, and patrons’ aesthetic preferences.

Lynn Tomlinson Interdisciplinary artist specializing in animation, mosaics, community art, sculpture, documentary, media art, and emerging media
                 November 4-6, 2015

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Exhibitions and speaker programs at the School of Art are supported by a generous grant from the Helen Jones Foundation of Lubbock. Additional support comes from Cultural Activities Fees administered through the College of Visual & Performing Arts.