Past Events

Dream Life of the Indigo Children

Masud Olufani

Friday, April 29th
6:00pm
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Spatial Revolution: Soviet Architecture + Its Aftermath in Kharkiv, Ukraine

Christina Crawford

Wednesday, April 22rd
4:00pm
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Race, Social Justice, and Contemporary African-American Art

Glenn Ligon

Wednesday, February 23rd
4:15pm
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At the Butterfly House: Nahua Ambassadors in the Ruins of Rome, 1529

Byron Hamann

 

Carlos Museum, Ackerman Hall
Thursday, December 2nd
6:00pm

Art History Honors Symposium 2021

Carlos Museum, Ackerman Hall
Wednesday, December 1st
4:00pm

The invisible enemy should not exist

Michael Rakowitz

 

Carlos Museum, Ackerman Hall
Thursday, November 4th
6:00pm

Excavation: Mining Memory for Restitution and Redemption

Masud Olufani
Visual Arts Fellow
Emory University

 

Carlos Museum, Ackerman Hall
Thursday, October 7th
6:00pm

Groundwork: Race and Aesthetics in the Era of Stand Your Ground Law

Sarah Lewis
Associate Professor
Harvard University

 

Zoom
Tuesday, April 20th
4:30pm

From The Vantage of The Victory: The Sanctuary of The Great Gods and Island of Samothrace

Michael C. Carlos Museum, Emory University, Webinar Symposium
April 15-16, 2021

Free and Open to All.
Registration Required, Click Here.

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Digital Will Smith: “Gemini Man”, Visual Effects, & Post-Racist Ideology

Tanine Allison
Associate Professor

Zoom
Tuesday, April 13th
4:45pm

Heath Lecture In Modern + Contemporary Art

Theo Eshetu
Contemporary Artist

Zoom
Monday, April 12th
12:30pm

 

Registration required: Register here.

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Heath Graduate Colloquium In Modern + Contemporary Art

Theo Eshetu
Contemporary Artist

Monday, April 12th
2:30pm

 

For more information, contact Linnea Harwell

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The Object as Wish

Darby English

Carl Darling Buck Professor of Art History and the College

University of Chicago

 

Zoom
Thursday, March 18th
4:15pm

 

Registration required: Register here.

The Use of The Humanities in Medical & Health Education


Dr. Andrew Furman

Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Emory School of Medicine

Zoom
Tuesday, March 23
5:00pm

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How Do Medical Doctors Read Images of Covid-19?

Jane Patricia Gagliardi, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Duke University
Carmelo Gullotto, Body Imaging Radiologist / Breast MRI Specialist, Wake Radiology

Thursday, September 30
7:30-9:00pm

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Mapping the Discipline, Plotting the Data of the History of Art

Professor of Art History, Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Inclusion, Harpur College of Arts and Sciences, Binghamton University

Wednesday, September 23
7:30-9:00pm

For more information about the lecture, see: https://scholarblogs.emory.edu/dmh/.

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Interest Meeting

Concentration in Arts Management

Theater, Music, Dance, Visual Arts, Business

Friday, August 21

Note: All Spring events were postponed due to COVID-19.


From the Vantage of Victory Symposium

The Sanctuary of the Great Gods and Island of Samothrace


Art History Endowed Lecture

Speaking Ruins: Piranesi and Hubert Robert

John Pinto
Howard Crosby Butler Memorial Professor of Art and Archaeology, Emeritus
Princeton University

Art History Lecture

‘No Other Satisfactory Reason can be Given’: The 19th-Century Discovery of the Ancient Egyptian Afterlife

Rune Nyord
Assistant Professor
Emory University

Heath Lecture in Modern + Contemporary Art

Waking Up From The American Dream: New Thoughts on Housing Design

Dana Cuff
Professor
University of California, Los Angeles

Lovis Corinth Colloquium XI

Customized Books in Early Modern Europe, 1400-1700


Art History Endowed Lecture

Degas’s Dust

Michelle Foa
Associate Professor
Tulane University

Art History Lecture

Behind the Camera: The Strange Fate of Moscow’s Avant-Garde Architecture

William Brumfield
Professor
Tulane University

 

Monday, March 2
6:00pm
PAIS 290 (Psych. Bldg.)

 


Memorial Service for Sidney Kasfir

Sunday, February 23
1:00pm
Cannon Chapel

 

For those who were unable to attend, you can view the memorial here.

Art History Lecture

Innovative Forms of Digital Public Scholarship

Christina Crawford
Assistant Professor
Emory University

 

Walter Melion
Professor
Emory University

 

Christopher Sawula
Visual Resources Librarian
Emory University

 

Thursday, February 20
10:00am
Emory Center for Digital Scholarship

 


Art History Endowed Lecture

Piranesi’s Lost Book

Heather Hyde Minor
Professor
University of Notre Dame

 

Thursday, February 20
6:00pm

Ackerman Hall, Carlos Museum


Emory Williams Memorial Lecture Series

The Gothic Cathedral of Notre Dame de Paris

Elizabeth Pastan
Emory University

 

Wednesday, February 5
4:30pm
Ackerman Hall, Carlos Museum

 


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Art History Now: Map and Territory, Image and Object

Emily Pugh

Getty Research Institute

Thursday, January 30
5:30pm
Jones Room, Woodruff Library

 


Lovis Corinth Colloquium X

Ekphrastic Image-making in Early Modern Europe and the Americas

December 6-7, 2019
Convocation Hall, Room 208  

 


Art History Endowed Lecture

The End of the Sixties: Kerry James Marshall’s Mementos

James Meyer
Curator of Modern Art, 1945-1974
National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.  

 

Thursday, November 21, 2019
6:00pm
Ackerman Hall, Carlos Museum

 

Following the lecture Dr. Meyer will sign his new book “The Art of Return: The Sixties and Contemporary Culture.”  Books will be available for purchase before and after the lecture in the museum bookshop.

 


Art History Endowed Colloquium

The Art of Return: The Sixties and Contemporary Culture

James Meyer
Curator of Modern Art, 1945-1974
National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.

 

Friday, November 22, 2019
10:00am
Convocation Hall, Room 204

 


Lovis Corinth Colloquium

Through a Glass, Darkly

November 8, 2019
Ackerman Hall, Carlos Museum

Art History Lecture

Making Exhibitions: Curatorial Stories

Ruth Fine                                        Stephanie Heydt
Curator                                            Curator of American Art
National Gallery of Art                       High Museum

Sarah Kennel
Curator of Photography
High Museum

 

Friday, October 4, 2019
12:00pm-2:00pm

Convocation Hall, Room 204


Undergraduate Art History Degree Program Meeting

Professor Linda Merrill is hosting a meeting for current and potential undergraduate Art History major and minors to discuss exciting new additions to the program.  Learn about changes to the Art History degree requirements and the two new Art History concentrations in Museums and Visual Arts.

Please join us for pizza and conversation!

Tuesday, September 17, 2019
6:00pm – 8:00pm
Convocation Hall, Community Room (Room 210)

Heath Lecture in Modern + Contemporary Art

What Do Mirror Neurons Have to Do with Aesthetic Judgement?

Ruth Leys
Professor

Johns Hopkins University

Thursday, April 18
6:00pm

Ackerman Hall, Carlos Museum


Heath Graduate Colloquium in Modern + Contemporary Art

Why Has It Been So Difficult To Study The Emotions?: Genealogical and Theoretical Issues

Ruth Leys
Professor
Johns Hopkins University

 

Friday, April 19
10:00am
Carlos Museum Tate Room

 


 

Art Biennials and Literature Festivals in Africa: Possible Futures?

Ugochukwu-Smooth Nzewi
Curator of African Art
The Cleveland Museum of Art

 

in conversation with

 

Nathan Suhr-Sytsma
Assistant Professor of English
Emory University

 

Thursday, April 11th
4:15pm
Oxford Road Building Presentation Room

 


Endowed Lecture

Tree of Pearls: The Extraordinary Architectural Patronage of Egypt’s 13th-Century Slave-Queen

“Tree of Pearls” was a slave from the Central Asian steppe who became the beloved concubine of the Ayyubid Sultan of Egypt in the mid-13th century.  Through that relationship, she rose from slavery to become regent and then the appointed sultan of Egypt for three key months in the summer of 1250. This is the story of how she got there, and how she commissioned innovative works of art and architecture that charted a new course for Cairo.

D. Fairchild Ruggles, Debra L. Mitchell
Chair in Landscape Architecture, and
Professor in Art History, Architecture,
and Medieval Studies

University of Illinois

Thursday, April 4th

6:00pm
Ackerman Hall, Carlos Museum


Endowed Colloquium

Who Built the Mosque of Córdoba? On Patronage and Labor

The Great Mosque of Córdoba bears the signature of its caliphal patron in its magnificent mosaic mihrab niche, but also the masons who carved the stone columns and capitals. The colloquium will explore the range of individuals—from illiterate laborers to master artisans, viziers, and sultans—who appear in images and text in Islamic art.

D. Fairchild Ruggles, Debra L. Mitchell
Chair in Landscape Architecture, and
Professor in Art History, Architecture,
and Medieval Studies

University of Illinois

Friday, April 5th
10:00am

Candler Library, Room 212


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Visualizing Krakow under Nazi Occupation: Exploring Digital and Analog Methods to Analyze the Built Environment of the Holocaust

Paul Jaskot
Professor

Duke University

Thursday, March 28th
5:30pm

Woodruff Library Jones Room


Lovis Corinth Colloquium IX

Landscape and the Visual Hermeneutics of Place, 1500-1700

March 21-23, 2019
Woodruff Library, Jones Room

Speakers include:

 

Boudewijn Bakker, Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, Emeritus
William Barton, Ludwig Boltzmann Institute
Stijn Bussels, Leiden University
Sarah Crover, University of British Columbia
Karl Enenkel, University of Muenster
Reindert Falkenberg, NYU Abu Dhabi
Margaret Goehring, New Mexico State University
Corina Kleinert, Independent Scholar and Art Advisor
Sarah McPhee, Emory University
Mark Meadow, UC Santa Barbara
Walter Melion, Emory University
Luke Morgan, Monash University
Alexandra Onuf, University of Hartford
Kathleen Perry Long, Cornell University
Lucas Reddemann, Universität Münster
Denis Ribouillault, Université de Montréal
Paul Smith, University of Leiden
Troy Tower, Independent Scholar and Editor
Michel Weemans, EHESS
Andrew Hui, Yale-NUS

Collecting African Art in the 21st Century: The Ethics of Acquisition, Repatriation, Restitution

Collecting African art has long been scrutinized by scholars, collectors, and museums because so much of the visual material was removed from the continent during colonial rule. Recently, President Emmanual Macron declared restitution of Africa’s visual heritage as a way to address the questionable acquisition practices of the last two centuries. This move brings to the surface the ethics of collecting African art – both historically and today. It also asks who has the authority to buy, sell, and exhibit this cultural material. This talk will look at the history of collecting art from Africa, the policies put in place to prevent looting, such as the UNESCO agreement of 1970, and how we begin to move forward in building and restoring collections of cultural heritage.

Amanda Hellman
Curator of African Art
Michael C. Carlos Museum

Friday, February 22nd
2:00pm
Ackerman Hall, Carlos Museum

Art and Identity

Kwame Anthony Appiah
Professor
New York University

Friday, February 8
3:00pm

Ackerman Hall, Carlos Museum

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Master Class

Photogrammetry and 3D Modeling for Archaeological Recording for Buildings and Objects

Phil Sapirstein
Assistant Professor
University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Friday, February 1st
10:00am
Carlos Museum Tate Room

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Digital Autopsy and the Temple of Hera at Olympia: Rethinking the origins of Greek monumental architecture

Phil Sapirstein
Assistant Professor
University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Wednesday, January 30th
6:00pm
Oxford Rd. Presentation Room

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Colloquium

 

Kinetic Landscapes of Ancient Mediterranean Pilgrimage

Troels Myrup Kristensen
Associate Professor
Aarhus University

 

Wednesday, January 23
5:00pm
Carlos Hall Conference Room

 


Conservation Conversation

Curators, conservators and students present recent installations of a Zulu beaded outfit in the Virginia Museum of Fine Art and a Himba headpiece (ekori) in the Carlos Museum followed by a larger discussion of the ways in which conservation informs the study and display of African art in these two institutions.

Richard Woodward
Curator of African Art
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

 

Wednesday, November 28
7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Carlos Museum, Ackerman Hall

The Cut and the Cause: Gordon Matta-Clark at Day’s End

The question of the function of the work of art has only deepened over the past century as both the museum and the commercial art market have sought to structure its purpose exclusively.  There were always other mise-en-scène.  With Day’s End at Pier 55 in New York City, Gordon Matta-Clark began a trajectory which brought his own well-informed political thinking into contact with a group of young Autonomisti in Sesto San Giovanni and led him to imagine the work of art purely as an engine of radical consciousness.

Molly S. Nesbit                               
Professor of Art
Vassar College

 

Thursday, November 15
6:00pm
Carlos Museum, Ackerman Hall

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Colloquium

Sustainable Aesthetics

One might well wonder what it means to study the work of art as it exists in the foxholes outside the art market and the museum, what it means to study the work of art in life, outside the rules. No social or economic order ever reigns supreme. Modern works of art have always been able to assume other roles and exist in other spaces. Call them efforts to forge, practically and theoretically, a sustainable aesthetics. Matta Clark’s work continues to provide inspiration, as does the writing of Antonin Artaud and Félix Guattari.

Molly S. Nesbit
Professor of Art
Vassar College

 

Friday, November 16
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Carlos Museum Conference Room

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Nodes and Edges: Architecture in Baroque Rome under Pope Innocent X

Stephanie Leone
Boston College

Thursday, October 18
6:30pm
Jones Room, Woodruff Library

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Data by Design: A Cultural History of Data Visualization, 1786-1900

Lauren Klein
Georgia Tech

Monday, September 24
5:30pm
Jones Room, Woodruff Library

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Art History Lecture

Gawkers: Street Theater in Fin-de-siècle French Art

Bridget Alsdorf
Associate Professor
Princeton University

Tuesday, April 24
7:15pm
Carlos Hall, Room 212

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METAscripta: Continuing a Legacy of Shared Cultural Heritage

Debra Taylor Cashion
Saint Louis University

Monday, April 16
5:30pm
Woodruff Library, Jones Room

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Colloquium

Reflections on Okwui Enwezor’s “Redrawing the Boundaries” Editorial, 25 Years Later

Chika Okeke-Agulu
Professor
Princeton University

Friday, April 13
10:00am
Carlos Hall Conference Room

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David Heath Lecture in Modern + Contemporary Art

El Anatsui’s Metamorphic Objects

Chika Okeke-Agulu
Professor
Princeton University

Thursday, April 12
6:30pm
Ackerman Hall, Carlos Museum

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2018 Lovis Corinth Colloquium

Quid est sacramentum?: On the Visual Representation of Mystery and Secrecy in Early Modern Europe, 1500-1700

March 29-31, 2018
Thursday, March 29th – Harland Cinema
Friday & Sat, March 30-31st: Pitts Theology Library CST 360

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Speakers include:

Monika Biel, Herzog August Bibliothek
Alicja Bielak, University of Warsaw
Carme López Calderón, University of Santiago de Compostela
C. Jean Campbell, Emory University
Tom Conley, Harvard University
Ralph Dekoninck, Université Catholique de Louvain
Peter Eversmann, University of Amsterdam
Ingrid Falque, Université Catholique de Louvain
Christine Goettler, Univerität Bern
Agnes Guiderdoni, Université Catholique de Louvain
Suzanne Karr Schmidt, Newberry
Stephanie Leitch, Florida State University
Mark Meadow, UC Santa Barbara
Walter Melion , Emory University
Eelco Nagelsmit, University of Groningen
Alexandra Onuf, University of Hartford
Bret Rothstein, Indiana University
Xavier Vert, EHESS
Madeleine Viljoen, New York Public Library
Mara Wade, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana
Caecilie Weissert, Universität Stuttgart

Seeing African Arts

Yaëlle Biro
Associate Curator of the Arts of Africa
Metropolitan Museum of Art

Susan Elizabeth Gagliardi
Assistant Professor
Emory University

Tuesday, March 27
7:15pm
PAIS 280

The Art History Department invites you to consider possible references to classical African arts in Black Panther, the visibility of African arts in museums, and the work of curators more generally through a conversation with Yaëlle Biro, Associate Curator of the Arts of Africa at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Susan Elizabeth Gagliardi, Assistant Professor of Art History at Emory University.

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Old Company: The Society of Jesus in Early Modern Europe and Beyond

Liam Matthew Brockey
Professor of History
Michigan State University

Friday, March 9, 2018
9:00am
Modern Languages Bldg. 201

This seminar will consider the emergence and spread of the Society of Jesus in early modern Europe and the overseas European empires in the Americas, Africa, and Asia. The goal will be to examine the Jesuits within the context of sixteenth century religion and politics, as an institution that grew dramatically over the first two hundred years of its history. Special attention will be paid to the order’s twin aims of education and mission, as well as to the specific devotional charism of the order that distinguished it from its contemporary religious orders.

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Panoramas, Pedestals, and Pulpits: Images in the Sermons of António Vieira

Liam Matthew Brockey
Professor of History
Michigan State University

Thursday, March 8, 2018
4:00pm
Modern Languages Bldg. 201

This talk examines the use of visual referents in some of the sermons of António Vieira, the greatest Jesuit orator of the seventeenth century. Marking the occasion of the first translation of his works into English, our discussion will not only introduce the audience to Vieira’s life and works, but also consider the emotive qualities of his sacred oratory. It will show how he drew on the Jesuit spiritual tradition to create images in the minds of his audiences, whether they were in Portugal or Brazil. The central themes of the sermons chosen for this presentation will be confessional conflict, slavery, colonial society, and contemporary Catholic preaching.

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