Highly Visible, Hardly Seen: The Object of Politics In Late Medieval England

In a volume dedicated to the Wars of the Roses, historian Colin Richmond opens his essay on the visual arts with the delightfully cavalier dismissal: “the badness of English art, as well as the Englishness of English art, in the fifteenth century is a theme, a text rather than a sub-text of my contribution.” Historians of medieval art will be familiar with this attitude, one that has relegated England to the periphery of our field. Yet aesthetic dissatisfaction accounts only partially for this neglect.

Down with Monuments? On the Making and Unmaking of Public Memory

RAVE: Joana Konova

Please join us on Wednesday 18 October at 4:30pm in CWAC 156, for the second meeting of the Research in Art and Visual Evidence (RAVE) workshop for the 2017-2018 academic year. 

Joana Konova, PhD candidate in the Department of Art History at the University of Chicago, will present one of her dissertation chapters, tentatively titled "Strategies and Meaning of Restoration of Ancient Sculpture in Late Renaissance Rome." Patch Crowley, Assistant Professor of Art History and the College, will respond. 

Cold War Under Cloud: Politics and Art Around 1946

Serge Guilbaut is a leading Marxist art historian of postwar art in the United States and Europe. He is Professor Emeritus of art history at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. Guilbaut’s book How New York Stole the Idea of Modern Art: Abstract Expressionism, Freedom and the Cold War, first published by the University of Chicago Press in 1983, remains one of the most important and canonical texts on 20th century art.

Virtuosity + Being in Ancient Maya Writing

Stephen Houston, Dupee Family Professor, Brown University, will speak on Maya writing, a hieroglyphic system like ancient Egyptian, that existed at the interface between text and image.  His talk explores the carried navigations in that zone of turbulence, ranging from aesthetic judgements to the conviction that writing might literally live, its shapes and spellings erupting into active bodies. At times playful, often serious-minded, Maya writing offers enduring insights into the cultural and philosophical implications of graphic representation. 

RAVE: Wu Hung

Please join us one week from today, on Wednesday 11 October at 4:30pm in CWAC 156, for the first meeting of the Research in Art and Visual Evidence (RAVE) workshop for the 2017-2018 academic year. 

Niall Atkinson to co-curate U.S. Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale

Niall Atkinson will co-curate the U.S. Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale. The US Department of State has chosen The University of Chicago and The School of the Art Institute of Chicago to serve as co-commissioners for the Pavilion. Entitled Dimensions of Citizenship, the exhibition will present a view of contemporary architectural practices through the lens of legal, political, economic and societal affiliations in the practice of citizenship today.

Persis Berlekamp discusses the upcoming eclipse

Persis Berlekamp discusses with UChicago News the motif of the eclipse dragon in the 12th and 13th centuries and what it can tell us about what scientists at the time knew about the lunar eclipse. 


Cécile Fromont awarded Arnold Rubin Outstanding Publication Award

It was announced this week, at the ACASA Triennial conference in Ghana that Professor Fromont's The Art of Conversion won "The Arnold Rubin Outstanding Publication Award” that “honors publications for excellence in scholarship on the arts of Africa and the African Diaspora.” 

Wu Hung 2018 CAA Distinguished Scholar

Congratulations to Prof. Wu Hung for being named the College Art Association's 2018 Distinguished Scholar at next year's CAA Annual Conference being held at the LA Convention Center in February. To register for the conference or for more information, visit the CAA website.

Additional information is available here.