Bettman Lecture Series
2016-2017: Materialities and Technologies
Inaugurated in 2004, the Bettman Lectures are an annual program of monthly lectures in art history sponsored by the Department of Art History and Archaeology. Endowed with a bequest from Linda Bettman, a former graduate student of the department, the lectures are named in her honor.
All events are held in room 612 of Schermerhorn Hall at 6PM.
John Durham Peters
"A Short Media History of Clouds"
"Materiality, Factual and Actual: The Colors of Monochrome Sculpture"
"Dynastic Knowledge and the Knowledge of Dynasties: Politics and the History of Scientific Change in China"
"Reading an Icon of the Black Mohammed: Georgios Klontzas and Islam"
"The Trouble with 864: Maya Art of the Late 9th Century"
"In the Shadow of the Negress"
Michael Ann Holly
"The Back of the Painted Beyond"
"Frictional Heritage: Museums between Cultures"
Stephen J. Campbell
Monday, October 6, 6-8 p.m.
"Memory Palaces: the Renaissance and the Contemporary World"
Monday, October 27, 6-8 p.m.
"Imitation is Suicide: Teacher-Student Disasters in Nineteenth-Century Art"
Monday, November 24, 6-8 p.m.
"Lost Madrid: The Royal Palace of the Spanish Habsburgs"
Monday, January 26, 6-8 p.m. (This Bettman lecture has been cancelled due to weather and will be rescheduled)
"Whose Modernism? El Greco and Art's History"
Monday, March 9th, 6-8 p.m.
"Chardin's Objects: Proprieties, Properties, Possessions."
Monday, March 30, 6-8 p.m.
"The Figural Line: Sewing, Knotting, Weaving, and Inscribing the Surface 1450 – 1650"
Monday, April 27, 6-8 p.m.
Monday, October 7, 6-8 p.m.
"Film, Politics, and Poetry: On Pier Paolo Pasolini"
Wednesday, November 6, 6-8 p.m.
"Raphael After the Holocaust: When and Where is History in Art?"
Monday, December 9, 6-8 p.m.
"Impossible Design: Porsenna's Tomb and French Visionary Architecture"
Monday, February 3, 6-8 p.m.
Finbarr Barry Flood
"Sanctified Sandals: Relics of the Prophet in an Era of Technological Reproduction"
Monday, March 3, 6-8 p.m.
"The Corpse and the Name: Alexander Gardner and the Origins of the Modern War Memorial"
Monday, April 7, 6-8 p.m.
"The Myth of the Cathedral"
Monday, May 5, 6-8 p.m.
"Sculpting the Immaterial in Fifteenth Century Italy"
Monday, October 1, 6-8 p.m.
"Green Curtains and Picture Covers: Towards an Archaeology of Pictorial Closet"
Professor Jas' Elsner has held the Humphrey Payne Senior Research Fellow in Classical Archaeology and Art at Corpus Christi College, Oxford University since 1999. He has also been a regular Visiting Professor of the History of Art at the University of Chicago since 2003. His research focuses on the art of the Roman world, broadly conceived to include late antiquity as well as the early middle ages, Byzantium and the pre-Christian Classical world. Professor Elsner's research engages with the topic of reception in various contexts, from ancient ritual and pilgrimage to literary description and modern collecting and historiography.
Monday, November 12, 6-8 p.m.
"Likeness and Iconicity in Modern Images of Jesus"
Professor Morgan is Chair of the Department of Religion and Professor of Religion at Duke University. His major interests are the history of religious visual and print culture and American religious and cultural history. At Duke he teaches courses in the areas of American religious history, visual theory and the visual culture of religion.
Monday, January 28, 6-8 p.m.
"Rethinking the Popular Arts in a Global World"
Professor Gikandi is Robert Schirmer Professor of English at Princeton University. His major fields of research and teaching are the Anglophone Literatures and Cultures of Africa, India, the Caribbean, and Postcolonial Britian, the "Black" Atlantic, and the African Diaspora. He is also interested in the encounter between European and African languages in the modern period, literature and human rights, and writing and cultural politics.
He is the author of many books and articles including Writing in Limbo: Modernism and Caribbean Literature and Maps of Englishness: Writing Identity in the Culture of Colonialism. His latest book is Slavery and the Culture of Taste.
Monday, February 25, 6-8 p.m.
"Architecture and the Representation of Power: Filippo Juvarra in a European Perspective"
Monday, March 25, 6-8 p.m.
"Elite Art in an Age of Populism"
Julian Stallabrass is a lecturer, writer, curator and photographer. He lectures in modern and contemporary art, including political aspects of the globalized contemporary art world, postward British art, the history of photography and new media art. Additional research interests lie in the relation between art and visual mass culture and the politics of modern and contemporary art.
He is the author of Gargantua: Manufactured Mass Culture, Occupational Hazard: Critical Writing on Recent British Art, Locus Solus, a book about the Newcastle-based artist-led curatorial organization Locus+, Internet Art: the Online Clash of Culture and Commerce, and Art Incorporated: The Story of Contemporary Art. He also writes art criticism for many publications, including Tate, Photoworks, Art Monthly, and the New Statesman.
Monday, April 29, 6-8 p.m.
"Building Meaning: Significance in Inka Stonemasonry"
Monday, September 26, 6:15 p.m.
Monday, November 21, 6:15 p.m.
Ito Jakuchu's Colorful Realm of Living Beings
Monday, February 27, 6:15 p.m.
Penelope in Persepolis: Or The Power of Images to Stop War with an Arch-Enemy
Monday, March 26, 6:15 p.m.
Making Motion Pictures in 18th-century London: Loutherbourg's Eidophusikon
Monday, April 30, 6:15 p.m.
Radical Tourists in Soviet Photographic Utopia
September 27, 6 p.m.
Robert Bagley, Princton University
Gombrich among the Egyptians: The History of Art as a Contest between Seeing and Knowing
February 14, 6 p.m.
Thierry de Duve, Université de Lille 3
Joseph Beuys and the German Past, Tentatively
February 28, 6 p.m.
Ewa Lajer-Burcharth, Harvard University
March 28, 6 p.m.
Rosalind Blakesley, University of Cambridge
Ladies-in-Waiting in Waiting: the Portraiture of Adolescence in Eighteenth-Century Russia
April 18, 6 p.m.
Patricia L. Rubin, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University
Pisanello's Topknot: Facing up to Fifteenth-century Portraiture
Gregory Levine, University of California at Berkeley
The Faltering Brush: Chan/Zen Death Verse Calligraphies and the Master's Graphical 'Vanishing Point'
Andrea Giunta, University of Texas at Austin
Conspiracy & Conceptualism in Latin American Art: Imageries of Institutional Destabilization
Wu Hung, University of Chicago
Shitao (1642-1707) and the Traditional Chinese Conception of Ruins
Susan Alcock, Brown University
Mitchell Merback, Johns Hopkins University
Why Nobody's Freedom is Depicted in Hans Sebald Beham's Impossible
Sarah McPhee, Emory University
Tim Barringer, Yale University
Alexander Nemerov, Yale University
The Aesthetics of Abraham Lincoln
Jean Michel Massing, University of Cambridge
The Image of Mediterranean Slavery in the Seventeenth Century
Eve Blau, Harvard University
Transparency: Architecture and the Contradictions of Modernity in the 1920s
Cecelia Klein, University of California, Los Angeles
Death in the Hands of Strangers: Aztec Sacrifice in the Western Imagination, 1521-2006
Victor Stoichita, University of Fribourg
Andrew Robison, The National Gallery of Art
The Marriage of Venice and Rome
Paul Binski, Cambridge University
'Working by Words Alone': French Architects, Scholasticism and the Professions in the Later 13th Century
Stephen Campbell, Johns Hopkins University
Andrea Mantegna circa 1450: Imitation and the Force of Images
Brigid Doherty, Princeton University
Rilke, Cézanne, and the Origins of Introjection
Gerhard Wolf, Max-Planck-Institut
Jennifer Roberts, Harvard University
Pictures in Transit
Howard Bloch, Yale University
The Bayeux Tapestry and the Ends of History
Timon Screech, The School of Oriental and African Studies, The University of London
The Voyage of the 'New Year's Gift': A Cargo of Paintings from London to Japan, 1614
Alexander Nagel, The University of Toronto
Anthropologies of the Image, ca. 1500
James Elkins, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Is Art History Global?
Howard Burns, Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa
Geoffrey Batchen, The City University of New York
Analog: Another History of Photography
Richard Meyer, University of Southern California
What was Contemporary Art?
Robin Cormack, Courtauld Institute of Art
From Theory to Attribution: How 'Crusader Art' and Byzantium Can Change Your Art History
Lothar Ledderose, Heidelberg University
Finding Spaces: Strategies of the Commentator in Chinese Art
Anson Rabinbach, Princeton University
Staging Antifascism: The Brown Book of the Hitler-Terror and the Reichstag Fire Conspiracy
Irene Winter, Harvard University
Monica Juneja, South Asia Institute, University of Heidelberg
Ordering the World as Image — Narration and Communication in Art from the Mughal Courts
Inauguration of the Bettman Lectures
Film screening, La Leçon de Meyer Schapiro (dir. Barbara Rose)
Discussion, Thomas Crow, Hubert Damisch, David Rosand
Jeffry Hamburger, Harvard University
'The various writings of humanity': A Sermon by Johannes Tauler on Hildegard of Bingen's 'Liber Scivias'
T. J. Clark, University of California at Berkeley
The Sabine Women and Lévi-Strauss
Margaret Olin, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
The Presence of Photographs
Joseph Koerner, Courtauld Institute of Art
Jacqueline Lichtenstein, Paris IV—Sorbonne
The Philosopher and the Art Historian: An Impossible Dialogue? Meyer Schapiro's Response to Heidegger's Text on Van Gogh