seminars, anyone?

posted on 04 Feb 2013 20:23 by Elena Pinto Simon
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The BGC spring seminar/lecture series are underway with the start of the new term.

Last week, Professor Larry Silver, from the Department of the History of Art at the University of Pennsylvania ,led us in an interesting conversation about “India Ink: Imagery of the Subcontinent in Sixteenth - Century Europe” — a lecture that continues our ongoing looking and thinking about print visualization in the Early Modern world. His presentation was part of the Renaissance/Early Modern Seminar, convened by Professors Andrew Morrall and Deborah Krohn. Week two brought additional guests:

Prof. Daniel Harkett from the History of Art and Visual Culture Department , Rhode Island School of Design , lectured in our ongoing Selz Lecture Series in French Art and Culture on “The Studio and the Salon: Artists, Masculinity, and Sociability in the early Nineteenth Century”. Professor Jeffrey Collins, BGC academic chair, is the convener of the Selz series. Prof. Harkett explored salon life in Paris, focusing on paintings by some of the period’s artists and the salon culture’s key figures of the period.


On January 30 Professor Daniel Smail from the History Department at Harvard University led a very lively presentation /discussion on “An Anthropology of Goods in Mediterranean Europe (1330-1450). Prof. Smail has been intensely studying inventories from the Marseilles area and has recovered some remarkable information about household goods and holdings. This event was also part of the Seminar in Culture History series.


Most Tuesday and Wednesday nights faculty, students, and staff gather in our lecture hall for a wide range of special guest presentations. We have come to think of these weekly lectures, which range from topics in New York and American Material Culture, Early Modern Culture, French Art and Material Culture, New Media, Islamic Art and Material Culture, Modern Design History, Museum Conversations, Conservation Conversations, and Indigenous Arts, as our ‘fifth course’, and an extraordinary opportunity for students and faculty to hear some of the most interesting new work in a range of fields that frame or expand the work of the BGC. Guests come from around the world to share their research projects – and are often a new work-in-progress.

Dean Miller has been known to say our style is informal but serious, and these weekly gatherings most certainly are both. So if it’s a Tuesday or Wednesday evening, many in our community are gathered together at 38, sharing wine, conversation, and interesting ideas!