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Art History Research News, September-October 2018

Wednesday 07 November 2018

The exhibition ‘Sidesaddle 1690-1935’, which Dr Ulrike Elisabeth Weiss co-curated at the National Sporting Library and Museum in Virginia, is now open and generating lively interest.

On 18 September 2018, Prof. Kathryn M. Rudy spoke about medieval manuscripts made in Delft in a talk titled ‘Monasteries in Competition’ at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in Amsterdam. A videotape of this event is available upon request.

On 12 October 2018, Kathryn gave the inaugural Cambridge Tactics and Praxis Seminar, a series which aims to ‘conceptualise and foster spaces within the constraints of institutional demands for creativity, play, slowness and pleasure’. She discussed writing, walking, weaving, and mental health in conjunction with her ‘Woven Manuscripts’ exhibition that took place at the Cambridge UL in 2017. Seminar participants also discussed how craft can be harnessed to undermine the neoliberal agenda currently driving academic metrics. Kathryn gave the keynote lecture at the conference Imagen de martirio, el maritio de la imagen (Image of martyrdom, the martyrdom of the image), organised by the Universitat de València, 24-26 October. The title of her talk was ‘The devotional martyrdom of books’.

Dr Stephanie O’Rourke gave a paper titled ‘De Loutherbourg’s Magnetic Arts’ at the ‘Art of the Invisible’ conference at the Courtauld on 19 October 2018.

In September, Dr Camilla Mork Rostvik published the article ‘Blood in the Shower: A Visual History of Menstruation and Clean Bodies’ in Visual Culture and Gender. On 18 September she co-authored an article for The Conversation: ‘Ending Period Poverty: Scotland smashes taboo and leads a global movement’. Camilla has published ‘’We did not have periods, we had pain’: Menstruation experiences in Norway 1900-1990’ in the Norwegian Journal for Gender Studies(vol 4, 2018). Camilla has been on a research trip this month to the Schlesinger, Baker and Countway archives of Harvard University.

On 3 September 2018, Nicôle Meehan presented a paper titled ‘The Digital Museum Object as Object: Polyvocality and Cultural Memory’ at the British Museum’s annual national conference.  The conference, staged in partnership with the Digital Preservation Coalition, explored ‘Museums and Digital Memory: From Creation and Curation to Digital Preservation’.

Dr Lenia Kouneni wrote a post on Excavation and Sponsorship: Sir David Russell and the Jericho Findingsfor the blog of the Bridges Collection documenting her recent discovery in the Archives of the University of St Andrews regarding the history of archaeological collections.

In September, Lenia also gave a talk in the Classics Seminar Series of the University of St Andrews entitled ‘From spiritual visions to archaeological digs: David Russell and The Walker Trust excavations of the Great Palace in Constantinople’ and on the 30th October, she spoke on the same topic at the Scottish Hellenic Society of the University of Edinburgh.

Dr Elsje van Kessel published ‘The Street as Frame: Corpus Christi Processions in Lisbon prior to João V’, in Johannes Grave, Christiane Holm, Valérie Kobi, and Caroline van Eck (eds.), The Agency of Display: Objects, Framings and Parerga (Dresden: Sandstein Verlag, 2018).

On 19 October, Elsje participated in the first of three Salon Sessions of the AHRC network Global Microhistory, organised by Maxine Berg and the Global History and Culture Centre of the University of Warwick, at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. 

Furthermore, Elsje’s monograph The Lives of Paintings: Presence, Agency and Likeness in Venetian Art of the Sixteenth Century (Berlin: De Gruyter, 2017) was nominated in the category visual and decorative arts to 1550 for the most important art historical prize of the Netherlands, the Karel van Mander Prize.

Dr Shona Kallestrup, together with Dr Charlotte Ashby from Birkbeck, co-ordinated a panel at the NORDIK 2018 conference in Copenhagen (25-27 October) entitled ‘Art and Design in Translation: the circulation of objects, people and approaches.’ Shona gave a paper on ‘The (mis-) translation of a cultural idea: design myths and the Anglophone appropriation of hygge’.

Shona is also part of a team led by Dr Ada Hajdu at New Europe College, Bucharest, which has won a five-year ERC Starting Grant for the project Art Historiographies in Central and Eastern Europe. An inquiry from the perspective of Entangled Histories, beginning this autumn.

On 8 November, Shona will give a public lecture at the National Museum of Art of Romania in the series ‘ConferinÈ›ele Ruxanda Beldiman’ entitled ‘Word and Royal Image in the Children’s Tales of Queen Marie’.

Jeremy Howard and Andrew Demetrius published the booklet 'Watch where you are...’ The Enduring Town Art of Glenrothes (for availability contact authors). Publication coincided with an exhibition of the same name curated by Andrew (assisted by Jeremy, and artist Carolyn Scott), which was held in the Kingdom Centre, Glenrothes, 20-29 October 2018. Jeremy and Andrew also collaborated on Carolyn Scott’s and Andy Sim’s film ‘Concrete Safari’, which was shown at the exhibition. In addition, Andrew, together with Suzie McIvor, designed Glenrothes Town Art Trail, this being distributed during the exhibition. Connected with this Jeremy, Andrew and Carolyn collaborated with Aaron Andrews of Aaro Lighting, for his Glenrothes Project 70 Projection Light Spectacle (13 October and during the exhibition).

In September 2018, Dr Kate Cowcher presented ‘From Rock Churches to Realism: Histories of African Art in the Second World’ at the African Studies Association of the UK (ASAUK) Annual Conference at the University of Birmingham. The panel on which she presented was part of the first stream dedicated to Art History at ASAUK and marked an exciting debut for the field within the broader UK African Studies community.

At ASAUK Kate also spoke at the book launch for Cine Ethiopia: The History and Politics of Film in the Horn of Africa (ed. Michael W. Thomas, Alessandro Jedlowski, Aboneh Ashagrie. MSU Press, 2018). To this book, the first volume on the subject, she contributed a chapter examining film and television in Ethiopia’s revolution entitled ‘The Revolution Has Been Televised: Fact, Fiction and Spectacle in the 1970s and 1980s’.

On 10 November 2018, Dr Natalie Adamson will be in dialogue with Alain Madeleine-Perdrillat on the topic of the Nouvelle École de Paris at the Musée Granet, Aix-en-Provence. Natalie has written a catalogue essay for the exhibition Traverser la lumière: Bazaine, Bissière, Elvire Jan, Le Moal, Manessier, Singier at the Musée Granet 10 November – 31March 2019 and afterwards at the Musée Picasso, Münster, and La Piscine, Roubaix. 


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