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Thursday 14 January 2016

January - February 2016

Ann Gunn gave a paper ‘Paul Sandby and Reproductive Printmaking: An Alternative Career?’ at the conference Placing Prints: New Developments in the Study of Print, 1400-1800 at the Courtauld Institute of Art, 12-13 Feb, 2016.

Dr Billy Rough contributed an essay on William Rothenstein's painting The Doll's House to Tate's In Focus series. Directed by Dr Sam Shaw (Yale Center for British Art) the series provides a new interpretation of Rothenstein's work. Dr Rough's essay is titled, ‘”A penchant for the dramatic”: Rothenstein and Modern Theatre'.

Dr Catherine Spencer’s article on the performance artist Allan Kaprow will be published in the June 2016 issue of Art History, and is available to read now. In February Catherine gave a paper at the Collage Art Association annual conference in Washington, DC entitled ‘Celluloid Sociology: Countercultural Behaviors in Marta Minujin’s US Happenings.’ At the beginning of March she will speak at the conference ‘Generation Painting 1955-65’ at the University of Cambridge. With Moran Sheleg she is currently co-organizing the conference ‘Extracurricular Activity: Undermining Histories of Contemporary Art’ at University College London in May 2016, funded by the UCL Centre for the Study of Contemporary Art.

Dr Jeremy Howard published 'Nine waves of Russian sudno art: tacking the ebb and flow of modern maritime representation from the Gulf of Finland to the Pacific Ocean', Sculpture Journal, volume 24, Number 2, pp. 249-268.

'Latvijas materials. Ar Dzeremiju Hovardu sarunajas Baiba Vanaga', an in-depth interview with Jeremy concerning his twenty-nine years (to date) of working on Latvian art, architecture and design, was published in the leading Latvian art journal Studija, Number 106, February-March 2016, pp.22-25.

Dr Kathryn M. Rudy led the Hilary Term meeting of the Workshop for Manuscript and Text Cultures at Queen’s College, Oxford, with a presentation titled ‘Touching Skin: Why Medieval Users Rubbed, Kissed, Inscribed, Splattered, Begrimed, and Pricked their Manuscripts’.  In January she gave a plenary paper titled ‘Prints (formerly) pasted in Netherlandish manuscripts’ at the conference ‘Unter Druck – Illuminierte Handschriften und Inkunabeln im Zeitalter Gutenbergs’ in Vienna, sponsored by the Austrian Academy of Science.

She published this article: ‘Sewing the Body of Christ: Eucharist Wafer Souvenirs Stitched into Fifteenth-century Manuscripts, Primarily in the Netherlands’, Journal of Historians of Netherlandish Art, 8, 1 (Winter 2016), Article 1 (48 pages).

Dr Laura Moretti published this article: ‘L’immagine della musica nello “studio" del palazzo veronese di Mario Bevilacqua (1536-1593)’, Music in Art XL/1-2 (2015).

On the 29th of January Dr Moretti participated in the Study Day on Daniele Barbaro at the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana, Venice. Full details and programme available here. This  event formed part of the activities organised by the International Network Daniele Barbaro (1514-70): In and Beyond the Text that Dr Moretti currently coordinates. 

One of the major activities promoted by the Network, an exhibition on Daniele Barbaro’s books and manuscripts at the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana, Venice, was brought to completion at the end of February. The exhibition had 37.496 visitors in 81 days, in addition to 323 participants to the 15 guided tours organised by the curators. The exhibition catalogue, entitled Daniele Barbaro (1514-1570). Letteratura, scienza e arti nella Venezia del Rinascimento and edited by Dr Susy Marcon and Dr Laura Moretti, has been published by Antiga Edizioni.

Dr Lenia Kouneni published a paper titled ‘ll volto di Daniele Barbaro’for the exhibition catalogue Daniele Barbaro 1514-70 Letteratura, Scienza e Arti nella Venezia del Rinascimento, edited by Dr Laura Moretti and Susy Marcon and published by Antiga Edizioni.

Dr Luke Gartlan will be talking about his recent book A Career of Japan(Brill 2016) at the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation in London on 31 March.

In February Dr Sam Rose presented a paper ‘Worlding the Modern: Formalism, Conceptual Imagery, and the British Empire’, at the ‘Formalism Before Clement Greenberg’ session of the College Art Association annual conference, Washington DC.

November - January 2016

We have two new lecturers on staff. Dr Stephanie O’Rourke comes to us from Columbia University, and Dr Sam Rose from Cambridge.

Dr Sam Rose recently gave talks in Cambridge (the inaugural Fitzwilliam Museum/Kettle's Yard/History of Art Department Seminar talk) and London (a paper at the 'Walter Sickert: The Document and the Documentary' conference). He was also awarded funding from the Paul Mellon Centre for a one-day symposium on abstract art in mid-twentieth-century Britain, co-hosted with Rachel Smith. This will take place at Downing College, Cambridge, on 3rd March 2016, and will accompany the exhibition 'Generation Painting 1955-65: Alan Bowness and British Art'.

In November Dr Stephanie O’Rourke was ‘in conversation’ with contemporary artist Tony Oursler and art historian Noam Elcott at the Swiss Institute to mark the US release of Imponderable: The Archives of Tony Oursler. This catalogue also includes an essay by Stephanie titled ‘Invisibilities: Mesmer in the Archive’. Oursler’s multimedia exhibition of the same name opened last summer at the LUMA Foundation in Arles and is currently on view at LUMA Westbau in Zurich. It will travel to New York City this spring. 

Three members of staff have been awarded grants from the Royal Society of Edinburgh. Dr Karen Brown has won a Small Grant for her project entitled ‘Museums and Social Sustainability in Scotland and Costa Rica’. Ms Ann Gunn was awarded a Research Workshop grant for a series of workshops, to take place during 2016, relating to printmaking in Scotland in the eighteenth century. She will be working in partnership with the National Galleries of Scotland and the Hunterian, University of Glasgow. Dr Laura Moretti received a Research Workshop grant to organise—together with Dr Linda Borean (Univ. Udine)—two workshops about Venetian Renaissance prints, drawings and illustrated books in Scottish collections. The project intends to deepen the understanding of the role played by Venetian Renaissance art in the Scottish culture in the past and of the present. Collaborators and participants will include researchers and staff from the Universities of Glasgow, Edinburgh and St Andrews, the National Library of Scotland, and the Scottish National Gallery.

Dr Luke Gartlan has published a major book entitled A Career of Japan: Baron Raimund von Stillfried and Early Yokohama Photography (Brill, 2016). Luke launched this book at a lecture delivered at the National Library of Australia, Canberra, on January 7, 2016. He was also an invited participant at a workshop on Crimean War photography held at Windsor Castle, England (October 7, 2015), and delivered an invited paper entitled ‘Questioning Yokohama Photography: Shimizu Tōkoku and the Japanese Carte de Visite’ at the Museum für Fotografie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin (October 15, 2015).

On 25 November Dr Elsje van Kessel gave a paper in the History of Art Research Seminar series of the University of Glasgow titled ‘Exhibiting Titian in the Renaissance’.

Dr Linda Goddard was a member in the School of Historical Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton in 2014-15. A short essay about her research on Paul Gauguin appears here.

Ms Ann Gunn organised the symposium ‘Printmaking in Scotland in the Eighteenth Century’ at the School of Art History on 4th December 2015, with speakers from the Universities of St Andrews, Edinburgh and Glasgow, and the Scottish National Portrait Gallery. 

Dr Ulrike Weiss’s paper on British-German sporting history in the eighteenth century was published: ‘Querfeldein im “leichten Sitz” statt Kapriole und Courbette: Reitkultur und Kulturtransfer’ (in: Als der Sport nach Hannover kam, Schriftenreihe des Niedersächsischen Instituts für Sportgeschichte, vol. 24).

At the end of December, Dr Julian Luxford had an article published on illuminated manuscripts from Peterborough abbey: ‘Intelligent by Design: The Manuscripts of Walter of Whittlesey, Monk of Peterborough’, Electronic British Library Journal (2016), article 13 (33 pages).

Dr Kathryn Rudy spoke about her current research project, ‘Touching Skin: Why Medieval Readers Rubbed and Kissed their Manuscripts’ to a full-house audience at the Bard Graduate Center in New York City.  She also presented this material at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles, where she was a Getty Scholar from Sept-Dec. She will be a Wanley Fellow at the Bodleian Library, Oxford, starting 1 Feb 2016. Her recently published book, Postcards on Parchment (Yale, 2015) was reviewed in Apollo and the TLS.

On 4 November, Dr Laura Moretti participated in the study day on Daniele Barbaro held at the Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Venice. Here is the programme of the event. As part of the Leverhulme Trust funded project Daniele Barbaro (1514-70): In and Beyond the Text, which Dr Moretti is currently coordinating, a major exhibition on Barbaro’s manuscripts and printed books opened on 10 December 2015 at the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana, Venice. The exhibition, which will close on 31 January, was co-curated by Dr Moretti and Dott. Susy Marcon. See  <> and <,336753,en.php > for all the details about the project and the exhibition.

At the Getty Research Institute, Dr Natalie Adamson delivered a lecture on December 7 titled ‘Unsilvered Mirrors: Pierre Soulages' Materialist Modernism’.

In November Dr Catherine Spencer published the article 'Abstraction’s ecologies: post-industrialization, waste and the commodity form in Prunella Clough’s paintings of the 1980s and 1990s’ in British Art Studies, the new open-access journal of the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art. In December her article 'Performing Pop: Marta Minujín and the "Argentine Image-Makers"' was published in Tate Papers.

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Finally, Jeremy appeared on 'The Scots in Russia: The Caledonian Phalanx', BBC Radio Scotland, 29 December 2015.




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