Monthly Archives: May 2014

CFP: Early Modern Hybridity and Globalization: Artistic and Architectural Exchange in the Iberian World

2014-05-RSA-Berlin-2015CFP: Early Modern Hybridity and Globalization: Artistic and Architectural Exchange in the Iberian World,  Renaissance Society of America conference, Berlin 2015
Scholarship has accepted “hybridity” as a term referring to cultural cross-fertilization in the early modern globalized society. This panel will examine ideas of exchange in artistic and architectural design in the Iberian world of the period. We will explore Spain and Portugal and their wider imperial dominions as points for cultural exchange. We welcome proposals that explore the impact of cultural encounters on art and architecture. We seek papers that examine Iberian encounters in Europe, including the Peninsula itself, as well as those in the wider world, from the South-East Asia to the Americas. We are particularly interested in research that deals with the way in which communities  – artists, patrons, collectors and audiences – negotiated global/transoceanic trends and symbols of local identity in the production of art and architecture. Papers will explore artistic and architectural design that embodies hybridity, rather than for example collections of exotica.
Please send your proposals, an abstract of no more than 150 words, and a short CV, no longer than one side of an A4 sheet of paper, to the co-chairs, Laura Fernández-González, University of Edinburgh ( /, and Marjorie Trusted, Victoria & Albert Museum ( before 2 June 2014.


Andrew W. Mellon Fellowships for the Santiago Cathedral Project: Deadline, 6 June 2014

2014-05-SantiagoCathedralProjectAndrew W. Mellon Fellowships for the Santiago Cathedral Project
The Complutense Foundation and the Barrié Foundation, in collaboration with the Santiago Cathedral Foundation, the Real Colegio Complutense at Harvard and the Spanish Cultural Heritage Institute (IPCE), are pleased to announce a program of fellowships, generously funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, to support research in the context of the Santiago Cathedral Project.
Sponsored by the Barrié Foundation, the Santiago Cathedral Project is one the most ambitious projects of historical research and conservation currently under way in a major monument in Europe, focusing specifically on the 12th-century western narthex of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela (Spain), also known as the Pórtico de la Gloria (Portal of Glory).
Andrew W. Mellon Fellowships, Spring 2014
Deadline: June 2, 2014
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Frida Kahlo, Rome

Frida Kahlo, Scudiere del Quirinale, Rome, 20 March – 13 July 2014. Exhibition incorporating major paintings by Kahlo alongside photographs of the artist (taken mainly in the 1940s) and focussing especially on the theme of ‘self-depiction’ both in the form of traditional self-portraits and in the development of the Kahlo iconography and ‘legend’. Both the exhibition and the accompanying catalogue are by Helga Prignitz-Poda, one of the three authors of the Kahlo catalogue raisonne published in 1988.

America Latina: Photographs 1960-2013, Paris and Puebla

America Latina: Photographs 1960-2013. Shown first at the Fondation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain, Paris, 19 November 2013 – 6 April 2014 this exhibition moves to the Museo Amparo, Puebla, Mexico, 14 June – 29 September 2014. Brings together works by 70 artists from eleven countries, ranging from documentary photographers to contemporary artists who manipulate/modify the photographic image.

Sorolla, Dallas, San Diego and Madrid

2014-05-SorollaAndAmericaSorolla and America, Meadows Museum, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, 13 December 2013 – 19 April 2014; touring to San Diego Museum of Art, 30 May – 26 August and finally Fundación MAPFRE, Madrid, 23 September 2014 – 11 January 2015. Exhibition curated by the artist’s great-grandaughter Blanca Pons-Sorolla , presenting over 100 paintings, oil sketches and drawings, by Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida (1863-1923) covering his early socially realistic themes as well as his better known landscapes and beach scenes. Exhibition focuses on key American collectors Archer Huntington and Thomas Fortune Ryan and the impact on the artist and American cultural society of the exhibitions he held in the States in 1909 and 1911. Accompanied by bilingual English/Spanish editions of the catalogue.
The exhibition and its catalogue (by the artist’s great granddaughter and Mark Roglan, Director of the Dallas Museum) have received an enthusiastic and thoughtful review by Richard Brettell in April’s edition of The Burlington Magazine (pp 267-269), which makes interesting comparisons with other recent Sorolla exhibitions over the last decade.

Miró, Madrid, Seattle and Duke University, N. Carolina

2014-05-MiroMiró: the Experience of Seeing, having opened at the Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid in late 2013-January 2014, now in Seattle Art Museum 13 February– 25 May 2014; then to the Nasher Art Museum, Duke University, North Carolina 14 September 2014 – 22 February 2015.
Drawn entirely from the Reina Sofia’s collections it focuses on 50+ paintings, drawings and sculptures selected from the last 20 years of his career between 1963 and 1983.

Frida Kahlo, Long Beach, California

2014-05-FridaKahloFrida Kahlo: Her Photos, Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach, California, 15 March – 8 June 2014. Selection made by leading Mexican photographer and historian Pablo Ortiz Monasterio, of some 257 photographs from the extensive archive (6,500 items) held in the Blue House in Mexico City. Both Kahlo’s father and maternal grandmother were professional photographers and she was herself a collector of nineteenth-century photographs, which she used and manipulated as working tools to inspire her own art. The exhibition is divided into six thematic sections: Kahlo’s parents; the Blue House; her crippled body; Frida’ loves; political struggle; and Diego’s gaze, and includes works by other photographers such as Man Ray, Tina Modotti, and Lola and Manuel Álvarez Bravo.