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[ONLINE CONFERENCE] Travelling Objects, Travelling People: Art and Artists of Late-Medieval and Renaissance Iberia and Beyond, c. 1400–1550

Anonymous Portuguese cartographer, Cantino Planisphere (detail), ca. 1502. Map on parchment, 220 x 105 cm. Biblioteca Estense Universitaria, Modena, Italy. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

Thursday 10 December 2020, 1:00 pm – 5:35 pm

Friday 11 December 2020, 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Please click here to register for this live online event.

Travelling Objects, Travelling Peopleaims to nuance our understanding of the exchanges and influences that shaped the artistic landscape of Medieval and Renaissance Iberia. Traditional narratives hold that late fifteenth-century Iberian art and architecture were transformed by the arrival of artists, objects and ideas from France, the Low Countries, and eventually Renaissance Italy, while 1492 marked a chronological rupture and the beginning of global encounters. Challenging these perceptions, this conference revisits the dynamics of artistic communication in late medieval Iberia, placing the peninsula in a global network, from Flanders to Florence, from Madeira to Santo Domingo. Bringing together contributions from international scholars working on Spain, Portugal and a range of related geographies, this event seeks to address the impact of ‘itinerant’ artworks, artists and ideas, and to investigate moments of encounter, conflict, and non-linear transfers of materials, techniques and iconographies.  

Please click here for the speakers, the programme, and additional information.

CFP: ‘Decentering Realisms, 1750–Now’, Virtual Conference (The Courtauld Institute of Art), with a related online reading group (details below)

Conference date: Friday 12 and Saturday 13 March 2021

Proposals due: 16 November 2020

This conference will explore realism in art across the world, from the mid-eighteenth century to the present day. Seeking to decentre conventional art histories of realism which anchor the concept in nineteenth-century Europe and to open it up to redefinition, this conference will gather together scholars and artists working on all modern periods and all geographies: from 1750 to the present; from Asia, Africa, South America, North America, Australasia and Europe. The conference will ask how far and in what ways can art from across the world be comprehended under the expanded term ‘realism’? 

Realism is a notoriously slippery but pervasive and persistent concept that transcends style and medium, and which encompasses many forms of representation. It is a keyword of established art historical methodologies but it is also much more than this, it has proved to be a highly flexible term that is embedded in the terminologies of many distinct traditions and avant-gardes around the world. We are curious about how realism intersects with different forms of naturalism and how it can also extend to abstraction. At its core realism is often about capturing and intervening in something of the artist’s contemporary social reality through a set of aesthetic conventions. We are calling this the ‘realist effect’. Our expertise in realism within a European context has made us aware of tensions, ambiguities and paradoxes underpinning the term. We want to explore whether comparable and different ambiguities lie behind the term’s enduring, widespread appeal. Our aim is to bring art histories of realism in line with the geocultural expansion of the discipline, while at the same time seeking alternative understandings of this phenomenon to those offered by the politics and epistemologies of globalisation.

Questions asked by this conference include: how does art from different geographies and time periods purport to represent reality? What does the realist effect look like in different geographies, traditions and avant-gardes? We seek to explore the ways realism is receptive to a variety of progressive politics and what happens when different pictorial conventions of the real interact, dominate and subvert one another. For example, how did photography respond to and alter realist conventions as the technology was adapted across the world? In addressing the ‘here and now’, how does realist art negotiate the past and the future? What versions of reality are being imagined by realist art? What are the politics, philosophies and mythologies behind this reification, this making real?

By bringing together scholarship on art from across the world and spanning over two centuries this conference aims to widen the lens through which realism is currently understood and to conceptualise planetary realisms. We are also interested in receiving proposals for papers which disrupt or challenge the period parameters of this project as we have indicated them, recognising that realisms pre-existed and cut across (and even outlast) western chronologies.

Papers might address works of art of any medium, as well as theories and philosophies of art. Please send a title and abstract of your proposed paper (around 300 words) to Rachel Stratton (Rachel.Esther.Stratton@gmail.com) and Thomas Hughes (Thomas.Hughes@courtauld.ac.uk) by 16th November, 2020.

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We are assembling an online reading group in conjunction with this conference.  While the global pandemic has physically grounded many of us it has opened up opportunities for online conversations across international boundaries, which will prove essential for the mission of this project. We warmly extend invitations to join and would ask you to recommend readings considering the above and related topics. If you are interested please email Rachel and Thomas.

Upcoming Exhibition – Mariana Castillo Deball: Between making and knowing something at Modern Art Oxford (2 October 2020 – 3 January 2021)

View of the artist’s studio, 2020. Image courtesy Mariana Castillo Deball via Modern Art Oxford

Through a collage-like installation featuring pottery, photography and textiles, Mexican-born artist Mariana Castillo Deball works to uncover stories and individuals often hidden in traditional museum displays.

For more information and to book a free ticket, please click here.

Text and image from Modern Art Oxford

TONIGHT: Hispanic Society Museum & Library Youtube Live 10pm UK time (5pm EST) | Special Hispanic Heritage Month Tertulia: Treasures on the Terrace

image © The Hispanic Society Museum & Library

Philippe de Montebello, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, will host a conversation via YouTube Live with Patrick Lenaghan, Head of the Department of Prints and Photographs, to explore our new outdoor installation, “Treasures on the Terrace: Highlights from the Hispanic Society Museum & Library.” This special Tertulia (usually available to members) is open to all in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.

The installation opens on September 24 and features works (in high quality reproduction) from the Hispanic Society collection in a safe outdoor environment at a moment when we are not able to fully enjoy indoor public activities. To complement the installation, there will be an audio component with interesting stories and information about the works.

To watch the talk live please click here

text © The Hispanic Society Museum & Library

Ut Pictura Poesis. An evening of Poetry, Art and Art History, Online Event by the School of History & Heritage, Lincoln University, 2 October, 7 pm BST

To register for this event please click here

Ut Pictura Poesis brings together poets, performers, writers, artist and art historians to discuss their work and research. The programme will include poetry, art, discussion with two art historians. There will be also some time for questions from the audience on the day. Speakers will include:

This event is conjointly organised by the Global and Transregional Studies research group; the Race, Ethnicity and Equality Committee; and the Art History programme of the School of History & Heritage, and generously funded by the HR Equality and Engagement Department from the University of Lincoln.

ARTEMISIA GENTILESCHI VISIT TO THE NATIONAL GALLERY ON NOVEMBER 5TH

Artemisia Gentileschi, ‘Self Portrait as a Lute Player’, c. 1615-17, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, Connecticut. Charles H. Schwartz Endowment Fund 2014.4.1 © Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art

We are pleased to let ARTES members know that a small visit to Artemisia Gentileschi will take place on Thursday  November 5th at 0915.

Gentileschi spent some years working in Naples (from 1630- until her death, thought to have occurred in 1652, when it was part of the Spanish Empire.) Her  patrons  included Phillip IV and his ambassadors and Viceroys, eg The Duke of Alcala. We thought it made sense to visit the exhibition and follow on developing our understanding of the Spanish in Naples. 

Due to the pandemic places are limited, to 10 only, masks must be worn and social distancing  of 2 metres observed. We cannot form groups as we go through the exhibition. 

If you want to include “Titian” please make an online booking for later that morning as  combining the two exhibitions is not now possible due to the pandemic.

Meet Susan Wilson at the Sainsbury Wing Entrance at 0900 to enter at 0915. 

Latecomers cannot be admitted. NB: If you reserve a place and cannot attend please let me know immediately as we can run a waiting list for this visit, but I would need to swap names over.

Please contact Susan Wilson at <susanruddwilson@gmail.com> asap if you wish to attend. 

Hispanic Art Gatherings: YouTube Livestream with the Hispanic Society Museum & Library, TOMORROW, 10 PM UK time

Image: Hispanic Society Museum and Library

The Hispanic Society Museum and Library is delighted to bring you the next installment of our donors-only online program: Tertulias de Arte Hispano, or Hispanic Art Gatherings, which will take place Live on YouTube next Tuesday, August 4th at 5 pm EST. (NB 10 pm UK time)
 

Join Philippe de Montebello, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, and Dr. Margaret Connors McQuade, Assistant Director & Curator of Decorative Arts, for a fascinating conversation about Ceramic Traditions from Puebla de los Angeles (Mexico).
 
To register for the live event, please RSVP by filling out this form or send an email to development@hispanicsociety.org. You will receive the YouTube link the day of the event.
 
After the discussion, you are invited to post your questions and comments on YouTube.*
*Please note – in order to post your comments, you will need to create a YouTube account prior to the event.
 
About the program:
Tertulias de Arte Hispano are conversations between Philippe de Montebello and one of the curators, librarians, or conservators of the Hispanic Society Museum & Library. The program will be held on the first Tuesday of each month at 5pm and shall last between 30-45 minutes. During the closure of the museum, we are happy to be able to continue providing meaningful programs, especially to you for your ongoing support and commitment! We hope you will join us.
 
About Margaret Connors McQuade:
A native New Yorker, Margaret Connors McQuade is the Assistant Director and Curator of Decorative Arts of The Hispanic Society, where she has worked since 1993. In 2005, she received her Ph.D. in art history from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Dr. Connors McQuade has lectured in the United States, Mexico and Spain on the decorative arts of Spain and Latin America as well as on the Hispanic Society and its founder, Archer Milton Huntington. In addition to a series of small-scale exhibitions at the Hispanic Society, Dr. Connors McQuade curated the exhibitions, Talavera Poblana: Four Centuries of a Mexican Ceramic Tradition (Americas Society, New York, 1999), and Alcora en New York: La colección de cerámica de Alcora (Museo de Bellas Artes de Castellón de la Plana, and the Museo de Bellas Artes de Valencia, 2005). She also has contributed to a number of exhibition catalogues in the United States, Spain and Mexico. Most recently she contributed to the catalogue and traveling exhibition, Visions of the Hispanic World: Treasures from the Hispanic Society of America. In her role as Assistant Director, Dr. Connors McQuade has been charged with overseeing the immediate and long-term capital projects at the Hispanic Society.

Text via The Hispanic Society of America

The Maius Masterclass with Professor Susan Boynton, 31 July 2020, 4pm on Zoom

For the final event in the Maius Masterclass series, on Friday 31 July at 4pm, they are delighted to welcome Professor Susan Boynton (Columbia University). Susan’s research has focused on such topics as music in the Iberian peninsula, liturgy, manuscript studies, and intersections between music and the visual arts.

Please click here to register for the Zoom Webinar.

The series is kindly supported by a Hispanex Grant from the Spanish Ministry of Culture and SPAIN Arts & Culture/Embassy of Spain in London.

CALL FOR PAPERS: New Faces in Medieval Iberian Studies, IMC Leeds 2021, Deadline for proposals 15 September 2020

Image: Medieval Art Research

Organizer and Sponsor: The Association of Graduate and Early Career Scholars of Medieval Iberia (AGECSMIberia)

In 2019, three graduate students working on different aspects of Medieval Iberia met at a reception in Leeds and commiserated over the difficulties of studying Iberia as early career scholars. They realised how difficult it was to meet other Iberianists in the early stages of one’s career, make connections with scholars from different countries, and share their work with the field and one another. What began as a casual conversation led to the establishment of a new collaborative group, AGECSMIberia, dedicated to connecting graduate and early career Iberianists around the world and showcasing their new exciting work through sponsored sessions. The global pandemic has made the promotion of the work of early career Iberianists even more important in an infinitely more complex job market.

We seek papers for a multi-session series showcasing recent scholarship on medieval Iberia by graduate student and early career scholars. We especially welcome papers that:

  • Bridge Iberian and Anglo scholarship
  • Address Islamic or Jewish subjects
  • Are interdisciplinary in nature (and time period, Late Antique and Early Medieval welcome!)
  • Demonstrate the importance of Iberian work for non-Iberian studies

Please submit an abstract 200-250 words (any references excluded from that count) for a 20 minute presentation to agecsmiberia@gmail.com by September 15 2020.

CALL FOR PAPERS: Art and Activism in Latin America session at the 2020 Universities Art Association of Canada (UAAC) online conference, 15 – 17 October 2020, deadline for proposals is August 1, 2020

The theme of this session is art and activism in Latin America. Art and activism are two distinct academic disciplines, but ones which can dialogue and merge into action, which ranges from cultural production to a mutual understanding of contemporary political and social changes. We will therefore look at Latin America contemporary artists whose work blends art and activism. Artists in different contexts and Latin America countries have increasingly positioned themselves in situations of political and social change, from climate change to human rights. The current political crises, the coronavirus crises and the consequences to the global economy, as well as the social struggles that lead to large influxes of Latin America migrants into the United States, have already inspired many. Further examples to be deepened in this research are the works that focus on refugees fleeing political persecution, Latin America protest art, social injustices, resistance, art and politics.

The UAAC-AAUC invites 300-word abstracts of the proposed papers to be sent, along with a short academic CV, to Tatiane de Oliveira Elias (e-mail: tatianeeliasufsm@gmail.com) before 1 August 2020.

Submissions must include:

  • the name of the applicant
  • the applicant’s email address
  • the applicant’s institutional affiliation and rank
  • title of proposal
  • a proposal (300 words maximum)
  • a brief biography (150 words maximum)  

Proposals may be submitted by current members or non-members of UAAC. Non-members MUST become members of UAAC and pay registration fees in order to present a paper at the conference. Membership dues and registration fees must be received by September 11, 2020

For more information please see https://uaac-aauc.com/conference/