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Opens Today: Super/Natural: Textiles of the Andes, Art Institute of Chicago, until 23 June 2019

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Mantle (detail), 100 BC/AD 200, Paracas

Over the course of millennia, textiles were the primary form of aesthetic expression and communication for the diverse cultures that developed throughout the desert coasts and mountain highlands of the Andean region. Worn as garments, suspended on walls of temples and homes, and used in ritual settings, textiles functioned in multiple contexts, yet, within each culture, the techniques, motifs, and messages remained consistent.
This exhibition features over 60 textiles along with a small selection of ceramics from the museum’s collection that together explore the ways select Andean cultures developed distinct textile technologies and approaches to design. While emphasizing the unique aspects of each culture and highlighting Andean artistic diversity, the exhibition also invites comparisons across cultures and time periods. These objects speak to shared ideas concerning everyday life, the natural world, the supernatural realm, and the afterlife, demonstrating a unified visual language that spans the Andes region from its ancient past to modern communities.

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Conference: Las mujeres y las artes en la corte española, Madrid, 20–22 February 2019, Universidad Complutense, Madrid

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Programme

MIÉRCOLES, 20 DE FEBRERO

09:30 Registro de participantes

10:00 Inauguración. Jaime M. de los Santos. Consejero de Cultura, Turismo y Deporte. Comunidad de Madrid. Presentación.  Miguel Luque. Decano de la Facultad.

MESA I. MUJERES PROTAGONISTAS DE LAS ARTES.
MODERA FÉLIX DÍAZ MORENO (UCM)

10:30 Plautilla Bricci: cronaca di un oblio. Consuelo Lollobrigida (Univ. of Arkansas – William J. Fulbright School of Arts and Sciences)

11:00  Pintoras flamencas en los siglos XVI y XVII: las sagas familiares y el talento. Ana Diéguez-Rodríguez (Instituto Moll. Centro de investigación en pintura flamenca Univ. de Burgos)

11:30  Pausa café

12:30  Vidas y afanes de las dos impresoras novohispanas del siglo XVIII: Rosa Teresa Poveda y Manuela de la Ascensión Cerezo. Marina Garone Gravier (Instituto de Investigaciones Bibliográficas, Univ. Nacional Autónoma de México)

13:00  Mujeres artistas en la Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Carlos de Valencia. Mariángeles Pérez-Martín (Univ. de València)

13:30  Debate. Comida

MESA II. IDENTIDADES FEMENINAS, GENERADORAS DE ESPACIOS.
MODERAN CONCEPCIÓN LOPEZOSA APARICIO (UCM) Y SARA FUENTES LÁZARO (UNIV. A DISTANCIA DE MADRID)

16:00 De la casa al hogar. Aposentos femeninos en la Edad Moderna. Gloria Franco Rubio (UCM)

16:30 “Fare scena della casa”. Isabel de Farnesio y la arquitectura pintada en La Granja de San Ildefonso. Sara Fuentes Lázaro (Univ. a Distancia de Madrid)

17:00 Sociabilidad, ciudad y género en la crisis del Antiguo Régimen. Aproximaciones desde la cultura visual y material. Álvaro Molina (Univ. Nacional de Educación a Distancia)

17:30 “Mujeres en el límite”. Presencias femeninas en el Paseo del Prado de Madrid. Concepción Lopezosa Aparicio (UCM)

18:00 Debate

JUEVES, 21 DE FEBRERO

MESA III. LAS ARTES Y LA PRÁCTICA DEL PODER
MODERAN MAGDALENA DE LAPUERTA (UCM) Y MIGUEL HERMOSO CUESTA (UCM)

10:00 Il mecenatismo di Bona Sforza alla corte di Bari nella prima metà del ‘500. Mimma Pasculli (Univ. degli Studi di Bari Aldo Moro. Dpto. Lettere, Lingue e Arti)

10:30 Sofonisba Anguissola y la construcción de una imagen femenina para la familia Habsburgo. Jorge Sebastián Lozano (Univ. de València)

11:00 Patrimonio y encargos artísticos de Juana Cortés, II duquesa de Alcalá. Sergio Ramiro Ramírez (UCM)

11:30 Debate

12:00 Pausa café

12:30 La perla de la Monarquía hispana: Margarita de Austria y el retrato cortesano. Magdalena de Lapuerta Montoya (UCM)

13:00  Sor Ana Dorotea de Austria y la exaltación de las mujeres fuertes. Cipriano García-Hidalgo Villena (UCM)

13:30  María Isabel de Braganza y la música. Judith Ortega Rodríguez (ICCMU-UCM)

14:00  Debate. Comida

WORKSHOP (LUGAR: SALA DE JUNTAS). CUARTOS DE MUJERES. ESPACIOS DONDE VIVIR Y TRABAJAR EN EL SIGLO XVI

16:30  Presentación a cargo de Beatriz Blasco Esquivias (UCM). Intervienen: Elena Díez Jorge (Univ. de Granada), Ana Aranda Bernal (Univ. Pablo Olavide, Sevilla), María Núñez – González (Univ. de Sevilla)

18:00  Debate

VIERNES, 22 DE FEBRERO

MESA IV. EL ARTE EN SUS MANOS.  LOS MUSEOS Y LA GESTIÓN DEL PATRIMONIO
MODERA JONATAN JAIR LÓPEZ MUÑOZ (UCM)

10:00 Las mujeres y la arqueología en Europa: de la aristocracia a las clases medias. Margarita Díaz-Andreu (ICREA y Univ. de Barcelona)

10:30 Mujeres y museos en Europa  del Este. Laura Coltofean-Arizancu (Univ. de Barcelona)

11:00 Las profesionales de museos en España, una historia envuelta en silencios. Margarita Moreno Conde (Museo Arqueológico Nacional)

11:30 Debate. Pausa café

WORKSHOP
INVESTIGACIONES PREDOCTORALES
Presentación a cargo de María Ángeles Toajas Roger (UCM)

12:00 Aproximación al estudio de las mujeres en los talleres artísticos de la Villa de Madrid (1561–1700). Alba Gómez de Zamora Sanz  (UCM)

12:20 La decoración del Cuarto de la Reina en el Alcázar Real de Madrid bajo Isabel de Borbón- Introducción y reflexiones. Audrey-Caroline Michielon (UCM / Univ. de Toulouse –  Jean Jaurès )

12:40 El estudio de la moda femenina en la corte: Cuestiones metodológicas. María Redondo Solance  (UCM)

13:00 Las mujeres y las artes en “la hora navarra del XVIII”. Sergio Rodero Jiménez (UCM)

13:20 Mujeres en las actas de la Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando. Daniel Lavín González (UCM)

13:40 Debate y conclusiones del Segundo Seminario. Comida

VISITA GUIADA: REAL MONASTERIO DE LA ENCARNACIÓN
16:30 Encuentro frente al Monasterio. Plaza de la Encarnación, 1 (28013 Madrid)

Practical information 

Location: Salón de Grados y Sala de Juntas, Facultad de Geografía e Historia, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, February 20–22, 2019

Registration deadline: Feb 20, 2019

Scientific committee:
Antonio Bonet Correa, Rosario Camacho, Benito Navarrete, Mª Ángeles Pérez Samper, Javier Rivera Blanco.

Organisers:
Gloria Del Val, Sara Fuentes, Daniel Lavín, Jonatan Jair López, Sergio Ramiro, Sergio Rodero.

Supported by the Proyecto de Investigación I+D+i FEMENINO SINGULAR. Las mujeres y las artes en la Corte española de la Edad Moderna (reinas, nobles, artistas y empresarias) [HAR2015-65166-P MINECO/FEDER]

Email the organisers: lasmujeresylasartes@gmail.com

Website: https://www.ucm.es/femenino_singular/

Symposium: Khipus: Writing Histories In and From Knots, The Mr. and Mrs. Raymond J. Horowitz Book Prize Symposium, Bard Graduate Center, New York, 1 February 2019

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Khipu RN9027, from the Casa del Kipu deposit at Pachacamac; courtesy of Denise Pozzi-Escot, director, Pachacamac site museum; photograph by Rommel Angeles.

There has been much concern and criticism in the West over the absence of the voices of “peoples without history” in the writing of local, regional, and global histories. This concern has been especially profound insofar as it pertains to societies that did not have in the past, or that do not have today, their own traditions of written history. The Inkas of the Pre-Columbian Andes represent a striking case study in this regard, because, while Inka administrators had the use of an exceptionally complex and highly efficient instrument for record keeping, in the knotted-string khipu (or quipu, “knot”), we have not to date been able to draw historical information from these knotted records for writing a history of the Inka Empire. Gary Urton’s recently published book, Inka History in Knots: Reading Khipus as Primary Sources (Univ. of Texas Press, 2017), lays out a methodology for approaching khipu accounts as sources for writing Annales-style histories of the Inka state—i.e., histories based on administrative data, such as censuses, tribute records, storehouse accounts, etc. This symposium brings together eight Andean scholars to discuss and debate the question of whether or not, and if so how, we might draw on knotted cord accounts from the pre-Inka Wari, the Inka empire, and those from Andean subjects of the Spanish Colonial state in order to begin to understand how Andean peoples constructed representations of their own societies. The principal challenges will be, first, to identify the structures, physical features, organizational principles, and semiotic properties of cord accounts in these different periods in the Andean past, and second, to determine how we might draw on these constructions to begin to write histories of Andean societies based on Andean sources.

Programme:

9:30 am
Peter N. Miller
Bard Graduate Center
Welcome
Gary Urton
Harvard University
Introduction

9:50 am
Gary Urton
Harvard University
Finding Time for History in the Inka Khipus

10:30 am
Jeffrey C. Splitstoser
George Washington University
The Large Wari Khipu at Dumbarton Oaks

11:10 am
Coffee Break

11:30 am
Jon Clindaniel
Harvard University
Towards an Understanding of Non-numerical Inka Khipu Semiosis: Implications for the Interpretation of Inka History Using Primary Sources

12:10 pm
Bruce Mannheim
University of Michigan
Three Commensuration Problems in Interpreting Khipus

12:50 pm
Lunch Break

2 pm
Terence N. D’Altroy
Columbia University
The Dynamic Formation of Imperial Knowledge

2:40 pm
Sabine Hyland
University of St Andrews
“These Are Our Khipus!” The Ritual Khipu Boards of Casta, Peru

3:20 pm
Coffee Break

3:40 pm
José Carlos de la Puente Luna
Texas State University
Khipus as Legal Archives: Tribute, Justice, and Controlled Translation in Early Colonial Peru

4:20 pm
Frank Salomon
University of Wisconsin–Madison
The Long Afterlives of Central-Peruvian Khipu Patrimonies

5 pm
Panel Discussion

5:40 pm
Reception

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What’s your favourite book of 2018? The Mr. and Mrs. Raymond J. Horowitz Book Prize, deadline 1 March 2019

Horowitz_2018Bard Graduate Center welcomes submissions for the 2018 Mr. and Mrs. Raymond J. Horowitz Book Prize, awarded annually to the best book on the decorative arts, design history, or material culture of the Americas. The prize will reward scholarly excellence and commitment to cross-disciplinary conversation. Eligible titles include monographs, exhibition catalogues, and collections of essays in any language, published in print or in digital format. The winning author(s) or editor(s) will be chosen by a committee of Bard Graduate Center faculty and will be honored with a symposium on the subject of the book. Submissions must have a 2018 publication date.

Three copies of each print title should be sent to the below address along with an entry submission form. For digital publications, please email a copy of the form along with a link to the publication and a PDF of the publication to horowitz.prize@bgc.bard.edu.

Horowitz Book Prize Committee
Bard Graduate Center
38 West 86th Street
New York, NY 10024

Submissions must be postmarked by March 1, 2019. There is no limit to the number of submissions, but please note we are unable to return items submitted for review. Incomplete submissions will not be considered. Shipping is the responsibility of the applicant and we are not able to confirm receipt of submissions. The winning title will be announced in later summer 2019.

For questions, contact Laura Minsky, Assistant Director for Research Programs, at horowitz.prize@bgc.bard.edu.

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Clark Fellowships: CENTER FOR SPAIN IN AMERICA FELLOWSHIP, The Clark, deadline October 15, 2018

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The Clark Art Institute combines a public art museum with a complex of research and academic programs, including a major art history library. The Clark is an international center for discussion on the nature of art and its history.

Fellowships are awarded every year to established and promising scholars with the aim of fostering a critical commitment to inquiry in the theory, history, and interpretation of art and visual culture. In addition to providing an opportunity for sustained research for fellows, outside of their usual professional obligations, the Clark encourages them to participate in a variety of collaborative and public discussions on diverse art historical topics as well as on larger questions and motivations that shape the practice of art history.

Sponsored by the Center for Spain in America, this one-semester fellowship is intended to support the study of all aspects of Spanish art from the early medieval period to the beginning of the twentieth century, as well as the worldwide impact of Spanish art and artists. In addition to research for a publication and/or exhibition on specific artists or periods, we welcome projects examining collecting and connoisseurship of Spanish art—particularly in the Americas—and the influence and importance of Spanish art and its reception throughout the world.

Deadline: October 15, 2018

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Call For Papers: Fashion, Costume, and Consumer Culture in Iberia and Latin America: A Session in Honor of Gridley McKim-Smith, CAA conference, 21-24 February 2018, Los Angeles

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María Cristina de Borbon, Queen of Spain, Vicente López Portaña ©Museo Nacional del Prado

For the next annual conference of the College Art Association (CAA), scheduled for 21-24 February 2018 in Los Angeles, the American Society for Hispanic Art Historical Studies is organizing a panel in memory of the Hispanist Gridley McKim-Smith (1943-2013).  The chairs, Mey-Yen Moriuchi and Mark Castro, invite paper proposals by August 14.

Fashion, Costume, and Consumer Culture in Iberia and Latin America: A Session in Honor of Gridley McKim-Smith
“Material splendor—rare and exquisite fabrics, dazzling displays of wealth and sartorial beauty—is a compelling value in Hispanic-American clothing” (McKim-Smith, Lexikon of the Hispanic Baroque 2013, 111).  Gridley McKim-Smith (1943–2013) argued that the “profound materiality and sensuality of costume is crucial in Spain’s American possessions, where only stuffs recognized as prestigious can insulate the wearer from public disgrace and where the most sumptuous silks or alpacas, sometimes interwoven with precious metals, can make the wearer both admired and desired.” (114)  In honor of the late McKim-Smith’s research interests and scholarship this session will consider representations of dress and fashion in Iberia and Latin America.  In the Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking worlds, depictions of costumes in paintings, sculptures, prints, and other visual media, as well as the creation of textiles and garments, demonstrate the power of dress in the construction of social, racial, gender, and cultural identities.  The existence of extensive global trade networks facilitated the exchange and synthesis of artistic practices and craftsmanship permitting unique garments and objects which revealed the wearer’s style, aesthetic preferences, and social status.  We seek papers from broad geographical and chronological periods, from Pre-Columbian to Modern, that consider the role of fashion, costume, and consumer culture in the Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking worlds.  How do clothes mediate identity, ideology, social rank, and subjectivity?  What is the relationship between consumer culture and conspicuous consumption in Iberia and Latin America?  How did dimensions of lived experience—psychological, performative, and political—survive in articles of dress?
Chairs: Mey-Yen Moriuchi, La Salle University, moriuchi@lasalle.edu; Mark Castro, Philadelphia Museum of Art, mcastro@philamuseum.org
The deadline for submissions is Monday, August 14. Click here for CAA’s proposal guidelines, which indicate that speakers on the panel must be members of CAA.  Decisions on the proposals will be sent by Monday, August 28.  If you have questions, please reach out to the chairs.

Priceless Pre-Columbian Gold Breastplate Now on Display at Buckingham Palace

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Panamanian gold breastplate, dated in exhibition to 1200-1300, but experts now suggest 700-1000 (Image: Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2017)

The Art Newspaper reports that a gold breast-plate presented by the Panamanian president General José Remón Cantera to Queen Elizabeth in 1953 is now on display at Buckingham Palace.

Long kept in storage as a piece of secondary importance, the breastplate was re-discovered by Royal Collection curator Sally Goodsir. Now exhibited in the Royal Gifts  Summer Exhibition at Buckingham Palace (until 1 October), the breastplate is dated to the 13th century in the exhibition catalogue.
However, the object may be much older: according to Kate Jarvis, a British Museum curator of the Americas, it is an example of tumbaga work, a term for an alloy of gold and copper that was used in Pre-Columbian central America, dating to as early as AD 700. Her opinion is shared by Warwick Bray, a professor emeritus at University College London, who dates the piece to AD 700-1000 and considers it a very large pendant to be hung on a necklace rather than a breastplate.

The future of the object after the end of the Summer Exhibition is still under discussion.