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CfP: The Matter of Sculpture in Southern Italy, Spain and the New World

El Greco: St Francis Kneeling in Meditation (Art Institute of Chicago)

El Greco: St Francis Kneeling in Meditation (Art Institute of Chicago)

Renaissance Society of America (RSA) 2017 Conference
Chicago, 30 March – 1 April 2017

Call for Papers:
The Matter of Sculpture in Southern Italy, Spain and the New World

The history of sculpture has, particularly with regard to the early modern period, been dominated by studies on marble and bronze, materials that are at the core of traditional art literature. Yet, as Michael Baxandall has shown in his Limewood Sculptors of Renaissance Germany, different materials might be related to different geographies and very different discourses. This session aims to explore the material richness of early modern sculpture, focusing in particular on the axis between the Kingdom of Naples, Sicily, Spain and the New World. More specifically, we are interested in the ways in which different materials might tell different stories about artistic developments, patronage, artists and local traditions, uncover different sources, and create new connections between various geographical areas. The wooden sculptures of Spain are a well-known example; one may also think, among others, of Sicilian wax sculptures, the silver sculptures of Naples, Lecce’s sculptures in the local pietra leccese, or the cornstalk-paste sculptures of Latin America.

Please send proposals to Johannes Röll (roell@biblhertz.it) and Joris van Gastel (gastel@biblhertz.it) by Sunday, 5 June 2016.

As per RSA guidelines, proposals must include the following: paper title (15-word maximum), abstract (150-word maximum), keywords, and a very brief curriculum vitae (300-word maximum).

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Fellowships, Newberry Library (Chicago)

2015-09-Newberry

Newberry Library Fellowships, 2016-17 application cycle.

Respective deadlines:15 November 2015 and 15 December 2015.

Newberry’s  research resources are centered around core collections that include: the History of the Book; Manuscripts and Archives (including Spanish-American Colonial Manuscripts); Maps, Travel, and Exploration; and Medieval, Renaissance, and Early Modern Studies.

Jaume Plensa in Chicago

2015-08-Plensa

Jaume Plensa: 1004 Portraits
Richard Gray Gallery, Chicago, 17 June 2014 – 1 December 2015.

Four of Plensa’s portrait heads in stone and cast iron, ranging from 21 to 36 foot in height, are on display in Chicago’s Millenium Park to celebrate its 10th anniversary. They continue the story of the Barcelona-based Plensa’s original 1000 video portraits of local Chicago residents that have illuminated the Crown Fountain since 2004 and are entitled Awilda, Laura, Paula and Ines.

Andean Art in the Spanish Empire, Chicago

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A Voyage to South America: Andean Art in the Spanish Empire, New long-term installation, Art Institute of Chicago, till 26 February 2016.
The museum’s first presentation of work from the viceregal period. Fourteen paintings and related works on paper introduce visitors to explorers, artists, and patrons who lived in the Spanish-governed Andes during the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries.
The metaphorical guide of this journey is Antonio de Ulloa (1716–95), a Spanish naval officer and cartographer who traveled to South America with a French scientific mission in the 1730s and 1740s. His portrait introduces the group of works assembled—paintings of identified sitters, signal works by important South American artists, and devotional paintings that include historical figures.

Jaume Plensa, Chicago

2014-06-Jaume PlensaJaume Plensa: Private Dreams, Richard Gray Gallery, Chicago, 12 June – 27 September.
An exhibition of recent sculpture by the Catalan artist Plensa, featuring eight new works in a range of media, including bronze, glass and volcanic basalt. Coinciding with a new public art installation of four of his works in Chicago’s Millennium Park, which will remain on loan until autumn 2015. Both projects focus on the human figure, specifically the head as a sanctuary for dreams and hope. Plensa will also give a free public lecture at the Art Institute of Chicago on June 16 at 6pm.
An illustrated catalogue accompanies the exhibition with an essay by Clare Lilley, Director of Programmes, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, UK.