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2021 Franklin D. Murphy Lecturer: Dr. Paul Binski
Making Sense of Medieval Art

October 5, 2021, 5:15pm Central
Experiencing Medieval Architecture

Ranging from Early Christian Rome to Romanesque and Gothic France, England and Iberia, this lecture explores the language used of architectural experience in the Middle Ages. It moves forward from the ideas that such language should be understood historically and contextually, that its character is social and ethical as much as transcendental, and that making ‘sense’ of medieval buildings necessarily involves the aesthetic. By showing how buildings were often understood in terms of social and affective categories also used of persons, the lecture will advance a fresh vision of one aspect of medieval architecture as an exemplary medium and a form of elevating ‘great speech’.

November 16, 2021, 5:30pm Central, 211 Spencer Museum of Art (in-person event!)
Virtual attendance option: https://kansas.zoom.us/j/91853003281
Meeting ID: 918 5300 3281 Passcode: 2021
Figures, Fictions and Motives in Medieval Art

The exemplary character of architecture as a medium connects directly to the second lecture’s exploration of the figurative arts, such as painting and especially sculpture, closely associated with the new monumentality of Romanesque and Gothic architecture. The great sculpted and pictorial displays of medieval Europe served, like their buildings, to exalt and elevate.  But in thinking about their function and purpose, we also need to reflect on their special role as fictions, and how it is that the ethical and religious ends of religion found in the visual arts a means not simply of ‘expressing’ things but of ‘moving’ people internally, or emotionally, and externally in regard to their conduct. How and to what extent persuasive fictions can do this will be a central theme of this more analytically-oriented talk.

Intersections of Identity: Expression, Exchange, and Hybridity Lecture Series

Lectures will be presented live on the KU Art History YouTube channel

Rejecting the Feminist Label: Xiang Jing and the Construction of an Artist’s Identity
Quincy Ngan
Assistant Professor of Art of Pre-Modern to Contemporary China and Chinese Painting
Yale University
October 7, 2021; 7:00pmCT

Land and Sovereignty: The Foundation for Public Art and Studio Practice
Hock E Aye VI Edgar Heap of Birds
KU 2021 Common Work of Art Creator
December 1, 2021; 5:15pmCT
Zoom Webinar, registration required: https://kansas.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_QQf9cOKxSZOaIpN8wzz6kQ

Golem Girl: Being and Painting the Other
Riva Lehrer

Chicago based artist, writer, and curator
December 2, 2021; 7:00pmCT

Atreyee Gupta
Assistant Professor, Modern and Contemporary Art
University of California Berkeley
February 3, 2022; 7:00pmCT

Siona Benjamin
NYC based artist, speaker, and educator
March 10, 2022; 7:00pmCT

Laura Kina
Vincent de Paul Professor of Art, Media, & Design; Director of Critical Ethnic Studies
DePaul University
April 14, 2022; 7:00pmCT

Art History presentations at the Hall Center for the Humanities

September 22, 2021; 12:00pm
Resident Fellow Speaker Series: Yi Zhao
"A Path to Paradise: Images of Buddhist Heavens and Pure Lands in Early Medieval China"

October 7, 2021; 12:00pm
Interdisciplinary Graduate Research Workshops: Rachel Quist
"Fortifying a Spiritual Stronghold: Patronage of the Kami Daigoji Yakushi Nyorai and Godai Myōō"

November 3, 2021; 12:00pm
Interdisciplinary Graduate Research Workshops: Sadie Arft
"The Leopard Hunt and Game Park Tapestry Production in the Sixteenth Century"

December 1, 2021; 12:00pm
Interdisciplinary Graduate Research Workshops: Meng Tong
"Reinventing the Prophecy of the Future Buddha Maitreya along the Overland Travel Routes between India and China (ca. 5th -- 6th Centuries CE)"

Art History Department Colloquium Series
Email Prof. Maya Stiller for information on virtually attending

October 15, 2021
PhD candidates Ruiying Gao and Pinyan Zhu will present their dissertation research

November 12, 2021
Curators of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Ling-en Lu, Yayoi Shinoda, Kimberly Masteller, and Michele Valentine, will introduce the "Weaving Splendor" exhibition

December 10, 2021
Professor Jessica Gerschultz will give a talk about her research

Lectures in conjunction with Prof. Maya Stiller’s “Buddhist Art of Korea” course.
These lectures will be virtual and open to the public, please
email Prof. Stiller to attend.

Sujung Kim: “Korean Buddhist charms and spells”
Associate Professor of Religious Studies
Depauw University
September 20, 2021, 7:00pm

Patricia Graham: “Art Crime and Korean Buddhist Painting: Fakes and Frauds”
Asian art appraiser
September 29, 2021, 12:30pm

Elizabeth Reynolds: “Economies of the High Plateau: Monasteries and Merchants in Tibet, 1904-1959”
Postdoctoral Fellow in the History Department at Washington University in St. Louis
November 15, 2021, 12:30pm

Lectures in conjunction with Prof. Maya Stiller’s “Digital Humanities for (Art) Historians” graduate seminar.
These lectures will be virtual and open to the public, please email Prof. Stiller to attend.

Paul B Jaskot
Professor of Art, Art History & Visual Studies; Director, Duke Digital Art History & Visual Culture Lab
Duke University
January 18, 2022

Sarah Laursen
Alan J. Dworsky Associate Curator of Chinese Art
Harvard Art Museums
February 1, 2022

Rachel Navarro
Academic Coordinator, Art, Design & Architecture Museum
UC Santa Barbara
February 22, 2022

Dana Hogan
Ph.D. student in Art History
Duke University
March 1, 2022

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