History of Art and Architecture
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Historians of British Art

Professor Holly Shaffer Wins Historians of British Art Award

Congratulations to Professor Holly Shaffer, Robert Gale Noyes Assistant Professor of Humanities, whose book "Grafted Arts: Art Making and Taking in the Struggle for Western India, 1760–1910" (Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art / Yale University Press, 2022), won a Historians of British Art Award for Exemplary Scholarship on the Period between 1800–1960.
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Nude painting flourished among Arab artists in the 20th century during a period of cultural renaissance. Now these rarely seen works are on view at the Wallach Art Gallery.

Sara Aridi interviews Adrienne Minassian Professor of Islamic Art & Architecture, Margaret Graves, and discusses her research alongside other art historians focused on the Arab world.
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An essay for Outland written by Assistant Professor Lindsay Caplan. Caplan writes, "The significance of contemporary generative art hinges on how it brings disparate kinds of similarity and difference into unreconciled—and productive—tension."
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A review of the exhibition at the MFA Boston, "Michaelina Wautier and The Five Senses: Innovation in 17th-Century Flemish Painting," which was curated in part by HIAA Professor Jeffrey Muller and graduate students in the department practicum. Written by Caroline Van Cauwenberge, Curatorial Associate, The Leiden Collection, New York.
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A review of Sonal Khullar's recently published anthology, "Old Stacks New Leaves." The publication contextualizes the historical and contemporary book traditions in South Asia and features a chapter from Robert Gale Noyes Assistant Professor of Humanities, Holly Shaffer.
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"The Imagined New | Working through alternative archives is envisioned as a 3-volume, open-access publication in which African and African diasporic art practices are framed as an alternative set of archives, in which intersecting histories, presents and possible futures are (re)conceived, embodied and performed as radical claims to Black life.
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Local students from high schools such as Central Falls, Hope High, Classical, and E Cubed, visited the Department of the History of Art & Architecture to see what it's like to be a student in the department. Students were able to tour List Art Building, peek into classes, and examine and discuss the artwork found throughout the building.
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At the CCA, Higgerson will be conducting research for her developing dissertation, tentatively entitled "Alpine Imaginaries: Organicism, Vernacularism, and Authenticity in the Modern Alps." The project aims to theorize a history of vernacular Alpine architecture's relationship with modernism through its varied and recurrent intersections with the movement.
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The University of Chicago Press Journals

Professor Gretel Rodríguez Publishes in "RES Anthropology and Aesthetics"

HIAA Professor Gretel Rodríguez publishes in RES Anthropology and Aesthetics.

The article, titled "The myth of Iphigenia in fourth-century funerary vases of southern Italy," explores a series of painted vases produced in the Greek colonies of Magna Graecia, in southern Italy, which depict variations of the myth of Iphigenia. The study combines archaeological evidence, literary analysis, and iconographic examination of the vases, to reveal the myth’s connections with female rituals and with colonial funerary practices.

Image: "Sanctuary of Artemis at Brauron, Greece., 5th century BCE,” taken by Gretel Rodríguez.
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PhD student Emily Hirsch has been awarded a 2023-2024 Belgian American Educational Foundation (BAEF) research fellowship. BAEF fellowships support American researchers in Belgium for up to twelve months. Emily will be based in Antwerp, where she will be conducting research for her dissertation on the creation, function, and use of terracotta sculpture by Flemish sculptors in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.
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PhD candidate, Oliver Coulson, will be giving a short lecture at the annual symposium organized by The Frick Collection and The Institute of Fine Arts of New York University on April 14th, 2023.
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Kent Kleinman (Faculty Director of the Brown Arts Institute & Professor of the Practice in History of Art and Architecture), received a 2023 Architectural Education Award. This month, the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA), named Kent a Distinguished Professor: "For exemplary work in areas such as building design, community collaborations, scholarship, and service. Award winners inspire and challenge students, contribute to the profession’s knowledge base, and extend their work beyond the borders of academy into practice and the public sector."
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Despina Stratigakos is a writer, historian, and Professor of Architecture at the University at Buffalo. This Spring she will give the 2023 Spear Endowed Lecture titled, "Hitler and the North: How Nazi Architects and Planners in Occupied Norway Envisioned a Nordic Empire."
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News from HIAA

Welcome to Eric Johnson

Eric D. Johnson will join Brown University as a joint HIAA-NAISI Cogut-Mellon Post-doctoral fellow.
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American Journal of Archaeology

Professor Gretel Rodríguez Published in the American Journal of Archaeology

Professor Gretel Rodríguez was recently published in the American Journal of Archaeology. The article, titled, "The Design and Reception of the Roman Arch at Orange," reconsiders one of the most important Roman monuments of ancient Gaul, the Arch at Orange, offering new interpretations of its iconographic program as well as considering its ancient reception by the local viewers of Gallia Narbonensis.
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Dominik Halás, History of Art & Architecture concentrator, is one of the youngest team members trusted by vintage, designer clothing reseller, the RealReal. for the New York Times writes, "Mr. Halás started buying and reselling secondhand clothes online as a teenager. “If I had $100 to invest, I would buy something on Japanese eBay and sell it on the U.S. site for $300,” he said. After graduating from Brown University, where he studied art history and architecture, he worked at showrooms including Goods and Services in New York, and then consulted for Helmut Lang before joining the RealReal."
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News from HIAA

Professor Moser delivers three lectures

Assistant Professor Jeffrey Moser has three talks scheduled for the month of November 2021. He will discuss several aspects of his research on the Northern Song era in medieval China.
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After an 11-year closure, the Royal Museum in Antwerp has reopened. While the museum's exterior remains the same, previously unused space inside the building has changed dramatically. An old masters curator and current Ph.D. candidate in the History of Art & Architecture here at Brown, Koen Bulckens, notes for The New York Times, “We have these two different worlds, which each has a distinct identity... On the one hand, we have classical art in the classical building with the grandeur of 19th-century public spaces. And on the other hand, this slick, modernist, white-cube museum.” Read more about the museum and its reopening from Nina Siegal in The New York Times.
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Patrick Nasta '22, Bachelor of Arts in Architecture and History. His career interests revolve around sustainable architectural design and renewable urban agriculture. Beginning in October '22 he will spend a year in Pollenzo, Italy on a Fulbright Scholarship to study for a Masters in Gastronomy with a focus on World Food Cultures and Mobility.
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