Jointly sponsored by CASVA and the University of Maryland Department of Art History and Archaeology. Program (PDF 451 KB)
During the academic year CASVA organizes scholarly meetings that range in size and duration from multiday gatherings with audiences to individual lectures and closed roundtable discussions. Meetings are held primarily at the National Gallery of Art and occasionally at other institutions, both in this country and abroad. Subjects include themes related to the history of the visual arts of any period and geographic location and to all media.
The program of special meetings includes symposia, conferences, colloquies, seminars, study days, and incontri. Symposia and conferences are multiday presentations of formal papers with audience participation. Colloquies (usually focused on objects in the Gallery's collection), seminars (thematic), study days (special exhibitions), and incontri (informal talks by visiting scholars) are small gatherings in which scholars in related fields are invited to participate. Symposia are published as volumes in the series Studies in the History of Art; some seminars are published in CASVA’s Seminar Papers series.
The program of regular meetings includes shoptalks and colloquia presented by fellows and professors in residence.
The lecture program includes two named lecture series: the Gallery’s annual A. W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts and the biennial Wyeth Lecture in American Art. Other occasional lectures occur during the academic year. CASVA also cosponsors, with the University of Maryland, the annual Middle Atlantic Symposium in the History of Art, presenting graduate student research.
The Sixty-Fifth A. W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts, 2016
The Thief Who Stole My Heart: The Material Life of Sacred Bronzes in Chola India, c. 850‒1280
Barbara Stoler Miller Professor of Indian Art, Columbia University
April 3 Gods on Parade: Sacred Forms of Copper
April 10 Shiva as “Victor of Three Forts”: Battling for Empire, 855‒955
April 17 Portrait of a Queen: Patronage of Dancing Shiva, c. 941‒1002
April 24 An Eleventh-Century Master Sculptor: Ten Thousand Pearls Adorn a Bronze
May 1 Chola Obsession with Sri Lanka and the Silk Route of the Sea in the Eleventh and Twelfth Centuries
May 8 Worship in Uncertain Times: The Secret Burial of Bronzes in 1310
Sundays, 2:00 pm
East Building Auditorium
Wyeth Lecture in American Art
The Art of the Name: Soldiers, Graves, and Monuments in the Aftermath of the Civil War
Kirk Savage, University of Pittsburgh
October 21, 2015
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The Sixty-Fourth A. W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts, 2015
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Restoration as Event and Idea: Art in Europe, 1814‒1820
Thomas Crow, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University
March 15 Moscow Burns/The Pope Comes Home, 1812‒1814: David, Gros, and Ingres Test Empire’s Facade
March 22 At the Service of Kings, Madrid and Paris, 1814: Aging Goya and Upstart Géricault Face Their Restorations
March 29 Cut Loose, 1815‒1817: Napoleon Returns, David Crosses Borders, and Géricault Wanders Outcast Rome
April 12 The Religion of Ancient Art from London to Paris to Rome, 1815‒1819: Canova and Lawrence Replenish Papal Splendor
April 19 The Laboratory of Brussels, 1816‒1819: The Apprentice Navez and the Master David Redraw the Language of Art
April 26 Redemption in Rome and Paris, 1818‒1820: Ingres Revives the Chivalric while Géricault Recovers the Dispossessed
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For additional information on past symposia, colloquia, seminars, and lectures, refer to the Center Reports.