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View updates from the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, including upcoming and recent programs, fellowship deadlines, recordings, and publications.


Upcoming Lecture

Wyeth Lecture in American Art
Prioritizing Indigenous Communities and Voices: Curating in This Time
Patricia Marroquin Norby, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Watch the prerecorded lecture starting at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, December 3, with closed-captioning, on both the National Gallery’s website and YouTube channel.
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Recent Lecture

Sydney J. Freedberg Lecture on Italian Art
“More perfect and excellent than men”: The Women Artists of Bologna
Babette Bohn, Texas Christian University

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New Publication

Bollingen Series
Twelve Caesars: Images of Power from the Ancient World to the ModernMary Beard, October 2021

What does the face of power look like? Who gets commemorated in art and why? And how do we react to statues of politicians we deplore? In this book—against a background of today’s “sculpture wars”—Mary Beard tells the story of how for more than two millennia portraits of the rich, powerful, and famous in the Western world have been shaped by the image of Roman emperors.

Part of the Bollingen Series of Princeton University Press, this publication follows Beard’s 2011 presentation of the 60th A. W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts.


New Annual Report

Center 41: Record of Activities and Research Reports, June 2020–May 2021

This year the Center welcomed fellows in residence affiliated with institutions in the United States and United Kingdom. Fellowships were virtual, with members offered the option to either safely relocate to housing provided in Washington, DC, or remain remote, whichever benefited their research. The fellows joined us virtually from across the United States, Europe, and Asia. 


Website Redesign

History of Early American Landscape Design (HEALD)

We invite you to explore the redesigned website for the History of Early American Landscape Design (HEALD) project. With thousands of texts and citations and around 1,700 images, HEALD is an inquiry into the language of early American landscape aesthetics and garden design. Considerable changes were made to improve the site’s navigation and exploration, including the dynamic new Image Collection. Encouraging a contextualized approach to data analysis, HEALD allows you to search, read, sort, and parse. The project is built on the open-source platform MediaWiki, with custom code freely available for re-use. 


New Undergraduate Internship Program

The Center has established a multiyear undergraduate paid internship program in partnership with Howard University and with the support of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. This four-year pilot program aims to create pathways to careers in museums and arts-related organizations for students from historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and other institutions that serve populations that are underrepresented in the museum field. 
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Recently Announced

New Members for 2021–2022

The Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (the Center) has announced its 2021–2022 academic year appointments. They include Lowery Stokes Sims, Museum of Arts and Design (emerita), as Kress-Beinecke Professor; Huey Copeland of University of Pennsylvania as Andrew W. Mellon Professor; Aruna D'Souza of Williamstown, Massachusetts, as Edmond J. Safra Visiting Professor; and Richard J. Powell of Duke University as the 71st A. W. Mellon Lecturer in the Fine Arts.
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Upcoming Lectures

The 71st A. W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts, 2022
Colorstruck! Painting, Pigment, Affect
Richard J. Powell, Duke University

The lecture series will be held in the East Building Auditorium at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, over six Sundays from March 20 to May 1, 2022.
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Recent Lectures

The 70th A. W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts
Contact: Art and the Pull of Print 
Jennifer L. Roberts, Harvard University
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New Publication

Bollingen Series
The Thief Who Stole My Heart: The Material Life of Sacred Bronzes from Chola India, 855‒1280Vidya Dehejia, May 2021

Leading art historian Vidya Dehejia presents the first book to put the sacred and sensuous bronze statues from India’s Chola dynasty in social context.

Part of the Bollingen Series of Princeton University Press, this publication follows The 65th A. W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts, presented by Dehejia in the spring of 2016.



The 69th A. W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts
Transparence and Ambiguity: The Modern Space of Axonometry

Yve-Alain Bois, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, NJ

Fall 2022 dates to be announced.