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Upcoming and Recent Meetings at the Center

View upcoming and recent meetings of the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, including lectures, symposia, conferences, and colloquia.

Upcoming Meetings

December 3, 2021
Prioritizing Indigenous Communities and Voices: Curating in This Time
Wyeth Lecture in American Art
Patricia Marroquin Norby, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The lecture will premiere at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, December 3, with closed-captioning, on both the National Gallery’s website and YouTube channel, where it will be archived.

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Raymond Saunders, Red Star, 19701970

Spring 2022
Colorstruck! Painting, Pigment, Affect
The 71st A. W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts
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 Meetings

November 5, 2021
“More perfect and excellent than men”: The Women Artists of Bologna
Sydney J. Freedberg Lecture on Italian Art
Babette Bohn, Texas Christian University
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October 1, 2021
Fragments and Frameworks: Illuminated Manuscripts and Illustrated Books in Digital Humanities

The study of art history has long dealt with fragments and processes of fragmentation. Illuminated manuscripts and illustrated books in particular may have their fragments and folia fugitiva—pieces of material—separated from a whole collection or corpus. Many thousands of drawings and miniatures are dispersed around the world, including those donated to the National Gallery of Art by Lessing J. Rosenwald. The adoption of open-access online collections has enabled new avenues for study. Open digital frameworks promise to bring new data and new attention to these objects and to ask critical questions about their provenance and conservation. This conference will discuss fragments and frameworks, actual and conceptual, in art history and related disciplines, and address emerging questions in digital humanities. What kinds of afterlives are incurred by processes of fragmentation and cutting? How does the concept of the frame or framework inform the study of illuminated manuscripts and illustrated books? How does the concept of (digital) remediation inform our approach to these works? 

This conference is made possible by the Kress-Murphy Fund, established in recognition of Franklin D. Murphy’s commitment to the traditions of European book and manuscript illustration.

Spring 2021
Contact: Art and the Pull of Print
The 70th A. W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts
Jennifer L. Roberts, Harvard University

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Postponed Meetings


Fall 2022
Transparence and Ambiguity: The Modern Space of Axonometry
The 69th A. W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts
Yve-Alain Bois, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, NJ

Dates to be announced.
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