Memory and The Middle Ages
February 17 - May 23,1995
Memory and the Middle Ages - the first exhibition to explore how
memory played an integral part in the formulation of images and thought
throughout the middle ages, as well as in the neo- Medieval movements
in New England during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The installation
comprises nearly 100 objects in various media including sculpture, metalwork,
ivory, manuscripts and prints from more than thirty different museums
and libraries in the United States, Canada, and France. The exhibition
and accompanying catalogue
are divided into 7 sections, each representing a topic examined by one
of the co-curators from the faculty at Boston College:
"Modes of Remembering the Classical Past"
Professor Nancy Netzer, Department of Fine Arts
"Unde et Memores, Domine: Memory and the Mass
of St. Gregory"
Professor Patricia DeLeeuw, Department of Theology
"Remembering the Saints"
Professor Virginia Reinburg, Department of History
"'The Captivity of Jerusalem that is in Sepharad'
Otherness, Exile, and Memory in Sephardic Spain"
Professor Dwayne E. Carpenter, Romance Languages and Literature
"Reinventing Arthurian History: Lancelot and
the Vulgate Cycle"
Professor Matilda Bruckner, Department of Romance Languages
"Nineteenth-Century New England's Memory of the
Professor Robin Fleming, Department of History
"A Twentieth-century Re-creation of a Medieval
Memory: The Film Sorceress"
Professor Pamela Berger, Department of Fine Arts
The catalogue contaisn an essay by each curator and illustrates
all of the objects in the exhibition in black and white. "The catalogue
is a major contribution to the historical, literary and art historical scholarship
on memory and will contribute to a broader understanding of the role of memory
in medieval culture," explains Dr. Nancy Netzer, Director of the Museum.
The catalogue is available through the Boston College Bookstore, Chestnut
Hill Ma 02167 (phone 1-800-978-0978, fax 617-552-2808)