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Professor Gallagher's Drawing Connections class

Pagoda Project

In the fall of 2013, students in Professor Sheila Gallagher's "Drawing Connections" class embarked upon a project that involved a real-life mystery: what had happened to a group of pagoda sculptures created a century ago by students in an orphanage in China? Professor Gallagher developed the project along with Reverend Jeremy Clarke of the History Department, who assigned to the students in his Chinese history class research papers documenting the process of their research into this question. Professor Gallagher's class would instead create visual expressions mapping their research experience.

The students were ultimately successful in locating the pagodas, in a most surprising location. In the spring of 2014, a selection of the pagodas were displayed in an exhibition at the O'Neill Library. WBZ News coverage


 

Courbet Woman with Mirror
Gustave Courbet, Woman with
Mirror, ca. 1860 (Private Collection;
photograph courtesy of the lender)

Departmental faculty members play instrumental roles in fall exhibition at BC's McMullen Museum

Fine Arts professor Jeffery Howe co-curated (along with Dominique Marechal, Curator of 19th-century Art at the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium) “Courbet: Mapping Realism" The exhibition, which closed December 8, mapped the travels and influence on foreign artists of one of France's most prolific and innovative painters, the leader of the realist movement, Gustave Courbet. Drawing on collections in Belgium and the U.S., the show traced the influence of the father of 19th-century realism on artists and collectors in both countries. Jeffery Howe also edited the accompanying exhibition catalog, which includes essays by Fine Arts faculty members Claude Cernuschi, Jeffery Howe, and Katherine Nahum, among others.

An audio tour of the exhibition is available for download.

The exhibition received notice in local and national publications: Catching Up with Courbet at McMullen Museum (Sebastian Smee, The Boston Globe, September 21, 2013); Gustave Courbet: The passionate painter (Chris Bergeron, The MetroWest Daily News, September 8, 2013; includes a video of Jeffery Howe introducing the exhibition.); French painter a focus at BC museum (Nancy Shohet West, The Boston Globe, August 29, 2013); McMullen Museum will present 'Courbet: Mapping Realism' Sept. 1 (Antiques and the Arts Weekly, August 20, 2013); Courbet in Boston (Leann Davis Alspaugh, The New Criterion’s "Arma Virumque," November 15, 2013).


 

Gargan Hall

Bapst Library featured on WCVB's Chronicle

The Bapst Art Library, often included on lists of the world’s most beautiful libraries, was featured on WCVB’s popular Chronicle program on Thursday, September 5. Adeane Bregman, Head of the Bapst Library, provides commentary in the segment, which starts at 1:47 in the video.