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Norma Jean Calderwood University Professors of Islamic and Asian Art Sheila Blair and Jonathan Bloom in Tehran in February receiving the World Book of the Year Award of the Islamic Republic of Iran for their work editing The Grove Encyclopedia of Islamic Art and Architecture (see news item below).

 

Padua Blue Wave

"Drifting Waters," a solo exhibition of recent work by Professor Mary Armstrong, will open at the Cross MacKenzie Gallery in Washington, DC, on July 24. The vivid landscapes, built up in layers of oil and wax, portray the artist's perception of both the physical and metaphysical elements of nature. While the reverent mood of the paintings brings to mind 19th-century landscape traditions, the artist's 21st-century anxieties about man's relationship with the earth is conveyed via the often turbulent compositions and scraping of the paintings' surfaces. The gallery will hold an opening reception from 6:00-8:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 24, and the exhibition will be on view through September 10. Shown here: Mary Armstrong, Padua Blue Wave, 2013 (oil and wax on panel).

 

On June 21, Professor Debra Weisberg presented Material Drawing: Exploration and Connectivity as part of the Computational Making workshop at the 6th International Conference on Design Computing and Cognition in London.

 

Professors Mark Cooper, Sheila Gallagher and Andrew Tavarelli are three of 100 Boston Artists featured in Chawky Frenn's new book (Schiffer Publishing, 2013).

 

The work of Jay Wu A&S '94 is featured in the exhibition Four Painters at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockport through July 6. After receiving his B.A. in Studio Art and Mathematics, Jay continued on at BC to earn an M.S.T. in Secondary Mathematics. In 2004 he was awarded an M.F.A. in Painting from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Jay also had the good fortune to study with the painter Jon Imber, who died earlier this year in Stonington, ME. The Four Painters show will be on exhibit at the gWatson Gallery in that town from July 7 - 19. When he's not in the studio Jay teaches math at St. Sebastian's School in Needham, MA.

 

In May, Professor Mary Sherman presented Audifying Painting, a paper about a work in progress, at the Curating Sound Art Conference in London. Professor Sherman's piece will be shown first in Norway in the fall of 2014 before traveling to additional venues.

 

Jane Ingram Allen reviewed Florian Dombois's "uboc No. 1 & stuVi2" in the April Issue of Sculpture magazine. Professor Mary Sherman curated the project, a "quiet spectacle and a thought-provoking poetic gesture" that belied the work involved in obtaining the numerous permits required to beam a laser through the skies above the Boston University campus. The installation was on view nightly during the duration of the TransCultural Exchange's conference, held at B.U. in October 2013. Professor Sherman is the director of the TransCultural Exchange, a non-profit organization that promotes international art toward the understanding of world cultures. Video of the installation

 

Professor Georgie Friedman, whose videos transform weather and other natural phenomena into beautiful and meditative experiences, presented Capturing Weather in Video and Installation at the Boston Cyberarts Gallery in Jamaica Plain on May 28.

 

Tim McCool A&S '10 reports that several works from his solo show You will love this some day at Bentley University earlier this year will be on display at Carroll & Sons gallery in the South End of Boston starting June 2 (reception during First Friday event on June 6).

 

In the May 14th edition of The Boston Globe, Cate McQuaid reviews (third item in article) the Concord Art Association's Personal Terrain, an exhibition that includes work by Professor Mary Armstrong. McQuaid writes that the show's "dreams of place imbue the sites they document with more meaning than a simple roadmap. They're filled with yearning and fulfillment too." "Personal Terrain" is on view through May 18.

 

Professor Stephanie Leone will be on sabbatical during the 2014-2015 academic year to work on her research project, "The Arts in Rome under Innocent X Pamphilj (1644-1655)." The Renaissance Society of America awarded Professor Leone a grant that will enable her to spend several weeks in Rome this summer to conduct archival research in the Archivio Doria Pamphilj, the Vatican Library, and the Archivio di Stato Rome. Professor Leone will return to Rome for a second research trip in the fall thanks to a Research Incentive Grant from Boston College. She has also been awarded a Visiting Senior Fellowship at the Center for the Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, where she will spend two months in residency. And because all that may not be enough to keep her busy, Professor Leone will be participating this June in a "Visualizing Venice" workshop at Venice International University, at which she will learn about digital mapping and its uses for art historical research.

 

Maggie Mansfield '11 (Art History and Perspectives) received her M.A. in Art History from the Institute of Fine Arts in New York City in May 2013. While at the Institute, she received a Weinberger Travel Grant that enabled her to travel to Europe to do preliminary research for her thesis, "Ordered Disorder: Dutch Paintings of the Topsy-Turvy World." Maggie is currently Adjunct Professor of Art History at Santa Barbara City College and studying Dutch at UCLA. She has received full funding to pursue her Ph.D. starting this fall at the University of California at Santa Barbara, continuing her focus on 17th-century Dutch art and material culture.

 

A review of Professor Stephanie Leone's The Pamphilj and the Arts: Patronage and Consumption in Baroque Rome (McMullen Museum of Art, 2011) recently appeared in caa.reviews. The reviewed volume, edited by Dr. Leone, brings together the papers presented at a conference on the topic that was held at Boston College in 2010. Interdisciplinary scholars (art historians, musicologists, historians, philologists, linguists and archivists) assembled to present the fruits of the research inspired by their salon-style conversation, which Dr. Leone had initiated to explore more fully Cardinal Benedetto Pamphilj's important role in the cultural milieu of early 18th-century Rome. The result, according to reviewer Kimberly L. Dennis, is a "vivid portrait of Pamphilj… [that] attests to the contributors' careful mining of the Pampjilj archives and to the flourishing of the arts in the often overlooked late Baroque era."

 

The Architecture League of New York has selected Benjamin Freyinger A&S '00 and his partner Andrew Holder's firm The LADG as the recipient of the League's 2014 Young Architects Prize. Benjamin was an Art History major and Studio Art minor at B.C.; he received his Masters in Architecture from UCLA in 2005. His partner Andrew is an Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan. In addition to their architectural work, Benjamin and Andrew recently organized In the Garden Grows a Lump: Rare Books on the Picturesque, an exhibition of illustrated manuscripts on the Picturesque movement. The exhibition was on view earlier this year at the Taubman College Gallery at the University of Michigan. The LADG will be exhibiting at the University of Queensland, Australia, in July.

 

In its April 30th edition, the Santa Fe Reporter profiled Margaret Moore Booker '83, who will receive the Ralph Emerson Twitchell award for her book Southwest Art Defined: An Illustrated Guide (Rio Nuevo Publishers, 2013). This is the second time that Margaret, who was an art history major at B.C., has won this Historical Society of New Mexico award for "an outstanding publication or significant contribution… to the creative arts, as related to New Mexico history." Margaret had also won the award in 2010 for The Santa Fe House (Rizzoli, 2009).

 

The April issue of The Gavel includes a profile of Professor Karl Baden, focusing on his Every Day project and the media attention it has received in this era of the "selfie." Professor Baden recently marked 25 years of photographing his own face every morning – except one.

 

In conjunction with their course "Islamic Spain/al-Andalus: Word, Monument, and Image," Professors Pamela Berger and Dana Sajdi (BC History Department) presented a lecture and recital by the Camerata Mediterranea on April 28. Because musical traditions in the East have been passed along orally, with little written documentation, styles and works have evolved over the centuries. The scholar-musicians of Camerata Mediterranea strive to "reconstruct" the music of Morocco and Algeria to more closely reflect how it was traditionally played.

 

In its April 28th edition, The Heights reviewed film major Katlyn Prentice '14's Mile 21, an account of how the Boston Marathon bombings affected BC students – both those who ran and those who didn't. The documentary short premiered during the Boston College Arts Festival on April 25.

 

Katherine French, Director of DanforthArt in Framingham and juror for the museum's upcoming exhibition "Community of Artists," has selected Professor Aileen Callahan's work Back Skin Torque for inclusion in that show, which will run from June 8 through August 3.

 

Professor Greer Muldowney was a juror and curator for this year's Annual College Student Exhibition, held in conjunction with Flash Forward Boston, an international photography festival. The student showcase is on view at 530 Harrison Avenue in Boston's South End from April 25 through May 10.

 

In his April 17th review, Boston Globe photography critic Mark Feeney praised Professor Lisa Kessler's solo show In the Pink at DanforthArt in Framingham, MA. For Smithsonian.com, Erin Corneliussen explored with the artist the conception and realization of this project, which is on view through June 15.

 

What constitutes "authenticity" in a photographic print? And what happens when the artist's conception of "authenticity" conflicts with that of the art market? These were just two of the intriguing questions raised by photograph conservator Paul Messier's April 23rd talk "Materials and Techniques of Man Ray's Le Violon d'Ingres," in which he described the process of determining a date for a particular print of this icon of Surrealist photography. The lecture was sponsored by T. K. McClintock and the McMullen Museum of Art in conjunction with the Museum's exhibition Paris Night & Day: Photography Between the Wars, on view through June 8.

 

A solo exhibition of Professor Karl Baden's recent work opened at the Miller-Yezerski Gallery in Boston on Friday, April 18. The photographs in Roadside Attraction present wry visual riddles about "life between the dashboard and the cupholders." The exhibition will be on view through May 20.

 

Professor Mary Armstrong is among the artists whose work was selected for inclusion in Personal Terrain: Contemporary Mapping. The exhibition, at the Concord Art Association through May 18, explores some of the ways in which artists use the concept of mapping to create visualizations of a more personal approach to understanding the world around us.

 

Professor Karl Baden has accepted the position of Assistant Professor of Practice in Photography in the Fine Arts Department. Professor Baden currently teaches popular photography and "Art and Digital Technology" courses, and has received widespread critical acclaim for his body of work, including his Covering Photography and Every Day (recently featured on New England Cable News and dozens of other media outlets) projects.

 

Leila Amineddoleh, J.D. Boston College Law School and specialist in art, cultural heritage and intellectual property law, presented "Legal Issues in Art Restitution: Historic Looting, the Monuments Men, and Nazi Looted Art," a lecture in which she examined the hurdles—legal and otherwise—faced by rightful owners seeking to reclaim stolen works of art. The April 14 event was sponsored by the Institute for Liberal Arts, the Fine Arts Department, and the B.C. Law School, and was presented in conjunction with this semester's "Loot" course being taught by Professors Stephanie Leone and Nancy Netzer. A video of the lecture is available online.

 

On April 15, Professor Sheila Gallagher led a "Go Back to College Class" for B.C. Alumni. In "Stalking the Muse: 11 Things You Learn in Art Class," Professor Gallagher explored the subjects of creativity and inspiration through the lens of contemporary art, and demonstrated the process of how artists move from inspiration to manifestation. The class was sponsored by the Boston College Alumni Association.

 

Art History major Molly Phelps '14 was selected to present her paper "Rembrandt's Minerva of 1635: Myth and Politics in the Dutch Golden Age" at the Visual Culture Consortium's 6th Annual Undergraduate Art History Symposium at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, on April 12.

 

In connection with his course "Holocaust and the Arts," Professor John Michalczyk organized Arresting Children: Biblical Allusion, Modern Iconography, and the Witness of Samuel Bak. Dr. Danna Nolan Fewell of Drew University and Dr. Gary A. Phillips of Wabash College spoke at this April 7 forum sponsored by the Jewish Studies Program.

 

Witold von Henneberg, husband of Professor Emeritus Josephine von Henneberg, died on April 2, following a long illness. After her retirement in 2001, Professor von Henneberg and her husband moved to Davis, CA, where Professor von Henneberg continues to pursue her research and writing on Italian Renaissance art. Professor von Henneberg and her husband, an architect, were married 62 years ago.

 

Art History majors Annie McEwen and Molly Phelps (both A&S '14) presented papers at the 2014 BCTalks annual showcase on April 8. Annie's talk was entitled Baroque Art: Meaning and Relativity (video available online); Molly's Rembrandt's Minerva of 1635: Myth and Politics in the Dutch Golden Age.

 

Professor John Michalczyk participated in a panel discussion Norwegian Teachers' Resistance to Nazi Occupation at Trinity Chapel on BC's Newton campus on April 9. The evening began with a live performance of an oratorio describing how 10,000 Norwegian teachers stopped Hitler from putting Nazi textbooks in their schools. The Fine Arts Department co-sponsored the event along with the Woods College of Advancing Studies; the Laura and Lorenz Reibling Foundation; the Jacques Salmanowitz Program; the Faith Peace and Justice Program; and Veterans for Peace.

 

Professor Lisa Kessler presented an artist talk at the opening of her solo show In the Pink at DanforthArt in Framingham, MA, where the exhibition will be on view through June 15. The April edition of the DanforthArt Newsletter includes a profile of the photographer.

 

Professor John Michalczyk participated in a panel discussion preceding an April 6 screening of the 1928 silent movie masterpiece "La passion de Jeanne d'Arc" at St. Ignatius Church in Chestnut Hill. The screening, sponsored by the Institute for the Liberal Arts at Boston College, featured musical accompaniment by organist Peter Krasinski and the Seraphim Singers.

 

Dr. Aurelia Campbell has accepted the position of Assistant Professor of Asian Art in the Fine Arts Department. Dr. Campbell, currently at Smith College, will be teaching classes at BC starting in the fall semester of 2014. On March 17, Dr. Campbell lectured at BC on "Architecture and the Imperial Image: A Case at the Sino-Tibetan Frontier."

 

An article in the March 27th edition of The Heights describes the inception of Exposure Media Group, a five-person film production house launched by students Max Prio '16 and Billy Foshay '16. Max and Billy are both students in the Carroll School of Management. But Max, whose father is a freelance film director, has long-standing interest and experience in film; last fall, he was part of a team that received a $10,000 grant from Hyundai to produce a short film on BC football. And Billy is a photographer and graphic designer who also takes classes in the Fine Arts Department. The company's first project, which was completed within a week, was a much-viewed video promoting tickets for the Annual Showdown at BC. In a column in the same edition of The Heights, Arts and Review Editor John Wiley lauds Max and Billy's ingenuity in putting together a startup using the skills they had learned and the talent that they found in the Fine Arts Department, and muses about the fruitful collaborations that could result if more entrepreneurs followed their example by being more open to the ideas artists could bring to their endeavors.

 

PDN (Photo District News) selected Professor Greer Muldowney as one of its 30 New and Emerging Photographers to Watch in 2014.

 

The Harry G. Friedman Society sponsored Professor Pamela Berger's lecture "The Dome of the Rock as Image of the Ancient Temple in Jewish Art" at the Jewish Museum in New York on March 23.

 

In the March 24th edition of The Heights, Michelle Tomassi '15 outlines some of the potential future venues for the display of student and faculty artwork in light of the recent closure of the Bapst Art Gallery. An editorial in the same edition of the paper emphasizes the student and public enthusiasm for the visual arts at Boston College, and the importance of permanent exhibition spaces on campus.

 

The Massachusetts Cultural Council featured work by 2013 Artist Fellowship awardees Professors Karl Baden and Greer Muldowney in its Photography Finalist Exhibition at the New Art Center in Newton from February 28 through March 23. Art critic Cate McQuaid profiled Greer Muldowney in the February 15th edition of the Boston Globe.

 

On March 21, Professor Debra Weisberg presented a lecture "Material Drawing: Exploration and Connectivity" as part of the "Computation" lecture series at MIT's School of Architecture and Planning.

 

In the March 19th edition of the Boston Globe, art critic Cate McQuaid reviews "BRINK v1," a group exhibition at the Boston Center for the Arts' Mills Gallery. McQuaid characterizes Professor Georgie Friedman's video "Snow Study III," a meditation on the dance of snowflakes against a dark sky, as the "still center" of a show in which the artists attempt to capture visually the fleeting moments that coalesce into our lives.

 

Professor Ash Anderson presented "Inverting Paris: Photographic Innovation Between the Wars" on March 17 at Boston College. In this lecture, Professor and exhibition curator Anderson discussed how the photographers represented in Paris Night & Day inverted traditional photographic techniques and framing to invent new visions of Paris and new conceptions of photography as an art form.

 

On March 10, Professor Pamela Berger presented her paper "Stars and Bones: Revisiting Ezekiel's Visions" at Boston College's 2014 Corcoran Chair International Conference, "Jews, Christians & Visuality: New Approaches."

 

Molly Phelps A&S '14 will present her paper "Rembrandt's Minerva of 1635: Myth and Politics in the Dutch Golden Age" at the Visual Culture Consortium's Undergraduate Art History Symposium. This annual showcase of the best undergraduate art historical research from across New England will be held at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston on April 12.

 

Tim McCool A&S '12 Studio Art, opened a solo show, You will love this some day at the McGladrey Art Gallery in the Bentley University Library in Waltham. Art critic Cate McQuaid highlighted the exhibition as a week ahead item in the March 12 edition of The Boston Globe. Dina Deitsch, the Curator of Contemporary Art at the deCordova Museum in Lincoln, has selected one of Tim's paintings for inclusion in a group show, "Massachusetts," at Gallery 263 in Cambridge; the show will run from March 20 through April 12. The Pavement Coffee House in Newbury Street in Boston displayed some of Tim's paintings in February and early March.

 

As he begins his 28th year of photographing his face daily, Professor Karl Baden was interviewed by WBZ-TV and WCVB News about his Every Day project. A slideshow on the WCVB website provides an "insider view" of the photographer's daily ritual. In light of the current selfie craze, the "Every Day" project has received a great deal of recent press; Professor Baden recommends this PBS News Hour article as one of the most thoughtful. Photographs from "Every Day" serve as the basis for one of the assignments in Professor Baden's "Art & Digital Technology" class, for which he gives each student the photograph of his own face that corresponds to the student's date of birth. Each student then alters the image to imbue it with visual and conceptual relevance to the day of the student's date of birth. An exhibition featuring the products of this year's assignment was on display in the O'Neill Level One Gallery through the month of February.

 

Soo Jun Rhee A&S '17 interviewed Professor Katherine Nahum for a feature article about Boston College's architecture in the February 17 edition of The Heights.

 

Photography Professor Lisa Kessler's Seeing Pink is the inaugural exhibition at the newly renovated Hammond Hall Art Gallery at Fitchburg State University. Professor Kessler's documentary photographs explore the psychological and cultural implications of the ways in which individuals and society use and view color – in this case, pink. The show, on view through March 28, was previewed in the February 4 edition of the Worcester Telegram & Gazette.

 

Arcadia Press recently published Professor Timothy Orwig's Cape Cod Canal, surveying – with the help of historic photographs – the history and construction of this engineering marvel.

 

Professor Toni Pepe Dan has been appointed to the Malden Cultural Council, one of Massachusetts's 329 Local Cultural Councils that distribute through a grant process funds supporting community-based projects in the arts, sciences and humanities.

 

Two new works from Professor Karl Baden's series "Rising" are included in Humble Arts Foundation's online exhibition Tough Turf, which explores new directions in street photography.

 

Curator Lexi Lee Sullivan selected Professor Georgie Friedman's work for inclusion in BRINK v1, an exhibition exploring ideas of itinerancy in contemporary photography. The show at the Boston Center for the Arts is on view through April 13.

 

Norma Jean Calderwood University Professors of Islamic and Asian Art Sheila Blair and Jonathan Bloom traveled to Iran in February to receive the World Book of the Year Award of the Islamic Republic of Iran for their work editing The Grove Encyclopedia of Islamic Art and Architecture. In an interview conducted by the Iran Book News Agency, Professors Blair and Bloom discuss the methodology they employed to compile the encyclopedia, and their hope that their "layman's" approach will help make this fascinating subject more accessible to a greater readership.

 

The Proof Gallery in South Boston invited Professor Georgie Friedman to contribute work to their annual Boston Does Boston exhibit. A February 4 review in the Boston Globe called Professor Friedman's video "Glacial Melt" "hypnotic."

 

Associate Professor Stephanie Leone has published the article, "Prince Giovanni Battista Pamphilj (1648–1709) and the Display of Art in the Palazzo al Collegio Romano, Rome," in the Memoirs of the American Academy in Rome (vol. 58), and she will present the paper, "Luca Signorelli's Coriolanus fresco (1509) from Palazzo Petrucci, Siena: from 'singular' to 'commodity' and back again," at the Renaissance Society of America conference in New York in March 2014.

 

Two of Professor Aileen Callahan’s works were selected for inclusion in the exhibition Expressive Voice: Brought to Light at the University of New Hampshire Museum of Art in Durham, New Hampshire. The show runs through March 30, 2014.

 

Professor Karl Baden's work is included in the group show 2014 Wheels Project at the Lincoln Art Project in Waltham, MA. The exhibition was selected as a Week Ahead: Arts item in the February 6 edition of the Boston Globe. An article in the January 27 edition of The Heights includes an overview of the exhibition as well as a profile of Professor Baden, highlighting his ongoing Every Day project.

 

Professor Ash Anderson curated the photography exhibition Paris Night & Day, which was on view at the McMullen Museum of Art at Boston College from February 15 through June 8. The exhibition highlighted the work of an international group of photographers whose innovative methods and choice of subject matter came to frame our conception of the City of Light during an unsettling moment in time. Students in Professor Anderson's fall semester class "Photography in Paris 1900-1945" contributed label texts to the exhibition, which received rave reviews in The Boston Globe and the Metrowest Daily News, as well as other media outlets.

 

The Massachusetts Cultural Council selected Professors Karl Baden and Greer Muldowney as 2013 Artist Fellowship awardees. Works by Professors Baden, Muldowney, and the other 11 Fellows will comprise an exhibition opening at the New Art Center in Newton on February 28.

 

The January 27 edition of The Heights features an interview with Katlyn Prentice A&S '14, a Film Studies major who serves as a teaching assistant and mentor for the department's Filmmaking 1 course. Previously, Katlyn had received an undergraduate research fellowship to work with Professor John Michalczyk on his documentary film work.

 

Fairfield University's DiMenna-Nyselius Library presents Crucifixion Meditations, an exhibition of drawings by Professors John Stecynski (retired) and Aileen Callahan. The exhibition will remain on view through May 31.

 

Professor Stephanie Leone reviewed Dorothy Metzger Habel's new book "When All of Rome Was Under Construction": The Building Process in Baroque Rome in the January 2, 2014 edition of caa.reviews.

 

The Boston College Association for Retired Faculty selected retired Professor of Photography Charles Meyer as one of their 2013-14 grant recipients. Professor Meyer will apply the grant towards production of the book The Aftermath of Conflict: Photographs from the Balkans, Kosovo, South Africa, and Northern Ireland.

 

Alston Conley: Paintings & Constructions opened December 6 at the Rhodes Arts Center Gallery at the Northfield Mount Hermon School in Massachusetts. The exhibition, on view through January 24, 2014, features this studio professor's recent work, in which he superimposes intricate silhouettes of trees and other landscape elements against glowing, painted skyscapes. At left: End of the Day Blue Orange, 2012.

 

The "Names" column in the December 15 edition of the Boston Sunday Globe featured a photograph of Professor and McMullen Museum of Art Director Nancy Netzer. Professor Netzer is shown accepting from Steven Rockefeller Jr. a donation to the Museum—an etching by Albrecht Dürer. Mr. Rockefeller and his wife, Kimberly, presented the print in honor of their sons, Steven III (BC '09) and Christian, who graduated from BC this December. BC News Release


 

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