Upcoming and Ongoing Events
boston college fine arts department
2014 Corcoran Chair International Conference:
Jews, Christians & Visuality: New Approaches
Sunday, March 9, 12:00 – 6:00 p.m., Gasson 305
Monday, March 10, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Corcoran Commons Heights Room
Free and open to the public.
An international roster of more than a dozen art historians (including the Fine Arts Department's Professor Pamela Berger), historians and scholars will investigate recent shifts in the study of "Jewish Art" and "Jews in Art," and especially the relationship between Jewish and Christian visual culture in the medieval Latin West. Sponsored by the BC Center for Christian-Jewish Learning.
Lecture: Harmony in Hybridity: Han Dynasty Tomb Murals from Inner Mongolia
Wednesday, March 12, 10:00 a.m., Devlin 010
Dr. Leslie Wallace (Ph.D, University of Pittsburgh)
Lecture: Inverting Paris: Photographic Innovation Between the Wars
Monday, March 17, 5:00 p.m., Devlin 101
Free and open to the public.
Professor Asher Anderson, Curator of the McMullen Museum exhibition Paris Night & Day: Photography Between the Wars, will explore how the artistic fervor of inter-war Paris combined with developments in technology, to spur photographers to break with the traditions of their medium and create the original visions on display in the exhibition. Sponsored by the McMullen Museum of Art.
Lecture: Material Drawing: Exploration and Connectivity Friday, March 21, 5:00 p.m.
7-429 (Long Lounge), MIT, 77 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge (map)
Professor Debra Weisberg presents this lecture about her work as part of the "Computation" lecture series sponsored by MIT's School of Architecture + Planning.
Undergraduate Art History Symposium:
New Approaches to Art, Art History and Visual Culture
Saturday, April 12, 12:00-4:00 p.m.
Alfond Auditorium, Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston
Molly Phelps A&S '14 will present her paper "Rembrandt's Minerva of 1635: Myth and Politics in the Dutch Golden Age" as part of this annual showcase of the best undergraduate art historical research from across New England. The Visual Culture Consortium sponsors the symposium, which is free and open to the public.
Lecture: Legal Issues in Art Restitution
Monday, April 14, 4:30 p.m., Devlin 101
Leila Amineddoleh, J.D., will explore the legal, ethical and political issues pertaining to art and cultural heritage during and after times of war, and the obstacles faced by rightful owners seeking the return of their property. Sponsored by the Institute for Liberal Arts, the Fine Arts Department and the Boston College Law School.
Go Back to College Class: Stalking the Muse: 11 Things You Learn in Art Class
Tuesday, April 15, Former Alumni House, 825 Centre Street, Newton Campus
Professor Sheila Gallagher will explore the subjects of creativity and inspiration through the lens of contemporary art, demonstrating the process of how artists move from inspiration to manifestation. Sponsored by the Boston College Alumni Association; registration required.
All exhibitions are free and open to the public.
MCC Artist Fellows and Finalist Photography Exhibition
February 28 – March 23, New Art Center, Newton, MA
Professors Karl Baden and Greer Muldowney are among the 13 Massachusetts Cultural Council's 2013 Artist Fellowship awardees whose work is featured in this exhibition.
Opening March 19 Wunderkammer Exhibit
March 19 – April 10, Bapst Gallery, Library Hours
Opening Reception Wednesday, March 19, 5:30-7:00 p.m.; everyone welcome
Cabinets of Curiosities called Wunderkammers began to appear in Europe in the late 16th century. These collections of objects might include specimens of flora and fauna from around the world, archaeological finds, cultural and religious artifacts and hand-made curiosities. Their creators made no distinctions between objects from the natural world and those from the art world, and hoped to provoke awe in their viewers. The Wunderkammer has continued to serve as an inspiration to 20th-century artists, who use the form to expand our sense of wonder and ask important questions about the cultural assumptions that underlie collections and their display. For this exhibition, students in Professor Sheila Gallagher's "Issues and Approaches to Studio Art" and Professor Jeremy Clarke, SJ's "Asia in the World II: 1800 to the Present" courses have created their own Wunderkammers, incorporating items relevant to and addressing some of the issues raised by what they have learned in those courses thus far this semester. Sponsored by the BC Fine Arts Department, The BC Art Club, Boston College Libraries, the BC History Department and the BC Institute for the Liberal Arts' "China Watching" seminar series.
Paris Night & Day, February 15 – June 8, 2014
McMullen Museum of Art (Museum Visitor information)
This photography exhibition, curated by Professor Ash Anderson, highlights 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. A feature in the February 13 edition of The Heights explores the Surrealist elements of the work of three of the photographers – Man Ray, Henri Cartier-Bresson and Dora Maar – featured in the exhibition. Students in Professor Anderson's fall semester class "Photography in Paris 1900-1945" contributed label texts to the exhibition. A February 13 editorial in The Heights endorses the involvement of students in the planning of the exhibit, lauds the programming and success of the McMullen Museum, and exhorts members of the BC community to take full advantage of this remarkable cultural institution right here on campus. Reviews of the show in The Boston Globe, The Heights and the Metrowest Daily News.
Illuminating Stained Glass: An Exhibition of Selected Decorative Windows of the Bapst and Burns Libraries
December 16, 2013 – September 30, 2014
Level Three Gallery, O'Neill Library, Library hours
Gary Wayne Gilbert photographed a selection of Earl Edward Sanborn's windows illustrating various aspects of Jesuit education. Sponsored by the Boston College Libraries.
San Gemini Preservation Studies Program
Application deadline March 15
Are you interested in exploring a career in conservation and preservation? This program offers courses in building, ceramics, book-binding and paper restoration, as well as theory and practice, in Italy. There are also field projects at specific sites, and a program exploring preservation issues in Athens.
Summer Arts Program in Tuscany
Application deadline April 1
The Accademia dell'Arte offers this program in partnership with Hendrix College. Courses offerings include Documentary Film, Mask Making, and Painting in Arezzo. Let the beauty and history of Tuscany inspire your creativity!
Summer program: The Institute for Curatorial Practice, Hampshire College, Amherst, MA
Priority application deadline April 14.
At this five-week program, students explore the history of museums and collecting alongside contemporary and experimental directions in curation.