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Reni St Sebastian

Lecture: Baroque Makeovers: Style Change in Seventeenth-Century Italian Painting
October 22, 2015, 5 p.m.

Devlin Hall 101, Boston College
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Upon her retirement in 2001 from a long and distinguished teaching career at Boston College, Josephine von Henneberg endowed an annual lecture series that has since brought to BC prominent scholars in the history of Italian art. We are pleased to have Dr. Catherine Puglisi, Professor of Art History at Rutgers, presenting this year's lecture. Professor Puglisi is the author of numerous books examining Italian Baroque themes and artists, including monographs on Caravaggio and Francesco Albani. Most recently, she co-edited a collection of essays presented during a symposium on her current area of research, the Man of Sorrows as represented in 18th-century Venetian art, and served as co-curator of a related 2011 exhibition at the Museum of Biblical Art in New York City.

The von Henneberg lecture and the reception immediately following are free and open to the public. Please RSVP by October 1 (617-552-4295 or Sponsored by the Fine Arts Department. Above: Guido Reni, Saint Sebastian, ca. 1625 (oil on canvas; Auckland Art Gallery).



All exhibitions are free and open to the public.

Curtain Window 1882

"John La Farge and the Recovery of the Sacred"

McMullen Museum, Boston College
September 1 – December 13, 2015

This exhibition aims to provide an interdisciplinary perspective of La Farge's quest to visualize the sacred in an oeuvre that includes works treating ostensibly non-religious as well as religious subjects. Over 85 works, including stained glass windows, paintings and works on paper by the innovative 19th-century American artist, will be on display. Professor Jeffery Howe curated the exhibition, which celebrates the completion of the restoration of three monumental stained glass windows, and Alison and William Vareika's (BC '74) generous gifting of those windows to the McMullen Museum. Professor Howe also edited the accompanying catalog for the exhibition, containing essays by scholars (many B.C.-affiliated) who examine La Farge's work from a range of disciplines, including the stained-glass expert responsible for the restoration of the McMullen's new treasures -- the La Farge windows depicting St. John the Evangelist, Christ Preaching, and St. Paul.

"John La Farge and the Recovery of the Sacred" has garnered glowing reviews in The Boston Globe and The Wall Street Journal. In an article in the Boston College Chronicle, Rosanne Pellegrini discusses with McMullen Museum Director Nancy Netzer and exhibition curator Jeffery Howe the particular connections and people who brought this exhibition to fruition at B.C. And Jay Sugarman hosted the same duo for Museum Open House. The program will air on NewTV (Newton Media Center; check your cable guide for channel) at 6:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on October 5th and 12th, and 9:30 p.m. on October 8th (or you can watch online; the video is slow to start -- Internet Explorer works best).

John La Farge: Stained Glass in New England: A Digital Guide is a companion website for the exhibition, intended to provide information and images to those wishing to further explore the artist's work other collections and in situ in monuments around New England. The creation of the website was collaborative endeavor of a team that, in addition to exhibition curator Professor Jeffery Howe, included digital specialists and librarians from the University Library, student research assistants, and information technology staff.

"John La Farge and the Recovery of the Sacred" was organized by the McMullen Museum and underwritten by Boston College, the Patrons of the McMullen Museum, Alison and William Vareika, and Jane and Gerard Gaughan, with additional support from the Newton College Class of 1975. Above: John La Farge, Curtain Window, 1882-84 (leaded opalescent glass).  Newport Art Museum, Gift of Stephen J. Warner, 1995.004.1.


La Farge

The Nature of Culture
Level Three Gallery, O'Neill Library, Boston College
Through December 

In his recent series of digital prints, Professor Andrew Tavarelli incorporates diverse sources and styles such as Art Deco and medieval heraldry to explore how various cultures express the relationship between nature and culture. The artist has traveled widely in Southeast Asia and Indonesia, and is especially fascinated by the differences in how Eastern and Western cultures present the natural and social worlds in their visual art. Professor Tavarelli incorporates his own ideas about beauty and the power that images have over our imagination and conception of culture into these personal and dreamlike works. At left: Perch, 2011 (pigment ink print on paper; 22" x 17").


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