Midwest Art History Society


The Midwest Art History Society brings together academic, museum-based, and independent art historians in the common goal of scholarly inquiry and the exchange of ideas.

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Nov 10, 2016 Robert Randolf Coleman, Associate Professor Emeritus, University of Notre Dame, announces the newly launched website for the online Inventory-Catalog of the Drawings in the Biblioteca Ambrosiana, Milan, which he authored.

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Nov 10, 2016

Robert Randolf Coleman, Associate Professor Emeritus of Art History, University of Notre Dame, and Author and Project Director of the online Inventory-Catalog of the Drawings in the Biblioteca Ambrosiana, Milan, announces the newly launched website of the Inventory-Catalog, redesigned with the support of the Web and Software Engineering Unit, Hesburgh Libraries, University of Note Dame. Realization of the digital project is also made possible by the administration of the Biblioteca Ambrosiana and the staff of the Hesburgh Libraries and the administration of the Medieval Institute, University of Notre Dame.

JULY 3, 2016
Norman Land, Professor, University of Missouri-St. Louis, published four short articles in Source: Notes in the History of Art. They are "Franco Sacchetti on Women as Artists;" "Wine and the Renaissance Artist;" "A Concise History of the Tale of Michelangelo and Biagio da Cesena;" and most recently, "Michelangelo and the Stonecutters."

Susan Langdon, Professor and Chair, University of Missouri—St. Louis, presented a paper titled "Geometric Pottery for Beginners: Children and Production in Early Greece" at the conference, Pots, Workshops and Early Iron Age Society: Function and Role of Ceramics in Early Greece, at the Université Libre de Bruxelles in Belgium in November.

Theresa Leininger-Miller, Associate Professor, University of Cincinnati, won Faculty Development Council Grants from UC in 2013 and 2014. She curated The Drummer Boy of Shiloh: Illustrated Sheet Music of the Civil War for the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County (Oct. 1-Dec. 31, 2013). She published "Deborah Grant: Christ You Know It Ain’t Easy," Deborah Grant: Christ You Know It Ain’t Easy. New York, NY: The Drawing Center, Jan. 25-Feb. 28, 2014, 12-21 and "Daguerre’s Recently Renovated Diorama (ca. 1843) in Bry-sur-Marne, France," 19th-Century Art Worldwide (www.19thc-artworldwide.org), Vol. 13, Issue 1 (Spring, 2014): n.p.

William R. Levin, Emeritus Professor, Centre College, presented a paper titled "Biblical Texts with Contemporary Implications in Lorenzo Ghiberti’s Gates of Paradise" sponsored by the Association for Textual Scholarship in Art History at the 69th annual meeting of the Southeastern College Art Conference, convened in October/November 2013 by the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Professor Levin was also a featured speaker at SECAC’s annual awards luncheon. In addition, Professor Levin gave the keynote lecture and read a second paper, both addressing his research on sculpture of the building exteriors at the Piazza del Duomo, Florence at the 23rd Annual Arkansas College Art History Symposium, convened in March 2013 at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Professor Levin also published reviews of Federico Botana, The Works of Mercy in Italian Medieval Art (c. 1050-c. 1400) (Medieval Church Studies, vol. 20), Turnhout: Brepols, 2011, in Speculum: A Journal of Medieval Studies, vol. 88, no. 3 (July 2013), pp. 762-765; and of Michele Tomasi, Le arche dei santi: Scultura, religione e politica nel Trecento veneto (Études lausannoises d’histoire de l’art, vol. 13), Rome: Viella, 2012, in Speculum, vol. 88, no. 4 (October 2013), pp. 1179-1181.

Edward J. Olszewski, Emeritus Professor, Case Western Reserve University, has published Parmigianino's Madonna of the Long Neck: A Grace Beyond the Reach of Art, Philadelphia, PA: American Philosophical Society, 2014. Professor Olszewski's former Ph. D. students have honored him with a festschrift: Renaissance Studies, eds. Jennifer Finkel, Michael Morford, Dena Woodall, New York: Peter Land, 2013.

Diane Radycki, Associate Professor, Moravia College, author of Paula Modersohn-Becker: The First Modern Woman Artist (Yale University Press, 2013), was joined by The New Yorker staff writer and award-winning journalist John Colapinto; distinguished scholar of German and Austrian art Alessandra Comini; novelist Marie Darrieussecq (winner of the 2013 Prix Médicis, at work on a novel about Paula Modersohn-Becker); Susanne Gerlach, Director of Böttcherstrasse GmbH / Paula Modersohn-Becker Museum; and artist Grace Graupe-Pillard, in a discussion about Paula Modersohn-Becker as the first woman artist to challenge centuries of representations of the female body. The discussion was part of the New York Public Library's An Art Book series program, "Modern Painting’s Missing Piece", held April 9, 2014.

Anne Rudloff Stanton, Associate Professor, University of Missouri-St. Louis, presented "'And Thereby Hangs a Tale': Storytelling and Similitude in a Gothic Prayerbook," at the Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies at St. Louis University (June), "Isabella of France and the Visual Arts: A Capetian Queen in Plantagenet England," at the University of Winchester (July), and "Design, Devotion, and Durability in Gothic Prayerbooks," at the Index of Christian Art at Princeton University (October), and participated in a roundtable event inaugurating the Karen Gould Manuscript Collection at the Spencer Research Library at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City (April).

Lindsay J. Twa, Associate Professor and Director of Eide/Dalrymple Gallery, Augustana College, has published Visualizing Haiti in U. S. Culture, 1910-1950, London, Ashgate Press, 2014.

James van Dyke, University of Missouri-St. Louis, has received promotion to Associate Professor with tenure. He presented "Otto Dix's Jankel Adler and the Materiality of the Eastern Jew in Weimar Culture" at the annual meeting of the College Art Association in New York (February), "Otto Dix, the Frontschwein, and the War Experience" at the conference on War in the Visual Arts at the University of Cork, Ireland (September), and presented a paper on the state art academy in Düsseldorf during the Nazi dictatorship at the conference Künstler im Nationalsozialismus at the Universität der Künste, Berlin. Three studies also appeared in print: "Otto Dix's Folk Culture" in Otto Dix and New Objectivity,"Ernst Barlach and the Conservative Revolution," in German Studies Review 36, and "Torture and Masculinity in George Grosz's Interregnum," in New German Critique 119.

Michael Yonan, Associate Professor, University of Missouri-St. Louis, presented a paper titled "How to Be an Empress in Eighteenth-Century Europe: Maria Theresa of Austria and Catherine the Great Compared" in a symposium on The Enlightened Gaze: Gender, Power, and Visual Culture in Eighteenth-Century Russia at the Georgia Museum of Art. Prof. Yonan also received a research fellowship at the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study at Uppsala University, Sweden (Spring 2014).

The Midwest Art History Society announces the December 2014 publication of Seventeenth-Century European Drawings in Midwestern Collections: The Age of Bernini, Rembrandt, and Poussin (University of Notre Dame Press, 2014), co-edited by University of Michigan Professer Emerita Shelley Perlove and George Keyes, former chief curator at the Detroit Institute of Arts. The volume presents a fascinating and representative selection of Italian, Dutch, Flemish, and French drawings in Midwestern repositories, offering new insights on many of these works of art. Many are relatively unknown, and some have never before been published.

Midwest College and University News

Nov 1, 2016 Heidi J. Hornik & Mikeal C. Parsons, Baylor University, have written "The Acts of the Apostles Through the Centuries" (in press).

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Nov 1, 2016

Heidi J. Hornik, Professor of Art History, Baylor University, and Mikeal C. Parsons, Professor and Kidd L. and Buna Hitchock Macon Chair of Religion, also at Baylor, have authored the publication The Acts of the Apostles Through the Centuries. Currently in press, the book will appear in 2016, published by Blackwell Bible Commentaries in Oxford. (383 ms pp. +40 b/w, 3 color ills.)

FEB 3, 2016 – Karen L. Carter, Associate Professor, Kendall College of Art and Design, Ferris State University, and Susan Waller, Associate Professor, University of Missouri-St. Louis have published a collection essays, Foreign Artists and Communities in Paris, 1870-1914: Strangers in Paradise (London: Routledge, 2015). It includes sixteen essays examining Paris as a center of international culture that attracted artists from Western and Eastern Europe, Asia and the Americas during a period of burgeoning global immigration. In addition, each presented a paper at the College Art Association annual conference in New York in February 2015: Carter's was entitled "The Transatlantic Influence of the Académie Julian on American Illustration, 1890–1914," and Waller's was entitled "To Pose (V., intransitive, middle voice): To Make One's Self Seen, to Collaborate."

Henry Adams, Ruth Coulter Heede Professor of Art History at Case Western Reserve University, published his study, Thomas Hart Benton: Discoveries and Interpretations, University of Missouri Press, Columbia, Missouri, 2015.

William R. Levin, Emeritus Professor, Centre College, published an illustrated booklet on the history and architecture of Jacobs Hall, a mid-nineteenth-century National Historic Landmark in the Italianate style on the campus of the Kentucky School for the Deaf in Danville that formerly served as that institution's "Girls Building" and superintendent's residence.  An abridged version of the text will appear in the Kentucky section of Archipedia, the online encyclopedia of classic American buildings and sites published by the Society of Architectural Historians.

Edward J. Olszewski, Emeritus Professor, Case Western Reserve University, has completed funded research on the architectural patronage of Cardinal Pietro Ottoboni (1667-1740). Studies of unpublished archival documents were conducted in the Vatican archives supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Fulbright Foundation. The project identified a dozen architects residing in the cardinal's bureaucratic court of the Cancelleria in Rome including Filippo Juvarra and Domenico Gregorini. The results were published as Dynamics of Architecture in Late Baroque Rome: Architects in the Court of Cardinal Pietro Ottoboni with DeGruyter Open: Warsaw/London, 2015. Dr. Olszewski was also presented with the John Frederick Lewis Award at the semi-annual meeting of the American Philosophical Society in Philadelphia for his book, Parmigianino's "Madonna of the Long Neck": A Grace Beyond the Reach of Art, 2014. It is the second of his dozen books to receive the award, and he is only the second CWRU faculty member to be so recognized since the 1960s. The APS was founded by Benjamin Franklin "for the pursuit of useful knowledge."

Walsh University in North Canton, Ohio, announces a new B.A. in Art History beginning Fall 2015 http://www.walsh.edu/art-history. The new program complements an existing B.A. in Museum Studies http://www.walsh.edu/museum-studies-program. Both degrees are directed by Katey Brown (Ph.D. Indiana University).

Call for Papers - MAHS 2017 Annual Conference

Oct 28, 2016 Here is a link to the Fall 2016 issue of E-News with the Call for Papers for the MAHS 2017 Annual Conference in Cleveland on April 6–8, 2017. Deadline to submit abstracts: December 16, 2016.

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Oct 28, 2016

Please see the E-News link for session topics and details on submission. The conference will be hosted by the Cleveland Museum of Art and Case Western Reserve University from April 6–8. Panels held during the first two days will take place at the museum. The final day of the conference will take place at Oberlin College in the Allen Memorial Art Museum. The E-News link also gives information on hotels. Online registration will be available soon. Please join us this spring in Cleveland!

MAHS Session at CAA Annual Conference

Sep 21, 2016 Speakers on the MAHS-sponsored panel at the 2017 CAA conference in New York will discuss a Japanese portrait.

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Sep 21, 2016

Icons of the Midwest
February 15–18, 2017, New York

The College Art Association's 2017 Annual Conference will be held in New York on February 15–18. A session sponsored by MAHS as part of its Icons of the Midwest series will feature papers on Watanabe Kazan's Portrait of Ozora Buzaemon (1827), a hanging scroll in the Cleveland Museum of Art. The session will be chaired by Rhiannon Paget of the Saint Louis Art Museum. Buzaemon was a celebrity in early 19th-century Edo (Tokyo), renowned for his seven-foot-tall height. Kazan, in this sensitive work that portrayed the sad discomfort of its subject, used recently imported Western pictorial methods such as perspective, shading, and cast shadow, and employed a camera obscura-like device to capture his sitter’s physical likeness. Three panelists offer different perspectives on the portrait. Sinéad Vilbar (Cleveland Museum of Art) considers the portrait's iconic status and situates the CMA's Japanese portraits within the narrative of portraiture in Japan as a whole. Rhiannon Paget explores the artwork as a product of a new, scientific spirit of Dutch Learning in 18th- and 19th-century Japanese art. Michael Toole (University of Wisconsin-Madison) advances dialogue on representation through application of Tobin Seibers’s theory of disability; his paper explores the culture of spectacle in early modern Japan framed through the lens of disability studies. For information on the CAA conference, click here.

Photo: Watanabe Kazan, Portrait of Ozora Buzaemon (detail), 1827, Cleveland Museum of Art. Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund, 1980.177