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.

Fall Exhibitions at Snite Museum of Art, University of Notre Dame

Jul 21, 2017 The Snite Museum of Art's late summer/fall exhibitions include "Dimensions of Power: African Art," "Prints, Drawings, & Sculptures by Willie Cole," and "Rembrandt's Religious Prints."

Fall Exhibitions at Snite Museum of Art, University of Notre Dame Details

Jul 21, 2017

The Snite Museum of Art, University of Notre Dame inaugurates the reinstallation of its African Art collection with a lecture presented by Dr. Delinda Collier, Associate Professor of Art History, Theory, and Criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and author of Repainting the Walls of Lunda: Information Colonialism and Angolan Art, on October 5 at 5 p.m. A public reception is planned for Friday, October 6, from 4:00-6:30 pm. The new installation was organized by Dr. Elizabeth Morton, Associate Professor at Wabash College, around themes of power, with many objects never before on display from the Owen D. Mort Jr. Collection. Complementing this permanent display featuring traditional African art will be a temporary exhibition Making Everything Out of Anything: Prints, Drawings, and Sculptures by Willie Cole from August 20 through November 26, 2017. Cole will be a visiting artist at Segura Studios in South Bend, where he will mark his visit by making a print. While on location, he will speak at the museum on October 19 at 5:00 pm as part of its Third Thursday program.

Also on view at the Snite Museum will be Rembrandt's Religious Prints: The Jack F. and Alfrieda Feddersen Collection of seventy etchings from September 3 through November 26. Dr. Larry Silver, Farqhuar Professor of Art History at the University of Pennsylvania, will deliver a lecture entitled "Rembrandt and the Divine" on September 14 at 5 p.m. The exhibition is accompanied by a catalog written by Professor Emeritus Charles Rosenberg, University of Notre Dame, and co-published with Indiana University Press.

Symposium, September 9, University of Iowa

Jun 6, 2017 Symposium: What's Your Sign? Retail Architecture & the History of Signage, University of Iowa, Iowa City, September 9.

Symposium, September 9, University of Iowa Details

Jun 6, 2017

What's Your Sign?
Retail Architecture and the History of Signage

September 9, 2017 | 9AM - 11AM | Iowa Memorial Union, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

The Legacies for Iowa Collections-Sharing Project at the University of Iowa Museum of Art presents a breakfast symposium on the history of retail architecture signage. For as long as goods have been bought and sold, shopkeepers and traders have visually communicated their wares through signs. This symposium explores the evolution of signage from the shutter paintings of ancient Pompeii to the wooden trade signs hanging along Medieval English streets to neon of 20th-century American signs along roadsides. How have symbols of selling shifted over the centuries? How do retail signs reflect or reject broader visual cultures? What technological shifts have precipitated the most dramatic design departures?

Among topics to be discussed at sessions are the iconography, typography, and materiality of retail signs as well as the cultural, financial, and geo-political forces that shaped storefront signs in the past. An additional area to be covered will be the future of retail signage in an increasingly digital and global economy. This public event is live and occurs in conjunction with the CoSign Iowa City project, which partners local artists and craftspeople with small business to create exciting and distinctive new signs.

Important Dates
August 25, 2017: Registration deadline
September 9, 2017: Symposium

2017 MAHS Conference Program

Apr 1, 2017 View the program of the 2017 MAHS Annual Conference that was held in Cleveland, April 6 to 8.

2017 MAHS Conference Program Details

Apr 1, 2017

Click here for the program of the 2017 MAHS Annual Conference held in Cleveland, April 6 to 8.

People in the Midwest

Feb 2, 2017 Robert Randolf Coleman, Associate Professor Emeritus, University of Notre Dame, announces the website launch of the Inventory-Catalog of the Drawings in the Biblioteca Ambrosiana, Milan.

People in the Midwest Details

Feb 2, 2017

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.