The Mary C. Stoddard Lecture Fund was established in 2002 with a bequest of Mary Stoddard to provide a visiting lectureship in the history of art, with a focus on decorative arts, Islamic arts, and the history of textiles. Mary C. Stoddard received her B.A. in the History of Art from the College of Letters and Science at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1947.
Elissa Auther, Visiting Associate Professor and Windgate Research and Collections Curator, Museum of Arts and Design, Bard Graduate Center.Textile Narratives: Andean Hand Weaving and the Rise of Modern Fiber ArtArtists central to the fiber art movement in the U.S. in the 1960s and 70s, including Sheila Hicks, Ed Rossbach, Ruth Asawa, Lenore Tawney, and Alice Kagawa Parrott, to name a few, shared an abiding interest in Andean weaving and other indigenous textile traditions of the ancient Americas. This paper addresses the origins of the awareness of these traditions and its meanings for artists working in the aesthetically maligned medium of fiber in the post-war period.
In March I'm opening the exhibition Surface/Depth: The Decorative After Miriam Schapiro, and it's conceived as part of a broader research project into the history of the decorative in contemporary art. Surface/Depth takes Miriam Schapiro’s hybrid collage-paintings—what she called femmage—as its point of departure and juxtaposes them against the work of eight contemporary artists who carry forward her exploration of the decorative as a language of the personal and the political. For the seminar, I’d like to introduce the exhibition and circulate a draft of an essay that explores Schapiro’s use of the term “decoration” as a critical, feminist tool.
For more info: Surface/Design: The Decorative After Miriam Schapiro <http://madmuseum.org/exhibiti
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9:00-9:15 -- Welcome and Conference Introduction
9:15-10:50 -- Panel I
Diasporic Currents: Locating Blackness Across the Atlantic
Krista Thompson (Northwestern University)
The Photographic Archive, Disappearance, and the Black Heroic Figure in Colonial Jamaica
Olubukola Gbadegesin (St. Louis University)
The Ekphrastic Life of Sarah Forbes Bonnetta
Darcy Grimaldo Grigsby (UC Berkeley)
Brilliance and Blindness from Paris to New Orleans and Back: Creole Degas
10:50-11:00 -- Break: Pastries + Coffee
11:00–12:35pm -- Panel II
Graphing Empire: Fixed Encounters, Moving Bodies
Kailani Polzak (UC Berkeley)
Varieties of Inscription: Sydney Parkinson and the Maori Moko
Bronwen Douglas (Australia National University)
Encounters, Graphic Representation, and the Generation of Racial Knowledge in Oceania
Todd Olson (UC Berkeley)
Sea-Change: Instruments, Swimming, and Race in the Early Modern Atlantic World
12:35-2:00 -- Lunch (conference participants only)
2:00-3:35 – Panel III
Building Boundaries, Crossing Borders: Mixture, Metaphor, and the Racialization of Asia
Sugata Ray (UC Berkeley)
(Mis)Translating James Gibbs in the Indian Ocean World: Neoclassical Mosques, Subaltern Cosmopolitanisms, and the Architecture of a Muslim Modernity
Ashley Bruckbauer (UNC Chapel Hill)
Negotiating Race in French Images of Embassy
Thadeus Dowad (UC Berkeley)
“Islands in the Estranging Sea of Islam“: Ottomans, Race, and Islamic Art at the End of an Empire
3:35-4:45 -- Concluding Remarks
Stoddard Lecture 2016, featuring Suzanne Blier. The lecture will be followed on Friday, April 15, by an all-day conference on Difference/Distance: Picturing Race Across Oceans in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries. See this page for details.
The Stoddard Lecturer for 2014-15 is Professor Thomas B.F. Cummins, Dumbarton Oaks Professor of Pre-Columbian and Colonial Art at Harvard University.
Finbarr Barry Flood, New York University, is this year's Stoddard Lecturer.