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12:00 pm | 4/19/2023 | Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall | Until 1:00 pm | 4/19/2023

Henrike Lange

In Giotto’s Arena Chapel and the Triumph of Humility (Cambridge, 2023) Henrike Lange (History of Art and Italian) takes the reader on a tour through one of the most beloved and celebrated monuments in the world — Giotto’s Arena Chapel. Paying close attention to previously overlooked details, Lange offers an entirely new reading of the stunning frescoes in their spatial configuration. She also asks fundamental questions that define the chapel’s place in Western art history. Why did Giotto choose an ancient Roman architectural frame for his vision of Salvation? What is the role of painted reliefs in the representation of personal integrity, passion, and the human struggle between pride and humility familiar from Dante’s Divine Comedy? How can a new interpretation regarding the influence of ancient reliefs and architecture cast new light on the debate around Giotto’s authorship of the Saint Francis cycle? Lange invites the reader to rediscover a key monument of art and architecture history and to see it with new eyes.

Lange is joined by Whitney Davis (History of Art). After a brief discussion, they respond to questions from the audience.


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12:00 pm | 4/19/2023 | 10 Stephens Hall | Until 2:00 pm | 4/19/2023

Lectures by the recipients of the UC Berkeley South Asia Artist Award and the UC Berkeley South Asia Art and Architecture Dissertation Award for 2023


12:00 pm | 3/22/2023 | 220 Stephens Hall | Until 1:00 pm | 3/22/2023

Taking Stakes in the Unknown: Tracing Post-Black Art

Nana Adusei-Poku (History of Art) examines the socio-historical and cultural context of the notion of “post-black” art. She grounds her study in Freestyle, a 2001 exhibition at the Studio Museum in Harlem featuring the works of 28 emerging black artists whose work was characterized by the show’s curator, Thelma Golden, as “post-black.” The term came to refer to artists who resisted being labeled as “black artists,” though their work often engaged deeply with issues of race and played a significant role in redefining complex notions of blackness.

Exploring the past potential and contemporary legacy of this simultaneously ambitious yet opaque term, Adusei-Poku examines works by artists who were defined as part of the post-black generation: Mark Bradford, Leslie Hewitt, Mickalene Thomas, and Hank Willis Thomas — and, by expanding the scope of the definition, the black German artist Philip Metz.

Adusei-Poku is joined by Anneka Lenssen (History of Art). After a brief discussion, they respond to questions from the audience.


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