The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia
Man Ray, African Art & the Modernist Lens
Black to the Future: Race, Modernity, and Power in Interwar Paris
by Tyler Stovall
Professor of History, Dean of the Undergraduate Division of the College of Letters and Science,
University of California, Berkeley
September 16, 2010
Organized by International Arts and Artists, Man Ray, African Art, and the Modernist Lens presents photographs of African objects by the American artist Man Ray and his international avant-garde contemporaries of the 1920s and 1930s. Tyler Stovall is the author of several books and edited volumes devoted to diaspora and the expatriate experience in France. His Paris Noir: African Americans in the City of Light (1996) is a key study of the communities of African-American writers, musicians, artists, and intellectuals in Paris in the 20th century.
The Black Body: Modernism and Photography
by Deborah Willis
Chair, Department of Photography & Imaging, Tisch School of the Arts;
University Professor, College of Arts & Sciences, Africana Studies, New York University
September 30, 2010
Renowned photographer and historian of photography Deborah Willis has published many important books and exhibition catalogues dealing with African-American identity in photography, with the imagery of African-American life, and with the work of black photographers. In addition to providing fresh insight into Man Ray's photographic practice, Man Ray, African Art, and the Modernist Lens raises questions concerning the representation, reception, and perception of African art as mediated by the camera lens. In this lecture, Willis explores the central themes of the exhibition and expands them through connections with her own research.
Ellen Bayard Weedon Lectures in the Arts of Asia
With the generous support of the Ellen Bayard Weedon Foundation, the Museum presents four lectures on South and East Asian art each year.
The Painter as Knight-Errant: Xu Wei (1521-1593) and Alternative Artistic Persona in Late Ming China
by Kathleen Ryor
Professor and Chair, Department of Art and Art History, Carleton College
October 21, 2010
Although dominant narratives of the cultural history of the Ming dynasty (1368-1644) usually focus on the restrained aesthetic values of educated civil officials, many literati of the time were actually immersed in the symbolic aspects of martial life, as well as the practical side of military matters. Kathleen Ryor examines how the late Ming poet, playwright and painter Xu Wei refashioned the ideal of the eccentric artist as a type of knight-errant through his painting style, art criticism and other professional activities.
Decoding Origins for India's Temples
by Michael Meister
W. Norman Brown Professor of South Asia Studies, University of Pennsylvania
November 18, 2010
Indian temples are among the most mysterious expressions of architecture as embodiments of symbolism found in world history. Decoding their origins and significance, tracing their evolution and uncovering missing links in that history has been the central work of Michael Meister's career as an architectural historian. In this lecture, Meister shares the excitement of new discoveries and insights based on his recent work on Indic temples in Pakistan.