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Lectures & Symposia

The University's Arts community strives to hold insightful, informative, and interesting symposiums and conferences that are open to University and community members alike. Please check back for information regarding upcoming symposiums and conferences.

Bartolo di Fredi and the Art of His Time
UVaM Conference

Friday, April 27, 2012

Morning Session | 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

The View from Afar
by Hayden Maginnis
Professor Emeritus, McMaster University

Bartolo di Fredi: Architect of the Cappella del Campo
by Wolfgang Loseries
Researcher, Kunsthistoriches Institut in Florenz-Max-Planck-Institut

The Early Imagery of Catherine of Siena and the Making of a Civic Saint
by Emily Moerer
Assistant Vice Provost for Upper Division Programs, Temple University

Afternoon session | 2–4 pm

The Toscanelli Altarpiece, or Seeing Sienese Painting through a Glass, Darkly
by Machtelt Israëls
Guest Researcher and Lecturer, University of Amsterdam

The Materials of Early Sienese Painting
by Anne Dunlop
Associate Professor, Tulane University

Held in conjunction with the special exhibition—

The Adoration of the Magi by Bartolo di Fredi
A Masterpiece Reconstructed

On view through May 27, Tuesday - Sunday, 12-5 pm

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The Art of the Conservator
by Scott Nolley, Chief Conservator,
Fine Arts Conservation of Virginia

April 20, 2012 | 12-2 pm

This spring, UVaM launched its lectures in art conservation. The Art of the Conservator—the second three-part series—includes a lecture and hands-on studio component.

“This is a very exciting and unique opportunity. With an eye towards the growing public awareness and popularity of conservation today and the newsworthy preservation projects being implemented by museums and governments the world over, we want to provide an opportunity for a direct, hands-on experience in understanding and engaging conservation and preservation issues.”
— Scott Nolley

Complete Series

Friday, April 20, 2012
9:30-11:30 am

Wednesday, May 16, 2012
9:30-11:30 am

Wednesday, June 13, 2012
10 am - 12 pm

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The Legacy of Leonardo da Vinci:
International Collaboration, and Global Access

April 12 - 14, 2012
Harrison Small Auditorium

The Conference, The Legacy of Leonardo da Vinci: International Collaboration, and Global Access, will be held in conjunction with the public launching of the project Leonardo da Vinci and His Treatise on Painting, an interactive digital platform dedicated to Leonardo da Vinci's legacy on art and science.

The conference focuses on Leonardo's legacy on the art, science and culture of the sixteenth and seventeenth century. Taking Leonardo's Treatise on Painting as its point of departure, it pays special attention to the relations between theory and practice, to recent critical editions of Leonardo's original manuscripts, and to the diffusion of his Treatise on Painting. In sessions open to the public leading specialists from a wide range of disciplines will examine Leonardo's pictorial practice, his theoretical writing, and his drawings and paintings. In a closed-door meeting a group of selected guests will explore the future of digital projects centered on Leonardo's writings. The conference intends to explore new avenues for interdisciplinary research and collaborative scholarship to give global access to Leonardo's legacy.

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  Leonardo Conference
Did Civil Rights Photography Do
More Harm than Good?

Martin A. Berger

Wednesday, April, 11 | 6 pm
Campbell 153

Reception to follow in Fayerweather Lounge

Martin A. Berger: Professor and Chair, History of Art and Visual Culture Department University of California, Santa Cruz

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  Berger Lecture
The Education of Andy Warhol
by Louis Menand
Gladys S. Blizzard Lecture, Spring 2012

Thursday, March 22 | 6 pm
Harrison Institute

Andy Warhol was the last of the major Pop artists to appear. He didn't invent Pop; Pop had already happened. Why did Warhol take so long to emerge as an important artist, and what was he doing that made his work distinctive and historically important?

Presented by UVaM and the Institute of the Humanities and Global Cultures and a headline program for the Virginia Festival of the Book

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  Louis Menand
Elephant’s Graveyard
Spectacle meets American Culture
under the Big Top

March 21-24, 2012 | 8pm
by George Brant, directed by Richard Warner
Culbreth Theatre
Tickets available through the U.Va. Arts Box Office

A unique cultural experience focusing on the impact of the circus on American society integrates the performance of George Brant’s play with panel discussions and demonstrations of circus artistry. Participants gain a greater appreciation of the impact that circus and other forms of popular entertainment have had and continue to have on the shaping of American culture and society.

An Arts Enhancement 2011-2012 Event

Part of the RecentWorks Series. Partially funded by the Office of the Vice Provost for the Arts and the Clay Foundation.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012 | 8pm

Performance: Elephant’s Graveyard
Panel: American Culture, Society and the Circus
Panelists: Janet Davis, John Frick and LaVahn Hoh
Location: Culbreth Theatre
Thursday, March 22, 2012 | 8pm

Performance: Elephant’s Graveyard
Panel: The Art of Clowning
Panelists: Steve Smith, Janet Davis and LaVahn Hoh
Location: Culbreth Theatre
Friday, March 23, 2012 | 8pm

Performance: Elephant’s Graveyard
Keenan Lectureship: featuring playwright George Brant and Q&A with George Brant, Janet Davis and LaVahn Hoh
Location: Culbreth Theatre
Saturday, March 24, 2012 | 6pm

Pre-performance Event: TBA
Pre-performance: Closing-day reception with all guest artists
Performance: Elephant’s Graveyard
Location: Culbreth Theatre

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Serge Etele Talk & Demonstration

March 19, 2012 | 3:30pm
107 Old Cabell Hall

The McIntire Department of Music, with cosponsorship from the UVA departments of Religious Studies, Jewish Studies, and the Carter Woodson Institute for African and African-American Studies, will present a talk by Serge Etele of the Beth Yeshourun Jewish community of Cameroon. Mr Etele is touring the US for the first time this February and March.

Since 1998 Serge has been educating himself about Judaism and teaching his entire community about Jewish practices and observances from internet resources he found and studied on his own.

The story of the Beth Yeshourun community is a fascinating one. According to the New York based organization Kulanu, which initiated this speaking tour, they were a community of Christians until they discovered and then embraced traditional Judaism. Rabbi Gerald Sussman of Staten Island, New York, who visited Cameroon on last year to get to know this emerging community, says this group's emergence is "part of a turning towards Judaism in many parts of the world which will have profound implications for the Jewish future."

Serge Etele is deeply involved in the musical life of this community, and will spend a good part of this talk demonstrating and explaining how and what their musical expressions, both Cameroonian and Jewish, currently consist of. A lively discussion should ensue.

Later that evening (7:30 p.m.) Congregation Beth Israel in Charlottesville will host a slide show/sing along with Serge Etele. Children ages 7 and up (of any religious persuasion or none!) are especially encouraged to attend with their parents.

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The Grand Tour
Masterclass, Symposium & Concert
October 13-14, 2011

21st-century college graduates backpacking through faraway capitals are hardly pioneers. As early as the 1600s, young Europeans of means began touring cultural capitals such as Rome, Venice, and Paris, followed soon by Americans. Known as "Grand Tours," these journeys were thought to culminate a classical education, and they included broad exposure to music of the time. The "Grand Tour" residency at the McIntire Department of Music will allow listeners to imagine what this experience was like, and to reflect critically on its historical and artistic significance.

Sponsored by the U.Va. Arts Council: Enriching the Arts on Grounds.

Piedmont Baroque Masterclass
Thursday, October 13
7:30 pm, 113 Old Cabell Hall

Students in the U.Va. Baroque Orchestra are coached in music from the Grand Tour period by members of the Piedmont Baroque.
Vanessa Agnew Symposium
Friday, October 14
3:30 pm, 107 Old Cabell Hall

Vanessa Agnew is Associate Professor of German at the University of Michigan. She does research on eighteenth-century music discourse, eighteenth- and nineteenth-century travel writing and natural history, postcolonial theory, and historical reenactment. Her teaching includes courses on German opera and writings about music, travel, and eighteenth-century racial discourse.
Piedmont Baroque Concert
Friday, October 14
8 pm, Old Cabell Hall

Presented by the Piedmont Baroque, the performance will showcase music from the early decades of the Grand Tour, including compositions by Henry Purcell, Jean-Marie Leclair, Heinrich Schmelzer, Biagio Marini, and others. The performers will be playing on instruments of the era. The Piedmont Baroque is led by U.Va. faculty violinist David Sariti and includes Loren Ludwig (viola da gamba), Anne Timberlake (recorder), and Jennifer Streeter (harpsichord and organ).

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  The Grand Tour
Image credit: Jane Haley

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Ornament & Variety
Renaissance Architectural Prints Reconsidered
September 30, 2011 - October 1, 2011

A symposium in conjunction with the exhibition Variety, Archeology and Ornament: Renaissance Architectural Prints from Column to Cornice at the University of Virginia Museum of Art.

Schedule of events

Keynote Lecture by Peter Parshall
Renaissance Architecture and the Print Trade
September 30, 2011; 5:30 pm
Campbell 153

Marden Nichols
Vitruvian Ornament in its Ancient Context
October 1, 2011; 9 am
Campbell 158

Michael Waters
Using and Abusing Architectural Prints in the Renaissance
October 1, 2011; 10 am
Campbell 158

Carolyn Yerkes
Variety in Repetition: The Afterlife of Architectural Drawings
October 1, 2011; 11:15 am
Campbell 158

Christopher Heuer
The Dismembered Column as Antiquity and Relic
October 1, 2011; 12 pm
Campbell 158

Panel Discussion
Carmen Bambach, Francesca Fiorani & David Summers
Moderated by Cammy Brothers
October 1, 2011; 4:30 pm
Campbell 158

The Symposium is dedicated to the memory of Mario di Valmarana, Professor Emeritus of the University of Virginia School of Architecture. It has been organized by Cammy Brothers and Michael Waters, with the support of the Buckner W. Clay Endowment for the Humanities, the Page-Barbour and Richards Lectures Committee, the University of Virginia School of Architecture, and a Deepening Global Engagement International Faculty Fellowship grant through the Office of the Vice Provost for International Programs.

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Michael Kubovy
The Aesthetics and Psychology of Randomness
September 30, 2011

A Symposium at the McIntire Department of Music.

Cognitive psychologist Michael Kubovy's research focuses on visual and auditory perception, especially perceptual organization; cross-modal perception; and the psychology of art. The latter is the focus of his book The Psychology of Perspective and Renaissance Art. Kubovy's work is widely published in journals such as The Proceedings of the US Academy of Sciences and Experimental Brain Research. His research is currently supported by NSF, with previous awards from NIMH, the National Eye Institute, and the National Institute for Deafness and Communicative Disorders. He has received numerous awards for his achievements, including Cattell and Guggenheim fellowships, election to the select (100 or so members) Society of Experimental Psychologists, and a fellowship at the Rockefeller Center in Bellagio. Among his invited lectures are the Wertheimer Lecture in Frankfurt and the Kanisza Lecture in Trieste, as well as numerous keynote conference addresses. Kubovy received the PhD from the Hebrew University, where he worked with Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky. He has held faculty positions at Yale, Rutgers and the University of Virginia.

September 30, 2011
3:30 pm
107 Old Cabell Hall

  The Aesthetics and Psychology of Randomness
Creative Time Summit
The University of Virginia as a Screening Partner
September 23, 2011

Creative Time Summit: Living as Form

An annual conference bringing together cultural producers to discuss how their work engages pressing issues affecting our world.

U.Va. joins Creative Time as a remote partner to host screenings of the live, online component around grounds in order to advance dialogue around social practice art, and to offer students an opportunity to share information, discuss, debate, and collaborate. Summit participants range from art world luminaries to those purposefully obscure, providing a glimpse into an evolving community concerned with the political implications of socially engaged art. These cultural works blur the forms of art and everyday life, emphasizing participation, dialogue, and community engagement.

10-1:20 pm
FAVE Bar and Lounge
Fiske Kimball Fine Arts Library

Leonore Annenberg Prize
for Art and Social Change

2:15-3:15 pm
Campbell 160
School of Architecture

3:15-6:30 pm
FAVE Bar and Lounge
Fiske Kimball Fine Arts Library

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