On Pornography And The Obscene In Ancient Roman Art To Lecture At
October. 4, 2002--
John R. Clarke, Annie Laurie Howard Regents Professor of Fine Arts,
University of Texas, Austin
"The 'Secret Museum' from Pompeii to Brooklyn: Pornography,
Patriarchy and the Obscene"
Tuesday, Oct. 15, 6 p.m.
Campbell Hall, Room 160
R. Clarke, a Fine Arts Professor from the University of Texas Austin
will examine pornography in ancient Roman art and how it relates
to present perceptions of the obscene. His lecture "The 'Secret
Museum' from Pompeii to Brooklyn: Pornography, Patriarchy and the
Obscene" will be presented on Oct. 15 at 6 p.m. in Campbell
Hall, Room 160. He will examine obscene antiquities from Herculaneum
and Pompeii and the role they played in the creation of the word
pornography in the modern sense. Clarke will talk about the way
the ancient people viewed the art and discuss recent controversies
and attempts at censorship.
a specialist in ancient Roman art and architecture, is the author
of two books, “The Houses of Roman Italy, 100 B.C. -A.D. 250:
Ritual Space and Decoration,” which analyses the imagery of
wall paintings and mosaics in 17 houses to gain understanding of
the owner's tastes and beliefs. His book, “Looking at Lovemaking:
Constructions of Sexuality in Roman Art, 100 B.C.- A.D. 250,”
explores how erotic art can reveal ancient Roman attitudes toward
love, gender and race. His third book, “Art in the Lives of
Ordinary Romans,” is forthcoming.
details, contact Maurie D. McInnis at (434) 243-8651 or McInnis@virginia.edu.
contact: Sarah Marchetti, (434) 924-4298