UNT’s Art History Lecture Series covers topics from museums to medieval art

Thursday, February 21, 2013 - 22:01

DENTON (UNT), Texas – Topics ranging from museums to medieval art fill the schedule for the College of Visual Arts and Design's annual Art History Lecture Series at the University of North Texas. Please include the following information about the university's lectures in briefs and calendars.

Saloni Mathur: "Museology and the Post-Colony: The Case of India"

5 p.m. Feb. 28 (Thursday) in Art Building, room 223; free

Saloni Mathur, Associate Professor of Art History at UCLA and a specialist on colonial and post-colonial South Asian art, opens the spring Art History Lecture Series at UNT. She will present her paper, "Museology and the Post-Colony: the Case of India." Combining art history, anthropology and museum studies, Mathur's work is concerned with the legacy of colonial history in India and its implications for contemporary contexts of cultural display. By investigating Indian museum sites and the way they function she will provide some understanding of the distinctiveness of museums in the South Asian subcontinent.

Maia Toteva: "The Role of Soviet Cybernetics in the Creation of the Russian Nonconformist Art Movement"

5 p.m. March 21 (Thursday) in Art Building, room 223; free

An Assistant Professor of Art History at the University of Cincinnati, Blue Ash College, Maia Toteva researches the intersections of vanguard art, Soviet-bloc studies, cybernetics, politics and science. Her dissertation, Whose Fly is This? & the Beginning of Moscow Linguistic Conceptualism: Text and Image in the Early Works of Ilya Kabakov, examines early works by the Russian artist Ilya Kabakov, tracing the inception of Moscow Linguistic Conceptualism -- a loose artistic movement predicated upon the appropriation of language in art as means of artistic expression. In addition to being trained in the U.S., Toteva earned two degrees in Bulgaria and has received numerous awards for her academic research.

Susan Boynton: "Liturgy to Devotion: Transformations of the Man of Sorrows, ca. 1340-1503"

6 p.m. April 11 (Thursday) in the Music Building's Voertman Hall; free

Susan Boynton is Professor of Music History at Columbia. Her lecture is part of the seventh annual North Texas Medieval Graduate Student Symposium "To Move and Be Moved: Physical or Psychological Transportation and Transformations in the Middle Ages." She is author of two monographs: Shaping a Monastic Identity: Liturgy and History at the Imperial Abbey of Farfa, 1000-1125 (Cornell University Press, 2006), which won Lewis Lockwood Award of the American Musicological Society, and Silent Music: Medieval Song and the Construction of History in Eighteenth-Century Spain (Oxford University Press, 2011), which won the Robert M. Stevenson Award of the American Musicological Society. Members of the UNT College of Music's Collegium Singers will perform excerpts from two motet cycles, O domine Jesu Christe by Josquin des Pres and the Officium de cruce by Loyset Compere during Boynton's lecture.

Janet Snyder: "The Medieval Metamorphosis of Materials: Discovering Power and Meaning in Appropriated Eastern Textiles as Depicted in Western Art"

1 p.m. April 12 (Friday) in Art Building, room 223

Janet Snyder, Professor and Head of Art History at West Virginia University, will present the keynote address of the seventh annual North Texas Medieval Graduate Student Symposium. The symposium is an annual competition for national and international graduate students to present research under the guidance and mentorship of Medievalists from UNT and the DFW Metroplex. Snyder is author of Early Gothic Column-Figure Sculpture in France: Appearance, Materials, and Significance (Ashgate 2011), examining the representation of textiles and clothing in northern French stone sculpture. Her work emphasizes the context for medieval sculpture. She is co-editor of Blanche Lazzell: The Life and Work of an American Modernist (WVU Press, 2004) and Encountering Medieval Textiles and Dress: Objects, Texts, Images (Palgrave Macmillan, 2002).

UNT Art History Society Writing Competition winners

4 p.m. April 25 (Thursday) in Art Building, room 223

The UNT Art History Society is sponsoring an Art History Student Writing Competition to conclude the annual Art History Lecture Series. The competition is open to undergraduate and graduate students. Applicants from outside the College of Visual Arts and Design are encouraged, but papers must be related to art history. Three winners will be chosen to present their research April 25. Deadline for 300 word abstracts is March 1. For more information, email arthistorysociety.unt@gmail.com.

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