The 23rd annual Arkansas College Art History Symposium, to be held Thursday and Friday this week at UALR, has much to recommend it. A talk on Turner, Italian art, Mayan art, editorial cartoons and, of special interest to those interested in the feminine, "Ambiguity in the Portrayal of Maids in Seventeenth-Century Dutch Genre Painting," by Jeanne Vockroth of the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.
Try to make some of this free symposium, all in the Fine Arts Building room 161. Dr. Floyd Martin, 569-3182, is the contact person. Here's the schedule:
THURSDAY, March 7
Keynote lecture, 7:30 p.m.: “Purposeful Choices and Clever Surprises: Conflict, Resolution, and Contemporary Relevance in Lorenzo Ghiberti’s Gates of Paradise," by Dr. William R. Levin, Centre College, Danville, Ky.
FRIDAY, March 8
09:10-09:30: "The ‘Awe’ in Turner’s Work," Mariah Morris, UCA
09:30-09:50: "Gustave Moreau and the Development of Symbolism," Hannah Mosby, UCA
09:50-10:10: "Tea in the Afternoon: John White Alexander and ‘The Gossip,’" Jeanne-Marie Meyer, UALR
10:10-10:30: "The Rising Sun Never Sets: ‘Japonisme’ Found in Japan’s Contemporary Print Culture," Nick Langley, HSU
10:50-11:10: "The Hours of Engelbert of Nassau: A Discussion of Two Narrative Sequences," Natalie Pickle, UALR
11:10-11:30: "The Quiet Reformation: Evangelicalism and Church Architecture in Early Modern Italy," Michael Hartman, UAF
11:30-11:50: "Ambiguity in the Portrayal of Maids in Seventeenth-Century Dutch Genre Painting," Jeanne Vockroth, UAF
11:50-12:10: "Class Identity and Ornamentation in Twentieth-Century Trinidad," Leniqueca Welcome, UAF
1:25-1:4: "An Iconographical Analysis of the Façade of the Tomb of Ukit Kan Le’k Tok’ at Ek’ Balam, Yucatán," Meredith Bagby Fettes, UALR
1:45-2:15: "Art of Negotiation: Pre-Columbian Motifs within the Monastic Space of Sixteenth-Century Ixmiquilpan," Elizabeth Owen, UAF
2:15-2:25: Fragmented Memory: The Church of San Francisco, Mexico City, as a Lieu de mémoire," Laurence McMahon, UAF
2:25-02:45: "Rafael Pineda (Rapé): Online Editorial Cartoons and Caricature as Activist Art Form in Mexico Today," Héctor R. Garcia, UCA
2:45-03:45: Comments on Papers and Additional Remarks, Dr. Levin.
University of Arkansas professor Lynn F. Jacobs, who teaches medieval, Italian renaissance, Northern renaissance and baroque art, has published a book on medieval painting, "Opening Doors: The Early Netherlandish Triptych Reinterpreted." The Pennsylvania State Press (why not the UA press?) book is available on Amazon for $94.95 (it's not cheap to publish a 357-page hardback with color plates on such a specialized subject).
An excerpt from the U of A press release on the book:
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — A book by a University of Arkansas professor examines the evolution of the triptych format from medieval to early modern times in paintings produced in the region of present-day Belgium and Holland. Lynn F. Jacobs, professor of art in the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences, focuses on the notions of thresholds and their meaning in early Netherlandish art in her latest research. This work culminated in the publication of Opening Doors: The Early Netherlandish Triptych Reinterpreted (Pennsylvania State Press), which has garnered a great deal of praise.
“Offering an impressive survey of this great artistic achievement, Opening Doors truly lives up to its name and contributes fresh new interpretations,” said Larry Silver of the University of Pennsylvania. “Scholars and their students will use this book as a standard work for many years to come.”
“Admirably broad in its sweep — from Jan van Eyck to Peter Paul Rubens — this book tackles a fundamentally important question: how the form of the triptych affected its meaning,” said Diane Wolfthal of Rice University. “This book will undoubtedly have a major impact on the field.”
The term "triptych," meaning a painting or relief carving on three panels, typically hinged together so that the side panels could open and close, did not exist during the period covered in Jacobs’s book. Contemporary French, German and Latin terms refer to the form as “a painting with doors.”
Jacobs’ book, published in late 2011, is attracting more than just the attention of her scholastic peers. A New York artist wrote to Jacobs that he was “visiting Paris and came upon your fascinating book, Opening Doors, in the book shop of the Louvre. It was displayed prominently in a section on art history. It's a beautiful book and I particularly liked your concept of ‘painting with doors.’”
Opening Doors is the first comprehensive interpretation of the early Netherlandish triptych. Jacobs argues that the physical characteristics of the medium establish divisions and distinct spaces, creating boundaries as well as interactions between the center and wings that help generate meaning within the works.
Dr. Kevin Concannon of Virginia Tech's School of Visual Arts will deliver the keynote address, "War is Over If You Want It: John & Yoko's Year of Peace," tomorrow night at the University of Central Arkansas for its 22nd Arkansas College Art History Symposium. He'll talk at 7:30 p.m. in the Art Lecture Hall of McCastlain, on the UCA campus.
Concannon, whose scholarship focuses particularly on the work of Yoko Ono, will give another lecture, at 4:30 p.m. Friday, "Yoko Ono's Touch Piece: A Work in Multiple Media, 1960-2008." His talk will come after the presentation of student papers that begins at 8:30 a.m. Friday.
Here is how fellow performance artist Daniel Rothbart describes Touch Piece:
Touch Piece is generally performed in the following way: lights are turned off and members of the audience feel one another from anywhere between ten minutes and two hours. At the Tanzen Temple in Kyoto Japan, the piece lasted from dusk until dawn. For New Yorkers, Touch Piece may have particular significance. Each day city-dwellers clad themselves in psychological armor which strongly inhibits their ability to empathize with strangers. Touch Piece forces participants to eliminate barriers to communication and understand the body of another through the sensual language of touch, awakening myriad sensations and emotions that lie dorment in their daily lives.
As a member (er ... I'm sure I haven't paid by dues, though) of the venerable Toltec Chapter of the Arkansas Archeological Society I pass this flyer on to you. Looks great. To get to the state park, take Hwy. 165 past Scott and look for the park on the right.
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