Ribald Antiquity: Bodies, Statues, and the Lust for Classicism in Thomas Rowlandson’s Art

On March 2, 2011, Amelia Rauser, associate professor of art history at Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, discussed the eroticism of antique art that surfaces repeatedly in Rowlandson’s work. Listen Now (33.4 MB, audio, 48 minutes) Support for this program was provided by the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art and the […]

Art & Oppression: Leon Golub and Shirin Neshat

On November 13, 2010, Eduardo Cadava, professor of English at Princeton University, and Ranjana Khanna, the Margaret Taylor Smith Director of Women’s Studies at Duke University, discussed the treatment of oppression in the work of artists Leon Golub and Shirin Neshat. Hannah Feldman, assistant professor of art history at Northwestern University, moderated the conversation. Listen […]

New Looks: The Social Life of Art and Design in Bloomsbury

On February 27, 2010, scholars from the United States and United Kingdom presented new research on Bloomsbury art and design in a symposium organized by Christine Froula, professor of English at Northwestern University, and Christopher Reed, associate professor of English and visual culture at Pennsylvania State University. Audio files of the individual presentations are below. […]

Writing in Bloomsbury: E. M. Forster, Virginia Woolf, and Vita Sackville-West

On February 3, 2010, Mary Ann Caws, Distinguished Professor of English, French, and comparative literature at the Graduate School of the City University of New York, discussed the styles and temperaments of three major Bloomsbury group writers. Listen now (40 MB, audio, 57 minutes) The Bloomsbury Lecture Series is cosponsored by the Alice Kaplan Institute […]

Roger Fry: Art and Life in Bloomsbury

Bloomsbury senior member Roger Fry originated many of group’s ideas on aesthetics and beliefs about life. In this lecture, delivered January 23, 2010, Christopher Reed, associate professor of English and visual culture at Pennsylvania State University, examined the relationship between these sentiments by analyzing Fry’s art, domestic designs, and critical and personal writings. Listen now […]

Meaning and Methodology: Robert Motherwell and Henry Moore

On October 17, 2009, David Getsy, the Goldabelle McComb Finn Distinguished Chair in Art History at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Robert Mattison, the Marshall R. Metzgar Professor of Art History at Lafayette College, spoke about Robert Motherwell’s and Henry Moore’s creative processes and writings in relation to their artwork. Huey […]

Gordon Parks: A Renaissance Man

On May 16, 2009, the Block hosted a panel discussion about Gordon Parks’s influence on photography and film. Participants included Bob Black, cofounder and vice president of the Chicago Association of African American Photographers; Philip Brookman, director of curatorial affairs, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; Darlene Clark Hine, chair and professor, Department of African […]

Robert Mapplethorpe: Artist and Activist

  On March 7, 2009, the Block Museum hosted a panel discussion about Robert Mapplethorpe’s influence on contemporary photography, activism, and issues of the body and sexuality. Participants included photographer Catherine Opie, Polaroids: Mapplethorpe curator and Henry Art Gallery director Sylvia Wolf, AIDS Community Research Initiative of America cofounder Marisa Cardinale, University of Maryland American […]