A Letter from the Directors:
The Department of Art History has many exciting events on the horizon for 2019, beginning in March with our 36th Annual Graduate Student Symposium. On March 8 and 9, emerging scholars from around the country will join us to present their research in 20-minute talks and discussion with faculty and students. Our keynote speaker is Michele H. Bogart, Professor of Art History at Stony Brook University, presenting “Thinking Differently about Statues” on Friday, March 8 at 5:30 pm in 2005 William Johnston Building.
This spring will also bring new programs and opportunities for students, on campus and off. We will continue the popular Friday afternoon faculty lecture series initiated in the fall, interspersing the talks every other week with a casual Friday Tea for students and faculty. Talks will be held in G40 WJB and Teas in the Art & Design Library, Fridays at 4 pm. We are also proud to offer our students a new avenue for travel, workshops, and research: the Newberry Library’s Center for Renaissance Studies Consortium. Recognizing the outstanding benefits offered for students, Art History faculty arranged for Florida State University to join this community of scholars.
The department will host a Museum and Cultural Heritage Studies symposium, “Technologies, Geographies, and Temporalities: Cultural Heritage and Digital Imaging in the 21st Century,” on Saturday, April 6. Scholars from across the country have been invited to present their work in the digital documentation of cultural heritage. Participants will discuss how new media and visualization techniques have fundamentally changed the way information is disseminated, raising questions about authenticity, representation, reproducibility, preservation, and education. This conference follows a new digital theme established for the MCHS program, inaugurated with a fall imaging workshop led by Cultural Heritage Imaging of San Francisco. FSU faculty, students, and personnel from the State of Florida Division of Historic Resources were trained in the processes of photogrammetry and 3D image modeling.
In summer 2019, Professors Kyle Killian and Paul Niell will lead the program’s Archaeological Field School to Puerto Rico, where MCHS students will study and conduct field work in the cities of San Juan and Ponce. They will work with faculty and students at the Universidad de Puerto Rico Río Piedras and the Potificia Universidad Católica de Puerto Rico in Ponce to document historic buildings made vulnerable by increasingly powerful Atlantic hurricanes. The field school will employ measured drawing and photogrammetry to achieve its objectives, and special visits will be made to the UNESCO site of Old San Juan; the restored nineteenth-century coffee plantation, Hacienda Buena Vista; and the Pre-Columbian site of the Centro Ceremonial de Tibes. This fieldwork is driven by Professor Niell’s research on the social history of nineteenth-century domestic architecture in Puerto Rico.