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Art History Associate Professor Nassos Papalexandrou Receives National Endowment for the Humanities Grant

Tue. January 3, 2017


President Eisenhower examining the diplomatic gifts presented to him during a formal visit of Greek officials in 1953

Photo courtesy of Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum in Abilene, Texas. Not to be reproduced without permission.

 

Dr. Nassos Papalexandrou, associate professor of art history, is the recipient of an NEH grant for the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, Greece, where he will work as senior associate member during the Spring 2017 semester.  Nassos will conduct research on antiquities sent from Greece as diplomatic gifts for United States presidents or other high ranking officials from the late forties to the present. These antiquities reside in Presidential Libraries and Museums here in the US (under the aegis of NARA-National Archives and Records Administration) but Papalexandrou will search for further clues about their selection and presentation in numerous archives in Greece. The project was instigated by what is perhaps the chronologically most ancient artifact on display at the Blanton Museum: this is the so-called Bonham Amphora, a Greek Geometric style funereal amphora of ca 770 BCE, an Athenian product sent to Sam Rayburn, Speaker of the House during the Truman Administration, as a token of thanks for Rayburn's support for economic and military assistance to Greece after WW II under the Marshall plan. The amphora is on permanent loan from the Sam Rayburn Library and Museum, Bonham TX, and will be featured in the new gallery dedicated to Greek, Roman and Near Eastern Antiquities at the Blanton Museum to Art (scheduled to open again February 2017).

Richard Shiff Delivers Three International Lectures in Fall 2016

Sat. December 16, 2017


Dr. Richard Shiff gave three international lectures during fall semester. In September, he spoke in Beijing at the opening of the retrospective of the painting and sculpture of Zeng Fanzhi, who is generally regarded as the most significant artist of his generation in China. In November, he gave the keynote lecture for the annual Munch symposium sponsored by the Munch Museum in Oslo. And in December, he gave two lectures in Kyoto, one on Cézanne for the University and one on Emile Zola for a conference of Japanese scholars who study this writer.  


 

Archaeological Institute of America Honors John R. Clarke with Gold Medal for Distinguished Archaeological Achievement

Mon. January 2, 2017


 

In early January, Dr. John Clarke will receive the Archaeological Institute of America’s Gold Medal for Distinguished Archaeological Achievement at their annual conference in Toronto. This award recognizes the archaeologists, educators, authors, and others who pursue human knowledge through archaeology and related disciplines. Clarke has been selected for his outstanding record of scholarly achievement, along with his notable contributions in both teaching and service.


 

Jeffrey Chipps Smith Lecturing at Herzog August Bibliothek Graduate Seminar, Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Fri. November 18, 2016

jeffrey chipps smith in a red shirt and khakis

This past July, Professor of Art History Jeffrey Chipps Smith taught an intensive interdisciplinary graduate seminar at the Herzog August Bibliothek in Wolfenüttel, Germany, one of Germany’s foremost research institutes and libraries. His course, “Art, Reformation, and the Cult of Martin Luther,” consisted of fourteen graduate students from more than six different countries.


Smith will also be delivering the opening public lecture on 20 November for the exhibition Renaissance & Reformation: German Art in the Age of Dürer and Cranach at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Smith was asked to write the catalogue’s only essay. The major show is co-curated by the museums of Berlin, Dresden, and Munich.
 

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