Art History Associate Professor Nassos Papalexandrou Receives National Endowment for the Humanities Grant
Tue. January 3, 2017
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).
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
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.
Associate Professor Nassos Papalexandrou Shares Research Findings in Menil Symposium
Wed. November 9, 2016
Nassos Papalexandrou, associate professor of Greek Art and Archaeology presented the results of his latest research in a symposium organized by the Menil Collection, Houston, TX, Rice University and University of Houston-Clear Lake (Collaborative Futures for Museum Collections: Antiquities, Provenance and Cultural Heritage, October 17-19, 2016). Papalexandrou’s paper is titled “Collecting Greek antiquities in the ‘60s: a group of Early Greek bronze horses in the Menil Collection.” The symposium presented the findings of scholars participating in the Collections Analysis Collaborative project (CAC), a research and educational initiative spearheaded by Rice University professor John Hopkins, a Ph.D. graduate of the art history doctoral program at the University of Texas at Austin. CAC aims at investigating questions of cultural heritage in order to produce a deep, historical understanding of nearly 600 objects from the ancient Mediterranean in the Menil’s permanent collection. Papalexandrou investigated John and Dominique de Menil’s interest in Early Greek art and how it dovetails with their parallel interests in African and modern art and especially surrealism.