Department of Art and Art History News

Leisure and Luxury in the Age of Nero: The Villas of Oplontis near Pompeii co-curated by John R. Clarke and Elaine K. Gazda

Fri. February 12, 2016

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An exhibition co-curated by John R. Clarke and Elaine K. Gazda, entitled Leisure and Luxury in the Age of Nero: The Villas of Oplontis near Pompeii, opens at the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. It will be on view February 19 – May 15, 2016 then will travel to Montana State University’s Museum of the Rockies and the Smith College Museum of Art in Northampton, Massachusetts.

Organized by Clarke in cooperation with the Archaeological Superintendency of Pompeii and the Oplontis Project in the Department of Art and Art History at The University of Texas at Austin, the exhibition explores the lavish lifestyle and economic activities of ancient Rome’s most powerful and wealthy citizens, who vacationed along the Bay of Naples. Since 2009, Clarke has overseen every detail of the exhibition, including the conservation of the 122 fragments on display—seen for the first time by the public. Major sculptures found in the gardens of Villa A (perhaps the property of Nero’s wife, Poppaea), as well as gold coins and fine jewelry found on the skeletons of victims gather in Villa B (a commercial center), will also be featured.

On February 19, John R. Clarke will give the opening lecture for the premier of Leisure and Luxury in the Age of Nero: The Villas of Oplontis at Pompeii. The title of Clarke’s lecture is: “Studying the Villas of Oplontis: Archives, Excavation, 3D Modeling, and an Exhibition.”

Gazda and Clarke have contributed to and edited a major scholarly catalog to accompany the exhibition. Seven department alumni have participated in the Oplontis Project and its publications and contributed essays to the exhibition catalog including:

Michael L. Thomas, Ph.D. in Art History, 2001
Nayla K. Muntasser, Ph.D. in Art History, 2003
Regina Gee, Ph.D. in Art History, 2003
Ivo van der Graaff, Ph.D. in Art History, 2013
Lea Cline, Ph.D. in Art History, 2013
Lauren H. Petersen, Ph.D. in Art History, 2000
Jennifer L. Muslin, Ph.D. candidate in Art History

Play by kt shorb featured in the Austin Chronicle

Fri. February 12, 2016

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Graduate Coordinator and Theatre and Dance M.F.A. candidate kt shorb's play The Mikado: Reclaimed was featured in the Austin Chronicle. The play runs February 12–27, 2016 at Vortex theater.

Department collection featured on KEYE TV

Wed. February 10, 2016

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KEYE TV features the Department of Art and Art History collections. The collection is part of The Collections (University Texas Press), edited by Andrée Bober (B.F.A. in Art History, 1992).

Sarah Canright presents work in group exhibition at Launch F18

Wed. February 10, 2016

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Sarah Canright, If, 1979, oil on canvas, 9 x 9 inches.

Sarah Canright presents work in the exhibition, At Home, at Launch F18. The exhibition includes work by Canright in addition to Ohad Meromi, Takeshi Murata, Ara Peterson, Sally Saul, and Michelle Segre. At Home will be on view February 10 – March 6, 2016.

Conversation with Leslie Mutchler and Jason Urban on Grizzly Grizzly blog

Tue. February 9, 2016

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Leslie Mutchler and Jason Urban discuss their recent exhibition Hex Outpost/Post Hex on the Grizzly Grizzly blog.