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  • Charles C. Eldredge Prize in American Art History

    Washington | Dates: 20 Nov – 01 Dec, 2013
    The Charles C. Eldredge Prize is awarded annually by the Smithsonian American Art Museum for outstanding scholarship in the field of American art. A cash award of $3,000 is made to the author of a recent book-length publication that provides new insight into works of art, the artists who made them, or aspects of history and theory that enrich our understanding of America's artistic heritage.

    The Eldredge Prize seeks to recognize originality and thoroughness of research, excellence of writing, clarity of method, and significance for professional or public audiences. It is especially meant to honor those authors who deepen or focus debates in the field, or who broaden the discipline by reaching beyond traditional boundaries.

    Funding for the Charles C. Eldredge Prize is provided by the American Art Forum, a patrons' support organization of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. The prize was instituted to honor Charles C. Eldredge, who founded the American Art Forum in 1986 during his tenure as director of the museum.

    December 1 is the deadline for nominations.
  • CFP: Art on the Move in Eastern Europe and the Mediterranean (2014-2015)

    Cambridge | Dates: 20 Nov, 2013 – 10 Jan, 2014
    Led by Alina Payne, Harvard University

    This research seminar zeroes in on rivers as the cultural infrastructure of the Mediterranean world in the early modern period, as carriers of people, things, and ideas tying geographies and cultures together. The king of such rivers was undoubtedly the Danube, running a parallel course to the Mediterranean and cutting across Europe from West to East. Flowing into the Black Sea, it entered the system of communicating vessels of the Mediterranean—the old Roman mare nostrum itself, the Sea of Marmara, the Black Sea, and, the last ripple that separates and unites three continents, the Sea of Azov.

    But the Danube was not alone in swelling the Mediterranean world with the cultures along its shores. The Sava, the Adige, the Neretva, the Pruth, the Dniester and Dnieper, and the Don (which flows into the Sea of Azov) etc. connect the "traditional" Mediterranean cultures—the Italian, the Ottoman, the Greek/Byzantine, the French and Spanish—with the world of the Balkans and beyond. Starting from this perspective, this seminar seeks to develop a framework for understanding how the Balkans and its northern neighbors mediated between East and West, as well as the region's contribution to the larger Mediterranean cultural melting pot in the early modern period.

    The premises underlying this seminar are twofold: 1) that the contours of the Mediterranean Renaissance need to be re-drawn to include a larger territory that reflects this connectedness; and 2) that the eastern frontier of Europe extending from the Mediterranean deep into the interior played a pivotal role in negotiating the dialogue between western Europe, Central Asia and Ottoman Turkey. On the cusp between cultures and religions, Balkan principalities, kingdoms, and fiefdoms came to embody hybridity, to act as a form of buffer or cultural "switching" system that assimilated, translated, and linked the cultures of near and Central Asia with those of Western Europe. Taking a trans-regional approach, this project aims to reconstruct the fluid ties that linked territories in a period in which hegemonies were short-lived and unstable, and in which contact nebulas generated artistic nebulas that challenge traditional historical categories of regional identities, East/West and center/periphery.

    The seminar will run from spring of 2014 to summer of 2015 and will be guided by a distinguished group of scholars. Participants are invited to propose their own projects related to these themes on which they will work during this period. We seek contributions on building types (eg. carvanserais/ hans), infrastructure (bridges, fortifications and roads), domestic architecture (villas/palaces), religious and domed structures, etc., building practices, materials and artisans, on Kleinarchitektur and portable architectural objects. Proposals are also invited from participants working on spolia, on "minor" arts—cloth/silks, goldsmithry, sculpture, leather, gems and books—as well as on collecting and treasuries, that is, on artworks and luxury items that allowed ornamental forms and formal ideas to circulate and created a taste for a hybrid aesthetic, as well as on historiography.

    The countries under consideration here are: Albania, Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, and Ukraine.

    The seminar involves three stages: 1) a two-week "mobile" workshop traveling along the Dalmatian coast and using this region as case study of the issues, historiography and methodologies that this project seeks to foreground (May/June 2014); 2) a two and a half week stay at Harvard University (2 day workshop focusing on interim presentation of participants' findings and 2 week library access in January/February 2015); and 3) a final conference (presentation of developed individual projects) and short trip to key sites on the Black Sea. On-going participation in the seminar will be based on the quality of scholarly contribution and on the level of engagement with the group.

    Applicants should be post-doctoral scholars working in the Eastern European countries on which the project focuses (maximum 10 years from a doctoral degree; doctoral degree must be in hand at time of application). Travel expenses are covered. The seminar language is English: participants will need to demonstrate a strong command of the language to enable wide-ranging discussion with the other members of the seminar. Facility with languages of the region is an asset. Applications must include: CV, personal statement, description of proposed project (500 words + one page bibliography), one published writing sample and three letters of reference are due no later than January 10, 2014. Finalists will be interviewed; participants will be notified by early February.

    Please send applications to the attention of Elizabeth Kassler-Taub, Department of History of Art and Architecture, Harvard University, ekassler@fas.harvard.edu.

    This project is supported by a Connecting Art Histories grant from the Getty Foundation.
  • Beaux-Arts Atelier Full-Time Program in Classical Architecture, September 2014-June 2015

    New York | Dates: 20 Nov, 2013 – 01 Mar, 2014
    The Beaux-Arts Atelier is a one-year, full-time program in the study of classical architecture, art, and design following the method of the École des Beaux-Arts. It is housed in the NYC landmark headquarters of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art in midtown Manhattan, adjacent to some of the city's most storied examples of classical construction.

    Areas of study include the following: Architectural Drafting, Drawing & Sculpture, Ornament & Relief, the Classical Orders, Literature & Theory of Classical Architecture, Reading Architecture: Masterpieces of New York, Architectural Rendering in Wash, Master Copying, Shades & Shadow, and Propotion.

    Applications are now being accepted for the 2014-2015 academic year, and will be reviewed on a rolling basis until March 1, 2014.

    Financial Assistance is available to accepted applicants according to merit and need. One regional scholarship designated for a student hailing from the Northern California region is also available.
  • Mobilities of Design: Transnational Transfers in Asian Architecture and Urban Planning, 1960-Present

    Singapore | Dates: 20 – 21 Nov, 2013
    This conference investigates the transnational transfer of architectural expertise to, from, and within Asia from 1960 to the present–as well as its consequences for contemporary conditions of urbanization in the region today. The goal of the event is to uncover the multidirectional exchanges in architecture, planning, engineering, design pedagogy, and building technology that have taken place in Asia over the past 50 years; and to show how this acquired knowledge has been developed, appropriated, mixed, and modified in professional practice. Bringing academic research papers into dialogue with the insights of practitioners, the event will offer a heterogeneous genealogy of the current material, economic, and institutional conditions of urbanization in the contemporary Asian city. By developing an innovative historical framework, the conference aims to contextualize examples of cross-cultural knowledge transfer that are taking place in Asian cities such as Singapore today.
  • The Gendered Interior in Nineteenth-Century Art

    Bern | Dates: 20 Nov, 2013
    Attendance is free of charge, but due to limited seats, registration is required until 15 November 2013.

    This symposium is part of the activities of the Bern based SNSF Sinergia project “The Interior: Art, Space, and Performance (Early Modern to Postmodern)”. It aims to present new and innovative approaches to the study of Victorian art and material culture with reference to Gender Studies by bringing together international scholars and graduate students. The conference seeks to elucidate the impulses behind the presentation of the interior scenes and discuss new premises for understanding the interior as both a phenomenon of cultural change and a system of individual, social and political self-positioning. Papers address presentations of interiors as objectively verifiable reflections of competing worldviews.