Annual Art Series Lectures

Mosque of Cordoba

Tuesday, February 25, 2014
4:30pm, LPAC Cinema. Refreshments will follow.
Dr. Renata Holod, College of Women Class of 1963 Professor in the History of Art, University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
"On Interiors and the Regimes of Lighting: Vision in the Mosque of Cordoba"


Benjamin West Lectures

The Benjamin West Lecture, made possible by gifts from members of the Class of 1905 and other friends of the College, is given annually on some phase of art.  It is the outgrowth of the Benjamin West Society, which built up a collection of paintings, drawings, and prints, which are exhibited, as space permits, in the buildings on campus.  The lecture was named for the American artist who was born in a house that stands on the campus and became president of the Royal Academy.

Lee Frank Memorial Art Lecture

Endowed by the family and friends of Lee Frank '21, sponsors each year a special event in the Art Department: a visiting lecturer or artist, a scholar or artist in residence, or a special exhibit.

Donald J. Gordon Art Fund

The Donald J. Gordon Art Fund was established in 1998 by a gift from his children and their spouses on the occasion of his 70th birthday and 50th anniversary of his graduation from Swarthmore College.  The fund supports visiting artists.


Please find below our past lectures for Benjamin West,  Lee Frank and Donald J. Gordon.


Critical Histories of Modern Architecture and the Built Environment
Kathleen James-Chakraborty, University of Dublin
From the Bauhaus in Calcutta to the Swiss Minaret Debate: Who Wants Modern Architecture and Why?
Alice Friedman, Wellesley College
American Glamour and the Evolution of Modern Architecture
Zeynep Celik, New Jersey Institute of Technology
Archaeologistsí Palaces, Indigenous Villages, & Life at the Dig Swati Chattopadhyay, University of California, Santa Barbara City and Country in South Asia

2011-2012 Steven LeBlanc, Peabody Museum, Harvard University
Individuals, Specialization, and Prehistoric Pottery

2010-2011 William Wallace, Washington University
Writing Michelangelo's Biography

2009-2010 Margaret S. Nesbit, Vassar College
Gordon Matta-Clark in Italy

2007-2008 Leo Steinberg
O! Say, Can You See?

2006-2007 Richard Meyer, University of Pennsylvania
What Was Contemporary Art?

2005-2006 Masatomo Kawai, Keio University
Tea Ceremony as Environment: Historical Considerations on the Display and Reception of Japanese Art

2004-2005 John Clark, University of Texas at Austin
Power over the Other - or the Other's Power? Laughing at the 'Pygmy' and the 'Black'

2003-2004 Stephen J. Campbell, Johns Hopkins University
Decentering Rome:  Mantegna, Correggio and the Gonzaga

2002-2003 Joan Brenton Connelly, New York University
Beyond the Icon: The Parthenon and Its Sculptured Frieze

2001-2002 Samuel Y. Edgerton, Williams College
The Cross and The Tree; The Arch and The Cave

2000-2001 CÈcile Whiting '80, U.C.L.A.
Pop Outside Manhattan/Inside L.A.

1999-2000 Madeline Caviness,Tufts University
Norman Knights, Anglo-Saxon Women, and the Third Sex: Re-evaluating Gender in the Bayeux Tapestry

1997-1998 Joseph Leo Koerner, Harvard University
Reformation Portraits & the routines of Modern Belief

1996-1997 Rowland Abiodun, Amherst College
What follows six is more than seven

1995-1996 Carol Armstrong, Graduate Center, CUNY
Julia Margaret Cameron and the Feminization of Photography

1994-1995 Michael Camille, University of Chicago
Illuminating Philosophy:  Art and Science at the Medieval University

1993-1994 Norman Bryson, Harvard University
Orientalism and Occidentalism

1992-1993 Suzanne Preston Blier, Columbia University
The Danger of Art: Anomie, Alchemy, and African Vodun

1991-1992 Madeline Caviness, Tufts University
The Hours of Jeanne d'Evreux: A Medieval Discourse of Sexuality

1990-1991 Michael Fried, The Johns Hopkins University
Manet in his Generation

1989-1990 Eunice Lipton, 
Imagining a Woman's Life: The Case of Victorine Meurent

1988-1989 Esin Atil, Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Origins of Islamic Iconography

1987-1988 Robert Herbert, Yale University
Impressionism and Tourism Alng the Channel Coast

1986-1987 Irene Winter, Harvard University
Reading Concepts of Space from Ancient Mesopotamian Monuments 

1985-1986 Robert Venturi, Architect
Current Works and Ideas

1984-1985 Ernst Kitzinger, Harvard University
A Donor Portrait in Norman Sicily and its Byzantine Context

1983-1984 Richard Brilliant, Columbia University
On Portraits: Modes of Representation

1982-1983 James Cahill, University of California, Berkeley
Quickness &Spontaneity in Chinese Ptg: The Ups and Downs of an Ideal 

1981-1982 Albert Elsen, Stanford University
In Rodin's Studio: The Sculptor and the Photographers

1980-1981 George Kubler, Yale University
A Sixteenth Century Meaning of the Escorial

1979-1980 Meyer Schapiro, Columbia University
The South Tower of Chartres Cathedral

1978-1979 Colin Eisler, Institute of Fine Arts
Titian's Marsyas: Art's Martyr

1977-1978 Alfred Frazer, Columbia University
The Emperor Claudius as Architect

1976-1977 James Ackerman, Harvard University
Michelangelo's Religion

1975-1976 Oleg Grabar, Harvard University
The Meaning of Ornament in Islamic Art

1974-1975 Vincent Scully, Yale University
Modern Architecture

1973-1974 Helen Frankenthaler
Helen Frankenthaler Presents Her Work

1972-1973 Irving Lavin, New York University
Bernini's Chapel of Saint Theresa in Santa Maria Vittoria, Rome

1971-1972 Leo Steinberg, Hunter College, CUNY
Picasso at Large, or The Art of Being Everywhere

1970-1971 Andrew Sarris, Columbia University and Village Voice

1969-1970 Michael Sullivan, Standord University
The Meeting of Eastern and Western Art

1968-1969 John Rosenfield, Harvard University
Classical and Pre-Classical in North Indian Sculpture

1967-1968 Lotte Brand Philip, Queens College, CUNY
The Ghent Altarpiece: A New Solution to an Old Problem

1966-1967 Seymour Slive, Harvard University
Rembrandt's Self-Portraits


2013-2014 Julia Bryan-Wilson '95, University of California at Berkeley
Cecilia Vicuna & the Problem of Thread

2012-2013 Susan Walker, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford University
Renovating the Ashmolean Museum at Oxford

2011-2012 Ken Tadashi Oshima, University of Washington
In-between Space: Constructing Modern Architecture between Japan and the World

2010-2011 Julie Nelson Davis, University of Pennsylvania
Reading The Mirror of Yoshiwara Beauties, Compared

2008-2009 Keith Eggener, University of Missouri.  
Settings for History and Oblivion in Modern Mexico, 1942-58

2007-2008 Rachel DeLue '93, Assistant Professor of American Art, Princeton University. 
Painting as Translation, or Seeing and Knowing in the Art of Arthur Dove

2006-2007 Louise Allison Cort, Curator for Ceramics, Freer Gallely of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C.
A Japanese Potter's Study Trip to Edo: Ceramic Research and Development in the 17th Century

2005-2006 Gwendolyn Dubois Shaw, Associate Professor of American and African American Art, University of Pennsylvania
Imagined Subjectivity:  Portraits of the Past in Fred Wilson's Mining the Museum

2004-2005 Joseph Rishel, Senior Curator of European Painting, PMA
Latin American Art 1492-1825:  Making an Exhibition

2003-2004 Ingrid Schaffner, Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia
The Dream of Venus Dreams On: Salvador Dali's Surrealist Funhouse and Contemporary Art

2002-2003 Matthew Biro í83, University of Michigan
Raoul Hausmann's Revolutionary Media:  Dada Performance, Photomontage, and the Development of the Cyborg in Germany

2001-2002 Susan Sidlauskas, University of Pennsylvania
Cezanne's Significant 'Other': The Portraits of Hortense

2000-2001 Bonnie Yochelson '74    
The Story Behind Berenice Abbott's Changing New York

1998-1999 Nina Athanassoglou-Kallmyer, University of Delaware
Delacroix's Late Works:  Between Aesthetics & Consumerism

1997-1998 Angela Dalle Vacche, Emory University
Italy 1945:  Cinema and Painting

1996-1997 Maxwell Hearn, Curator of Chinese Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art
Possessing the Past:  Treasures from the National Palace, Museum,     Taipei

1995-1996 Joanna E. Ziegler, College of The Holy Cross
Dance, Film, & Gender:  Retrieving Historical Women

1994-1995 Christine Poggi, University of Pennsylvania
"Vito Acconci's Bad Dream of Domesticity"

1993-1994 Wendy Steiner, University of Pennsylvania
Construing Mapplethorpe

1992-1993 Richard Martin, Fashion Institute of Technology
Fine Arts and Finery Arts: An Inquiry and an Odyssey

1991-1992 Robert Storr, Museum of Modern Art, NY
...that was then, this is now--modernism, post-modernism, and post po-mo...

1990-1991 David Freedberg, Columbia University
Naming the Visible: Art and Science in the Circle of Galileo

1989-1990 Alison Kettering, Carleton College
The Courtship Paintings of Gerhard ter Borch

1988-1989 Linda Seidel, University of Chicago
Jan van Eyck's Arnolfini Portrait:' Business as Usual?

1987-1988 Meredith Claussen, University of Washington
The Department Store: Development of the Building Type

1986-1987 Shen Fu, Freer Gallery, Smisthsonian Institution
The Mongol Princess Sengge as a Chinese Art Collector

1985-1986 Dale Kinney, Bryn Mawr College
An Excellent Horse: Critical Understandings of the Equestrian Statue of Marcus Aurelius from Antiquity to Modern Times

1984-1985 Elizabeth Johns, University of Maryland
Thomas Eakins and Nineteenth Century Heroic Ideals

1983-1984 Kathleen Weil-Garris-Brandt, New York University
Raphael and Cinquecento Sculpture

1982-1983 William Heckscher, Rare Books, Princeton University
Egogenesis: Fundamental Change as an Essential Ingredient in the Formation of Genius

1981-1982 Joanna Gottfried Williams, University of California, Berkeley
The Non-Finito in Indian Sculpture

1980-1981 Wanda M. Corn, Woodrow Wilson International Center (Smithsonian)
The Birth of a National Icon: Grand Wood's American Gothic

1979-1980 Svetlana Alpers, University of California, Berkeley
Looking at Words: The Representation of Texts in Dutch Seventeenth Century Art

Donald J. Gordon Lectures

2012-2013 Sedrick Huckaby
Hidden in Plain Sight

2011-2012 Emmet Gowin
A Life in Photography

2010-2011 Gregory Halpern, Rochester Institute of Technology

2009-2010 Ying Li
A Survey

2008-2009 Sonya Clark
Combs: Pieces and Parts

2007-2008 Melissa Meyer
Paintings and Works on Paper: 1975-2005

2006-2007 Ron Tarver
What the Eye Doesnít See: Images in Silver and Ink

2004-2005 Joyce Tenneson
A 25-Year Career as an Artist, Author, Photographer, and Educator

John Moore, University of Pennsylvania
Here and There

2002-2003 Charles Burwell, Joan Curran, Tara Goings, Mary Judge, Stanley Lewis, Ying Li, Scott Noel, Peter Paone, Catherine Redmond, Charles Ritchie & Stephen Talasnik
Value and Presenceî Works on Paper

2000-2001 Philip Pearlstein
The Problems of Being a Realist Artist