Lee Frank Lectures

2016 Lee Frank lecture

2015-2016 LEE FRANK LECTURE:
Thursday, April 7, 2016, 4:30pm, LPAC Cinema

Daniela Bleichmar, Associate Professor of Art History and History, USC

Daniela Bleichmar is Associate Professor in the departments of Art History and History at the University of Southern California.  Her work examines the history of visual culture and the natural sciences in Europe and the Spanish Americas in the period between 1500–1800. 

"The Legible Image: Translating Pictorial Knowledge in Early Colonial Mexico."

What were the meanings and possibilities of drawing in Mexico City shortly after the conquest? This talk will examine the manufacture of the Codex Mendoza, a pictorial manuscript about Aztec history and life created in Mexico City around 1542, in order to investigate the ways in which images and words from both European and American traditions worked to produce and communicate knowledge in this cross-cultural context. Combining elements from both Mesoamerican and European bookmaking traditions, the Codex Mendoza was a new type of colonial object created through multiple translations and interpretations: from image into word, from Nahuatl into Spanish, from oral narrative into written language, and from indigenous traditions into colonial interpretations. Nahuas and Spaniards collaborated to produce this manuscript book while holding very different understandings about the meaning and epistemic possibilities of images and of their relationship to words.

 

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.

LEE FRANK LECTURES:

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