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Lee Frank Lectures

2019 Lee Frank Lecture in Art History


Roberta Wue '85, Associate Professor, University of California, Irvine
Amoy Chinqua/Chitqua: On Imagining the Chinese Artist in 18th Century London

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.


2016-2017 Deborah DeMott '70, Professor of Law, Duke University
Disavowed Art

2015-2016 Elizabeth Sutton, Associate Professor of Art History, University of Northern Iowa
Mapping Colonization and Decolonization in the 17th Century and Today

2014-2015 Daniela Bleichmar, Associate Professor of Art History and History, USC
The Legible Image: Translating Pictorial Knowledge in Early Colonial Mexico

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

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