Lee Frank Lectures
An endowment by the family and friends of Lee Frank, Class of 1921, sponsors a special event each year : a visiting lecturer or artist, a scholar or artist in residence, or a special exhibit.
Upcoming Lecture information:
Sarah Lopez, Associate Professor, University of Pennsylvania
Architectural History is Migrant History: Cantera Stone and Construction Labor in Mexico and the United States
Tuesday, February 14, 2023, 4:30pm. Reception to follow. LPAC Cinema.
Architectural History as Migrant History reframes histories of migration and construction by tracking the development, over the last fifty years, of the excavation, processing, and distribution of cantera stone across the US-Mexico boundary. Cantera literally means “quarry,” but the Spanish word is used in Mexico to describe a specific brittle rock used to build colonial churches and civic infrastructure. More recently, a network of Mexican quarrymen, stonemasons, homebuilders, architects, and businessmen have refined a market that caters to a Mexican and Mexican American clientele in the American Southwest. Architectural History Is Migrant History tracks the development of a meaningful and sophisticated binational commercial network that has reshaped design norms and building trades in two countries from the shadows of a formal American economy.
Sarah Lopez, a built environment historian and migration scholar, is an Associate Professor at The University of Pennsylvania. Lopez' book, The Remittance Landscape: The Spaces of Migration in Rural Mexico and Urban USA, was published by the University of Chicago Press in 2015 and won the 2017 Spiro Kostof Book Award from the Society of Architectural Historians. She teaches at the intersection of histories of the built environment, migration, and spatial justice. Lopez is currently a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts.
Past Lee Frank Lectures:
Roberta Wue ’85, Associate Professor, University of California, Irvine
Amoy Chinqua/Chitqua: On Imagining the Chinese Artist in 18th Century London
Deborah DeMott ’70, Professor of Law, Duke University
Elizabeth Sutton, Associate Professor of Art History, University of Northern Iowa
Mapping Colonization and Decolonization in the 17th Century and Today
Daniela Bleichmar, Associate Professor of Art History and History, USC
The Legible Image: Translating Pictorial Knowledge in Early Colonial Mexico
Julia Bryan-Wilson ’95, University of California at Berkeley
Cecilia Vicuna & the Problem of Thread
Susan Walker, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford University
Renovating the Ashmolean Museum at Oxford
Ken Tadashi Oshima, University of Washington
In-between Space: Constructing Modern Architecture between Japan and the World
Julie Nelson Davis, University of Pennsylvania
Reading The Mirror of Yoshiwara Beauties, Compared
Keith Eggener, University of Missouri.
Settings for History and Oblivion in Modern Mexico, 1942—58
Rachel DeLue ’93, Assistant Professor of American Art, Princeton University.
Painting as Translation, or Seeing and Knowing in the Art of Arthur Dove
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
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
Joseph Rishel, Senior Curator of European Painting, PMA
Latin American Art 1492-1825: Making an Exhibition
Ingrid Schaffner, Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia
The Dream of Venus Dreams On: Salvador Dali's Surrealist Funhouse and Contemporary Art
Matthew Biro ’83, University of Michigan
Raoul Hausmann's Revolutionary Media: Dada Performance, Photomontage, and the Development of the Cyborg in Germany
Susan Sidlauskas, University of Pennsylvania
Cezanne's Significant 'Other': The Portraits of Hortense
Bonnie Yochelson ’74
The Story Behind Berenice Abbott's Changing New York
Nina Athanassoglou-Kallmyer, University of Delaware
Delacroix's Late Works: Between Aesthetics & Consumerism
Angela Dalle Vacche, Emory University
Italy 1945: Cinema and Painting
Maxwell Hearn, Curator of Chinese Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art
Possessing the Past: Treasures from the National Palace, Museum, Taipei
Joanna E. Ziegler, College of The Holy Cross
Dance, Film, & Gender: Retrieving Historical Women
Christine Poggi, University of Pennsylvania
"Vito Acconci's Bad Dream of Domesticity"
Wendy Steiner, University of Pennsylvania
Richard Martin, Fashion Institute of Technology
Fine Arts and Finery Arts: An Inquiry and an Odyssey
Robert Storr, Museum of Modern Art, NY
...that was then, this is now--modernism, post-modernism, and post po-mo...
David Freedberg, Columbia University
Naming the Visible: Art and Science in the Circle of Galileo
Alison Kettering, Carleton College
The Courtship Paintings of Gerhard ter Borch
Linda Seidel, University of Chicago
Jan van Eyck's Arnolfini Portrait:' Business as Usual?
Meredith Claussen, University of Washington
The Department Store: Development of the Building Type
Shen Fu, Freer Gallery, Smisthsonian Institution
The Mongol Princess Sengge as a Chinese Art Collector
Dale Kinney, Bryn Mawr College
An Excellent Horse: Critical Understandings of the Equestrian Statue of Marcus Aurelius from Antiquity to Modern Times
Elizabeth Johns, University of Maryland
Thomas Eakins and Nineteenth Century Heroic Ideals
Kathleen Weil-Garris-Brandt, New York University
Raphael and Cinquecento Sculpture
William Heckscher, Rare Books, Princeton University
Egogenesis: Fundamental Change as an Essential Ingredient in the Formation of Genius
Joanna Gottfried Williams, University of California, Berkeley
The Non-Finito in Indian Sculpture
Wanda M. Corn, Woodrow Wilson International Center (Smithsonian)
The Birth of a National Icon: Grand Wood's American Gothic
Svetlana Alpers, University of California, Berkeley
Looking at Words: The Representation of Texts in Dutch Seventeenth Century Art