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Lee Frank Lectures

2023 Lee Frank Lecture in Art History

2023 Lee Frank Lecture in Art History presents Sarah Lopez, Associate Professor, University of Pennsylvania

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.

2023 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.

Past Lee Frank Lectures:

  • 2022–2023
    Sarah Lopez, Associate Professor, University of Pennsylvania
    Architectural History as Migrant History: Cantera Stone and Construction Labor in Mexico and the United States

    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.

  • 2018–2019
    Roberta Wue ’85, Associate Professor, University of California, Irvine
    Amoy Chinqua/Chitqua: On Imagining the Chinese Artist in 18th Century London

  • 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, 194258
  • 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 ’83, 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