Category: Art History

Why is “Tim’s Vermeer” so Controversial?

  “What do you think about the theory that Vermeer used an elaborate technique involving mirrors when he painted (as proposed in the movie Tim’s Vermeer)?” – asked by Michael Note: This post will contain spoilers for the movie Tim’s Vermeer. The documentary film Tim’s Vermeer follows inventor Tim Jenison on his quest to recreate a Vermeer painting using […]

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Drs. Pearson and Butler to Present at Renaissance Society of America’s Annual Conference

Drs. Andrea Pearson and Kim Butler Wingfield will present at the 64th Annual Meeting of the Renaissance Society of America in New Orleans from March 22nd-24th. Dr. Butler will present a talk titled, “A Question of Lineage: The Dualism of Michelangelo’s Jewish Ancestors,” about the Sistine Chapel. Dr. Butler describes her research as such: “Christian […]

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Why was Cimabue so Important?

  Reader question: “Consider explaining how or why Cimabue is considered important—what were his influences on art and WHY was he considered great? Why is this perfectionist trait important? Did his pride influence others?” – asked by Eric Cimabue was an Italian (more specifically, a Florentine) painter who was active in the late 13th and early 14th centuries, […]

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Where were all the female Abstract Expressionists?

  Reader question: “I wonder if there have been women engaging in abstract expressionist art and if we maybe only don’t know them because Clement Greenberg forgot to tell us about them?” – asked by Natascha Short answer: Yes! There were plenty of women engaging in Abstract Expressionist art that simply never gained the fame […]

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Art History Spring Lecture Series: Dr. Sarah Betzer

This Wednesday, March 28th, Dr. Sarah Betzer will present a lecture, titled “Moving Statues: Towards an Eighteenth-Century Ontology of the Antique,” as a part of the Art History department’s Spring Lecture Series.  Dr. Betzer, an associate professor at University of Virginia, describes her research as such: “While masterworks of ancient sculpture had long been the […]

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Alumni Spotlight: Allison Porambo

Allison Porambo ’12 completed her undergraduate degree as an art history major at American University before going on to receive a Masters degree from the University of Texas, Austin, in Art History, Criticism, and Conservation in 2017. Now, she’s back in the D.C. area, and tells us about the ins and outs of her current […]

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Dr. Joanne Allen Wins the 2018 Milton and Sonia Greenberg Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Award

Congratulations to Dr. Joanne Allen on winning the 2018 Milton and Sonia Greenberg Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Award! This award recognizes faculty who have made a significant contribution to research-based analyses of teaching practices or of curricular design. The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning is a movement in post-secondary education that promotes systematic analysis of the […]

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Binghamton University Art Museum hosts “Vienna to Binghamton: A Symposium on Max Eisenstein and His Painting”

On Thursday, May 3, 4:00-7:00 pm, the Binghamton University Art Museum will host a public event entitled “Vienna to Binghamton: A Symposium on Max Eisenstein and His Painting.” It will feature talks by Owen Pell ’80, Partner at White & Case LLP & Chairman of the Auschwitz Institute, and Tim Corbett, Inaugural Prins Foundation Postdoctoral […]

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Art History major and graduating senior Isabella Gaitán receives Evelyn Swarthout Hayes Award

Congratulations to Art History major and graduating senior Isabella Gaitán, recipient of AU’s Evelyn Swarthout Hayes Award. The award honors a student who has contributed most to the University through the arts while maintaining a high academic average. Isabella received her award in a pre-commencement ceremony officiated by President Sylvia Burwell. A native of Colombia […]

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