We are please to forward a link to a special essay about Graphic Design Historian Philip B. Meggs by his daughter and our faculty member, Elizabeth Meggs, who wrote it in honor of his 75th birthday. She looks at sixteen of the special books in his library. The graphics and typography are extraordinary.
Professor Robertson’s book article: “Decolonizing Aztec Picture-Writing,” has just been published in Visual Culture of the Ancient Americas: Contemporary Perspectives, edited by Andrew Finegold and Ellen Hoobler (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, pp. 185-196 & 88).
This study turns more than 250 years of conventional studies on their head by prioritizing the pictures that constitute the indigenous basis for “writing,” over the written down words added by Spanish colonizers: (1) pairing a Nahua riddle with a place-name sign, it shows how orality might conceivably have worked, engaging users in an interactive process; (2) comparing the workings of 16th c. Nahuatl diphrasisms, in which images worked in tandem with verbal language, it relocates Aztec picture-writing within a much larger language practice; (3) turning to Aztec metaphysics, it introduces James Maffie’s concepts of “energy-in-motion,” which can be used to explain not just what the pictures represent but what they are doing, and how they go about ordering, organizing, presenting and disclosing teotl, the “stuff” of reality.
Professor Gisolfi’s book, Paolo Veronese and the Practice of Painting in Late Renaissance Venice, has recently been published by Yale University Press. It is described as,“A fascinating look at Paolo Veronese’s paintings and how his innovative techniques, use of materials, and workshop organization shed light on the practice of painting in Renaissance Venice.”
Congratulations, Professor Gisolfi, on this momentous occasion!
Book cover image from Yale University Press site: Yale Books
Professor Anca Lasc has just published a new article in the Journal of the Design History, titled “The Traveling Sidewalk: The Mobile Architecture of American Shop Windows at the Turn of the Twentieth Century.” The full text can be accessed online, for free, by clicking directly on the links below:
Assistant professor Anca Lasc has published a new book titled Visualizing the Nineteenth-Century Home: Modern Art and Decorative Impulse.
“The nineteenth century – the Era of the Interior – witnessed the steady displacement of art from the ceilings, walls, and floors of aristocratic and religious interiors to the everyday spaces of bourgeois households, subject to their own enhanced ornamentation. Following the 1863 Salon des refuses, the French State began to channel mediocre painters into the decorative arts. England, too, launched an extensive reform of the decorative arts, resulting in more and more artists engaged in the production and design of complete interiors. America soon followed. Aimed at an interdisciplinary audience, including art and design historians, historians of the modern interior, interior designers, visual culture theorists, and scholars of nineteenth-century material culture, this collection of essays studies the modern interior in new ways. The volume addresses the double nature of the modern interior as both space and image, blurring the boundaries between arts and crafts, decoration and high art, two-dimensional and three-dimensional design, trompe-l’oeil effects and spatial practices. In so doing, it redefines the modern interior and its objects as essential components of modern art.”