Congratulations to Professor Meggs on Her Recent Publication

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.

Congratulations to Professor Robertson on Her Recent Publication

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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).

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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.

Congratulations to Professor Gisolfi for Her Recent Publication!

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 Lasc Publishes New Article in Journal of Design History

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:

Professor Anca Lasc’s New Book


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.”

Professor Anca Lasc Publishes New Chapter on Interior Design

“An excellent and diverse range of writers and subject matter has ensured that issues around the ‘soft’ interior are now placed firmly at the forefront of thinking in this field of design.” – Excerpted from a review by Graeme Brooker, Middlesex University, UK

Professor Anca Lasc, has contributed to the recently published and well reviewed book Textile Technology and Design: From Interior Space to Outer Space. Professor Lasc’s chapter can be found in Part 1 and is titled Soft Spaces: From the Textile-Clad Interior to Modern Interior Design. Edited by Deborah Schneiderman and Alexa Griffith Winton, this book is an exploration of the intersection of technology and design. This exciting and interdisciplinary approach to interior design is sure to appeal to those interested in its study, and beyond. Textile Technology and Design is published by Bloomsburry Publishing and available in multiple formats including paperback, hardcover, and e-book.

Professor Lasc Publishes Designing the French Interior Volume

Anca I. Lasc has recently published Designing the French Interior: The Modern Home and Mass Media (Bloomsbury 2015), a volume co-edited with Georgina Downey and Mark Taylor. The book traces France’s central role in the development of the modern domestic interior, from the pre-revolutionary period to the 1970s, and addresses the importance of various media, including drawings, prints, pattern books, illustrated magazines, department store catalogs, photographs, guidebooks, and films, in representing and promoting French interior design to a wider audience. Contributors to this original volume identify and historicize the singularity of the modern French domestic interior as a generator of reproducible images, a site for display of both highly crafted and mass-produced objects, and the direct result of widely-circulated imagery in its own right. The volume enables an invaluable new understanding of the relationship between architecture, interior spaces, material cultures, mass media and modernity. In addition to Prof. Lasc’s chapter, “Angels and Rebels: The Obsessions and Transgressions of the Modern Interior,” the book also includes essays by Jess Berry, Fae Brauer, Katherine Brion, Louise Campbell, Georgina Downey, Elizabeth Emery, Nieves Fernandez Villalobos, Peter McNeil, Elizabeth Melanson, Ronit Milano, Peter Olshavsky, John Potvin, Emilie Sitzia, Linda Stevenson, Karen Stock, Gullaume de Syon, Susan Tate, and Mark Taylor.

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Professor Gisolfi to Publish New Paolo Veronese Book


Diana Gisolfi is currently chairperson of the Porter Prize jury at the College Art Association. Her book, Paolo Veronese and the Practice of Painting in Late Renaissance Venice is to be published by Yale University Press in 2016. This book looks at painting practice in the Republic of Venice in the late sixteenth century. Paolo Veronese provides a center line for the argument. It begins with the visual, cultural and practical environment of Verona, bringing in his training, and moves to the capital city with his first commissions (1551) and the challenges of other master painters in the city of Venice. Specifics of practice such as preparatory drawings, transfer systems, workshop procedures, collaboration, and process on various surfaces are continually viewed in the context of patronage and culture including contemporary art theory.

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Professors Parkinson and Morton Published in Modernism Book


Faculty members Nicholas Parkinson and Marsha Morton have recently published essays in the anthology The Symbolist Roots of Modernism, edited by Michelle Facos and Thor J. Mednick (Ashgate 2015).  Their articles appear in the “Theory” section of the book and are titled, respectively, “De Chirico and the Fin de Siecle: The Metaphysical Paintings and Their Relationship to Symbolism,” and “From False Objectivity to New Objectivity: Klinger’s Legacy of Symbolic Realism.”

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