Professor Banner Published in El Reverso de la history de arte

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Datos libro El reverso de la historia del arte-page-002Lisa A. Banner recently published an essay “Spanish Drawings in North American Collections,” included in the collected volume edited by Esther Alsina Galofré and Clara Beltrán Catalán, El Reverso de la history de arte: Exposiciones, comercio y coleccionismo (1850-1950), Ediciones Trea S.L., 2015. Texts in Spanish, English and Catalán.

The essay was originally delivered in Spanish at the Centro Cultural del Carmen de Valencia in June 2012, the V annual international research seminar on the history of collecting, sponsored by the University of Barcelona, and spearheaded by Immaculada Socias Batet, Bonaventura Bassegoda i Hugas and Francesc Fontbona de Vallescar.

Article Published by Professor Lasc on Adolphe Thiers’ Collection of Renaissance Artwork Copies

Professor Anca Lasc has just had her article “A Museum of Souvenirs: Adolphe Thiers, Collector of the Nineteenth Century” published in the Journal of the History of Collections. Her essay examines the collection of copies of Renaissance artworks that Aldophe Thiers accumulated. These small-scale reproductions have been named “memory images,” as restoring the Renaissance originals was his way of recording and remembering personal experiences.

In addition to this publication, Professor Lasc has recently delivered a paper titled “The Collector as Décorateur: The Amateur Museum in Nineteenth-Century France” at the Nineteenth Century Studies Association (NCSA) Conference in Boston, MA.


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Professor Morton Co-Organized “Locating Expressionism” Conference

Professor Marsha Morton co-organized the conference “Locating Expressionism” held at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art on September 6-7.  The event, which featured leading scholars in the field of international Expressionism, took place in conjunction with the major exhibition, “Expressionism in Germany and France,” curated by Timothy Benson at LACMA.

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Professor Morton’s Book on Max Klinger Recently Published

Professor Marsha Morton’s book “Max Klinger and Wilhelmine Culture: On the Threshold of German Modernism” ( has recently been published. This book is the first full-length study of Klinger in English and the first to consistently address his art using methodologies adopted from cultural history. With an emphasis on the popular illustrated media, Morton draws upon information from reviews and early books on the artist, writings by Klinger and his colleagues, and unpublished archival sources.


The Wilhelmine Empire’s opening decades (1870s–1880s) were crucial transitional years in the development of German modernism, both politically and culturally. Here Morton argues that no artist represented the shift from tradition to unsettling innovation more compellingly than Max Klinger. The author examines Klinger’s early prints and drawings within the context of intellectual and material transformations in Wilhelmine society through an interdisciplinary approach that encompasses Darwinism, ethnography, dreams and hypnosis, the literary Romantic grotesque, criminology, and the urban experience. His work, in advance of Expressionism, revealed the psychological and biological underpinnings of modern rational man whose drives and passions undermined bourgeois constructions of material progress, social stability, and class status at a time when Germans were engaged in defining themselves following unification.


New Museum Book Launch Featuring Professor Jack Toolin’s Writing

Book Launch and Panel Discussion:

The Emergence of Video Processing Tools, Vols. 1 & 3

Edited by Sherry Miller Hocking and Kathy High

Featuring the essay “Impulses – Tools” co-written by Christiane Paul and Jack Toolin, amongst many others.

Where: The New Museum

When: Sunday, July 13th, 3 PM

Congratulations on Professor Polistena’s Publication!

Polistena, Joyce, “Historicism and Scenes of “The Passion” in Nineteenth-Century French Romantic Painting” in ReVisioning: Critical Methods of Seeing Christianity in the History of Art, eds. James Romaine and Linda Stratford (Eugene, OR.: Cascade Books 2013) 261-276.

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“Seeing Double”, Recent SECAC Meeting, Chaired and Organized by Professor Edwards

Mary D. Edwards, Adjunct Professor with CCE, read her paper entitled “Cross-dressing in the Arena Chapel: Giotto’s Virtue Fortitude re-examined” at the Patristic, Medieval and Renaissance Conference at Villanova University on October 19, 2013. On November 2, Professor Edwards chaired the session she organized for the annual SECAC meeting in Greensboro NC entitled, “Seeing Double: Alter Egos and Mirror Images in Western Art 1800-1900.” Her paper on alter egos, mirror images and other doubles, mostly in the twentieth century, opened the session.


Two Reviews by Professor Hofrichter Published in Netherlandish Art Newsletter

Professor Frima Fox Hofrichter, a scholar of 17th-Century Dutch art and expert in the art of Haarlem, has reviewed 2 new books on Frans Hals (The Signature Style of Frans Hals by Christopher D.M. Atkins and an exhibition catalogue, Frans Hals: Eye to Eye with Rembrandt, Rubens and Titian by Anna Tummers)  for the November 2013 Historians of Netherlandish Art Newsletter (pp. 49-50).  Both explore, in different ways, the rouw or rough style of Hals and show how distinct and extraordinary it was.

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Professor Lasc Publishes Essay in the Journal of Design History

Anca Lasc’s essay, “Interior Decorating in the Age of Historicism: Popular Advice Manuals and the Pattern Books of Édouard Bajot,” calls for a re-definition of eclectic décor as applied to the private interiors of nineteenth-century France. Scholars of the nineteenth century have separated two forms of advice literature, one dedicated to women as house decorators and the other dedicated to men as collectors. By bringing them together, this essay argues that these private interiors, rather than being eclectic, as they might appear to an untrained eye, were, in fact, carefully orchestrated decorative ensembles guided by the rules of historic revivalism and themed décor, which attempted to create a collection of different times and places through interior decoration. The article appeared in vol. 26, 1 (2013), 1-24. For full text, click here.


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