Notre-Dame of Paris

In the Light of the Fire

June 2 • Online @ 6:00 pm

Guest Lecturer Dr. Lindsay Cook

Hosted by FIA Curator of Collections and Exhibitions Tracee Glab

Free and open to the public.

Dr. Lindsay Cook
Dr. Lindsay Cook

In April 2019, a catastrophic fire damaged Notre-Dame of Paris, throwing its admirers for a loop and leaving the Gothic cathedral in a fragile and fragmentary state, without a roof or spire. In this illustrated talk, Dr. Lindsay S. Cook will discuss the past, present, and likely future of the cathedral of Paris through its material remains, graphic traces, and digital doubles—including the laser scans produced of the building before and after the fire.

Lindsay S. Cook is Assistant Teaching Professor of Art History in the School of Art at Ball State University. Originally from Chicago, she earned her B.A. in Art History and French & Francophone Studies from Vassar College and her Ph.D. from the Department of Art History & Archaeology at Columbia University. She is an architectural historian, medievalist, digital humanist, translator, and digital preservation advocate. She is the translator of Notre Dame Cathedral: Nine Centuries of History (Penn State University Press, 2020), a content editor of the open-access databases Mapping Gothic France and Musiconis, co-editor of The Notre-Dame Translation Project, and chair of the Digital Resources Committee of the International Center of Medieval Art (ICMA).


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The Sheppy Dog Fund Lecture has been established to address the topics of art, religion, and history prior to the 19th century, and is funded by the Sheppy Dog Fund, Dr. Alan Klein, Advisor.

Men Laid Bare

Homosexual Bodies and Homophobic History

June 23, 2021 • 6p

Guest Curator Eric Birkle

Free and open to the public.

Guest Curator Eric Birkle
Eric Birkle

This talk takes as its premise the double entendre of the phrase “to lay bare,” which is used to refer at once to the archetype of the nude in art history (or the idea of bodily exposure) and to reveal the extent to which homosexual subject matter and gay artists of the last century have been repressed and trivialized. It examines a selection of the works on view in Political and Personal: Images of Gay Identity, as well as works by several other artists in order to establish a context for conversations about where “gay art” has been, where it’s headed, and what it has always endured.

Eric Birkle hails from Lapeer, Michigan, USA, and is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Art History, Visual Culture, and Curatorial Practice at York University in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He obtained a B.A. in French & Art from Saginaw Valley State University in 2015, and an M.A. in Art History & Museum Studies from Ohio University in 2019. From 2014 to 2017, he held several positions at the Saginaw Art Museum, culminating with Associate Curator. Birkle curated this exhibition in the summer of 2018 as part of a Curatorial Internship Program grant awarded to the FIA by the IFPDA Foundation. 


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Sheppy Dog Fund Lectures

2020/2021

To the House Without Exit
Part Two: The Flowering of the Afterlife

Guest Lecturer: Dr. Justin Sledge

Dr. Sledge’s second lecture focuses on the flowering of the afterlife in the centuries forged by early Christianity, rabbinical Judaism, and Islam. Here the concept of heaven and hell is simultaneously organized yet continues to shift and evolve.  

To the House Without Exit
Part One: The Origins of the Afterlife

Guest Lecturer: Dr. Justin Sledge

Dr. Sledge introduces major historical moments and philosophical afterlife beliefs, exploring the early origins of the concept among the ancient Mesopotamians, Egyptians, Canaanites/Israelites, Greeks, and Persians. Do all cultures develop similar afterlives?  

The Silk Road Made Visible:
Asian Influence on Medieval European Art
 
Guest Lecturer: Dr. Mark Cruse
 
This presentation discusses the influence of Asian art and materials on the design, production, and collecting of art in Europe in the late Middle Ages. Dr. Cruse examines the presence of Asian objects in European collections, and the ways in which contact with the East transformed manuscript illumination, monumental painting, sculpture, and other artistic media in Europe. 

Houdini
  
Guest Lecturer: Dr. Taylor Hagood 
The immigrant son of a Hungarian rabbi, Harry Houdini remains the most famous magician and greatest escape artist the world has known. From his fabulous escapes to his mysterious death, Houdini's life is itself a kind of grand magic illusion filled with a multitude of secrets and still-unsolved mysteries. 

Medieval Matters:
Curating the Middle Ages at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
 
Guest Lecturer: Dr. C. Griffith Mann 

This talk will explore the history of these two collections, and consider a selection of outstanding works of art that bring the medieval period compellingly to life.

A Discovery of Witchcraft: Witches, Witch-Hunting, and Magical Practice in Early Modern Europe

Guest Lecturer: Dr. Justin Sledge 
It has been argued that the “witch craze”—stretching from roughly the mid-15th to the mid-17th centuries and claiming the lives of over 50,000 people, overwhelmingly women—was the first concerted and thus truly pan-European cultural undertaking since the eclipse of the western Roman Empire.
The Sheppy Dog Fund Lecture has been established to address the topics of art, religion, and history prior to the 19th century, and is funded by The Sheppy Dog Fund, Dr. Alan Klein, Advisor.
For more Sheppy Dog Fund lectures, click here.

Bray Lectures

2019

African Art Making and Use and Western Collectors

Guest Lecturer: Nii O. Quarcoopome, Ph.D.

This illustrated lecture reflects on the complexities in African art’s creation and use, to its ultimate commodification in the West. 

Exhibition Lectures

2020

Alexis Rockman – Artist Talk

Guest Lecturer: Alexis Rockman

Artist Alexis Rockman will talk about the making of The Great Lakes Cycle, from his initial research trip around the lakes to the making of the work. This talk will be followed by a q-and-a with Curator of Collections and Exhibitions Tracee Glab.

Black Matters – Q & A
Guest Lecturer: Matthew Owen Wead

Artist Matthew Owen Wead and Tracee Glab, Curator of Collections and Exhibitions, discuss Wead's exhibition Black Matters, featuring woodblock prints based on real individuals killed by police officers or armed vigilantes.