Piecing Together the Past:
A Curatorial View of Mosaics in Israel

November 14  •  6:00p  •  FIA Theater

Guest Lecturer: Tracee J. Glab 
Tracee Glab
Tracee J. Glab

In Piecing Together the Past, FIA Curator Tracee Glab offers a unique perspective on mosaics she visited during a recent trip to Israel. Mosaics were a popular art form in the ancient world, decorating everything from domestic settings to sacred spaces. Many of these mosaics remain today (and are still being unearthed) as they are also one of the most durable art forms. This talk will survey significant mosaics dating from the 4th to 6th centuries, offering insight into how these were made and used, and, most importantly, what they might have meant to a pagan, Jewish, or Christian audience in antiquity. Themes that will be explored include the persistence of pagan imagery in synagogues and churches and how mosaics delineated and informed sacred space.

Tracee Glab is Curator of Collections and Exhibitions at the Flint Institute of Arts and holds an MA in art history from Wayne State University and a BA in art history from the University of Michigan-Dearborn. She has been at the FIA since 2009 and during that time, she has curated more than a dozen special exhibitions and oversaw the publication of nine exhibition and collection catalogues. Prior to her position in Flint, she worked at the Detroit Institute of Arts, editing several books, as well as serving as the editor of the museum’s scholarly journal. In her spare time, she indulges her Indiana Jones fantasy, scouring libraries, traveling, and searching for clues to archaeological mysteries.


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.

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