To the House Without Exit

March 25 and April 1

Guest Lecturer: Dr. Justin Sledge 

Explore the simultaneously fascinating and arcane dimensions of the afterlife! 

It’s thought that there is no more fundamentally religious idea than the afterlife. While ubiquitous in the western world, this concept is both historically and philosophically complicated: How old is this notion? 

Both lectures stand alone, so attending each is not mandatory for understanding this intriguing religious subject. Additionally, both parts will be available for viewing at a later date on 

Image: German, Stained Glass Panel with the Nativity, 15th century. Pot metal white glass, vitreous paint, silver stain, olive-green enamel, a: 22 3/16 x 29 3/8 x 3/8 inches, b: 21 3/4 x 29 5/16 x 3/8 inches. Collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Francis L. Leland Fund, 1913, 13.64.4a,b

Medieval Matters: Curating the Middle Ages at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

May 20  •  6:00p  •  FIA Theater

Guest Lecturer: Dr. C. Griffith Mann 

The Metropolitan Museum of Art possesses the finest, most comprehensive collection of Medieval and Byzantine art in the western hemisphere. It is held in two locations: the galleries of the Met’s main building on 5th Avenue and The Met Cloisters in Fort Tryon Park. This talk explores the history of these two collections, and considers a selection of outstanding works of art that brings the medieval period compellingly to life. 

 Dr. C. Griffith Mann

< Dr. C. Griffith Mann was appointed The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Michel David-Weill Curator in Charge of the Department of Medieval Art and the Met Cloisters in September 2013. He is responsible for the medieval collections and curatorial staff in the Met’s main building, and for directing the staff and operations of the Met Cloisters, the branch of the Metropolitan Museum dedicated to the art and architecture of medieval Europe. Dr. Mann received his B.A. in art history and history from Williams College, and his Ph.D. in medieval art from The Johns Hopkins University. A specialist in the arts of late medieval Italy, he has published on civic patronage, painting, and devotion in Tuscany. As a curator, Dr. Mann has worked on exhibitions on the medieval cult of relics, the art and archaeology of medieval Novgorod, and French manuscript illumination of the 13th century. Dr. Mann formerly served as the Chief Curator and Deputy Director at The Cleveland Museum of Art, where he helped to lead the museum’s reinstallation, acquisition, and exhibition programs, and as medieval curator and Director of the Curatorial Division at The Walters Art Museum, where he worked on exhibitions and the permanent collection.

Image: German, Stained Glass Panel with the Nativity, 15th century. Pot metal white glass, vitreous paint, silver stain, olive-green enamel, a: 22 3/16 x 29 3/8 x 3/8 inches, b: 21 3/4 x 29 5/16 x 3/8 inches. Collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Francis L. Leland Fund, 1913, 13.64.4a,b

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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