Archive for the ‘UC Davis Art History Program news’ Category

Brown Bag Lunch Series finale

April 4, 2013

Brown Bag_MoorheadJoin us for the last session of our Brown-Bag Lunch Series: Careers in the Arts, Tuesday April 9th from 12-1 in Everson 148. Our final presenter of the 2012-2013 academic year is Jasmine Moorhead. Jasmine will talk about her experiences creating and managing an art gallery. Jasmine Moorhead is the owner and director of Krowswork, a video and photography gallery in Oakland. She has worked in New York at MOMA and Dia Center for the Arts before moving to California and starting Krowswork. She has featured artists such as Shana Moulton, Christina McPhee and Shalo P, and hosted the annual Summer of Video Art. Krowswork was cited by Oakland Magazine in 2010 as the Best of the Bay for Innovative New Gallery and has received press in the SF Chronicle, Artillery and Art Ltd. magazines, the Huffington Post and others. Krowswork is a member of the Oakland Art Murmur and is proud to be a part of the thriving Oakland art scene. We hope to see you there!

This series has been sponsored by the Art History Program, Art Studio and the Visual Resources Facility.

New Directions in Medieval European and Islamic Art

February 20, 2013

New Directions The Art History Program invites you to the New Directions in Medieval and Islamic Art symposium on Friday, March 8th. Organized and moderated by Art History’s ACLS New Faculty Fellow Seth Hindin, New Directions includes young scholars from throughout Northern California.

Complete schedule:
2:00-2:10: Introduction by Seth Adam Hindin (ACLS New Faculty Fellow, UC Davis)
2:10-2:40: Beatrice Kitzinger (Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford), “On Medieval Figures of Progress and Change”
2:40-3:10: Asa Mittman (Associate Professor, Chico State), “In the Cold Land of Bizo: Expelling Jews on Medieval Maps”
3:10-3:40: Patricia Blessing (Visiting Lecturer, Stanford), “Architecture, Space, and the Body in Medieval Anatolia”
3:40-4:10: Beate Fricke (Assistant Professor, UC Berkeley), “Crafts of Blood and Shapes of Life”
4:10-4:30: Q&A period
An informal reception with the speakers will follow in the lobby of the Art Building.

Additional sponsors include the Medieval and Early Modern Studies Program, the Department of Religious Studies, the Department of French and Italian, the Classics Program, the Middle East/South Asian Studies Program, and the Davis Humanities Institute.

Art historian and visiting lecturer Melanie Michailids

February 5, 2013

The Art History Program mourns the loss of ourmichailidis (1) colleague and friend Melanie Michailidis. Melanie died on Friday night in a car accident in Saint Louis, Missouri where she was a post-doctoral fellow with the Washington University and the Saint Louis Art Museum.

A historian of Islamic art who specialized in Medieval Iranian architecture, Melanie was a Visiting Lecturer in this program from 2008-2010. She taught courses in Islamic art and architecture and filled in for Professor Watenpaugh who was also one of her professors at MIT where Melanie received her PhD in 2007. Melanie was an enthusiastic and popular instructor and was nominated for an Excellence in Teaching Award here at UC Davis.

Anyone wishing to send condolences to the family of Melanie Michailidis is asked to use the following address:
The Grimsley Family
c/o Department of Art History and Archaeology Washington University in St Louis
CB 1189
One Brookings Drive
St Louis MO 6313

Washington University in Saint Louis’ announcement and obituary
Melanie discussing the Saint Louis Museum’s Islamic collection

2nd Annual Alan Templeton Colloquium

September 27, 2012

Join us for the Art History Program’s 2nd Annual Alan Templeton Colloquium “Japanese Art and Its Contexts.” This colloquium will be held Friday, October 5th at 2:00 pm in the Art Annex. Andreas Marks, Director and Chief Curator of the Clark Center for Japanese Art and Culture in Hanford, California, will talk about “Hiroshige’s Famous Tokaido Series: Its True Sources;” David Gundry, Assistant Professor at UCD, will discuss The Life of an Amorous Man (1682) in his talk, “Hell Hath No Fury: Text and Image in a Pivotal Chapter of Ihara Saikaku’s The Life of an Amorous Man;”  Joseph Sorensen, Associate Professor at UCD, will explore the poetic knowledge of Hosokawa Yusai in his paper “Secret Teachings, Hidden Meanings: The Samurai Scholar Hosokawa Yusai;” and Jeffrey Ruday, Professor at UCD, will show how ceramics provide a unique case for understanding differences between eighteenth-century japonaiseries and nineteenth-century japonisme, and the role of japonisme in the Design Reform movement in “Japonaiserie & Japonisme: Two Sides of Orientalism.”

The colloquium has been made possible by the generous support of Alan Templeton (UC Davis alum 1982), and by the Art History Program, the Program in East Asian Studies and the Department in East Asian Languages and Cultures.

Art History MA candidate symposium

May 21, 2012

This Friday (May 25th), the UC Davis Art History Program will hold its annual MA candidate symposium under the title “Aesthetics and Affects in Ages of Crisis.” Six candidates will present their final thesis research:

Sheena Campbell: “Little Venus in a Blue Armchair: Reclaiming Mary Cassatt’s Avant-Garde Gambit”
Monica Butler: “Chinese Painting Translated: Lang Jingsan’s Composite Photographs and the Creation of a Modern Chinese Art, 1934-1949”
Kamal Zargar: “Art as Power: Exhibitions of the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art 1999-2005/2009-2012”
Nicoletta Rousseva: “A Parallel Space, A Common Space: Rethinking Sovereignty through the Work of Alban Muja”
Geoffrey Wildanger: “Andrea Fraser and the Affects of Catastrophe”
Anne-Catherine Titus: “Paul Delaroche’s ‘Execution of Lady Jane Grey’: Restaging History”

The symposium will be held in the Art Annex (TCS Building), Main Room from 1-4 pm. This event is free and open to the public. Symposium poster available here.

Congratulations 2012 MA graduates!

Art History colloquium: September 30th

September 22, 2011

Join us for the Art History Program’s colloquium “Art Between Europe & Asia in the First Global Age of Trade.” This colloquium will be held Friday, September 30th at 3:00 pm in Art 217. Timothy Brook, chair in Chinese Research at the Institute of Asian Research, University of British Columbia, will present “China on Vermeer’s Table: The Cultural Impact of Early Global Trade” and Thomas DaCosta Kaufmann, Frederick Marquand Professor of Art and Archaeology at Princeton University, will address “Reflections on World Art History.” The colloquium has been made possible by the generous support of Alan Templeton (UC Davis alum 1982), and by the Art History Program, the  Davis Humanities Institute, the Department of East Asian Studies and the Mellon Initiative in Early Modern Studies.

The VRF has some copies of material written by Brook and Kaufmann for review as well as their CVs. You may also want listen to this podcast interview of Brook by Russ Roberts on EconTalk.  For a flyer, click here. For more information, contact Jeffrey Ruda, Chair, Art History Program.

Visiting the Art and Art History Masters’ shows will improve your health

May 25, 2011

A recent study in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health concluded that men who participate in cultural activities, such as visiting museums and attending the ballet, are happier and healthier. Finally, it pays to be artsy.

And with perfect timing, our Art History and Art Studio Masters candidates are here to help you along your path to well-being. This week, the Art History Program will hold its annual MA candidate symposium, Constructing Identity: Image and Ownership, this Friday, May 27 from 1:30 to 5 pm in Art 217. Boghan Damian, Andrea Lesovsky, Graham McLean, Brittany McKinney, Melissa Gustin, Kristen Koch, Crystal Fountain and Nick Nabas will present their final thesis research.

The following Friday, June 3 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm marks the opening of the Art Studio MFA thesis exhibition, The House of Other at the Richard L Nelson Gallery. The show will feature the work of Jen Cohen, Lisa Rybovich Cralle, Manuel Fernando Rios, Matthew Taylor, Paul Taylor and Mathew Zefeldt.

Congratulations to our 2011 MA and MFA graduates! Both events are free and open to the public and are guaranteed to increase your fitness levels and maybe even turn-around a bad hair day. (source:, May 23, 2011)

Welcome back students, faculty & spring!

March 28, 2011

Happy Spring Quarter everyone! In the spirit of Springtime, we thought it appropriate to include an image of our resident chicken who makes her home behind the VRF. There’s a lot going on this quarter: the Art Studio Lecture Series continues with talks by artists Desiree Holman (April 7) and Anders Ruhwald (April 21) and a conversation between writer and critic Bill Berkson and the Nelson Gallery’s Renny Prtikin (April 28). The Nelson Gallery is showing “Across the Great Divide: a Photo Chronicle of the Counterculture”, an exhibition of photographs by Roberta Price and guest curated by Professor Simon Sadler (Art History and Design Programs).  Don’t miss the panel discussion on March 31 that accompanies the exhibition. The “Touching Base” exhibition continues at the Pence Gallery until April 21. “Touching Base” is curated by Professor Robin Hill (Art Studio) and includes 11 former UCD art majors.

And of course the VRF is open too: Spring Quarter hours are 8:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday through Thursday and Friday by appointment. Hope to see you soon in the VRF.