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ART HISTORY IN ACTION! Monday conversations in Lebus Court 113

Oct Art History in Action SCC

Lecture by George Gorse: “‘Little Bridges’, Lebus Court, and Rembrandt Hall: A Centennial Celebration,” Monday, September 21, 4:15 pm, Lebus Court 113, followed by reception in honor of restoration of Burt Johnson’s “Spanish Music” (1916) and fountain in Lebus Court

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For video of lecture see Youtube video of Gorse lecture.

The Boy with the Flute is Back! Burt Johnson’s “Spanish Music” (1916) reinstalled in Lebus Court

 

Newly restored "Spanish Music" (1916) by Burt Johnson, in Lebus Court, 2015

Newly restored “Spanish Music” (1916) by Burt Johnson, in Lebus Court, 2015

Photograph of model of Burt Johnson's "Spanish Music," 1916 sent by artist to President Blaisdell

Photograph of model of Burt Johnson’s “Spanish Music,” 1916 sent by artist to President Blaisdell

On Friday, August 14, 2015 Burt Johnson’s 1916 sculpture “Spanish Music,” expertly restored by Donna Williams of Williams Conservation, was reinstalled on the rebuilt fountain in Lebus Court.  The sculpture was a gift to the college of the Class of 1915 and had remained in place in the courtyard until earlier this year, when a section of the fountain collapsed, leading to its rebuilding by McEachron Construction and Design based on photographs of the original fountain, and providing the opportunity to repair the statue’s broken flute and conduct an overall restoration.   There will be a reception in Lebus Court to celebrate the restored fountain and statue early in the fall semester, so keep an eye out for the announcement on this News page.

McEachron Construction and Design Team installing statue--Gabe Senica, Mike McEachron (kneeling) and Justin Kelly

McEachron Construction and Design Team installing statue–from left to right: Gabe Senica, Mike McEachron (kneeling) and Justin Kelly

Art History Junior Daisy Adams awarded Rembrandt Club Summer Research Grant

Daisy Adams (’16) was awarded the annual Rembrandt Club Summer Research Grant to conduct research on the early twentieth-century American silversmith Clara Barck Welles.  Welles studied metalwork at the Art Institute of Chicago and in 1900 opened her own silver company, The Kalo Shop, which became one of the most important silver workshop in the Midwest.  Daisy will travel to Chicago, as well as New York City, to examine the work of Welles and her students and delve into the archives of the Kalo Shop.

 

Art History Alumna Dr. Amy Lyford (’86) wins Charles C. Eldredge Prize for Distinguished Scholarship in American Art for her book “Isamu Noguchi’s Modernism: Negotiating Race, Labor, and Nation, 1930-1950”

The Smithsonian American Art Museum has awarded the Charles C. Eldredge Prize for Distinguished Scholarship in American Art to Amy Lyford, professor of art history and associate dean of arts and humanities at Occidental College in Los Angeles, for her book Isamu Noguchi’s Modernism: Negotiating Race, Labor, and Nation, 1930–1950 (University of California Press, 2013). The text is a deeply researched examination of the early career of the Japanese American sculptor Isamu Noguchi. Lyford skillfully illuminates the artist’s practices and activism through richly detailed formal analysis and reference to diverse archival resources.
The three jurors who awarded the $3,000 prize were Julia Bryan-Wilson, associate professor of modern and contemporary art at the University of California, Berkeley; Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw, associate professor of American art and undergraduate chair of the department of the history of art at the University of Pennsylvania; and Kevin Murphy, Eugénie Prendergast Curator of American Art at the Williams College Museum of Art.

Of the book, the jurors wrote, “Lyford tells an entirely new story about how art travels, and how it might be marked as simultaneously ‘foreign’ and also ‘American.’ Her careful account of Noguchi’s projects in these decades foregrounds the artist’s persistent concerns about labor and contributes meaningfully to debates about the role of the artist within a wider economic landscape. Beautifully written and with urgently articulated stakes with regards to racism and citizenship, Lyford’s book draws from and contributes to an interdisciplinary set of concerns within Asian American studies, critical race theory, and art history. At heart it is also a book that grapples with modernism—its forms as well as its ideologies—to argue for a politics of abstraction. This pioneering book will change how we think about Noguchi, modernist sculpture, and American art.”

Lyford will give the annual Eldredge Prize lecture at the Smithsonian American Art Museum on January 27th, 2016. For more information about the prize, and to see a list of past winners, please visit: http://www.americanart.si.edu/research/awards/eldredge/.A

Symposium in Honor of Professor Judson Emerick’s Retirement–A Great Success!!

The symposium on medieval art on Friday, March 27  in honor of Judson Emerick’s retirement after 40 years of teaching art history at Pomona College was a great success, in terms of both intellectual stimulation and conviviality.  The photographs below capture the celebratory mood of the event.JudEmrickFlyer4

Judson Emerick's Tempietto del Clituno Cake--Prosit Jud!

Judson Emerick’s Tempietto del Clituno Cake–Prosit Jud!

 

Judson Emerick and symposium speakers Jill Carrington, Heidi Gearhart, Abby McGehee, and Scott Montgomery

Judson Emerick and symposium speakers Jill Carrington, Heidi Gearhart, Abby McGehee, and Scott Montgomery

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Symposium in honor of Jud Emerick on the occasion of his retirement from Pomona College, Friday, March 27, 1:30 to 5:30 pm, Lebus Court 113

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Géraldine Gourbe, “From Feminist Art Objects to Feminist Art Practices: Writing, Curating and Teaching,” Wednesday, March 25, 12:15 pm, Lebus Court 113, Pomona College

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John David O’Brien, “Reflections on Mirella Bentivoglio,” Wednesday, February 25, 2015, 12:15 pm, Lebus Court 113

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Sheila Pinkel, “Site Unseen: Incarceration,” February 18, 2015

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