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Sculpture I Exhibition Reception April 8, 2010

The Sculputre program of the Department of Art and Art History invites you to a reception celebrating Sculpture I carvings on April 8, in the Smith Campus Center Gallery, from 5 to 8 pm.



Lecture by Carrie Dedon (’10) on Andy Warhol

Pomona art history major Carrie Dedon will present a lecture on the current exhibition in the Pomona College Museum of Art, “Famous for 15: From Andy Warhol to Your Camera Phone,” which she curated.

“Famous for 15” examines the phenomenon of photo-based fame through Andy Warhol’s practice and its modern parallel of camera-phone photographs.  Included in the exhibition is a selection of Polariods and black and white prints by Andy Warhol from the 159 photographs given to the Pomona College Museum of Art in 2008 by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts through the Andy Warhol Photographic Legacy Program.  In addition to the Warhol photographs, contemporary camera-phone photos will be projected in the gallery as part of the exhibition.

Carrie Dedon is the first recipient of the recently endowed Kilsby Museum Internship.  A generous gift establishing the Graham “Bud” ’55 and Mary Ellen ’56 Kilsby Endowment Fund for Student Interns at the Pomona College Museum of Art supports Museum internships for Pomona College students interested in the arts.

Lecture on the Arts of Ancient Mexico by John Pohl, January 28, 2010


On January 28, 2010 at 4:15 pm in Lebus Court 113 (145 E. Bonita Avenue), Dr. John Pohl (Department of Art History, UCLA) will present his work on two forthcoming exhibitions for the Getty Villa and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.  The first, entitled “The Aztec Pantheon and the Art of Empire,” considers one of history’s most momentous confrontations, an encounter between two empires, Spanish and Aztec.  It will feature major works of Aztec sculpture from the collections of Mexico’s National Museum of Anthropology and the Museo Templo Mayor, together with the Florentine Codex composed by Friar Bernardino de Sahagun, the first time this work has returned to North America in over four centuries.  The second exhibition, entitled “Children of the Plumed Serpent: Art and Ritual of Mexico’s Late Antiquity,” will open in 2011 at LACMA.  It will explore the richness and complexity of a significant, but to date unacknowledged, period of artisitic and cultural development that took place between A.D. 1200 and 1600 in southern Mexico, as well as offer an enhanced understanding of the region’s indigenous peoples, the Nahuas, the Mixtecs, and the Zapotecs, among others, and their use of art as an agent for negotiation and adaptation that has insured their cultural survival through the contemporary era.

Studio Art Open House 2009

All are welcome to attend the Department of Art and Art History’s studio open house on Wednesday, December 9, from 5 to 8 pm in Rembrandt Hall. 

Work by students from the fall semester will be available for viewing. 

Wood-fired pizza will be served!

Annual Kohler Lecture In Art History by Scott Montgomery

Scott B. Montgomery, Associate Professor of Art History, University of Denver, will present the Annual Kohler Lecture on Art History. His talk is titled: “The Mute Bones Speak: Relics and the Performance of Sanctity in the Cult of the Eleven Thousand Virgins of Cologne” and will be presented on Wednesday, October 21, 7 pm, in Lebus Court 113.

The cult of St. Ursula and the Eleven Thousand Virgins of Cologne was one of the most widespread manifestations of collective sanctity in the Middle Ages, largely due to the immense quantity of holy relics that were venerated throughout Europe. While these sacred bones provided the focus of their veneration, textual and visual forms fleshed out the dynamic role of this vast mass of bones in the construction of notions of communal identity and sanctity. From the earliest document of a cult of unnamed and unnumbered holy virgins in early medieval Cologne to the expanded late medieval narrative of the pilgrimage and martyrdom of eleven thousand maidens, the story of the development of the legend of St. Ursula and her companions is itself an epic tale, one that reveals much about the process of hagiographic construction. The legend was increasingly embroidered in response to the discovery of a vast cache of relics of the Holy Virgins of Cologne in the twelfth century. While the textual sources served to verify the power of the relics, images produced in the service of this relic cult made their presence most palpable in a variety of contexts, engendering both personal and communal veneration of the Eleven Thousand Virgins. Profoundly asserted via myriad reliquaries and narrative pictorial cycles, the visual culture of St. Ursula and her companions influenced the perception of their role within their urban cult center and beyond. Coupled with miracle accounts and imagery, the corporate nature of displays of relics of the Holy Virgins helped fashion an understanding of these holy women as both potent civic protectors and ideal role models. Images, particularly reliquary figures, facilitated the performance of collective sanctity asserted by the group identity of these holy virgins and extending to their devotees who were frequently encouraged by such imagery to model their own pious behavior after that of the Eleven Thousand Virgins of Cologne. Texts, images, and relic displays worked in concert to allow the mute bones to speak, dynamically performing their role as holy protectors and models of virtue within medieval Cologne.

Lecture on Pieter Breugel by Stephanie Porras

September 30, 2009, 7pm, Lebus 113

Stephanie Porras (CMC 2003), Leibniz-Gemeinschaft Postdoctoral Fellow, Courtauld Institute of Art will present a talk entitled “History Embodied: The Peasants of Pieter Bruegel” on Wednesday, September 30, 7 pm, in Lebus Court 113. Sixteenth-century Antwerp was one of Renaissance Europe’s premier mercantile, publishing and artistic centers. Yet, with few physical monuments and textual accounts to rival those of Rome, early Dutch historians had to find alternative foundations upon which to build their descriptions of the ancient Netherlandish people, in etymological research and the reconstruction of vernacular cultural traditions. While Bruegel’s images of peasant life have been mined for allegorical, moralising and comedic readings, little consideration has been given to the links between Bruegel’s pictorial representation of peasants and the representation of peasant custom in the contemporary historical imagination. In this paper, I will argue that the peasant, in both Bruegel’s images and in sixteenth-century histories and ethnographies, was represented as an embodiment of local history, a kind of living archaeological record, as well as a metaphoric vehicle for the transmission of a distinctly local culture, at a time when many within the Spanish-occupied Low Countries began to articulate a distinctly “Netherlandish” character.

Studio Art Senior Exhibition Opening Reception 2009

The Pomona College Museum of Art is the site of this year’s senior art exhibition, the culmination of the studio art major. Join us at the opening reception on May 6, from 5 – 7 pm.‚ A sneak preview of the show will be available over alumni weekend.

Art History Senior Thesis Presentations

Art history majors in the joint art history program will be presenting the results of their senior theses on Friday, May 1, from 3:00 – 5:30 pm in Lebus Court 113.‚ Come help us celebrate the achievements of our majors and launch them on their careers in graduate school and the work-a-day world at large.

Lecture On Relational Aesthetics by Marie Shurkus

Marie Shurkus, the department’s current Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in art criticism and theory, will be presenting a lecture entitled “Relational Aesthetics, Re-enactment, and the Post-Medium Condition.”

This talk represents her most recent research into the area of re-enactments in contemporary art. Using Rosalind Krauss’s notion of the post-medium condition, Professor Shurkus will explore how re-enactment and relational aesthetics hold the potential to enhance our awareness of how images address viewers in terms of affect and reconstruct the body as a vehicle for commercial interests. The lecture will be held in Lebus Court 113 at 4:15 pm.‚ For further information please contact Frances Pohl at 909-607-2253.

Lecture on Dutch Art and Society by Peter Arnade

Peter Arnade, Professor of History at California State University, San Marcos, will be presenting a lecture‚ titled “The Reign of Images and the Politics of Iconoclasm in the Dutch Revolt, 1566-1585,” which draws on his new book Beggars, Iconoclasts and Civic Patriots. The lecture takes place on Tuesday, April 21, at 4:15 pm in Lebus Court 113.

For more information contact George Gorse at 909-607-73914.

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