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
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–from left to right: Gabe Senica, Mike McEachron (kneeling) and Justin Kelly
Professors George Gorse and Frances Pohl will be attending this year’s annual meeting of the College Art Association in Chicago (weather permitting!) next week. Professor Gorse will be co-chairing a session on February 15 sponsored by the Renaissance Society of America entitled “The ‘Object’ in the Renaissance,” while Professor Pohl will be presenting a talk on February 12 entitled “Working with the Women’s Action Coalition (WAC): Documentary Exhibitions and Political Activism” in the session “Art History as Civic Engagement” sponsored by the Association of Historians of American Art.
The Claremont Colleges Art History and Art Conservation seniors presented the results of their senior thesis research on Wednesday evening, May 8, to a packed Lebus 113 on Pomona’s campus. The audience was treated to talks on topics ranging from images of Roman emperor Hadrian’s boy-lover Antinous to the use of menstrual blood in late 20th and early 21st century feminist art. All present were impressed by the thoughtfulness and thoroughness of the students’ projects.
Left to right: Katie Carter (SC – Art Conservation), Andrea Galdamez (PZ – Art History and Spanish), Brittnay Ahn (PO – Art History), Skye Olson (SC – Art Conservation), Kathleen LaManna (SC – Art History), Mariel Frechette (SC – Art History and GWS), Aliza Hoffman (PZ – Art History and Anthropology), Shardai Zaragoza (PZ – Art History and English), Jess Rosenthal (SC – Art Conservation), Lauren Quilty (PZ – Art History and Italian), Emma Molloy (PZ – Art History)
CLAREMONT COLLEGES ART HISTORY AND ART CONSERVATION SENIOR THESIS PRESENTATIONS
Kathleen LaManna (SC–Art History), “Power and Nostalgia in Eras of Cultural Rebirth: The Timeless Allure of the Farnese Antinous.” First Reader: Michelle Berenfeld (PZ); Second Reader: George Gorse (PO)
Lauren Quilty (PZ–Art History and Italian), “Una suora colta e la Camera di San Paolo di Correggio (An Educated Nun and Correggio’s Camera di San Paolo).” First Reader: George Gorse (PO); Second Reader: Sarah Adler (Italian, SC)
Mariél Frechette (SC–Art History and GWS), “Danger in Deviance: Colonial Imagery and the Power of Indigenous Female Sexuality in New Spain.” GWS Reader: Chris Guzaitis (SC); ARHI Reader: Frances Pohl (PO)
Shardai Zaragoza (PZ–Art History and English), “Stain. Images of Menstruation in Feminist Works.” First Reader: Frances Pohl (PO); Second Reader: Nancy Macko (Studio Art, SC)
Brittnay Ahn (PO–Art History), “Mastectomies in Art From the Late Nineteenth Century to the Twenty-First Century: Science, Silence, and Reclamation.” First Reader: Frances Pohl (PO); Second Reader: Kathleen Howe (PO)
Andrea Galdamez (PZ–Art History and Spanish), “The Legacy of Cannibalism: An Exploration of the Antropófago Manifesto.” First Reader: Dan Hackbarth (SC); Second Reader: Bill Anthes (PZ)
Emma Molloy (PZ–Art History), “’We would wipe away the old world’”: An examination of the Situationist International’s Use of Language and Image.” First Reader: George Gorse (PO); Second Reader: Dan Hackbarth (SC)
Aliza Hoffman (PZ–Art History and Anthropology), “Practice vs Style: Contemporary Graffiti Commodification.” First Reader: Bill Anthes (PZ); Second Reader: Frances Pohl (PO)
Katie Carter (SC–Art Conservation), “Uncovering Faces: the Removal of Discolored Varnish from Tudor Portraits.” First Reader: Mary MacNaughton (SC); Second Readers: Burke Williams(Chemistry, CMC), George Gorse (PO)
Skye Olson (SC–Art Conservation), “Shelf Life: The Implications of Experimental Artist Materials in the Early Work of Janine Antoni.” First Reader: Mary MacNaughton (SC); Second Reader: Dan Hackbarth (SC)
Jess Rosenthal (SC–Art Conservation), “The “Twice-Looted” Archives: Giving Voice to the Long Silenced Witnesses to World War II.” First Reader: Bruce Coats (SC); Second Reader: Judy H. Sahak (Denison Library)
THE ANNUAL KOHLER LECTURE IN ART HISTORY
DR. PATRICIA KUSTER BAINTER (’88)
“ART HISTORY IN AN EXPANDED FIELD: REFLECTIONS ON THE INTERSECTIONS OF ART HISTORY AND MEDICINE”
NOON (12 pm), TUESDAY, APRIL 30
LEBUS COURT 113, POMONA COLLEGE
Dr. Patricia Kuster Bainter graduated with a major in art history from Pomona College in 1988. She went on to study ophthalmology at the Rocky Mountain Lions Eye Institute of the University of Colorado and then served on the ophthalmology faculty at the University of Colorado and supervised ophthalmology residents at the University of California, San Francisco. She has done volunteer work abroad in Dominican Republic and Bosnia. She currently practices in San Diego.
Free and open to the public
For more information contact Frances Pohl, 909-607-2253
JONATHAN D. KATZ
Director, Visual Studies Doctoral Program
University at Buffalo
THE DEATH OF THE ARTIST: A POSTMODERN POSTMORTEM ON COMPLICITIY AND RESISTANCE
That dead artists don’t talk back has been beneficial in the complicated process of fashioning posthumous mastery for highly politicized artists cut down in their prime from AIDS. In this talk, Jonathan Katz looks at very different artistic strategies of AIDS-informed political resistance—from artists whose work embraced direct confrontation to those who instead sought to seed ironic subterfuge—towards assessing how postmodern theory and institutional and market imperatives can often travel a parallel course.
Thursday, April 4, 4:15 PM
Hahn 101, Pomona College
The Los Angeles area has much to offer students of the Claremont Colleges who are interested in art. In order to take advantage of some of these many art-viewing opportunities, Professors Frances Pohl and George Gorse organized a visit to “The Great Wall of Los Angeles” by Judith Baca, a 1/2 mile-long mural in the Tujunga drainage channel in North Hollywood, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art on Sunday, March 3, for students in Art History 51C, 184, and 186E. Such trips are a regular part of the art history courses offered by Pomona’s Department of Art and Art History.
Above:Students and Professors at “The Great Wall of Los Angeles” by Judith Baca.
Below: Students at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art
DISCOVER THE WONDERS OF THE ART HISTORY MAJOR! EXPLORE THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL!! NAVIGATE THE STORMY WATERS OF INTERDISCIPLINARY SEAS!!! EXPERIENCE THE THRILL OF CRITICAL THINKING!!!!
SEPTEMBER 24, NOON, LEBUS COURT, POMONA COLLEGE
THAI FOOD AND GOOD CONVERSATION PROVIDED
Pomona art history alumna Ellen Moody (’06) graduates this year from the Winterthur Museum/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation and has accepted a position at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, where she is currently working as an intern/conservation research assistant. Check out her blog post at http://www.brooklynmuseum.org/community/blogosphere/2012/07/24/resurrected-abelam-bark-painting-returned-to-view.
If you’ve ever wondered how valuable, economically as well as intellectually, an art history degree is, have a look at this article by Virginia Postrel on bloomberg.com–http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-01-06/postrel-how-art-history-majors-power-the-u-s-.html, as well as this one from the “U.S. News and World Report University Directory–http://www.usnewsuniversitydirectory.com/articles/7-majors-that-can-put-you-in-the-top-1-of-earners_12174.aspx,