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James S. Ackerman: Origins, Invention, Revision

October 11, 2016
James S. Ackerman:  Origins, Invention, Revision


An illuminating collection of essays from the preeminent scholar of architectural history and theory

One of the most distinguished scholars in the fields of architectural history and theory today, James Sloss Ackerman is best known for his work on Italian masters such as Palladio and Michelangelo. In this collection of essays, Ackerman offers insight into his formation and development as a scholar, as well as reflections on a range of topics. Concise, lucid, and original, this book presents deep syntheses alongside innovative approaches and a broadening geographical and chronological reach. Ackerman’s enduring fascination with architecture was one unforeseen consequence of his military service in World War II, and the collection includes a revealing account of his part in the liberation of Milan as a soldier in the Fifth American Regiment. These essays represent a unique, personal journey—from the Italian Renaissance to the classical architecture of India and the work of Frank Gehry at the new museum of the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris.
James S. Ackerman is the Harvard University Arthur Kingsley Porter Professor of Fine Arts Emeritus. 


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Prof. Sarah Lewis interviewed by the Harvard Gazette

September 30, 2016
Prof. Sarah Lewis interviewed by the Harvard Gazette

This fall, Sarah Lewis ’97 began teaching the course “Vision & Justice: The Art of Citizenship” as the newest member of the History of Art and Architecture faculty. The topic has long been one of interest to Lewis, whose experience includes early acclaim as a painter — top honors in the NAACP’s Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics for a still life — and work as a curator at both MoMA in New York and the Tate Modern in London. Now an author and scholar, she chatted with the Gazette about her time as an undergrad and the powerful, sometimes devastating moments along her journey back to Harvard...

Prof. Alina Payne and Director of I Tatti Lectures at the Louvre: Conferences and Seminars The Living Architecture

September 30, 2016
Prof. Alina Payne and Director of I Tatti Lectures at the Louvre:  Conferences and Seminars The Living Architecture

The role of the human figure as an area shared by all the arts will be at the heart of the first conference, where the architecture will be considered in its deep ties with the body. This is also an opportunity to examine how, in the Renaissance, we define both the artistic territories and their boundaries (as cited in discussions of paragone the sixteenth century), at a time when the work the artist becomes a place of reflection on art as a standalone category and where the nature of the artistic work is defined with some urgency.

Professor of art history and architecture at Harvard University, Alina Payne is currently director of the Villa I Tatti - The Harvard Center for Italian Renaissance Studies. His first architectural training (BArch, McGill University) has led it to consider an approach to architectural history from the perspective of its material and artistic work. She was a visiting professor at various institutions: Harvard University, Villa I Tatti (Florence) Kunsthistorisches / Max Planck Institute (Florence), Practical School of Higher Studies (Paris), Hertziana / Max Planck Institute (Rome), University of Palermo University of Rome "Tor Vergata". She is a member of the editorial board of several international journals (Res Journal of Aesthetics and Anthropology;. I Tatti Studies, Journal of Art Historiography;. Lexicon Storie e architettura in Sicilia e nel Mediterraneo and Architectural Histories) and the series Renovatio Atrium ( Harvey Miller / Brepols). She was rewarded in 2006 by the price of the Human Sciences Research Max Planck and Alexander von Humboldt.

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