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Luce/ACLS Dissertation Fellows in American Art: Margaret Grace Innes and Jennifer Chuong awarded

April 12, 2017
Luce/ACLS Dissertation Fellows in American Art

The Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS Dissertation Fellowships in American Art are awarded to graduate students in any stage of Ph.D. dissertation research or writing, for scholarship on a topic in the history of the visual arts of the United States. Although the topic may be historically and/or theoretically grounded, attention to the art object and/or image should be foremost.

 

 

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The Harvard Gazette remembers James Ackerman

January 9, 2017
The Harvard Gazette remembers James Ackerman

 

Architectural historian James Ackerman, the Arthur Kingsley Porter Professor of Fine Arts Emeritus, died Saturday in Cambridge. He was 97.

A World War II veteran who discovered a lifelong passion for Renaissance architecture while stationed in Italy, Ackerman was an acclaimed scholar of Renaissance history and the theory of architecture.

“His books were all milestones in the field — books that seem as perfectly balanced as the buildings they interpreted,” said Joseph Koerner, the Victor S. Thomas Professor of the History of Art and Architecture, adding that Ackerman’s mastery as a teacher matched his intellectual genius. “He inspired generations of undergraduates and trained many of America’s leading scholars and museum professionals.”

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Putting a lens on race, photography, and citizenship

January 9, 2017
Putting a lens on race, photography, and citizenship

Professor Sarah Lewis sits down with the Boston Globe to discuss "Vision & Justice."

CAMBRIDGE — What’s the relationship between race, photography, and citizenship?

That question lies at the heart of Harvard scholar Sarah Lewis’s work, which these days is having quite a moment.

Last summer, the curator and art historian caused a major stir when she guest-edited “Vision & Justice,” a special issue of Aperture magazine on photography and the African-American experience. The issue, showcasing the work of academics, artists, and photographers, was quickly embraced by readers for its panoptic view of black life, selling 20,000 copies in less than two months and becoming required reading for all incoming freshman at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. (continue reading)

 

 

James S. Ackerman, History of Art and Architecture Professor as well as original member of Villa I Tatti's selection committee, dies on December 31, 2016

January 5, 2017
James S. Ackerman,  History of Art and Architecture Professor as well as original member of Villa I Tatti's selection committee, dies on December 31, 2016

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January 4, 2017
James S. Ackerman, original member of Villa I Tatti's selection committee, dies on December 31, 2016

Prominent architectural and art historian James Ackerman died on December 31, 2016. Born in San Francisco in 1919, Professor Ackerman was Arthur Kingsley Porter Professor of Fine Arts at Harvard until his retirement in 1990 and became a member of I Tatti’s Selection Committee during the early 1960s, remaining on the committee for nearly thirty years. Throughout his long career he published seminal works on Bramante, Michelangelo, and Palladio and explored topics from Gothic theory of architecture to naturalism in scientific illustration and computer aided design in trailblazing essays. Always curious, open to new ideas and new trends in research, he was an extraordinarily generous champion of the young. One of the most important scholars of Renaissance art and architecture, Professor Ackerman united the two areas of study in an exemplary way and will be remembered fondly by his many friends and former students among the worldwide I Tatti community. 

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