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Multiple Awards for Professor Roxburgh's "An Album of Artists’ Drawings from Qajar Iran"

October 4, 2018

An Album of Artists’ Drawings from Qajar Iran, ed. David J. Roxburgh (Cambridge, Mass., and New Haven: Harvard Art Museums, distributed by Yale University Press, 2017).

 

Has won the following awards: 

 

50 Books | 50 Covers

(Selected as one of the 50 best designed books of the year)

American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) and Design Observer

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Professor Neil Levine awarded the Médaille de l'Histoire de l'art by the Académie d'Architecture

July 20, 2018

The Académie d’Architecture started life in 1840 as the Société Central des Architectes (SCA). This was three years after its analogue in England, the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), and seventeen years before the American Institute of Architects. The SCA changed its name to the Académie d’Architecture in 1953. All three are the leading professional organizations in their countries, but the name Académie sets the French one apart as more a learned society than a professional organization.

Professor Levine was awarded the medal in June and was kind enough to...

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Professor Ioli Kalavrezou meets with the Head of the Greek Orthodox Church.

June 26, 2018

In Athens in early June, Professor Kalavrezou met privately with the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople, recognized as the “Green Patriarch” for his engagement in environmental issuesto discuss ecology, health care, and the relation among churches of the Balkan world. 

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David J. Roxburgh: Painting after the Mass-Produced Image. Bryn Mawr

March 7, 2018

Department Chair
Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Professor of Islamic Art History, Harvard University

“Painting After the Mass-Produced Image: Art in 19th-Century Iran”

Rulers of the Qajar dynasty (1779-1925) in Iran pursued a broad range of military, bureaucratic and social reforms, formed new institutions—including the first polytechnic (Dar al-Funun, “Abode of the Sciences”), and embraced new technologies of the mass-produced image (photography and lithography). It was also a period of heightened exchange between Iran, India, Russia and the countries of...

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David Bindman & Suzanne Preston Blier: Art of Jazz: Form / Performance / Notes

January 16, 2018

Picture it: Saturday afternoons in the late 1970s, on a train bound from Yale University to New York, artist Romare Bearden, jazz critic Albert Murray, and writer Henry Louis Gates , Jr. are bound in deep conversation, pontificating on the nature of jazz – not just as a form of music, but as a fundamental expression of the African-American vernacular. Jazz is not just a sound: it is a state of mind, a way of being, and seeing the relationship between the self and the world.

Now imagine that conversation found its way into a book and took form in a conversation of the visual...

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Exhibition - Rome: Eternal City

January 20, 2018

On View

University Teaching Gallery, Harvard Art Museums

Rome, known as the “common fatherland,” was the goal of pilgrims, travelers, and artists from all over Europe. One of the most celebrated was Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720–1778), a Venetian who spent his entire career in Rome. He produced on average two etchings a month (fourteen are featured in this installation), and his image of Roman grandeur left an indelible stamp on the European imagination. His vedute (city views), meant for Grand Tour...

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Exhibition - Looking Back: The Western Tradition in Retrospect

January 20, 2018

On View

University Teaching Gallery, Harvard Art Museums

The history of art is usually presented as a forward march, with individual works studied as points along a path of progress to the present. This installation—matching the Harvard survey course it accompanies—reverses that familiar direction. The sequence proceeds from recent art back to the Renaissance. This retrospective history of art is meant to capture the point of view of artists themselves, who have, for generations, tried—variously—to preserve,...

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Professor Sarah Lewis, NYT Book Review, The Rise: Dear Match Book: In Search of Works That Will Inspire the Artist in Me

November 9, 2017

In “The Rise,” Sarah Lewis, an art historian and curator, examines innovation with exhilarating range and fierce curiosity. She presents historical and contemporary examples such as the modern dancer and choreographer Paul Taylor, and the physicist Andre Geim — the first individual scientist ever to win both the Nobel and the decidedly less illustrious Ig Nobel prizes. What binds the book together, in addition to Lewis’s exceptional storytelling skills and quiet lyricism, is the clarity and care with which she describes the power of failures to lift creativity.... Read more about Professor Sarah Lewis, NYT Book Review, The Rise: Dear Match Book: In Search of Works That Will Inspire the Artist in Me

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