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. In “The Rise,”...
For her work on Ife art and history, Suzanne Blier was bestowed this August the chieftaincy title Otun Yeye Obalufon (“First/Right Mother of Obalufon”) by Oba Aderemi Adedapo, Secretary General of the Yoruba Council of Yoruba Obas.
Patricio del Real, along with the co-curators, received the 2017 Philip Johnson Exhibition Catalogue Award, recognizing excellence of architectural history scholarship in exhibition catalogues, for Latin America in Construction: Architecture 1945-1985 (The Museum of Modern Art, 2015).
Sarah Lewis will give this year’s Ann Radcliffe Trust lecture during the Opening Days for new students at Harvard College. The Radcliffe Trust lecture is a key moment in the undergraduate experience, so, thanks to Professor Lewis, whom students nominated for this honor, this is good news for the history of art at Harvard.