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Portrait of a Gaofeng Yuanmiao, 1238 – 1295 Chūan Kinkō (mid-15th century) Japan, Muromachi period, 1392-1568 Ink on paper H x W (image): 58.4 x 37.4 cm Gift of Charles Lang Freer Freer Gallery of Art, F1911.317a-b

National Museum of Asian Art Exhibition, “The Arts of Devotion”, co-curated by Professor Yukio Lippit

February 22, 2022

A new exhibit at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Asian Art will exhibit the breadth of its medieval Zen ink paintings, highlighting rare and striking works from Japan and China to unveil the world of medieval Japanese monasteries. Co-curated by Professor Yukio Lippit, the Jeffrey T. Chambers and Andrea Okamura Professor of History of Art and Architecture at Harvard University, “Mind Over Matter: Zen in Medieval Japan” tells the story of the religious tradition’s birth in China around the fifth century and its expansion to Korea, Japan and eventually the United States.

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Professor Joseph Koerner elected as Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries

February 8, 2022

Congratulations to Professor Joseph Koerner, who was recently elected to be a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries. Founded in 1707, the Society of Antiquaries is a learned society consisting of archaeologists, historians, anthropologists, and art historians “unified by their curiosity in the human journey through time.”

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“Frederick Douglass: In Five Speeches”, new HBO documentary featuring Professor Sarah Lewis

February 4, 2022
A new HBO documentary, “Frederick Douglass: In Five Speeches”, will air on February 23rd at 9 pm. In the film, five of the seminal anti-slavery activist’s speeches will be performed, with context provided by scholars including Professor Sarah Lewis and Henry Louis Gates Jr. Find out more here. Read more about “Frederick Douglass: In Five Speeches”, new HBO documentary featuring Professor Sarah Lewis
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Thea Goldring wins Bowdoin Prize

February 3, 2022

Congratulations to Thea Goldring for winning the Bowdoin Prize for Graduate Essays in the English Language with her essay entitled “Through Aquatinted Glasses: The Global Context of Jean-Baptiste Le Prince’s Invention of Aquatint.” The Bowdoin Prizes, some of Harvard’s oldest and most prestigious student awards, are designed to recognize essays of originality and high literary merit, written in a way that engages both specialists and non-specialists.

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Professor Jeffrey Hamburger elected a corresponding member of the Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Göttingen

January 24, 2022

Congratulations to Professor Jeffrey Hamburger who has recently been elected as a corresponding member of the Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Göttingen (The Göttingen Academy of Sciences). The second oldest of the seven academies of sciences in Germany, it has the task of promoting research under its own auspices and in collaboration with institutions in and outside Germany.

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Muqarnas volume 38 now available

December 10, 2021

Muqarnas 38 begins by considering a curious Kufic-inscribed block in the eleventh-century church of Wuqro Cherqos in Ethiopia. Mikael Muehlbauer offers a biography of this object from its inception as an inscribed arch in a Fatimid great mosque to its medieval use as a chancel and luxury item. The next two articles focus on India, explaining the function of a fifteenth-century monument and manuscript, respectively. Mohit Manohar tackles issues of race in analyzing the Chand Minar, arguing that this stone minaret was built to commemorate the role of African and...

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Two interpretative projects at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum by Professor Shawon Kinew

December 9, 2021

“When I wrote for the interpretive project ‘Reconsidering Titian,’ I tried to capture the many different questions that arise for me when I look at Titian’s Rape of Europa. As an art historian and a professor, I find myself relaying facts of its commission … But these facts don’t really capture the power of this painting, an equally crucial aspect. It is one we can all see, and, perhaps for those of us brave enough, feel. Of all the poesie on display, Europa is the most violent, the most frightening,” Professor Shawon Kinew writes in “The Shimmering Quality of the Rape of Europa” on the @gardnermuseum’s Inside the Collection Blog.... Read more about Two interpretative projects at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum by Professor Shawon Kinew

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In conversation with Joseph Koerner - "In the Foreground: Conversations on Art & Writing" podcast

November 22, 2021

In a recent episode of The Clark Art Institute's podcast, "In the Foreground: Conversations on Art & Writing", Professor Joseph Koerner spoke on the themes of history, trauma and wonder:

 "Caro Fowler speaks with Joseph Leo Koerner, professor of art history at Harvard University, who teaches and writes about the history of art from the late Middle Ages to the present day, with an emphasis on Northern Renaissance art. Joseph discusses his early focus on literary studies, psychoanalysis, and romanticism, and how his curiosity about the traumatic core of...

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