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Merrill Shatzman, ART poem, 24" x 30", digital print.

A new multimedia installation by artists Raquel Salvatella de Prada and Merrill Shatzman (Department of Art, Art History & Visual Studies) and poet Deborah Pope (Department of English) is on view in the East Duke Building Corridor Gallery on Duke's East Campus.

Supported by a Council for the Arts Collaboration Development Grant and the Department of Art, Art History & Visual Studies, this multi-faceted project displays the collaborative work of these Duke professors in exploring the interactive relationship between original visual artwork with original creative text. The installation features the poetry of Pope, the letterforms and digital prints of Shatzman, and the animation of Salvatella de Prada, highlighting the potential of digital media in translating the written word. 

Raquel Salvatella de Prada, stlll frame from ART poem video.

The resulting exhibition, ART, reflects the artists' own interactive, interdisciplinary, individual, and collective dynamic, aspiring to simultaneously enact and celebrate the essence and process of creating itself:  Art in all its rhythms of paradox, play, persistence, its rough turns and joys; its restless circling, transcendent moments of ephemeral poise, and ceaseless seeking.

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"Pixels, Paint and Pylons: Integrating Research, Technology and Teaching in Art History"

Arne R. Flaten

Associate Dean and Associate Professor of Art History
Thomas W. and Robin W. Edwards College of Humanities & Fine Arts
Coastal Carolina University

Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2010
204B East Duke Building
East Campus, Duke University
4:00 PM

Arne Flaten's research focuses on the Italian Renaissance, in particular the relationship between portraiture, medals, humanism, and the art market of the 15th century. More recently, his research has expanded to include ancient Greece, digital reconstructions of classical monuments, and virtual environments. Flaten is the co-founder and co-director (with Paul Olsen) of an innovative program at CCU called Ashes2Art which develops virtual reconstructions of ancient monuments; that project, in collaboration with Arkansas State University, recently received a Digital Humanities Start-Up Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities for 2007/08.


Major funding for this lecture provided by the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute. Sponsored by the JHFHI Working Group on Digital Technologies and the Visual Arts: Reconfiguring Knowledge in the Digital Age

Department News

Duke University - Jacobs University Collaboration

Jacobs University, Bremen

A team from Duke University-Hans van Miegroet (AAHVS), Rachel Brady (Engineering and AAHVS), and Victoria Szabo (ISIS and AAHVS)-travelled to Bremen, Germany in December to establish a collaborative graduate program with Jacobs University. The collaboration will involve a joint doctoral program in visual and media studies. In addition to exchanges of faculty and students between the two universities, real-time online courses between Duke and Jacobs will take place via teleconferencing, utilizing the new media facilities in Bay 11 of the Arts Warehouse and the Visual Media Center in East Duke Building.

Arvid Kappas (Jacobs University, Experimental Psychology), Victoria Szabo (Duke), Rachel Brady (Duke), Marion Muller (Jacobs University, Director, VisComX) and Hans van Miegroet (Duke)

Lars Linsen (Jacobs University), Hans van Miegroet (Duke), Arvid Kappas (Jacobs University), and some Jacobs University students showing their visualizations.

AAHVS Slide Curator to Retire

Elizabeth Nashold, long-time Slide Curator for Art, Art History & Visual Studies, will retire from Duke University on January 31. Elizabeth has been at Duke for thirty-nine years and has been a member of the department for the duration of her time at the university. The AAHVS faculty, staff, and students extend their deepest appreciation for her many contributions to the success of our programs and wish her all the best in this next phase of her life.

Delmas Grant Supports "Visualizing Venice"

Sta. Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, interior. Venice.

Caroline Bruzelius, Anne M. Cogan Professor of Art History, has been awarded a $26,000 grant from the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation to create a pilot project for "Visualizing Venice."  The project will involve two Duke graduate students (Alexandra Dodson and Erica Sherman) and two recent Venetian post-doctoral students to create a 3-D visualization of the two major mendicant churches of Venice, Sta. Maria Gloriosa dei Frari (Franciscan) and SS. Giovanni e Paolo (Dominican), under the supervision of project director Gianmario Guidarelli.  Professors Caroline Bruzelius, Donatella Calabi, Maurizio Forte, and Malvina Bolgherini will direct the project, which is jointly sponsored by the Duke University Department of Art, Art History & Visual Studies and the doctoral programs at IUAV and Ca' Foscari in Venice.

Visualizations of both sites, and a larger website dedicated to this research project, with supporting documents and bibliography, will provide an immediately accessible research tool and serve as a test case in the utilization of new representational media for a series of continuing collaborations and projects, and educational programs.

SS. Giovanni e Paolo, exterior. Venice.

Getty Research Institute Grant

The Getty Center, aerial view, Los Angeles.

Graduate student Alexis Clark received a 2010 Library Research Grant from the Getty Research Institute for her dissertation, "'Jargon d'Avant-Garde': French Institutional and Art Critical Discourse, 1886-1907." While there, she intends to study correspondence between fin-de-siècle French artists, art critics, and government officials.

Coming Soon


Lines of Attack: Conflicts in Caricature
February 4 - May 16, 2010

Steve Bell, Yellow Cake Road, 2004. Watercolor paper, pen, ink and watercolor, 9" x 12". Appeared in The Guardian, January 21, 2004.

The exhibition will explore the significance and impact of political caricature by comparing images from the past-canonical works by Daumier and his contemporaries featuring French king Louis-Philippe (1830-1848)-with work produced much more recently, during the tenure of U.S. Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush (1993-2008). The exhibition will highlight the development of graphic satire as a significant journalistic medium, explore its strengths and limitations as a catalyst for debate and investigate caricature's prospective place within emerging Web-based media, as traditional print journalism adapts to new technological forms.

The exhibition is organized by the Nasher Museum at Duke, with guest curator Neil McWilliam, Walter H. Annenberg Professor of Art and Art History in the Department of Art, Art History & Visual Studies at Duke University. The exhibition is on view at the Nasher Museum from February 4 through May 16, 2010. At the Nasher Museum the exhibition is supported by Duke University's Provost's Common Fund.


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