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Save a Child's Heart International Photography Exhibition
February 1 - March 5, 2010

The Freeman Center for Jewish Life and the Center for Muslim Life at Duke will be co-hosting an exhibit about Save a Child's Heart from February 1 through March 5. Consisting of approximately forty photographs, the exhibit documents children in their native countries, arriving in Israel, staying at the Children's House, preparing and recovering from surgery, and returning home healthy.

The exhibit will be on display Monday through Thursday, 10 AM-2 PM, and by appointment. A reception will be held on February 15 at 6:30 PM, and parking is available at the Freeman Center for Jewish Life (1415 Faber St., Durham). If you have any questions or would like to schedule a viewing, please e-mail saveachildsheart@duke.edu.

Save a Child's Heart (SACH) is an Israeli-based international humanitarian project providing lifesaving heart surgery and follow-up care for children from developing countries, regardless of their race, religion, or financial situation.

Organizers: Jewish Life at Duke, Muslim Life at Duke, Muslim Student Association, Rubenstein-Silvers Hillel Student Board

Co-Sponsors: Kenan Institute for Ethics, DukeEngage, Duke Global Health Institute, Department of Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Duke Islamic Studies Center, Center for Jewish Studies at Duke University, Duke Faith Council, Arab Student Organization, Duke Friends of Israel, REMEDY, Duke Global Medical Brigades, FIMRC, Consulate General of Israel to the Southeast

February 16 - 20, 2010

The C.H.A.T. festival will take place February 16-20, 2010, on the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus. The festival comprises four major elements:
   - Discussions
   - Performances
   - Interactive Exhibits
   - Workshops

A number of Duke University Visual Studies Initiative, ISIS, and HASTAC people are involved in the C.H.A.T. Digital Arts and Humanities Festival.

Faculty Exhibitions:

"Architecture of Association"
Bill Seaman (Duke) and Daniel Howe (Brown)

Joyce Rudinsky (UNC), with collaborators Victoria Szabo (Duke), Mark Robinson (UNC), Eric Knisley and Jason Coposky (RENCI).

"Things Fall Apart"
Casey Alt (Duke)

Student Exhibitions:

Alexandra Dodson (Duke) and Laura Fravel (UNC); Rebecca Wood (Duke) and Michal Koszycki (Duke); Zach Blas and Whitney Trettien (Duke); undergrad work from Cameron and Colin Jones, John Peter Cafaro, Neo Chung (Duke). Animation and 3D modeling reels from Raquel Salvatella and Casey Alt's students (Duke).

See http://www.chatfestival2010.com/student-projects-exhibition.html for the full list of student participants.

SoundByte Discussions:

"WIRED! New Representation Technologies for Historical Materials"- Caroline Bruzelius, Sheila Dillon, Raquel Salvatella de Prada (Duke) Wednesday, Feb. 17, Noon

"Scientific Method and Narrative Form"
Kate Hayes and Michael Young  (NC State -- also teaching in ISIS this semester)
Wednesday, Feb. 17, 1-2 PM

"The Future of Learning in the Digital Age"
Cathy Davidson (Duke) and John McGowan (UNC)
Thursday, Feb. 18, 11 AM-12 Noon

"Readymade Digital Tools and the Potential of Creating New Tools"
Hyde Hall, Incubator, Bill Seaman and Julian Lombardi (Duke) Friday, Feb. 19, 6-7 PM


"Games and Storytelling"
Victoria Szabo (Duke), moderator
Wednesday, Feb. 17, 4-5:30 PM

"Game as Medium"
Casey Alt (Duke) and Pinar Yolkas (Duke, Visiting Artist), panelists Friday, Feb. 19, 4:30-6:30 PM

For more details, and to check out the full festival schedule, please visit http://www.chatfestival2010.com/


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

Honore Daumier, Ne vous y frottez pas, 1834, lithograph.

Wednesday, Feb. 17, 7:00 PM, Nasher Auditorium
Roundtable Discussion: "The Press: Balance, Bias, and the Freedom of Speech." Exploring the role of print media in fostering political debate in contemporary America. Panelists include Jay Hamilton (Duke), David Paletz (Duke), Robert Entman (George Washington University), Kevin Martin (Chairman of Federal Communications Commission, 2005-2009)

Thursday, Feb. 18, 7:00 PM, Nasher Auditorium
Film: "Journeys with George" (Alexandra Pelosi and Aaron Lubarsky, 2002)


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 pastÑcanonical 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. At the Nasher Museum the exhibition is supported by Duke University's Provost's Common Fund.



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 and 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 and 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.

For further information please go to: http://www.dukevisualstudies.org/letters

Department News

Friday, February 26, 2010

From William Blake, Milton: A Prophecy

Session I: Graduate Student Papers
10:30-11:45 AM
East Duke 204B

Anna Kivlan
"The Windsor Ruins: Photographs and Guided Memory"

Karen Gonzalez Rice
"'Wake Up!': John Duncan's Move Forward and the Aesthetics of Moral Outrage"

Zoe Marie Jones
"A Transnational Bohemia in Paris:  Integrating the Italian Artist, 1906-1914."

Coffee/Snack Break
11:45-12:15 PM
East Duke Corridor Gallery/Blue Parlor

Session II: Graduate Student Papers
12:15-1:00 PM
East Duke 204B

Elizabeth Baltes
"Following in the Footsteps of Heroes: Rethinking Antenor's Tyrannicides"

Alexandra Dodson
"Reconstructing an Arcatecture: The Arca di San Domenico in the 13th Century."

1:00-1:30 PM
W.J.T. Mitchell
East Duke 204B

1:30-3:00 PM
East Duke Blue Parlor

Keynote Presentation
3:00-4:15 PM
East Duke 204B

W.J.T. Mitchell
Gaylord Donnelley Distinguished Service Professor of English and
Art History
University of Chicago

"Idolatry: Nietzsche, Blake, Poussin"

4:30-6:00 PM
East Duke Corridor Gallery/Blue Parlor

Coming Soon


Meets every Tuesday at 4:15. First floor Bay 12, Smith Warehouse, room 101.

(see maps.duke.edu if you don't know where the Smith Warehouse is located; the East-West bus from the front of the Duke Chapel is a very convenient form of transportation)

The goals of the Rendez-vous are to:
- meet face-to-face with other people who are deeply interested in visual studies
- discover what we are thinking about, and share ideas/methods/resources
- learn about the primary projects people are working on
- socialize and get to know each other

Consider the Rendez-vous a Visual Studies "group meeting." Our featured speakers will give a short review of their projects to give us a taste of what they are thinking about, to engage everyone in a discussion on the topic. We will discuss both "of the theory" and "of the practice" topics.  The rest of the time will be open for general discussions. This is not intended to be an open house/reception type event.  It is a group meeting, with faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates participating.

Spring '10 Semester Rendez-vous Schedule:
  Feb 9   Amy Caron
  Feb 16  TBD
  Feb 23  Robert Duvall
  Mar 2   Casey Alt and Patrick Pagoda
  Mar 9   SPRING BREAK (no Rendez-vous)
  Mar 16  Pinar Yoldas
  Mar 23  TBD
  Mar 30  Fatimah Tuggar
  Apr 6    Mark Hansen
  Apr 13  Patrick Herron
  Apr 20  Sandra Van Ginhoven & Hilary Coe Smith
  Apr 27  Clare Woods & Victoria Szabo



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

Nicholas Garland, America's Nightmare - after Fuseli, 2006. Pen, ink and watercolor. Appeared in Daily Telegraph, February 16, 2006. Courtesy of the artist.

Lectures and Film Series

Thursday, Mar. 4, 5:30/6:00 PM
First Thursday: Neil McWilliam gives a gallery talk about the exhibition; cash bar opens at 5:30 PM; gallery talk 6:00 PM

Thursday, Mar. 4, 7:00 PM
Film: "This Film is Not Yet Rated" (Kirby Dick, 2006)

Thursday, Mar. 18, 4:00 PM
Lecture: Peter Kuper, artist in the exhibition, will speak on "Revolutions and Art," followed by a book signing. Sponsored by the Dept. of Art, Art History & Visual Studies.

Thursday, Mar. 18, 7:00 PM
Film: "Shut Up and Sing" (Barbara Kopple and Cecilia Peck, 2006)

Wednesday,  Apr. 14, 7:00 PM
Roundtable Discussion: "Satire and New Media." Panelists include Ken Rogerson, James Boyle, Geoffrey Baym (UNC-G), and Kevin "KAL" Kallaugher


Lecture Series on the International Spread of the Mendicant Orders

John Tolan
Université de Nantes, France

Monday, April 12, 5:00 PM
East Duke Building, Room 108

"Visual Preaching in the New World"
Jaime Lara
Yale Divinity School & Yale Institute of Sacred Music

Sponsors: Center for International Studies, Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Franklin Humanities Institute, Department of Art, Art History & Visual Studies



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