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Ioana Nemes, Birdman (Positive & Negative Ring), 2009, wood, paint, wool, and chalk. Courtesy of the Artist and Jiri Svestka Gallery.

“Survival Kit: Collective Resistance Strategies in Romanian Culture”

Corina Apostol

Tuesday, March 30
4:30 PM
108 East Duke Building
Duke University

Corina Apostal (Trinity ’09) received her undergraduate degree in art history and history from Duke University and is currently working in Bucharest, Romania.


Abusing Power: Satirical Journals from the Special Collections Library

Perkins Library Gallery
February 23 - April 11, 2010

An exhibit of journals published in Germany, France, Spain, Great Britain, Mexico, and the United States between 1821 and 1934. The show, curated by Neil McWilliam, Walter H. Annenberg Professor of Art and Art History, and his students, surveys the spectrum of comic journalism, examining the visual languages of graphic satire and investigating its rhetorical powers.

Online exhibit:


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

Current Programs

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


Steve Brodner, The Bushanos, 2004, watercolor, 15 x 20 inches. Appeared in The Nation.

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.


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

UT Austin Distinguished Visiting Professorship

University of Texas at Austin

Mark Antliff, professor of art history, was invited by the Art History Graduate Students Association at the University of Texas at Austin to be the 2010 Distinguished Visiting Professor, for March 2, 3, and 4. He gave a public lecture titled "Sculpture Against the State:  Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, Dora Marsden, Ezra Pound" on March 3 and led a seminar discussion on the subject of "Aestheticized Violence, Censorship and Bohemia" on March 4.

Henri Gaudier, Knuckle Duster, 1914, brass.

Faculty Publication on French Art and Culture

Mark Antliff, professor of art history, and Neil McWilliam, Walter H. Annenberg professor of art history, contributed essays to the new publication from Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Academics, Pompiers, Official Artists and the Arriere-garde, Defining Modern and Traditional in France, 1900-1960, Natalie Adamson and Toby Norris, eds. Antliff’s essay is “Classicism, Neither Right nor Left: The Combat Group and the Cultural Politics of French Fascism during the 1930s.” McWilliam’s essay is titled ”Emile Bernard’s Reactionary Idealism.”

Faculty Film Screened in Washington Film Festival

Memory Leak, a new film by William Noland, associate profess of the practice of visual arts,  was screened at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, on Saturday, March 6 as part of the Black Maria Film & Video Festival 2010 awards tour. Memory Leak was a Jury Citation Selection for the festival.

Named for Thomas Edison's pioneering New Jersey film studio, this renowned festival competition is now in its 29th year. A selection of new documentary and experimental shorts from the festival includes When Herons Dream, Serge Gregory; Worlds of Sound: Ballad of Folkways, Andrea Kalin and Richard Carlin; Pickles for Nickels, Danielle Ash; The Solitary Life of Cranes, Eva Weber; Sitting, Leighton Pierce; Memory Leak, William Noland; Train, Darius Clark Monroe; Breaking Boundaries: The Art of Alex Masket, Dennis Connors. Presented by the Black Maria Festival's founding director, John Columbus.

The annual Black Maria Film & Video Festival, an international juried competition and award tour founded in 1981, advocates, exhibits, and rewards cutting edge works from independent film and video makers. The festival is known for its national public exhibition program drawn from the annual collection of fifty award-winning films and videos.

Faculty Lecture in Santa Cruz

Kristine Stiles, professor of art history, presented "Mind Control and Remote Viewing, Uses and Abuses of Traumatic Dissociation," in the speaker series for  Difficult Dialogues: Sites/Sights of Trauma in Visual Culture, curated by Professor Boreth Ly, visual and performance studies, at the University of California at Santa Cruz.

The Humanities Get Wired

Digital representation of the three Franciscan churches of Santa Croce, developed by students in the Wired! course.

“At CHAT Duke faculty discuss the marriage of art history, archaeology, and new technologies.”

This was the lead-in to an online article in DUKETODAY that featured the faculty panel, which was as part of the Collaborations: Humanities, Arts and Technology (CHAT) Festival held at UNC-Chapel Hill February 16-20, 2010. Sheila Dillon, associate professor of art history; Mark Olson, visiting assistant professor of visual studies; and Raquel Salvatella de Prada, visiting assistant professor of the practice of visual arts, spoke about their experiences teaching “Wired! New Representational Technologies for Historical Materials,” a new course offered last spring semester in the department and team-taught with Rachel Brady, adjunct associate professor of visual studies, and Caroline Bruzelius, Anne M. Cogan professor of art history.

For the complete article please see: (http://www.dukenews.duke.edu/2010/02/chat.html)

Graduate Student Featured in Duke Law Magazine

Katherine de Vos Devine, a candidate for the joint MA in art history and JD (’10) was featured in the Winter 2010 issue of Duke Law in the article, “Curating a Career.” The essay highlighted her participation in the curation of the Nasher Museum of Art exhibition, Lines of Attack: Conflicts in Caricature, currently on view. The article notes, “While her intent on entering law school after two years as a tax paralegal at Cadwalader in New York was to forge a career in art law, her work on the exhibition has shown de Vos Devine how art history and law might combine on a satisfying academic career.” De Vos Devine says, “No other school would let me do what I am doing—asking highly conceptual questions, writing multidisciplinary papers, and doing curatorial projects. There was definitely no other law school that was enthusiastic about [my] prior interest in a particular field.”

Coming Soon


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


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.


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


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