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Crop Over by Sonia Boyce

A Video Installation with Texts by Duke Students in The Department of Art, Art History & Visual Studies

Curated by Richard J. Powell

April 22-June 10, 2011

Franklin Humanities Institute Gallery
Duke University
Smith Warehouse, Bay 4, 1st Floor
114 South Buchanan Blvd., Durham, NC 27708

Gallery hours are Tuesday-Friday, 12:00-4:00 PM, or by appointment. The piece may also be viewed by appointment June 13-July 29. Partial support for the FHI’s 2010-11 exhibition series is generously provided by the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University.


Graduation with Distinction in Visual Arts & Practice-Based Visual Studies

Capstone in the Visual Arts & Practice Based-Visual Studies

April 27-May 16, 2011
Bays 11 and 12 Smith Warehouse
114 South Buchanan Blvd., Durham, NC 27708
M-F, 9-5

Opening Reception
Thursday, April 28, 2011
6-8 PM

Graduation Reception
Friday, May 13, 2011
2-4 PM

Graduation with Distinction in the Visual Arts
Lisa Gao
Hilary Huskey
Bibi Tran
Nina Wu

Graduation with Distinction in Visual Studies (practice-based)
Marissa Bergmann
Chrissy DiNicola
Sarah Goetz

Senior Capstone in the Visual Arts
Daniel Aum
Lucas Best
Nutishia Blake
Violeta Foreman
Anamika Goyal
Nasia Haque
Jane Kim
Charlotte Pinkard
Kyle Singler
Jason Tian
Justine Tiu
Carrie Wasterlain
Dylan Wengert
Vivi Wu
Adeeb Yunus

Senior Capstone in Visual Studies (practice-based)
Maya Robinson
Kirstie Jeffrey
Department News

Blue Devil Days

Blue Devil Days at the Nasher Museum of Art. Photo: Jack Edinger

The department participated in the 2011 Blue Devil Days during the week of April 11, 2011. Blue Devil Days affords accepted students and their families the opportunity to visit campus and experience Duke firsthand. Students have a chance to attend classes; meet our faculty and current students, as well as prospective classmates; and experience Duke’s beautiful campus and facilities.

On Monday, April 11, the program featured a reception focused on thearts and humanities. Duke students majoring in all subjects are engaged in the visual arts, performing arts, and humanities throughout their undergraduate years. At this reception, held in the atrium of the Nasher Museum of Art, prospective students got the opportunity to meet students and faculty who have made the arts and humanities a valued part of the Duke educational experience.

Blue Devil Days at the Nasher Museum of Art. Photo: Jack Edinger

The department installed an oversized, raised, multi-monitor display in the Nasher atrium, screening a video about the department created by visiting assistant professor Raquel Salvatella de Prada. Two smaller monitors, set up as a table display, featured a video loop of student art works and projects assembled by Merrill Shatzman, associate professor of the practice of visual arts, and John Taormina, director of the Visual Media Center, and a composite video from the Wired! Project, created by assistant professor of visual studies Mark Olson, featuring new representational technologies for historical materials. The department’s IT specialist, Bill Broom, and imaging specialist/web manager, Jack Edinger, coordinated and assembled the materials and technologies necessary for the elaborate installation as well as the table displays of monitors, faculty publications, posters, and flyers, coordinating the event with Sheila Dillon, associate professor and director of undergraduate studies.

MIT Lecture

Santa Croce, Florence, 1128, 1252, 1295. Digital model of Piacenza. Created by Aurelia D’Antonio and Michel Koszycki

Caroline Bruzelius, Anne M. Cogan Professor of Art History, spoke on “What Can Digital Visualization do for the Humanities?” at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab on May 3, 2011.

Mellon Professorship

Sara Galletti, assistant professor of art history, has been appointed the Andrew W. Mellon Assistant Professor of Art, Art History & Visual Studies for the 2011-2012 academic year. The position is supported by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to encourage excellence in the humanities and history.

New Publication on Romare Bearden

Richard J. Powell, John Spencer Bassett Professor of Art and Art History, contributed one of fourteen essays to Romare Bearden, American Modernist, a new publication by the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (CASVA), the National Gallery of Art’s research institute.

Topics in the book fall into four main areas: the relationship of Bearden's work to literature, jazz, and modern dance; the sources of his imagery, including radical politics, religion, and southern black culture; his professional development and influence; and the influence of the avant-garde, including Cubism and Pop Art, on his paintings and collages.

Crop Over + The Black Atlantic

Crop Over, a video installation by British artist Sonia Boyce, MBE, was commissioned in 2007 by the National Art Gallery Committee, Barbados and Harewood House Trust, and premiered that same year at the Harewood House, West Yorkshire, England.

This art project began with Sonia Boyce’s interest in the Crop Over festival in Barbados: a harvest celebration that originates out of the historical conditions of plantation life and sugar production in the Caribbean, and reemerges in the contemporary context of cultural reevaluation and Caribbean tourism. Crop Over also responds to the history of the Harewood House, an eighteenth-century British estate, and its relationship to the transatlantic slave trade. After its Yorkshire debut, Crop Over was exhibited in the Cunard Gallery of the Barbados Museum and Historical Society in 2008, and publicly screened to audiences at the Kensington Oval during Barbados’s Crop Over festival.

Research on Sonia Boyce’s Crop Over was conducted by the students in the Spring 2011 course, The Black Atlantic (AAAS 167/ARTHIST 174/ICS 110AS): Danielle Black, John Broadbent, Catherine Cordeiro, Austin Gamble, Brandon Gambucci, Sarah Hamerman, Ryan Harding, Anthony Henry, Andrew Huff, Alexandra Jorn, Keara Mageras, Chelsea Nkwodimmah, Taylor Parker, Parker Poliakoff, and Desmond Scott. Taught by Richard J. Powell, John Spencer Bassett Professor of Art and Art History, this course explores the philosophical and social forces that influence a black diasporal presence in world art.

Students in The Black Atlantic course examined how West and Central African art forms and beliefs helped shape the arts, religions, and philosophies of peoples of African descent in the Americas and other parts of the world: from the architectural phenomenon of the circum-Caribbean “Shotgun” house and the strip-unit aesthetic in quilts and new world textiles, to blues, reggae, African American art and, as this exhibition demonstrates, the video installations of visual artist Sonia Boyce.

Duke “Office Hours”

Tom Rankin, director of the Center for Documentary Studies and associate professor of the practice of visual arts, was featured in Duke’s “Office Hours” webcast on April 15, 2011. Rankin previewed films in this year’s Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, which took place April 14-17, 2011 in Durham (fullframefest.org)

Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Freer and Sackler Galleries

Eikoh Hosoe, photograph from Kamaitachi, 1969

Ignacio Adriasola Munoz, who is being awarded his Ph.D. in art history this semester, has received the Anne van Biema Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery in Washington, DC. Adriasola will be at the Freer/Sackler for the 2011-2012 year, where he will be revising his dissertation manuscript for publication.

Asian Studies Conference in Honolulu

Interior, Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, Phnom Penh

Graduate student Sarah Jones Dickens presented "Witness Cambodia: Art, Memory, and Testimony from Tuol Sleng" in the session, “Prison Break: Art, Film, and Literature of Incarceration,” on April 4, 2011 at the Association of Asian Studies and the International Convention of Asian Scholars' joint conference, Celebrating 70 Years of Asian Studies, in Honolulu, Hawaii. Duke University's Office of Global Strategy and Programs; theDepartment of Art, Art History, & Visual Studies;and the Center for Documentary Studies sponsored her travel and presentation.

Yale Graduate Student Symposium

Louise Dahl-Wolfe, William Edmondson at Work, 1937, photograph.

Graduate student Katherine Laura Jentleson delivered a paper entitled “Labels and Legacy: William Edmondson’s Unstable Position in the American Art Canon” at Yale University's 8th Annual American Art History Graduate Student Symposium on Saturday, April 16, 2010.
Coming Soon

Summer Art History Courses

Summer I

ARTHIST 70 Introduction to the History of Art
(Renaissance to the Present)
M-TU-TH 3:30-5:35 PM
Instr: Robert Mayhew

Summer II

ARTHIST 70 Introduction to the History of Art
(Renaissance to the Present)
M-TU-TH 3:30-5:35 PM
Instr: Alfredo Rivera

Visual Studies Initiative

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Highlight from the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke

Eve Sussman with the Rufus Corporation, The Rape of the Sabine Women (Annette and Rabbits), 2005. Photographic still, Digital C-Print; 26.5 x 73 inches. Collection of the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University. Fund for Acquisitions, 2006.11.2. From Building the Contemporary Collection: Five Years of Acquisitions. March 10-August 14, 2011.


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