New Staff Member in AAHVS
The department welcomes staff specialist Agnieszka Witczak-Das to our main office team. Agnieszka will provide financial and program support for our department's sponsored projects, i.e. grant-funded projects, such as the WIRED! lab, the Visual Studies Initiative, the International Graduate Education Program, as well as the Visualizing Venice and The Kingdom of Sicily projects, among others.
The Vorticists Exhibition Concludes in Britain
Installation view, The Vorticists, Tate Britain, June 14-Spetember 4, 2011.
The exhibition, The Vorticists: Manifesto for a Modern World, opened at Tate Britain, its final venue, on June 14 and closed September 4. The exhibition was co-curated by Mark Antliff, professor of art history and visual studies, Duke, and Vivien Greene, curator of 19th- and 20th-century art, Guggenheim Museum, NY. It received widespread press coverage, with reviews in The Independent, The Telegraph, The Financial Times, and other major London papers as well as scholarly journals and magazines.
The exhibition opened at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke last September, travelled to the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice in January, and concluded at Tate Britain this summer. The combined total number of people who saw the exhibition over the course of its three venues was approximately 175,000.
Vorticism Article and Lectures
Three pages from Henri Gaudier-Brzeska's Chenil Sketchbook, c.1913 - 1914. L to R: Sketches for Ornament (Toothbrush) (sheet 23), sketch after the Temple of the Serpent (56), sketch for Red Stone Dancer (77). All images courtesy Tate Archive.
Mark Antliff, professor of art history and visual studies, published an article on an important sketchbook of artist Henri Gaudier-Brzeska datable to the height of his Vorticist phase in 1913-1914 and recently purchased by the Tate. It is entitled, "Drawing the Vortex," and appeared in the online journal Tate, etc.
While in Britain this summer, Antliff also lectured on “Gaudier-Brzeska and Contemporary Politics” at Tate Britain, on June, 18 as part of the opening events of the The Vorticists exhibition. He also presented “Richard Aldington, Vorticism and Degeneration,” about poet and critic Richard Aldington at the Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, on June 22.
Frontiers in the Humanities
Caroline Bruzelius, Anne M. Cogan Professor of Art History, spoke on “Revolutionizing Teaching and Learning with Digital Visualization Technologies: the WIRED! Experiment at Duke” at Clark University, Worcester, MA, on September 26. The lecture was part of Clark’s new series, Frontiers in the Humanities.
Phantom Limbs and Twin Towers Go Global
Pedro Lasch, WTC Budapest, oil on canvas, from the Phantom Limbs Series (2001-2011)
Art critic Roberta Smith mentioned assistant research professor of visual arts Pedro Lasch's exhibition Selections from “Twin Towers Go Global” and “Phantom Limbs” at Stephen Stoyanov Gallery, New York, in the New York Times art listings for September 23-29, 2011. Smith notes: “Working in a regressive, deliberately ‘Orientalized’ Social Realist style reminiscent of Komar & Melamid from decades past, this Mexican-born artist takes up painting in order to insert the World Trade Center’s twin towers into various settings, including Budapest, Baghdad, Guantnamo and Kabul, Afghanistan. The results are more magazine illustration than art, but, as such, creepily effective.”
The Deconstructive Impulse
Kristine Stiles, France Family Professor of Art, Art History and Visual Studies, contributed the essay, “Home Alone:‘Reversal of Positions of Presentation’ and the Visual Semantics ofDomesticity,”to the exhibition catalogue The Deconstructive Impulse: Women Artists Reconfigure the Signs of Power 1973-1991. The exhibition was organized by the Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase College, State University of New York, and is currently on view at the Nasher Museum of Art from September 15-December 31, 2011.
Center for Japanese Studies
Duke, NC State, and UNC-Chapel Hill have joined forces to launch a new Center for Japanese Studies that will support fellowships, research, seminars, travel, guest speakers, and library development.
The center has been founded with a $270,000 grant from the Japan Foundation in Tokyo. According to the center’s website, the three universities have created “one of the strongest scholarly groups in Japanese studies in the United States” with twenty-six research and twelve language-teaching faculty members and additional researchers with an interest in Japan. The Duke library contains 60,000 Japanese-language volumes and four hundred serial subscriptions and text databases; the UNC-CH library has six thousand volumes. Faculty collaborators are from fields such as history, anthropology, art history, Asian studies, history, languages, and literature. Gennifer Weisenfeld, associate professor of art history and a specialist in nineteenth and twentieth-century Japanese art history, represents the department in the new center.
Please go to trianglejapan.wordpress.comfor additional information.
Works Selected for Two Exhibitions
Pinar Yoldas (artist) and David Paulsen (neuroscientist), Limbique.
Graduate student Pinar Yoldas’ sculptural piece, Limbique,which she completed during her artist’s residency at Duke last year, was selected for the VisWeek 2011 Art Showas part of the IEEE Information Visualization Conference 2011 beginning October 23 in the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence, RI. In addition, her video piece Life is Short has been selected as one of thirteen videos out of 134 submissions to be exhibited in the Taubman Museum from December 12, 2011-February 26, 2012.
Pinar Yoldas, Life is Short, temporary large-scale quasi-kinetic sculpture.
MFAEDA Featured in Duke Chronicle
Duke’s student newspaper, The Chronicle, featured the new MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts in its September 16 issue and in an editorial in its September 20 issue. The earlier article noted that fifteen graduate students comprise the inaugural class, with fifteen more anticipated for the next academic year. The degree is a joint program of the Department of Art, Art History & Visual Studies, the Center for Documentary Studies, and the Program in the Arts of the Moving Image.
MFAEDA Director Tom Rankin, professor of the practice of visual arts and director of the Center for Documentary Studies, was quoted extensively in the September 16 article, explaining the new program’s focus is on experimentation with traditional forms of documentary arts but is also a “hybrid where many mediums come together.” The article goes on to note, “Duke’s program is the only MFA in the country that offers joint studies of experimental film, computational art production and documentary studies.”
In the September 20 editorial, the MFAEDA is described as filling “a previously open void in arts education at Duke” with the editors remaining “hopeful that the MFA program will not only further the knowledge of graduate students, but that it will lead to a trickle-down effect that will benefit undergraduate students at the University. The editorial concluded: “We remain optimistic about the ability of the program to enhance knowledge of the arts for graduate students, undergraduates and Durham residents alike.”
The MFAEDA is located in the just-remodeled former University carpentry shop on Campus Drive next to the East Campus power plant, also recently refurbished, and near the Smith Warehouse, which houses the visual arts and visual studies programs and studios in bays 11 and 12.