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Friday, September 6, 2013
4-6 PM
DiVE, Room 1617A, CIEMAS/Fitzpatrick Center

Be in an excavation (Neolithic House), explore an ancient landscape (Salisbury Plain models), and visit a reconstructed Roman Villa. There will be a virtual archaeology open house in the Duke Immersive Virtual Environment (DiVE), hosted by Regis Kopper, DiVE Director; Maurizio Forte, William and Sue Gross Professor of Classical Studies and Professor of Art, Art History & Visual Studies; Nicola Lercari, Postdoctoral Associate; and Rebecca Bennett, Postdoctoral Associate. The open house will provide the opportunity to try out virtual reality applications and speak with their creators about the research behind them.

Refreshments will be served.


Suzanne Lacy: Artist Talk and Workshop

Suzanne Lacy and collaborators, Crystal Quilt, 1987.

Artist Talk
Thursday, September 12, 2013
6 PM
Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University,Durham, NC.
Open to the public.

Sponsored by the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University and the Visiting Artists Series of the Department of Art, Art History & Visual Studies at Duke University.

Breakfast Workshop & Conversation with Suzanne Lacy
Friday September 13, 2013
10 AM-12 PM
Ackland Art Museum
University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC

Open to all Duke and UNC students and faculty, but you must RSVP by September 4. Participants will receive readings and a confirmation of their participation by September 6.

RSVP: send an email to Pedro Lasch <plasch@duke.edu> with 'Lacy RSVP' in the email subject and your full name in the body. Indicate if you are an artist, student, activist, or faculty, and where.

Sponsored by the Ackland Art Museum, The Department of Women's and Gender Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill, and the Visiting Artists Series of the Department of Art, Art History & Visual Studies at Duke University.

Suzanne Lacy will present new works, as well as selections from forty years of activism, education, and what she has termed “new genre public art.”Lacy is an internationally known artist whose work includes installations, video, and large-scale performances on social themes and urban issues. One of her best-known works to date is The Crystal Quilt (Minneapolis, 1987) a performance with 430 older women, broadcast live on Public Television. During the nineties she worked with teams of artists and youth to create an ambitious series of performances, workshops, and installations on youth and public policy, documented by videos, local and national news broadcasts, and an NBC program.

Her work has been shown at the Getty Museum, Tate Modern, and many art institutions around the world. She has received awards from numerous foundations, including the National Endowment for the Arts, Creative Time, The Guggenheim, Rockefeller, Surdna, and Nathan Cummings Foundations. She also received the Distinguished Artist Award for Lifetime Achievement from the College Art Association in 2010 and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Women's Caucus for Art in 2012.

Also known for her writing, Lacy edited the influential Mapping the Terrain: New Genre Public Art, published in 1995, it prefigures much current writing on politically relevant performance art. Most recently, she published Leaving Art: Writings on Performance, Politics, and Publics, 1974-2007.

Lacy is the Chair of Public Practice at the Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles. From 1987-97 she was Dean of the School of Fine Arts at the California College of Arts. Active in Oakland cultural politics, Lacy was a member of Mayor Jerry Brown’s education cabinet and an Arts Commissioner for the City of Oakland.


Visualizing Venice

July 12 - October 31, 2013
East Duke Corridor Gallery
East Duke Building, East Campus

Visualizing Venice is a three-year project involving faculty and staff from Duke's Wired! Lab and counterparts at two Italian universities, Universita Iuav di Venezia and Universita degli Studi di Padova. Visualizing Venice provides a series of inquiries into how social and economic change shaped the city of Venice over time. Using documents and archival sources, collaborative groups of students map and model the process of change in the city.

An exhibition of projects is now on display in East Duke Building. The exhibition summarizes much of the project's research thus far, a series of re-creations of several notable areas of Venice, dissected and re-built layer by layer using all manner of representational digital technologies. Projects include SS. Giovanni e Paolo, the Ospedale, the Accademia, the Biennale, and the Arsenale.

The exhibition, which has already been displayed in Venice and Zagreb, Croatia, was previously shown at Smith Warehouse in April.


Pedro Lasch, Susan Harbage Page, and Yinka Shonibare

Pedro Lasch, LATINO/A AMERICA, 2003/2013. Mixed-media installation, dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist. © Pedro Lasch. Image courtesy of the Queens Museum of Art, New York.

July 20 – December 1, 2013
Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University

This installation complements the exhibition Lines of Control: Partition as a Productive Space (September 19, 2013 - February 2, 2014) and deals with the human consequences of the creation and regulation of borders.

Pedro Lasch is Associate Research Professor in the Department of Art, Art History & Visual Studies. His evolving installation consists of maps printed with red images of North and South America labeled “Latino/a” and “America”, respectively. Lasch provides two of these folded up maps to each person he meets who plans to cross the U.S. - Mexico border. One map they keep for themselves, the other they return to Lasch following their crossing. Each sheet is marked with the evidence of the journey, the stains and tears creating an altered, more personal map.

In a series of photographs, Harbage Page captures objects—such as a wallet, a lone argyle sock and scraps of fabric and paper—left behind as migrants crossed the U.S.-Mexican border. These items are no longer possessions but rather documents testifying to a life that has moved on, reminding us of what else may have been left behind: family, friends, and home.

Shonibare’s work, Scramble for Africa, assembles fourteen mannequins around a table with a map of Africa at its center. This installation re-imagines the Berlin Conference (1884-85) that resulted in a continent separated and parceled out among European powers, creating divisions that led to conflict and bloodshed.

African American Close-up: Prints, Photographs and Works on Paper from North Carolina Collections

David C. Driskell, (b. 1931), Woman in Interior, 2008. Screenprint in colors on paper, 37 ¼ x 25 ¼ inches. Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham, NC. Gift of Franklin and Sheila Jackson, 2008.12.1.© 2013 David C. Driskell. Courtesy of the artist.


The works of art featured on this new website are part of a group studied in the Fall 2012 Art History course at Duke University taught by Professor Richard Powell entitled "Modern and Contemporary African American Art." This course examined the social and philosophical forces shaping a black presence in contemporary and modern visual culture.

Because the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University is the repository for, or is in close proximity to, many important works of art by and about African Americans, it was decided that rather than requiring a conventional term paper, students might benefit more from conducting original research on works of art they could see in person. To showcase this student-generated scholarship this online exhibition was created.

Henry Ossawa Tanner, (1859-1937), Untitled (Study for Christ at the Home of Lazarus), c. 1912. Pastel and Chalk on Cardboard, 13 5/16 x 10 1/8 inches. North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC. Gift of Dr. Naomi M. Kanof, G.77.4.1.Courtesy of the North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC.

African American Close-Up: Prints, Photographs and Works on Paper from North Carolina Collections gratefully acknowledges the support from the Ph.D. Lab in Digital Knowledge, John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute at Duke University. Additional generous support is provided by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Department News


New Director of Graduate Studies

Assistant Professor Sara Galletti has been appointed the department’s Director of Graduate Studies for a three-year term. She specializes in early modern art and architecture, architectural history, and architectural theory. Her areas of research interest are French and Italian architecture 1500-1700, patronage and women’s patronage, intra-European artistic exchanges and relationships, architectural planning, and the use of space in relation to social life and structures. Galletti’s first book, Le Palais du Luxembourg de Marie de Medicis, 1611-1631, was published by Editions Picard in November 2012. Her latest article, "Female Agency and Early Modern Urbanism: the Paris of Marie de Medici," was published in the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians (71.2, June 2012: 186-203).

2013-14 Wired! Postdoctoral Associate

During the 2013-14 academic year, Dr. Kristin Huffman Lanzoni will serve as the new Postdoctoral Associate in the Wired! group. She will work with the team on integrating visualization technologies into teaching and research in art history and visual studies. A 2005 graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill with a Ph.D. in art history, Lanzoni will teach a Spring 2014 semester course on Mapping and Modeling Venice and also serve as project coordinator for the new Bass Connections Visualizing Venice project, working with collaborators in Venice and Padua to implement the innovative database and enhance both research and public outreach initiatives.

San Nicolo di Castello

In Spring 2013 Lanzoni taught a freshman seminar that utilized Sketch-Up to create 3D models of churches destroyed in early 19th century Venice. For example, this model of San Nicolo di Castello (above) reconstructs a church that was destroyed two hundred years ago; the next phase is to place some of these 3D models in the Duke Immersive Visualization Environment (DiVE) in order to experience the models as real space. One of the important aspects of the project is to reconstruct the locations of paintings and other works of art back into the environments for which they were created.

South Downs National Park Authority

Rebecca Bennett, the 2012-13 Wired! Postdoctoral Associate, has accepted a position at South Downs National Park Authority as Project Manager for a grant-funded archaeological remote sensing project "Secrets of the South Downs," starting in mid-October.

Rebecca Bennett’s current study area of Salisbury Plain.

The "Secrets of the South Downs" is a three-year, £935,756 project jointly funded by the National Park and Heritage Lottery fund and will commence this fall. It aims to provide the first thorough archaeological assessment of an area of approximately 200 square miles of the National Park. Much of the project area is ancient forest, which renders traditional aerial photographic survey techniques useless when searching for archaeological features. Lidar data provides a way to "see through" the trees to map the terrain below and identify the traces of past settlement and industry. Bennett will be responsible for commissioning the lidar data, recruiting and managing the project team, and authoring the book of combined aerial survey and fieldwork results that will be the major academic outcome of this project.


The department welcomes six new graduate students for the 2013-14 academic year: Amanda Lazarus (advisor: Sheila Dillon), Lidia Klein (advisor: Annabel Wharton), Anita Bateman (advisor: Richard Powell), Patricia Bray (advisor: Neil McWilliam), Shahrazad Shareff (advisor: Richard Powell), Max Symuleski (advisors: Bill Seaman and Mark Hansen).


UC Santa Barbara

Ignacio Adriasola (Ph.D., 2011) has been appointed Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of the History of Art and Architecture at the University of California-Santa Barbara for 2013-14. He will be teaching Japanese art and architecture.

New York Times “First-Art-Crush”

Mary Rose Medearis (Molly) Superfine (TCAC ‘13 ) was chosen as a New York Times “first-art-crush” story from visual arts professionals as an addendum to a piece Holland Cotter was writing. Among the 130 or so stories that were submitted, Superfine’s story was one of seven to be published.

Superfine graduated with Highest Distinction in Art History and received The Nancy Kaneb Art History Award. Her Distinction project, “NYC/LA Latinas Paint: A Feminist Analysis Following Art from the Street to the Gallery,” was directed by Esther Gabara, E. Blake Byrne Associate Professor of Romance Studies and Art, Art History & Visual Studies.

The article can be accessed at: http://nyti.ms/1dLCmhH.

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MFA in Experimental & Documentary Arts


The new Master of Fine Arts in Experimental & Documentary Arts (MFAEDA) at Duke University brings together two forms of artistic activity — the documentary approach and experimental production in analog, digital, and computational media — in a unique program that will foster collaborations across disciplines and media as it trains sophisticated, creative art practitioners. Successful completion of the program requires the development of a complex understanding of documentary practices and traditions as well as creative skills in experimental media and new technologies. The MFAEDA is a joint program between the Department of Art, Art History & Visual Studies; the Center for Documentary Studies; and the Program in the Arts of the Moving Image.


Georgia O'Keefe (American 1887-1986), Lake George, 1922. SFMOMA.

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