Wednesday, October 4, 2017

2017 Wladis Lecture on Curatorial Careers

The Newcomb Art Department is pleased to present the 2017 Wladis Lecture on Curatorial Careers, "From the Heart of the Andes: On Creating Golden Kingdoms," a lecture by Joanne Pillsbury, Andrall E. Pearson Curator of the Art of the Ancient Americas, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, on Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 6:00 pm in Stone Auditorium (Room 210), Woldenberg Art Center.

Dr. Pillsbury gives a behind-the-scenes view of the exhibition Golden Kingdoms: Luxury and Legacy in the Ancient Americas (Getty Research Institute and Metropolitan Museum of Art, Fall 2017-Spring 2018), and the international research project that inspired it. Drawing upon significant recent archaeological findings and new investigations into the roles of artists, their patrons, and their workshops, the lecture focuses on luxury arts in the lands between the two great imperial capitals of the ancient Americas: Cusco, the seat of the Inca state, and Tenochtitlan, the Aztec capital.  It probes a fundamental question: How can we discern and interpret indigenous ideas of value?

The lecture is sponsored by the Newcomb Art Department, supported by a gift from Mark and Diane Wladis.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Ivory for Copper: Sculpture between West Africa and France, circa 1300

The Newcomb Art Department presents the 2017 Stern Lecture, "Ivory for Copper: Sculpture between West Africa and France, circa 1300," by Sarah Guérin, Assistant Professor of Art History at the University of Pennsylvania. The lecture will be held on Monday, October 2 at 6:00pm in Stone Auditorium, 210 Woldenberg Art Center.
By focussing on the materials imported into sub-Saharan Africa in the Middle Ages, Ivory for Copper examines the extraordinary long-distance, inter-continental trade routes that link two remarkable yet distant sculptural traditions, those of fourteenth-century Ife in modern Nigeria and Gothic France. Considering the socially-construed values of imported commodities reveals medieval African’s active role in the ‘World System.’

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Friday Nights at NOMA: Artist Perspective with Teresa Cole

Friday, September 15 at 6pm, Professor Teresa Cole will discuss her work as a printmaker in conjunction with the New Orleans Museum of Art's exhibition Jim Steg: New Work. This Artist Perspective lecture is part of a full evening of events at NOMA.
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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Tulane/Newcomb artists featured in New American Paintings

The most recent edition of New American Paintings features the work of Ronna S. Harris, Associate Professor of Painting and Drawing. Harris works in oils and soft pastels, playing with light and its affect on color. Her paintings communicate a state of controlled chaos as she combines two divergent forces and approaches: realism and abstract expression. By a proficient handling of light, a mastery of images, and a skillful mark making method, the paintings confer an illusion of reality to something that's not real. The end result is a spatial between magic and illusion rooted in the American Realist tradition.

Issue 130 of New American Paintings also features the work of two Tulane/Newcomb alumnae, Maysey Craddock (BA 1993) and Anastasia Pelias (BFA 1981).

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Faculty News: Leslie Geddes promoted to assistant professor

After two years as a visiting member of the faculty, Leslie Geddes has been promoted to assistant professor. 

Leslie Geddes specializes in Italian Renaissance and Baroque art and architecture. She received her Ph.D. in the history of art from Princeton University in 2014. Prof. Geddes was awarded the 2016 Jane Faggen Ph.D. Dissertation Prize in Art and Archaeology, Princeton University. Her research has been supported by a grant from the Kluge Foundation, a Donald and Mary Hyde Fellowship, and a Readership in Renaissance Studies at Harvard University’s Villa I Tatti in Florence. 
She looks forward to continuing to teach a range of courses on Italian Renaissance art—from classes featuring major figures such as Donatello, Raphael, Leonardo, and Michelangelo to seminars on topics such as villa architecture, courtly competition, and the role of printmaking in artistic and scientific invention. She's delighted to work closely with students interested in the early modern period.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Adam Crosson joins the Newcomb Art Department faculty

The Newcomb Art Department welcomes Adam Crosson to the faculty as Assistant Professor of Sculpture. Adam received his MFA in Sculpture + Extended Media from The University of Texas at Austin where he was a Jack G. Taylor and Virginia R. Allen Presidential Scholar and was also awarded the College of Fine Arts Fellowship and the Umlauf Prize. Before joining Tulane, he was a Fellow in The Core Program at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and also taught at the University of Houston. He has received additional fellowships to study at the Royal College of Art, London, and to attend the Vermont Studio Center. Adam’s interdisciplinary approach to making and teaching is informed by a background in architecture and looks to disassemble traditional boundaries of media as applied to sculpture, photography, and the moving image. His studio practice is concerned with factors that contribute to identities of place—particularly in the Southern United States—and his installations often explore relationships between object and image. Adam has been included in recent group exhibitions at Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai, Thailand, Triumph, Chicago, IL, Lawndale Art Center, Houston, TX, and The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO. He has held recent solo exhibitions at Co-Lab Projects in Austin, TX and the Contemporary Art Gallery at Southeastern Louisiana University, Hammond, LA. He has also organized and curated exhibitions in London, Texas, and Vermont and is co-founder of Pig & Pony Gallery.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Faculty News: AnnieLaurie Erickson

Assistant Professor AnnieLaurie Erickson's solo exhibition, Data Shadows, is on view at the Edward M. Dowd Art & Art History Building Gallery, Santa Clara University through September 21st.   

A feature article about Data Shadows was published in Foam Magazine, a leading international photography magazine published in Amsterdam at the Foam Photography Museum.