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Professor Miriam Basilio to Lecture in Santiago de Compostela

26 Jun
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Announcing a lecture in Santiago de Compostela next Friday, June 29, 7PM at Galeria TRINTA on the occasion of Michelle Vaughan’s exhibition “Generations”.  Luis Antonio Segura Iglesias, Dean of the Faculty of Biology and Professor of the Department of Plant Physiology of the USC, will introduce the lecture by Professor Miriam Basilio of New York University’s Dept. of Art History and Program in Museum Studies: “Generations: Genealogies of Art and Power” which will be followed by a conversation with the artist.
“Generations” will be on view at Galeria TRINTA through September 15, and works will also be shown at the Department of Zoology, Genetics and Physical Anthropology, University of Santiago de Compostela.
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“Generaciones” es un proyecto de ocho años de duración que comenzó tras el descubrimiento de unas investigaciones genéticas en los Habsburgo españoles en un momento en el que yo estaba estudiando los retratos cortesanos de Diego Velázquez. Ello supuso una forma nueva y emocionante de ver estas obras maestras y pasé varios años reinterpretando el arte y la ciencia en mi propio trabajo.

He analizado las similitudes de los retratos de los Habsburgo y los Borbones a lo largo de dos siglos que se repiten de una generación a otra. En algunos casos, maridos y esposas son muy parecidos. Estas semejanzas aparecen en mi trabajo, donde he repetido y modificado las imágenes mediante el grabado digital, el vídeo (GIFT), el dibujo y la creación de patrones de símbolos. Una serie de trabajos sirve de base a la siguiente y así los retratos se convierten en copias de copias.

Los genetistas españoles continúan publicando nuevas investigaciones sobre los Habsburgo en la Universidad de Santiago de Compostela. El verano pasado fui invitada a su laboratorio para interpretar sus últimos descubrimientos. El resultado son cuatro retratos completamente nuevos realizados al pastel sobre papel que se han incluido en esta exposición. La investigación científica sobre los Habsburgo ha dado a los historiadores del arte y a los artistas una nueva perspectiva a la hora de examinar las increíbles obras maestras que cuelgan hoy en el Prado.
“Generations” is an eight year long project which began after discovering genetic research into the Spanish Habsburgs during a time I was also examining the court portraits of Diego Velázquez. This was an exciting and new way to look at these masterful artworks, and I spent several years reinterpreting the art and science into my own work.

I have looked at the similarities across two centuries of Habsburg and Bourbon portraits, which repeat from one generation after the next. In some cases, husbands and wives look very similar. These resemblances show up in my work, where I have repeated and morphed the images by using digital printmaking, GIFs, drawings and pattern making. One series of work builds on to the next, where portraits become copies of copies.

Spanish geneticists continue to publish new research into the Habsburgs at the University of Santiago de Compostela. Last summer I was invited to their lab to interpret their latest research. The results are four brand new portraits which have been drawn with pastel on paper, and are included in this exhibition. Scientific research about the Habsburgs has given art historians and artists a fresh perspective on examining the incredible masterpieces which hang in the Prado today.


Professor Prita Meier co-curates exhibition at The National Museum of African Art

15 Jun

ROBERTO JUAREZ Processing: Paintings & Prints 2008 – 2018, Guest Curated by Edward Sullivan, at Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art

5 Jun


Film Screening: Mr. Turner

23 Apr

Directed by Mike Leigh (2014; 150 min.)

Monday, April 30, 6:009:00 pm
19 University Place, Room 102

Mr. Turner explores the last quarter century of the life of J. M. W. Turner (1775–1851), the single-minded landscape painter whom John Ruskin (who is portrayed in the film) described as the “father of modern art.” With Turner’s loose brushwork and vibrant colors, and his depictions of the modern world, he often shocked his contemporaries. In the words of Mike Leigh, Mr. Turnerexamines “the tension between this very mortal, flawed individual, and the epic work, the spiritual way he had of distilling the world.” Introduced by Philip Lopate, film critic, author, and Professor of Writing, Columbia University.

Co-organized by NYU’s New York Institute for the Humanities and Grey Art Gallery.

Free of charge, no reservations, capacity limited. All programs are subject to change. Photo ID required for entrance to NYU buildings.

Offered in conjunction with Landscapes after Ruskin: Redefining the Sublime, exhibition on view at the Grey Art Gallery, New York University, 100 Washington Square East, NYCApril 17–July 7, 2018.

For more information on the exhibition, please visit


Exposition Networks in Italy 1911-1942, Talk by Steve Rugare

23 Apr


Imaging Techniques and the Technical Study of Drawings

20 Apr
Professor Louise Rice will speak at Morgan Library & Museum next Wednesday, April 25.

Professor Louise Rice at Fairfield University: “Joshua and the Jesuits”

20 Apr

Louise Rice participated in a conference called “Art of the Gesù: Bernini and his Age,” which took place on April 5 at Fairfield University, Fairfield CT.  Her talk was titled “Joshua and the Jesuits.”