THURSDAY, MARCH 2, Irving H. Jurow Lecture Hall, Silver Center 5-6 pm
BETWEEN PORT AND PALACE: MARITIME ART AND MEDITERRANEAN SERVITUDE IN LOUIS XIV’S FRANCE
Meredith Martin, Associate Professor of Art History and the Institute of Fine Arts at NYU; Gillian Weiss, Associate Professor of History at Case Western Reserve University
Mediterranean maritime art, and the forced labor on which it depended, was fundamental to the politics and propaganda of France’s King Louis XIV (r. 1643-1715). However, most studies of French art in this period focus on Paris and Versailles. By examining a wide range of artistic productions—e.g., ship design, artillery sculpture, medals—this lecture draws attention to neglected genres of Mediterranean maritime art and to the varieties of forced labor such as convicts and enslaved Turks integral to the creation of artistic forms proclaiming the power of the Sun King.
Congratulations to Professor Finbarr Barry Flood, who has been appointed Slade Professor of Fine Art at the University of Oxford for the 2018-2019 academic year. The appointment includes residency in Oxford in spring 2019, when the Slade Professor teaches a seminar and delivers eight public lectures around a specific theme, which will then be published as a book.
Already a knight of France’s Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (along with Shelley Rice and Pepe Karmel), Sir Ken has now been recognized for his outstanding scholarly contributions to the field and 35 years of inspirational teaching at NYU with the uncannily apt title of Silver Professor. Ken is the first recipient of this honor, since the inception of the Silver Professorships in 2002, to represent the Department of Art History.
The Silver Professors include distinguished scholars in FAS and the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences. You can view a list of all of the previously selected Silver Professors at: http://silverdialogues.fas.nyu.edu/page/appointed.html
Professor Edward Sullivan was involved in 101 year-old Carmen Herrera’s exhibit at the Whitney which you can read about in our November 9 post. It is not too late to visit as it remains open until January 9.
Here is an interview that appeared on CBS in December.