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The Department Mourns the Passing of Benefactor Larry Goldrich

April 13, 2021

The whole department mourns the recent passing of Larry Goldrich, who was the founder and benefactor of our Alumni Sculpture Garden. You can read his full obituary here:

The family has included the Alumni Sculpture Garden Endowment Fund as one of the suggested ways to celebrate Larry’s memory. Online giving to the Alumni Sculpture Garden is easy and secure. Simply follow the link to make your gift, and search for “Alumni Sculpture Garden Endowment Fund (100919)” in the form under Top Funds.

Rand Lecture published in Andrew Hemingway Essay Collection

January 11, 2018

2016 Rand Lecturer Andrew Hemingway, Emeritus Professor in History of Art at University College London, recently published a collection of his essays titled Landscape Between Ideology and the Aesthetic: Marxist Essays on British Art and Art Theory, 1750-1850. Included in the selection is an essay written for and delivered at the Rand Lecture Series, “The Field of Waterloo Exposed: Turner, Byron, and the Politics of Reaction.”

Post-Doc Kathryn Desplanque Exhibit Opening at Duke

October 16, 2017

On Wednesday, October 18th, current Post-Doc Kathryn Desplanque will have an exhibit opening at Duke University Libraries. Light refreshments will be served, and both Kathryn and the exhibits coordinator, Meg Brown, will be on hand to chat and discuss.

The exhibit, entitled Humans of Paris: Picturing Social Life in the 19th Century showcases “panoramic writing,” or sketch writing and illustrations of comical urban typologies, from the 1830s and ’40s. Kathryn links these to street spectacle in 19th century Paris (and have a magic lantern on display), and to contemporary urban spectacle such as memes (much more tenuously).

Congratulations to HVA lecturer Mary Reid Kelley on being named a 2016 MacArthur Fellow

September 27, 2016

Mary Reid Kelley, who was a Hanes Visiting Artist in 2014, has just been named a 2016 MacArthur fellow. More info from their website:

Mary Reid Kelley is an artist who makes arresting, playful, and erudite videos that explore the condition of women throughout history. Drawing on literary and historical material, the videos involve intensive research and critical reassessments of standard historical narratives. Reid Kelley is involved in every aspect of the videos’ creation—from writing the scripts (typically in highly structured poetic verse), to designing the sets, props, and costumes, to performing the leading roles—and all of the videos are produced by her and her partner, Patrick Kelley, at their private studio.

The style of the works—which is informed by the crude, black and white figures of early animation and the lo-tech look of amateur film—lends visual force to her sardonic, critical view of the pacifying notion that progress has completed its work improving the standing of women in society. In You Make Me Iliad (2010), Reid Kelley plays the respective roles of a Belgian prostitute working near the frontlines during World War I and a male soldier with medical training who is charged with monitoring the brothels. In over one hundred rhymed couplets, densely packed with puns, literary allusions, double entendre, and other varieties of language play, Reid Kelley mockingly discloses the unbalanced power dynamics and confined gender roles of the sexual economies of World War I.

A recent trilogy of films centers around the Greek myth of the minotaur, reimagined as half-woman, half-bull in the inaugural video, Priapus Agonistes (2013). The second of the series, Swinburne’s Pasiphae (2014), takes for its script an unpublished fragment by the Victorian poet Charles Algernon Swinburne. Reid Kelley luridly portrays Pasiphae’s aberrant lust for a white bull, which results in the conception of the minotaur. The juxtaposition of contemporary cultural references with classical and Victorian precedents uncannily reveals the stubborn endurance of sexual taboos and gender inequity across history. Reid Kelley is fusing together a variety of artistic approaches and traditions—from drawing and painting, sculpture and installation, to theater and cinema, performance and literary criticism—into a hybrid form of video that is like nothing else being produced today.

Mary Reid Kelley received a B.A. (2001) from Saint Olaf College and an M.F.A. (2009) from Yale University. Her videos and installations have been screened, exhibited, and performed at numerous national and international venues, including the Hammer Museum, the Institute for Contemporary Art, Boston, the Tate Modern, and the Wexner Center for the Arts. She is a senior critic at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design and a critic in painting at the Yale University School of Art.

Statement from Eric C. Shiner regarding cancellation of visit to Art Department because of HB2

April 14, 2016

UPDATE: A group of Art faculty and staff have written and signed the attached letter in support of Eric Shiner’s decision.

Dear President Spellings:

Please find attached a letter of revocation re: my acceptance of the kind invitation I received from friend and colleague elin o’Hara slavick to act as this year’s visiting critic for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s graduating MFA class.

I do hope that the university takes as active a stance as possible against North Carolina House Bill 2.  Until that bill is revoked, I do not feel comfortable or safe coming to North Carolina.

Eric Shiner

PS to elin, please see my special note to you and your students at the end of my attached letter.  I apologize if my action in any way affects you or the students.

cc: Chancellor Carol Folt
Dean Kevin Guskiewicz
Peter Nisbet, Director, Ackland Art Museum
Elin o’Hara slavick, Professor of Art

the warhol:
Eric C. Shiner
117 Sandusky Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
T 412.237.8345
F 412.237.8340
The Andy Warhol Museum
One of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh

Attachment: UNC Letter Signed