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Spring 2023 BHSC Curatorial Internship Exhibition Opening

Date: April 27, 2023
Time: 4:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Location: Gund Gallery, Department of Art History Lobby

Join us for the opening reception of the Spring 2023 Blick-Harris Study Collection Curatorial Internship Exhibitions.

Fashion Mechanics: The Rise of Ready-To-Wear Clothing in Europe and North America, 1840-1940, curated by Zoe Grayer ’25

Methods of Memorial, curated by Willow Baker ’25

Murder and Art in the Rock-Cut Church of Çavuşin, Cappadocia

Date: April 13, 2023
Time: 4:15 pm
Location: Gund Gallery, Community Foundation Theater

The rock-cut church of Cavusun in Cappadocia, Turkey, is dated to the tenth century and the reign of the Byzantine emperor Nikephoros II Phokas. The talk will focus on the ways in which viewers of the paintings that adorn the church perceived them during 3 successive reigns. The picture in the poster is a detail of the north wall paintings of the 40 Martyrs of Sebasteia.

Dr. Jones specializes in the arts of Byzantium and the medieval East. Her current book project examines the cult of the emperor in the middle Byzantine period, and the ways in which the cult of St. Constantine the Great was promoted by the needs and desires of the Macedonian Dynasty (867–1056). Dr. Jones’s research has been supported by fellowships at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, the Cypriot American Archeological Institute, and the Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations at Koç University, among others.

This event is sponsored by the Art History Department and the Mesaros Art Fund.

Art World Internships 101, Part 2: Resumes & Cover Letters

Date: February 14, 2023
Time: 11:10 am – 12:00 pm
Location: Gund Gallery 101

We will go over how to assemble, write, and edit application materials for arts-related internships and jobs. Examples of past, successful applications will also be analyzed. Students are encouraged to bring any in-progress application materials you may be working on to the session.

Art World Internships 101: Getting Started

Date: December 6, 2022
Time: 11:10 am – 12:00 pm
Location: Gund Gallery 101

Are you interested in exploring arts-related internship options? Please join the Art History Department on Tuesday, December 6th during common hour in Gund Gallery 101. We will discuss strategies for identifying internships in museums, galleries, art fairs, and many other arts-related opportunities in publishing, marketing, digital media, and more!

Festive holiday snacks and drinks provided!

The Art of Devotion Exhibition Opening

Date: October 14, 2022
Time: 2:10 pm – 3:30 pm
Location: Bulmash Exhibition Hall, Chalmers Library

The weight of a metal cross on the neck. The feeling of parchment in the hand. The taste of bread on the tongue. Through these everyday sensory encounters, Eastern Christian icons engage the faithful beyond visual aesthetics.

The Art of Devotion examines how religious items of diverse origins utilize common visual language to activate a shared spirituality. The objects on this website date from the sixth to the twentieth century and come from Christian Orthodoxies in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa — all influenced by the artistic legacy of the Byzantine Empire. When we remove these artifacts from their original context, it begs the question: how do we encounter these objects at Kenyon today?

The students of ARHS 291 Museum Object have curated this exhibit with guidance from Professor Brad Hostetler, using objects drawn primarily from the Blick-Harris Study Collection in the Department of Art History. Special thanks go to Special Collections and Archives for the use of the Bulmash Exhibition Hall, and to Elizabeth Williams-Clymer for curatorial support.

The exhibition will remain on display through December 2022.

Printed Worlds Exhibition Opening

Date: September 14, 2022
Time: 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Location: Gund Gallery, Department of Art History Lobby

Join Alice Riley ’23, the Blick-Harris Study Collection Curatorial Intern for Spring 2022, for the opening of her exhibition, Printed Worlds. Snacks will be provided. Learn more about applications for the spring 2023 curatorial internship!

Who Owns Art and Cultural Heritage? Museums and Repatriation Today

Date: April 21, 2022
Time: 11:10 am – 12:00 pm
Location: Zoom

With support from the Payne Fund in the Arts, the Art History Department is pleased to host Erin Thompson. Erin L. Thompson holds a PhD in Classical Art History and a JD, both from Columbia University. She is an associate professor of art crime at John Jay College (City University of New York), where she studies the damage done to cultural heritage and communities through looting, theft, and deliberate destruction of art (as well as its deliberate preservation). She is the author of Possession: The Curious History of Private Collectors (Yale, 2016) and Smashing Statues: The Rise and Fall of American Monuments (Norton, 2022). She is a member of the Advisory Committee for the Nepal Heritage Recovery Campaign.

Wings in Christian Art Exhibition Opening

Date: March 25, 2022
Time: 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Location: und Gallery, Department of Art History Lobby

Join Olivia Rataezyk ’24, the Blick-Harris Study Collection Curatorial Intern for Fall 2021, for the opening of her exhibition, Wings in Christian Art. Snacks will be provided.

Culture Strike: Art and Museums in the Age of Protest

Date: February 24, 2022
Time: 11:10 am – 12:00 pm
Location: Zoom

With support from the Payne Fund in the Arts, the Art History Department is pleased to host Laura Raicovich. Laura Raicovich is a New York-based writer and curator whose lauded book, Culture Strike: Art and Museums in an Age of Protest was published in June 2021 by Verso Books. She recently served as Interim Director of the Leslie Lohman Museum of Art; was a Rockefeller Foundation Fellow at the Bellagio Center; and was awarded the inaugural Emily H. Tremaine Journalism Fellowship for Curators at Hyperallergic.
While Director of the Queens Museum from 2015 to 2018, Raicovich co-curated Mel Chin: All Over the Place (2018), a multi-borough survey of the artist’s work that filled the entire museum. She has also held positions at Creative Time, Dia Art Foundation, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and Public Art Fund. Raicovich lectures internationally and in 2019-20 co-curated a seminar series titled Freedom of Speech: A Curriculum for Studies into Darkness at the New School’s Vera List Center for Art and Politics, from which she is co-editing an anthology of writings. She also is the author of At the Lightning Field (CHP 2017) and A Diary of Mysterious Difficulties (Publication Studio 2014); she is co-editor of Assuming Boycott: Resistance, Agency, and Cultural Production (OR 2017).

¡Printing the Revolution! The Rise and Impact of Chicano Graphics, 1965 to Now.

Date: November 2, 2021
Time: 11:10 am – 12:00 pm
Location: Zoom

A lecture by Claudia Zapata, Curatorial Assistant for Latinx art at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Banner Image: detail from Williamson, Seascape, date unknown. Blick-Harris Study Collection; Bequest of David P. Harris (’46), 2020.395. https://digital.kenyon.edu/arthistorystudycollection/1409/