“Street Life: The Portico in Renaissance Italy”
Wednesday, October 15, 5:15 pm
Libro di matematica di Giuliano de’ Medici, fol. 122v, ca. 1490. Florence, Biblioteca Riccardiana, ms. 2669.
Porticoes and loggias heralded the regeneration of cities in late medieval Italy. Historians usually view these open edifices as public amenities that signaled the vitality and prosperity of urban life in the Renaissance. A closer look at the nature of the activities porticoes housed – manual trades, banking, gaming, civic rituals – reveals that these pursuits were linked by ethical and moral quandaries that surfaced as Italy entered the early modern period. Sexton argues that porticoes, rather than passively sheltering such events, actively displayed emergent social, economic, and political lifestyles to the public. In so doing, porticoes became active tools of visual rhetoric in urban spaces, endowing new and unfamiliar practices with a patina of legitimacy. Sexton’s research situates post-classical porticoes deeply in cultural history, in the processes that informed their construction, and in the mentalities and collective attitudes of the citizens that used them.
Kim Sexton is Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Arkansas.
Co-sponsors: Alumni Association, German & Russian Studies, CEMERS, Romance Languages, History
Congratulations to Hala Auji (PhD 2013), who was recently named Assistant Professor at the American University Beirut, and to Shriya Sridharan (PhD 2012), a new faculty member at the Center for Public History at the Srishti School of Art, Design, and Technology, in Bangalore.
Sharon Smith (PhD, 2009) presented a paper, “Gather Knowledge: Evolving Systems of Documentation in Islamic Environmental Design”, this past weekend, April 11-12, 2014, at the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at MIT conference on “The Orangi Pilot Project and Legacy of Architect Perween Rehman.” For more information, visit http://web.mit.edu/akpia/www/symporangi.htm.
Sharon C. Smith is the Program Head at the Aga Khan Documentation Center at MIT and Co-Director of Archnet. Her areas of specialization include Middle Eastern art and architecture, and Early Modern Italian art and architecture. Sharon sits on several boards, including the Middle East Outreach Council (MEOC), and was recently named a Fellow of the Institute, Tangier American Legation Institute for Moroccan Studies (TALIM). In addition, Sharon serves as image editor for Muqarnas: An Annual on the Visual Cultures of the Islamic World. She has presented widely on issues of documentation, digitization, and the dissemination of knowledge, as well as on art historical topics primarily focused on visual and material culture in the Early Modern Mediterranean.
Image courtesy of vreps.wordpress.com.
Congratulations to Jasmine Burns (MA ’13), the winner of this year’s Gerd Muehsam Award from the Art Libraries Society of North America. Jasmine received the award for her paper “Digital Facsimiles and the Modern Viewer: Medieval Manuscripts and Archival Practice in the Age of New Media,” which was based on her MA thesis.
This month’s Harpur Perspective features a look at “Writing the Global City: A Tribute to Professor Anthony D. King,” hosted this past October by the department of Art History:
Distinguished professors, artists, scholars and researchers gathered from around the globe to participate in an interdisciplinary art history conference held at Binghamton University in October.
“Writing the Global City” was a tribute conference to Professor Emeritus Anthony D. King, who taught for two decades in the art history and sociology departments (from 1987 through 2006). The conference, organized by the Binghamton University Art History Department, celebrated King’s legacy of scholarship, research, publications and mentorship of architectural and urban scholars.
“I prefer to see today’s conference not as a tribute to my own achievements,” said King, “but rather to the faculty, facilities and friendships I’ve made here (at Binghamton University) which have provided the opportunity for me to do what I’ve been able to do.”
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