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“Imperial Reflections: Art, Diplomacy, and Exchange between France and Siam, 1680s through 1860s”

Wednesday, October 29, 5:15 pm

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Jean-Léon Gérôme, The Reception of the Siamese Ambassadors at Fontainebleau, 1864. Oil on canvas, 260 x 128 cm (8′ 6.36″ x 4′ 2.39″).

In June 1861 the French Emperor, Napoleon III, and his wife Eugénie received a delegation of ambassadors from Siam (Thailand) at the palace of Fontainebleau. The French government hired Jean-Léon Gérôme, an artist of historical and Orientalist subjects, to document the reception in a monumental painting that aimed to glorify Napoleon III and validate France’s commercial and imperial activities in Southeast Asia. Gérôme spent more than two years preparing for the painting, scrupulously studying photographs of the Siamese envoys as well as prints depicting Franco-Siamese exchanges of the 1680s that served as models for his work. Yet when Gérôme’s painting was finally unveiled at the Salon of 1865, it fell flat, for reasons that this talk explores. Ironically it served as a more effective legitimating tool for the Siamese King Mongkut, who acquired a copy of the painting in the late 1860s.

Meredith Martin is Associate Professor of Art History at the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University.

Alumni News: Gaudêncio Fidelis appointed chief curator of 10th Mercosul Biennial

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Gaudêncio Fidelis. Photo by Raul Holtz.

The Board of Directors of the Mercosul Biennial Foundation of Visual Arts (FBAVM) announced the appointment of Dr. Gaudêncio Fidelis (PhD, 2008) as the chief curator for the 10th Mercosul Biennial exhibition to be held in 2015 in the city of Porto Alegre in the south of Brazil. This is the second largest biennial in Brazil after São Paulo. An art historian and curator, Mr. Fidelis will be responsible for overseeing the exhibition, working with and supervising a team of curators and professionals in charge of the curatorial artistic and educational platform of the project. The 10th edition of the Mercosul Biennial will be titled Messages from a New America. Click here to read more.

Next VizCult: Meredith Martin, Institute of Fine Arts

“Imperial Reflections: Art, Diplomacy, and Exchange between France and Siam, 1680s through 1860s”

Wednesday, October 29, 5:15 pm

FA 218
RMN168856

Jean-Léon Gérôme, The Reception of the Siamese Ambassadors at Fontainebleau, 1864. Oil on canvas, 260 x 128 cm (8′ 6.36″ x 4′ 2.39″).

In June 1861 the French Emperor, Napoleon III, and his wife Eugénie received a delegation of ambassadors from Siam (Thailand) at the palace of Fontainebleau. The French government hired Jean-Léon Gérôme, an artist of historical and Orientalist subjects, to document the reception in a monumental painting that aimed to glorify Napoleon III and validate France’s commercial and imperial activities in Southeast Asia. Gérôme spent more than two years preparing for the painting, scrupulously studying photographs of the Siamese envoys as well as prints depicting Franco-Siamese exchanges of the 1680s that served as models for his work. Yet when Gérôme’s painting was finally unveiled at the Salon of 1865, it fell flat, for reasons that this talk explores. Ironically it served as a more effective legitimating tool for the Siamese King Mongkut, who acquired a copy of the painting in the late 1860s.

Meredith Martin is Associate Professor of Art History at the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University.

Current exhibitions at university libraries

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Binghamton University Libraries showcase exhibitions each semester to increase awareness of the libraries’ rich and varied collections, services and events, as well as to promote university-wide activities. Current exhibits include:

• “Inspired by Nature,” on the second floor of the Glenn G. Bartle Library, showcasing Nature Preserve photos by Binghamton University alumnus Matthew A. Kull and book selections from the Bartle Library collections on art, poetry and literature that feature nature as the theme.

• Mark Sennett, “King of Comedy,” outside of Special Collections in the North Reading Room on the second floor of the Glenn G. Bartle Library, featuring information about the producer and director’s work and stills from his movies taken from the John K. McLaughlin Collection of Popular Culture.

• “Showcasing the Intrinsic Role of Art within Science,” in the Information Commons on the first floor of the Science Library, showcasing and celebrating the roles that visuals play in science.

These exhibits are free and open to the public. Ideas for future exhibits are welcomed via e-mail. For more information, contact Andrea Melione or Jean Green.