Inaugurated in 2004, the Bettman Series is an annual program of monthly lectures in art history sponsored by the Department of Art History and Archaeology. Endowed with a bequest from Linda Bettman, a former graduate student of the department, the lectures are named in her honor.
Lectures in the fall will take place as live webinars at the customary time of 6:15 pm ET (New York), except for the lecture given by Professor Mario Bevilacqua, who will be presenting from Florence, Italy at 12 pm ET (New York), January 31st. We intend to hold spring lectures in person at 610 Schermerhorn, pending potential travel and safety restrictions.
Bettman webinars are open to the public, but only registered attendees will be able to access the event. Links to register for each talk will be posted below; after filling out a short form, you will receive a link via email enabling you to participate as an attendee.
The Bettman series is coordinated by two graduate students, serving on a committee with two faculty members, who act in an advisory role. These are volunteer positions designed to foster community and intellectual engagement within the department. The series is intended to be a student-run initiative and the selection of student members is in the hands of the serving graduate students. (For information on how to become a Bettman series coordinator, please see here.)
Bettman Lecture Series: Inauguration of the Bettman Lectures, Film screening, La Leçon de Meyer Schapiro
Bettman Lecture Series: Timon Screech, "The Voyage of the 'New Year's Gift': A Cargo of Paintings from London to Japan, 1614"
Bettman Lecture Series: Stephen Campbell, "Andrea Mantegna circa 1450: Imitation and the Force of Images"
Bettman Lecture Series: Jean Michel Massing, "The Image of Mediterranean Slavery in the Seventeenth Century"
Bettman Lecture Series: Eve Blau, "Transparency: Architecture and the Contradictions of Modernity in the 1920s"
Bettman Lecture Series: Wu Hung, "Shitao (1642-1707) and the Traditional Chinese Conception of Ruins"
Bettman Lecture Series: Mitchell Merback, "Why Nobody's Freedom is Depicted in Hans Sebald Beham's Impossible"
Bettman Lecture Series: Robert Bagley, "Gombrich among the Egyptians: The History of Art as a Contest between Seeing and Knowing"
Bettman Lecture Series: Patricia L. Rubin, "Pisanello's Topknot: Facing up to Fifteenth-century Portraiture"
Bettman Lecture Series: Tonio Hölscher, "Penelope in Persepolis: Or The Power of Images to Stop War with an Arch-Enemy"
Bettman Lecture Series: Ann Bermingham, "Making Motion Pictures in 18th-century London: Loutherbourg's Eidophusikon"
Bettman Lecture Series: Jas Elsner, "Green Curtains and Picture Covers: Towards an Archaeology of Pictorial Closet"
Bettman Lecture Series: John Pinto, "Architecture and the Representation of Power: Filippo Juvarra in a European Perspective"
Bettman Lecture Series: Griselda Pollock, "Raphael After the Holocaust: When and Where is History in Art?"
Bettman Lecture Series: Erika Naginski, "Impossible Design: Porsenna's Tomb and French Visionary Architecture"
Bettman Lecture Series: Finbarr Barry Flood, "Sanctified Sandals: Relics of the Prophet in an Era of Technological Reproduction"
Bettman Lecture Series: Kirk Savage, "The Corpse and the Name: Alexander Gardner and the Origins of the Modern War Memorial"
Bettman Lecture Series: Marc Gotlieb, "Imitation is Suicide: Teacher-Student Disasters in Nineteenth-Century Art"
Bettman Lecture Series: Bernhard Siegert, "The Figural Line: Sewing, Knotting, Weaving, and Inscribing the Surface 1450 – 1650"
Bettman Lecture Series: Charles Barber, "Reading an Icon of the Black Mohammed: Georgios Klontzas and Islam"
Bettman Lecture Series: Frank Fehrenbach, "Materiality, Factual and Actual: The Colors of Monochrome Sculpture"
Bettman Lecture Series: Alessandro Nova, "Grace, Splendor, and Terribilità in the Art Theory of the 16th Century"
Bettman Lecture Series: Kishwar Rizvi, "Mosque/Museum: Religious history and 'soft culture' in the UAE and Qatar."
Bettman Lecture Series: Steven Nelson, "Learning from Johannesburg: Moshekwa Langa’s Maps of Desire"
Bettman Lecture Series: Robert Nelson, “A Byzantine Icon in Medieval Thessaloniki and Renaissance Rome”
CANCELLED: Bettman Lecture Series: Mary Roberts, “Benjamin, Poe and the Rank Orient of the Nineteenth-Century Interior”
Bettman Lecture Series: Sarah Lewis, “Groundwork: Race and Aesthetics in the Era of Stand Your Ground Law”
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