Past Event

Picture, Structure, Land: New Directions in British Art and Architecture, 1550-1850

May 3, 2019
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
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Friday, May 3

Columbia University 
Department of Art History & Archaeology 
807 Schermerhorn Hall
New York, NY 

Co-organized by Meredith Gamer and Eleonora Pistis, this one-day conference will bring together leading and emerging scholars working in and across the fields of British art and architectural history, broadly defined. Even with the rise of interdisciplinary studies, the study of the visual arts and the built environment in early modern Britain have remained largely separate endeavors. Our aim is to put the two in dialogue and, in doing so, to test, blur, and redraw the boundaries of each.

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9:30-10:00   Opening Remarks
Organizers: Meredith Gamer & Eleonora Pistis, Columbia University

10:00-11:15 Panel I: Fluid Boundaries
Moderator: Alessandra Russo, Columbia University

Castles of the Sea: Ships and Architecture in Early Modern England
Christy Anderson, University of Toronto

Land, Sea, and the Space in Between: The Visual World of the Overseas Trading Company
Emily Mann, Courtauld Institute of Art

11:15-11:45 Coffee Break

11:45-1:00 Panel II: Shifting Perspectives
Moderator: Zeynep Çelik Alexander, Columbia University

Naming Names in Early Modern English Architecture
Christine Stevenson, Courtauld Institute of Art

“The Sun is God”: Turner’s Insurance
Matthew Hunter, McGill University

1:00-2:30 Lunch Break

2:30-3:45 Panel III: Performing Identities
Moderator: Barry Bergdoll, Columbia University

Body Politics and Gothic Architecture in the Long Eighteenth Century
Matthew Reeve, Queen's University

Discovering Britain in Aquatint: William Daniell’s A Voyage Round Great Britain (1814-25)
Douglas Fordham, University of Virginia

3:45-4:15 Coffee Break

4:15-5:30 Panel IV: Transitional Objects
Moderator: Tim Barringer, Yale University    

Tapestry between Architecture and Chintz: A Medium in Transition ca. 1700
Sylvia Houghteling, Bryn Mawr College

China Connections: Tea and Colonial Calcutta
Romita Ray, Syracuse University

5:30-6:00 Refreshments

This event is made possible by the generous support of the Dr. Lee MacCormick Edwards Charitable Foundation, which honors the legacy of Columbia alumna Dr. Lee MacCormick Edwards, GSAS'78, GSAS'81, GSAS'84, an art history scholar, author, and photographer who contributed richly to the cultural and artistic life of both the United States and Australia.