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Spring 2009

"The Value of Art: The Place of Art in the University Today"
Thursday, March 26, 2009 6:30pm
Remis Sculpture Court

A wide ranging discussion of the values of art, including aesthetic, social, cultural, and economic perspectives. How has the controversy surrounding the threatened closing of the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University and the selling of its collection heightened our awareness of these values? What is the place of art in the university and what is the role of the university in preserving our artistic and cultural legacy?

Jamshed Bharucha
Provost and Senior Vice President, Tufts University
Title: "Music as a Binding Force"

James Ennis
Associate Professor of Sociology, Tufts University
Title: "The Social Construction of Artistic Value: When the 'Economy of Symbolic Goods' Meets the Real Economy"

Andrew McClellan
Dean of Academic Affairs and Professor of Art History, Tufts University
Title: "The Role of Art Museums in Society"

Amy Ingrid Schlegel
Director of Galleries and Collections, Tufts University
Title: "Daily Interruptions in a Liberal Education: The Role of the Fine Arts Collection at Tufts (and beyond)"

Mary Ellen Strom
Video Artist and Professor, School of the Museum of Fine Arts
Title: "From the Perspective of an Artist"

Peter Probst
Associate Professor of Art History, Tufts University
Title: "The Value of Art: An African Perspective"

Moderated by Eva Hoffman
Associate Professor of Art History

Free and open to the public. Reception to follow sponsored by the Humanities Center.
Co-sponsored by the Department of Art and Art History, The Tufts University Art Gallery, and the Humanities Center.

The Legacy of Arte Povera: Tacita Dean and Luisa Rabbia
Presentation and Film Screening
Thursday, April 16, 6:00-8:00pm
Tisch Library rm. 304

Organized in conjunction with the course "Arte Povera, Art in Italy in the 1960s and 1970s", this event juxtaposes the work of two prominent contemporary artists, Tacita Dean and Luisa Rabbia, who reflect on the reception of the Italian Arte Povera Movement (1967-1972). This event combines a presentation by Italian artist Luisa Rabbia and a screening of British artist Tacita Dean's 16mm film 'Mario Merx" (2002). The Arte Povera movement insisted on the opposition between natural and industrial materials, anthropological archetypes and mass culture, tautology and metaphor. Dean and Rabbia each offer a portrait of tow of Arte Povera's protagonists, Mario Merz and Gilberto Zorio, as both homage and reconsideration.

Tacita Dean (b.1965, Canterbury, England)

Luisa Rabbia (b. 1970, Torino, Italy)

Co-organized and sponsored with the Tufts University Art Gallery

The Cappella Palatina: The Twelfth-Century Norman Palatine Chapel in Palermo, Sicily
Tomasso Lecture with Dr. Gerhard Wolf
Tuesday, April 21, 5:30-7:00pm
Granoff Music Center, Room. 155, 20 Talbot Avenue

Dr. Gerhard Wolf, is the Director of the Kunsthisorisches Institut in Florence, Italy (Max-Planck Institut). Dr. Wolf's area of research included Italian art and visual culture in the Mediterranean and European framework from Late Antiquity to the Early Modern Period.  His research also addresses areas such as the pictorial world of Italian cities from the 12th to 15th century, theories of the "image," historical anthropology of image and media, artistic exchange between Mexico and Europe in the 16th/17th century and interrelations between artistic and scientific world views.

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