ICMA at The Courtauld Lecture

WED 22 FEB, 2017

Local and Global: Medieval Art in an Age of New Nationalisms


The Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, Strand, London

In light of recent world events, this talk addresses some of the disciplinary questions about methodology and classification that underlie the study and teaching of medieval art today. It focuses on the tension between working intellectually and practically in an ever-expanding global environment and attending at the same time to the particulars of specific historical contexts. The consideration of borders ranges from the geographic to the temporal and from cultural to confessional. Among the specific topics to be treated are the role and implications of Jewish art, both in the medieval world and in modern scholarship; the practice of art history in the European and Chinese academies; and the challenges of writing a new survey of medieval art.

Lecture followed by a reception sponsored by Sam Fogg.

Dr Adam S. Cohen is Associate Professor in the Department of the History of Art at the University of Toronto, where he has taught since 2003. While completing his PhD at The Johns Hopkins University (1995), he worked in the Manuscripts Department at the J. Paul Getty Museum. His research interests include illuminated manuscripts, monastic art, and the use of visual culture as a tool in Christian-Jewish polemics. He has just completed a three-year Getty Connecting Art Histories project with the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts. With Linda Safran, he is the current editor of Gesta.

Click here to livestream the lecture on Wednesday 22 February, 2017 at 5:30pm UTC.

2015/16, Professor Lawrence Nees (Professor of Medieval Art & Department Chair, Department of Art History, University of Delaware, Reading and Seeing: The Beginnings of Book Illumination and the Modern Discourse on Ethnicity Click to watch full lecture.

2014/2015, Professor Holger A Klein (Professor of Art History and Archaeology & Department Chair, Department of Art History and Archaeology, Columbia University)
Art, Faith, and Politics in Late Medieval Venice Click to watch full lecture.
2013/2014, Professor Robert Nelson (Robert Lehman Professor, Department of the History of Art, Yale University)
Patriarchal Lectionaries of Constantinople
2012/2013, Dr. Helen C. Evans (Mary and Michael Jaharis Curator for Byzantine Art, The Department of Medieval Art and The Cloisters, The Metropolitan Museum of Art)
“Sailing to Byzantium”: Understanding a Lost Empire
2011/2012, Professor Henry Maguire (Department of the History of Art, Johns Hopkins University) 
Meadows of Delight: Metaphor and Denial in Byzantine and Western Mediaeval Art

2010/2011, Prof. Lucy Freeman Sandler (Helen Gould Sheppard Professor of Art History Emerita, New York University.)
The Bohuns and their Books: Illuminated Manuscripts for Aristocrats in Fourteenth-Century England

2009/2010, Barbara Drake Boehm (Curator, Department of Medieval Art and The Cloisters, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York)
The Count of Clermont and the Case of Conques: Unravelling Some Mysteries of Medieval Enamelling

2008/2009, Prof. Madeline Caviness(Mary Richardson Professor Emeritus, Tufts University)
The Sachsenspiegel Law Books:  Working to put Women and Jews “in their Place.”

2007/2008, Prof. Ilene H. Forsyth (Professor Emerita, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor)
Moissac: The Sacred and the Secular in the Sculpture of the South Portal

2006/2007, Prof. Anne D. Hedeman (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
Visual Translation in Fifteenth-century France: Laurent de Premierfait and Boccaccio

2005/2006, Prof. Annemarie Weyl Carr (Southern Methodist University)
Cyprus and Jerusalem’s Long Shadow: Building Holy Sepulchres in the Holy Isle

2004/2005, Prof. Dorothy Glass (Richard Krautheimer Guest Professor, Bibliotheca Hertziana, Rome)
Fabrication and Self-Representation: The Benedictine Abbey at Nonantola in ca. 1100

2003/2004, Prof. Elizabeth Sears (University of Michigan)
‘False Work’: Craft Ethics and the Critical Eye in Medieval Paris

2001/2002, Prof. Paula Gerson (Florida State University)
Reconsidering Abbot Suger’s Great Cross

2000/2001, Prof. Dale Kinney (Bryn Mawr)
The Horse and the Cuckoo: Narrating Marcus Aurelius

1999/2000, Dr. Charles Little (Metropolitan Museum of Art)
Kingship and Justice: Reflections on some rediscovered sculptures from the circle of Frederick II Hohenstaufen