Due 1 Feb 2019: Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, 2019-2020 Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellowships

Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies offers post-doctoral fellowships to be used for research at the Institute in the medieval field of the holder’s choice. Mellon Fellows will also participate in the interdisciplinary Research Seminars.

The Mellon Fellowships are intended for young medievalists of exceptional promise who have completed their doctoral work, ordinarily within the previous five years, including those who are starting on their professional academic careers at approximately the Assistant Professor level. Fellowships are valued at approximately CAN $40,000

Applications for the academic year 2019-2020 should be emailed in PDF format to the Institute Secretary at barbara.north@utoronto.ca. Reference letters may also be emailed directly by the referee to the Institute Secretary. Completed applications, as well as all supporting documentation, must be received no later than 1 February 2019. The awarding institution must send official confirmation that the PhD has been examined and approved to the postal address below. All documentation must be received by the application deadline.

Application forms and further details may be obtained at: http://www.pims.ca/academics/post-doctoral-mellon-fellowships

Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies
59 Queen’s Park Crescent East
Toronto, Ontario, CANADA
M55 2C4

CFP: Fables and the Art of Preaching in the Middle Ages and Early Modern Period (Erlangen, 15–16 May 2019)

Fabel und Predigt im Mittelalter und in der Frühen Neuzeit (Erlangen, 15.-16. Mai 2019)


Der Lehrstuhl für Lateinische Philologie des Mittelalters und der Neuzeit der FAU organisiert im Mai 2019 eine Internationale Tagung zum Thema "Fabel und Predigt". Fabeln waren in der Vormoderne nicht nur unterhaltende und im Unterricht gut einsetzbare Texte. Ihr belehrender, moralisierender Charakter prädestinierte sie, als Exempla für die Predigt verwendet zu werden. Im Spätmittelalter entstanden auch spezifische Sammlungen dazu. Der Call for Papers richtet sich an junge Wissenschaftler bis 35 Jahren, die die Ergebnisse ihrer Forschungen über lateinische und volkssprachliche Fabeln und ihre Anwendung bis ca.1650 vorstellen möchten. Interessenten sollten einen Lebenslauf und eine kurze Vorstellung ihres Vorhabens bis zum 1. März 2019 einreichen. Die ausgewählten Referenten erhalten einen Pauschale für Reise- und Aufenthaltskosten in Höhe von 160 €. Weitere Informationen finden Sie unter: http://mittellatein.phil.fau.de/index.html#Aktuelles



Fables and the Art of Preaching in the Middle Ages and Early Modern Period (Erlangen, 15–16 May 2019)


The Department of Latin Philology in the Middle Ages and Modern Period at FAU is organizing an international conference in May 2019 on the theme of Fables and Preaching. In the premodern period, fables were not only texts used for entertainment and in classrooms. Their edifying, moralizing character predisposed them for use as exempla in preaching. In the late Middle Ages specific collections were even created for this purpose. This Call for Papers is directed at young scholars up to the age of 35, who would like to present the results of their research on Latin and vernacular fables and their use up to c. 1650. Interested individuals should submit a curriculum vitae and a short proposal by 1 March 2019. Selected speakers will receive a fixed sum of 160 euros for the costs of travel and accommodation. Further information can be found at http://mittellatein.phil.fau.de/index.html#Aktuelles

Due 30 November: IMS-Paris 2019 symposium CFP. Time/ Le temps

Call for Papers – Time/ Le temps Symposium of the International Medieval Society, Paris

Time/ Le temps

Symposium of the International Medieval Society, Paris
Paris, 8–10 July /juillet 2019
L’appel à communications français suit l’appel anglais.

Call for Papers:

“What is time?” asked St. Augustine. “Who can comprehend this even in thought so as to articulate the answer in words? Yet what do we speak of, in our familiar everyday conversation, more than of time?”

From the diverse reckoning of historical dates to the calculation of the date of Easter and the elaboration of the liturgical calendar, medieval scholars counted time. The movement of the bodies in the night sky allowed medieval viewers to calculate the hour, and so did such instruments as the sundial, the water clock, the candle clock, and eventually the mechanical clock. Architects, sculptors, illuminators, and artisans strove to represent time iconographically in different media, and complex programs of images employed allegorical or anagogical relations in order to interweave narratives. Narrative writers experimented with ways to represent the passage of time and organize narrative action, while lyric poets used patterned repetition to turn time back on itself. In the domain of musical notation, late medieval theorists developed different ways of indicating rhythm, a phenomenon whose absence from earlier notation, such as that of vernacular monophony, has inspired debates among modern scholars.

In the medieval monastic context, time consisted of nested cycles that determined daily, monthly, and annual practice by building concrete associations between time and types of labor, reading, and eating. In this, time not only corresponded to, but was a feature of, a material world that could be transcended through contemplation. For their part, philosophers and theologians reflected on the points of articulation between different temporalities: the linear and finite time of human life, the cyclical time of the liturgy, the eschatological time of Salvation.

Today, historians ask with Jacques Le Goff, “Must we chop up history into slices?,” and some question the traditional period markers that separate Antiquity from the Middle Ages and the Middle Ages from the Renaissance, as well as the effects of that periodization for conceptualizing the historical object.

How, therefore, can we best reflect on duration, on the event, on the moment? How can we reflect on the experience of time’s dilation, or of its depth?

For its 16th annual symposium, the International Medieval Society Paris invites scholarly papers on any aspect of time in the Middle Ages. Papers may deal with the experience or exploitation of time, its reckoning or measuring, its inscription, its theorization, or the question of how or why or whether we should demarcate the “Middle Ages.” Papers focusing on historical or cultural material from medieval France or post-Roman Gaul, or on texts written in medieval French or Occitan, are particularly encouraged, but compelling papers on other material will also be considered.

The annual symposium of the International Medieval Society Paris is an interdisciplinary, international, bilingual meeting of faculty, researchers, and advanced graduate students. We welcome submissions in French or English from art history, musicology, studies of ritual or liturgy, history of dance, literature, linguistics, philosophy, theology, anthropology, history, history of science and technology, or archaeology.

An abstract of no more than 300 words (in French or English) for a paper of 20 minutes should be sent, along with a CV, to communications.ims.paris@gmail.com by 30 November. Abstracts will receive a preliminary blind review before the final selection and should give a clear idea of the topic and anticipated argument of the paper. Presenters will be notified of their selection in January 2019.

Job alert: Assistant Curator, Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts; The Morgan Library & Museum

Assistant Curator, Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts



The Morgan Library & Museum invites applications for a new position of Assistant Curator in the Department of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts. The Assistant Curator organizes exhibitions, researches the collection, hosts class visits and other educational activities, assists with collection development and acquisitions, cultivates donors and fundraising opportunities, performs reference services, inventories collections, maintains departmental files, and creates or revises records for collection items. The position reports to the Melvin R. Seiden Curator and Department Head of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts, and will work alongside the present Assistant Curator.

The Morgan Library & Museum is committed to diversity and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.


  • Ph.D. in art history with an emphasis on manuscript illumination and medieval art required.

  • Experience in museum work and/or the academic field of art history; curatorial experience in medieval manuscripts preferred.

  • Specialized knowledge of medieval and Renaissance manuscript illumination essential, as well as general familiarity with medieval and Renaissance art.

  • Ability to organize exhibitions, write and edit publications (both scholarly and popular) and didactics, and give public lectures and tours.

  • Ability to communicate and deal with a broad range of people in promoting the department’s collection, be they scholars, students, collectors, Fellows and Friends of the Morgan, the department’s visiting committee, or the public.

  • Proven record of independent scholarly research and publications of the highest standards; excellent writing skills.

  • Knowledge of Latin and fluency in French, Italian, or German.

  • Able to work for extended periods at a computer workstation.

  • Able to lift moderately heavy boxes and books and move items to and from shelves.

  • Able to climb ladders, wheel carts with collection items through the facility, and tolerate moderate levels of dust generated during normal activities and movement of objects


Salary commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits.

To apply: 

Interested applicants should e-mail a cover letter, CV, and salary requirements to: medrensearch@themorgan.org. Select candidates will be asked to supply writing samples and references. All inquiries regarding the position should be addressed to the aforementioned email address.

Please note that due to the high volume of applicants, we are only able to contact those candidates whose skills and background best fit our needs.

The Morgan is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, creed (religion), color, sex (including gender expression), national origin, sexual orientation, military status, age, disability, marital status or domestic violence victim status.

The Morgan Library & Museum is an equal access, equal opportunity employer.


Max-Planck-Institut’s Kunsthistorisches Institut (KHI) - ANAMED Joint Fellowship

Max-Planck-Institut’s Kunsthistorisches Institut (KHI) - ANAMED Joint Fellowship

The Max-Planck-Institut’s Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florence, Italy (KHI) and Koç University’s Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations (ANAMED) are pleased to announce a joint fellowship for the 2019–2020 academic year to support Post-doctoral or Senior scholars conducting research on archaeology, architecture, art history, heritage, or history to be hosted at KHI and ANAMED.

All candidates must be conversant in English and agree to take on no other obligation (e.g., part-time teaching) during any part of the fellowship term. The successful applicant will hold the fellowship for one academic year, with one term in residence in Florence and one term in residence at ANAMED in Istanbul, and must be able to carry out the proposed research with resources available in these cities. The fellowship offers a combination of benefits the details of which differ between Florence and Istanbul but that include a stipend to cover expenses not already included in the fellowship, international travel costs to and from both locations, accommodation or support for the same, meals or support for the same, health insurance or support for the same, a limited research budget, a work space, and full access to the research and library facilities, events, and scholarly communities hosted within both sponsoring institutions.

Applications are due by 15 December 2018 and should be submitted via the fellowship application system accessible on the ANAMED website. For the application please click here

Questions concerning the fellowship and application process should be directed to anamedapplication@ku.edu.tr.



SYMPOSIUM: Conserving Active Matter: History (New York, 1 Nov 18) RSVP required

Conserving Active Matter: History (New York, 1 Nov 18)

Bard Graduate Center, 38 West 86th Street, New York, NY

This event is part of “Conserving Active Matter: A Cultures of Conservation Research Project,” a collaboration between Bard Graduate Center, the Humboldt University (Berlin), and the Rijksmuseum (Amsterdam). This initiative aims to bring new developments in materials science and new ways of thinking about matter to create new ways of thinking about the future of conservation. The project is articulated through semester-themed explorations along four axes: Indigenous ontologies (spring 2018), history (fall 2018), materials science (spring 2019), and philosophy (fall 2019).

The working group on “Active Matter and History” (Peter N. Miller, Ittai Weinryb) aims to contextualize the current interest in active matter. Probing the boundaries of dualistic thought, from Pre-Socratics to plastics, this workshop will help us understand exactly how we got to the point that the activity of organic matter had to be rediscovered at the beginning of the twenty-first century. Beyond genealogy, however, the recognition that conceptual scene-setting is itself an artifact raises new possibilities for rethinking activity along the arc of all those other victims of dualization, such as the subject/object, archaic/modern, living/non-living, human/non-human, and West/Eastern dichotomies.

MORE INFO: https://www.bgc.bard.edu/events/895/01-nov-2018-symposium-conserving


9:15 am
Welcome and Introduction
Peter N. Miller, Bard Graduate Center
Ittai Weinryb, Bard Graduate Center

9:30 am
Session I: Magic
Frank Klaassen, University of Saskatchewan
Nicolas Weill-Parot, École Pratique des Hautes Études

10:45 am
Coffee Break

11:15 am
Session II: Buddhism
Fabio Rambelli, University of California, Santa Barbara
Wen-shing Chou, Hunter College, CUNY

12:30 pm
Lunch Break

1:30 pm
Session III: Subjectivities
Surekha Davies, The John Carter Brown Library
Daniel Garber, Princeton University

2:45 pm
Coffee Break

3:15 pm
Session IV: Traditions
Moshe Idel, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
André Laks, Panamerican University

4:30 pm
Coffee Break

5:00 pm
Session V: Modernism
Joyce Tsai, University of Iowa
Claudia Wedepohl, The Warburg Institute

6:15 pm

Please RSVP here:


Bibliographical Society of America Fellowships, due 1 Dec 2018

Date/Deadline: 1 December 2018

To support the mission of the Society to foster the study of books and other textual artifacts in traditional and emerging formats, and in keeping with the value which the Society places on the field of bibliography as a critical interpretative framework for understanding such artifacts, the BSA funds a number of fellowships designed to promote bibliographical inquiry and research.

Bibliographical projects may range chronologically from clay tablets and papyrus rolls to contemporary literary texts and born-digital materials. Topics relating to books and manuscripts in any field and of any period are eligible for consideration as long as they include analysis of the physical object – that is, the handwritten, printed, or other textual artifact – as historical evidence.

Projects may include establishing a text or studying the history of book or manuscript production, publication, distribution, collecting, or reading. Fellowship awards may be used to fund travel to collections and other expenses associated with research into the topic for which the award was made.

Applicants should read the fellowships title and descriptions below to assess the general suitability of their projects to BSA’s program. Please note that individuals who have not received BSA fellowships in the previous five years will be given preference and that projects in enumerative bibliography (i.e., the preparation of lists) are not supported.

The fellowship committee will match proposed projects to suitable fellowships, and the awards will be announced at the annual meeting of the Society on January 24, 2019. All fellowships require a project report within one year of receipt of the award, and copies of any publications resulting from the project are to be sent to the BSA.


SCRIPTO Conference Erlangen - Libraries in the Middle Ages and Early Modern Period, due 1 Oct 2018

SCRIPTO Conference Erlangen - Libraries in the Middle Ages and Early Modern Period

Erlangen (Bamberg, Neustadt a.d.A.), 5th to 7th December 2018


Libraries are not only places where books are stored. They are also complex institutions which form nerve centers for communication networks. This also applies to the Middle Ages and the early modern period. Between Late Antiquity and early modernity, libraries did not change only in terms of their content. Their organization and function likewise changed dramatically. With the introduction of the printing press, furthermore, they had to confront a revolution in media. Led by internationally recognized specialists, the SCRIPTO conference at Erlangen will trace the development of library science from the Carolingians to the humanists and pay particular attention to the actors involved and their networks. The conference does not aim at completeness, but proposes to present various, important types of libraries from the eighth to the sixteenth century in their making.

The conference begins on the evening of 5 December with a guest lecture and a presentation of early medieval manuscripts in the original. On Thursday, 6 December, established experts will give introductions to the libraries of the mendicant orders (Luciano Cinelli), court libraries (Vanina Kopp), Cistercian libraries (Thomas Falmagne, Michele C. Ferrari), as well as the libraries of the humanists and intellectual elite of the early modern period (Nikolaus Henkel, Outi Merisalo). From the holdings of the University Library at Erlangen, select manuscripts from the Cistercian monastery of Heilsbronn (Franconia) will be shown in their original.

On Friday, 7 December, SCRIPTO participants will have two special sessions. In Neustadt an der Aisch Prof. Dr. Michele C. Ferrari will present medieval and early modern parish libraries, before the group visits the local, late medieval library at the Church of St. Johannes in situ. The group will then proceed to the Staatsbibliothek Bamberg (Bettina Wagner), where they will consider not only the library preserved there of the Augustinian canons from Neunkirchen am Brand (Susanne Rischpler), but also the Bamberger Stiftsbibliothek (Stefan Knoch), founded in 1007 by Emperor Henry II. Select masterworks of scribal and book art will be shown in the original.

Those applicants accepted for the course will be charged €145 (Please note that accommodation is not included). Further information (including the application form) may be obtained online:


Please submit your applications before 1st October 2018.

Position available: ASCSA Assistant Director, due 31 October 2018

Deadline: October 31, 2018


Term: A full-time (12 months) position beginning July 1, 2019 for three years, with the possibility of renewal for a final fourth year.
Compensation: Salary commensurate with experience; benefits include room and board at the School.


Qualifications: Candidates must have earned the PhD from a North American university no more than three years prior to the application and must have spent a minimum of a year as a Member of the ASCSA. An active agenda for research and publication, knowledge of Greece and Modern Greek, and teaching experience are expected.



  • To help the Director in the administration of School business and to stand in for the Director when needed. Reports to the Director of the School.
  • To assist with the academic program under the direction of the Mellon Professor by lecturing, leading short trips or offering mini-seminars/workshops on area(s) of expertise.
  • To serve as a contact and resource person for all members of the School and to live in Loring Hall.
  • To help with the planning of the Summer Session by suggesting itineraries, speakers, and generally offering support to the Summer Session Directors, but not making actual arrangements.
  • To be a visible presence in the Athenian social and academic scene by attending functions as an official of the School.
  • To pursue research on a project.

The Assistant Director will be appointed by the ASCSA Managing Committee (through the Personnel Committee) in consultation with the Director of the School and the Andrew W. Mellon Professor. Please submit letter of application, curriculum vitae, and research project description (up to three pages in length) online at:



Three letters of recommendation are required. After you submit your online application, your recommenders will receive an automatic email with instructions about how to upload confidential reference letters. Final candidates may be interviewed at the annual meeting of the AIA in San Diego, California, in January. 

The appointment will be announced by mid-February, 2019.   

2018 Byzantine Studies Conference, 4-7 Oct 2018, San Antonio

2018 Byzantine Studies Conference/BSC
Thursday, October 4, 2018 to Sunday, October 7, 2018

The University of Texas at San Antonio/The Historic Menger Hotel, San Antonio

Conference Website: https://www.bsc2018.com/
Preliminary Program: https://www.bsc2018.com/schedule/

The Byzantine Studies Association of North America welcomes interested colleagues and students to attend the 2018 Byzantine Studies Conference in San Antonio, Texas, October 4-7, 2018.  Papers from a wide range of disciplines will be presented, including those connecting Byzantium and neighboring Christian Medieval traditions with Islamic art, architecture, and culture. 

Please consider joining us!

Upcoming exhibition in NYC: Agents of Faith: Votive Objects in Time and Place, September 14, 2018 – January 6, 2019

Agents of Faith: Votive Objects in Time and Place
September 14, 2018 – January 6, 2019

The Bard Graduate Center Gallery
18 West 86th Street
New York, NY 10024

Tuesday, Friday–Sunday: 11 am–5 pm
Wednesday, Thursday: 11 am–8 pm


    Faith is common to all human societies. By focusing on the material artifacts produced with the intention of being offered as acts of faith, Agents of Faith: Votive Objects in Time and Place, on view at Bard Graduate Center in New York City from September 14, 2018 through January 6, 2019, will provide a perspective on why humans across the globe create these material objects.

    Examining votive objects—often created to fulfill a vow or as a pledge and placed at a sacred space or site of communal memory—Agents of Faith: Votive Objects in Time and Place will look at the things humans choose to offer in their votive transactions and will strive to uncover the most intimate moments in the lives of humans, revealing how our dreams and hopes, as well as our fears and anxieties, find form in votive offerings.

    A portion of the exhibition will center on the creation of the votive object from its moment of inception through its construction and memorialization. The place of ephemeral objects, such as food and candles, will also be examined.

    Encompassing exquisite works of art as well as those of humble origin crafted from modest material, more than 300 objects dating from 2000 BC to the twenty-first century will be on display. Powerful works from sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas, representing the majority of world religions, will expose the global nature of votive practices and the profoundly personal nature behind their creation.

    Featured works include more than one hundred votive objects from the Bavarian National Museum in Munich, which are unique to the folklore of European culture; a rare ancient anatomical votive from the Louvre; one of the earliest dated votive panel paintings from the Musée des Arts décoratifs, Paris, and loans from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Contemporary religious and secular objects will include rare votive paintings made by Mexican migrant workers from the Durand-Arias Collection and objects left at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC, such as army-issue woolen gloves, food rations, and a Harley-Davidson motorcycle. 

    Agents of Faith: Votive Objects in Time and Place is curated by Ittai Weinryb, Associate Professor, Bard Graduate Center, with Marianne Lamonaca, Chief Curator, and Caroline Hannah, Associate Curator, Bard Graduate Center Gallery.

    A richly illustrated catalogue edited by Ittai Weinryb and published by Bard Graduate Center Gallery and Yale University Press will accompany the exhibition. Essays will explore a wide spectrum of themes, time periods, and cultures. In addition to Weinryb, authors include Sheila Blair, Suzanne Preston Blier, Jaś Elsner, Diana Fane, John Guy, Fredrika Jacobs, Mitchell Merback, David Morgan, Verity Platt, Mechtild Widrich, and Christopher S. Wood. It will be available in the Gallery and at store.bgc.bard.edu.

    Upcoming exhibition in Chicago: Caravans of Gold, Fragments in Time: Art, Culture, and Exchange across Medieval Saharan Africa, January 26, 2019 - July 21, 2019

    Caravans of Gold, Fragments in Time: Art, Culture, and Exchange across Medieval Saharan Africa

    قوافل من ذهب، شذرات من التاريخ: فن، ثقافة، وتبادل عبر الصحراء الكبرى خلال القرون الوسطى

    January 26, 2019 - July 21, 2019

    Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University

    Caravans of Gold, Fragments in Time challenges the widely held bias of a timeless Africa that is cut off from the dynamics of world history. This will be the first major exhibition to take stock of the material culture of early trans-Saharan trade and to offer strong evidence of the central but little-recognized role Africa played in medieval history.  Among the diverse materials on view in the exhibition will be sculptures, jewelry, household and luxury objects, manuscripts, and architectural remnants. What unites these materials is their connections to routes of exchange across the Sahara Desert during the medieval period (eighth through 16th centuries).

    Caravans of Gold, Fragments in Time addresses the shared history of West Africa, the Middle East, North Africa and Europe during the critical epoch of the eighth through 16th centuries, when West African gold fueled a global economy and was the impetus for the movement of things, people and ideas across the Sahara Desert to Europe, the Middle East and beyond. Because of the scarcity of surviving intact works from before the 16th century, the early history and material culture of Africa have rarely been the focus of major exhibitions.

    More than 100 assembled artworks and archeological fragments will help audiences discover the far-reaching impact of historic trans-Saharan exchange and the overlooked role of West Africa at the forefront of these developments. Using objects as points of entry and inquiry, Caravans of Gold, Fragments in Time will interweave the art history, archaeology, history and comparative literature of trans-Saharan trade, situating it within a broad geographical and historical context.



    Getty/ACLS Postdoctoral Fellowships in the History of Art

    Getty/ACLS Postdoctoral Fellowships in the History of Art

    The American Council of Learned Societies invites applications for fellowships to support research and/or writing by early career scholars, made possible by the generous support of the Getty Foundation. These fellowships provide an academic year of support for scholars from around the world for a project that will make a substantial and original contribution to the understanding of art and its history.

    In the 2018-19 competition, ACLS will award 10 fellowships, each with a stipend of $60,000 plus up to $5,000 for research and travel costs. Awards also will include a one-week residence at the Getty Research Institute following the fellowship period.

    Applications are welcome from scholars worldwide without restriction as to citizenship, country of residency, location of proposed work, or employment.

    • Applicants must have a PhD that was conferred between September 1, 2013 and December 31, 2017.
    • Applicants who earned their PhDs in and/or are currently employed in any humanistic field may apply, so long as they demonstrate that their research draws substantially on the materials, methods, and/or findings of art history.
    • Applications must be completed in English by the applicant.

      Deadline: October 24, 2018, 9 pm EDT

    More information on Getty/ACLS Postdoctoral Fellowships in the History of Art is available at https://www.acls.org/programs/getty/. Applications must be submitted through the online system at https://ofa.acls.org.


    Upcoming NYC exhibition: From the Desert to the City: The Journey of Late Ancient Textiles

    From the Desert to the City:
    The Journey of Late
    Ancient Textiles

    September 13–December 13, 2018


    The Godwin-Ternbach Museum
    405 Klapper Hall
    Queens College, CUNY Campus
    65-30 Kissena Blvd.
    Flushing, NY 11367

    The exhibition From the Desert to the City: The Journey of Late Ancient Textiles highlights textiles from Late Antique Egypt placed in multiple contexts—original use in 3rd-7th century, modern archaeological rediscovery and influence in the early 20th century, and contemporary reception and inspiration—all with an effort to connect today’s audiences with our communal ancient past.

    The exhibition, curated by Warren Woodfin in collaboration with museum directors Elizabeth Hoy and Brita Helgesen, centers on the recent gift of eighty-five textile pieces from the Rose Choron collection to the GTM.

    The first part of the exhibition sets the stage for the original use of these textiles, placing them in context with other household and religious objects, all of which provide comparisons for motifs and themes that dominate the textiles: myth, the natural world, and health and prosperity. With a major loan from the Brooklyn Museum, the GTM is displaying two large-scale mosaics of birds and fish, carved architectural stonework, and figural sculptures, the likes of which are rarely, if ever, seen in Queens, let alone for free!

    The second part of the exhibition addresses the archaeological discovery of “Coptic” textiles in the late 19th and 20th centuries. Here, comparative works highlight the impact of the rediscovery of these textiles on modern art from the visual to theatrical, including the drawings by Henri Matisse and stagings of Jules Massenet’s opera Thaïs.

    The third and final section will juxtapose the Late Antique textiles with contemporary works inspired by them. From the Desert to the City will include work by Brooklyn artist Gail Rothschild who has created large-scale paintings directly inspired by the fragmentary condition of the Choron textiles. Figurative works in crochet by Queens-based Caroline Wells Chandler propel stylized late antique figures into bold, humorous, 21st century technicolor. By tracing the reception of the textile arts of the Late Ancient world into the 21st century, the exhibition will attest to their continued vitality as sources of creative inspiration as well as scholarly insight.

    As with a number of past exhibitions at the GTM, Queens College’s students are contributing to the research and writing for the exhibition and accompanying catalogue. This was facilitated through an Art History graduate seminar taught in Spring 2018 by Warren Woodfin.

    The full color catalogue will feature essays by Jennifer Ball, Glenn Goldberg, Brita Helgesen, Elizabeth Hoy, Thelma Thomas, and Warren Woodfin, along with contributions from Queens College graduate students in Art History.