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Friday, January 20, 2023 - 11:20

When Modernism Met the Mob in Brasília
 “The striking architecture of the Brazilian capital made a dramatic backdrop for pro-Bolsonaro rioters, and this might also have helped thwart their attacks.”

Check out Professor Adrian Anagnost’s recent publication in CityLab on Bloomberg! Her article “When Modernism Met the Mob in Brasília” discusses recent Brazilian political events in relation to the city of Brasília, which was designed by urbanist Lúcio Costa with buildings by architect Oscar Niemeyer.


Tuesday, January 10, 2023 - 13:10

“Destined to be born and perish with equal quickness”: The Making and Unmaking of 19th-Century Paper”

Michelle Foa, Associate Professor of Art History in the Newcomb Art Department of Tulane University
Friday, January 20, 2023, 5:30 p.m.
Cleveland Museum of Art, Morley Family Lecture Hall
The nineteenth century witnessed a revolution in the manufacture and use of paper that had far-reaching effects on the arts. This lecture, organized to complement the exhibition Nineteenth-Century French Drawings from the Cleveland Museum of Art, situates the changes that paper underwent in the context of key developments in trade, cotton cultivation, and textile production and consumption around the world. It also highlights artists’ and writers’ reactions to these shifts, revealing their profound concern about the longevity of the paper supports of their pictures and publications.
Michelle Foa is associate professor of art history in the Newcomb Art Department of Tulane University. Her research focuses on 19th-century French art and visual and material culture.  
This event is supported by the Getty Foundation as part of The Paper Project initiative and by the Wolfgang Ratjen Foundation, Liechtenstein.

{image: Études de chiffonniers (detail), 1849. Gustave Doré (French, 1832–1883). Lithograph; 33.8 x 25.7 cm. Bibliothèque Nationale de France. Photo: BnF}

Monday, December 19, 2022 - 11:35

From the Moon 2 logo
Our very own Prof. Leslie Geddes was interviewed for the current season of the Triennale Milano's podcast, From the Moon.

Listen in to Episode 4: Mapping the Uncharted, where Prof Geddes talks about how maps reveal the ways in which we try to expand beyond the limits of our vision and how mapmaking can help uncover the mysteries of the world around us through representing vantage points we can't see or experience firsthand. From the Mississippi Delta in Louisiana to an icy moon of the distant planet Saturn, the episode goes to see how geography and design, as well as art and science fuse to create the maps we often take for granted.

Available here:
and wherever podcasts are found!

Monday, December 19, 2022 - 11:25

Holly Flora delivering talk at IFA
This month, Professor Holly Flora delivered the Daniel H. Silberberg Lecture at the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University. Her talk, titled “Perception, Ritual, and Memory in an Illustrated Manuscript of the Meditationes Vitae Christi,” discussed how medieval Clarissan nuns in Siena used a fourteenth-century illuminated manuscript for imaginative devotion.

Professor Flora's new book The Meditationes Vitae Christi Reconsidered New Perspectives on Text and Image (co-edited with Peter Toth) is a collection of critical essays on this fourteenth-century Sienese illuminated manuscript.

Monday, December 19, 2022 - 11:19

PUBLICATION ALERT: Art History alum Zoe Ariyama (BA, 2022) recently published an article in the Brooklyn Rail on the New Orleans Museum of Art's current exhibition “Called to the Camera: Black American Studio Photographers.”

Art History alum Rebecca Villalpando (MA, 2022) contributed to this exhibition during her time as a graduate curatorial intern at NOMA.

Read the article here:

[James Presley Ball, Alexander S. Thomas, ca. late 1850s. Quarter plate daguerreotype. Courtesy Cincinnati Art Museum]

Thursday, December 8, 2022 - 11:51

Newcomb Art Department Holiday Sale flyer
After a two-year hiatus, our beloved holiday sale is back! Please join us on December 9th and 10th for the Newcomb Art Department Holiday Sale featuring works in glass, ceramics, printmaking, fiber, works on paper, painting, and more. All works are by Tulane undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, staff, and alumni. 

There is no visitor parking on campus without a permit before 5:30 pm on Friday.
You may park on Audubon Blvd. (2-hr) or Broadway at that time. We will have two spots near the gallery reserved for those needing assistance.

Parking on campus is permitted on Saturday.

Please email Laura Richens for more information.

Tuesday, December 6, 2022 - 13:15

Dutch Americas Keynote
On December 9-10, 2022, the Newcomb Art Department will host a symposium marking the end of the first iteration of the Dutch Americas humanities lab, co-taught by Stephanie Porras at Tulane and Aaron Hyman at Johns Hopkins. On Friday, December 9th, Professor Carrie Anderson will deliver a keynote address on the topic of the Dutch West India Company’s presence in the Atlantic world. 

Material Matters in the Dutch Atlantic World: Albert Eckhout’s Paintings of an African Man and Woman

lecture by Carrie Anderson, Middlebury College

Friday, December 9 2022 at 5:30 PM 

Stone Auditorium, Woldenberg Art Center

download symposium program (pdf)


Dutch Americas presentationsThe following day, graduate students from Johns Hopkins and Tulane will be presenting their final projects - object-based research on the visual and material culture of the Dutch West India Company (WIC). The WIC, founded in 1621, traded across the Atlantic, with footholds in regions of New York, Curaçao, Guyana, Brazil, Suriname, Ghana and Benin – dealing primarily in fur, tobacco, sugar, gold and enslaved Africans. Modeled on laboratory courses in the sciences, the seminar saw teams comprising of students from both schools working on a specific geography (New Netherland/New York, the Caribbean, West Africa, Brazil) working together in order to identify, research, catalog, and publish relevant items in a web-based database. This symposium celebrates and reflects on this groundbreaking foundational research in an emerging field of art historical scholarship, the assembly of a corpus of objects, sites, and materials related to the Dutch trading companies present in the Americas. 

The Dutch Americas Symposium is supported by Johns Hopkins and the Newcomb College Institute’s Dorothy Beckemeyer Skau Art and Music Fund.

Tuesday, November 29, 2022 - 14:21
Emery Tillman portrait with neon signs in background

The Newcomb Art Department is pleased to introduce our newest team member, Emery K, Tillman, 3D art shop manager. 

Emery Kate Tillman (they/them), originally from New Orleans, holds a B.A in studio art from College of Charleston and an MFA in studio art from Louisiana State University. They consider themself a material investigator in their studio practice and have a heavy mixed media background with mediums spanning from textiles, glass, wood, metal as well as digital fabrication tools. 

In their practice they explore what queer joy looks like when joy is used as a form of rebellion and power. They play particular interests in interpersonal communications in this community and what the visual language of vulnerability looks like. They have shown throughout the country as well as in Thailand and the Czech Republic. They have a background in making spaces more accessible and look forward to continuing this work at Tulane.

Tuesday, November 15, 2022 - 14:46
Black Arts Consortium artists visiting in MFA  painting studio at Tulane
On Friday, November 4, 2022, Tulane’s Studio Art graduate program welcomed scholars from Northwestern University’s Black Arts Consortium Graduate Working Group for a series of workshops/studio visits. Throughout the day, each of the participants (all of whom are working towards the completion of their dissertation/ thesis) were given the opportunity to briefly speak about their works in progress and receive diverse and affirming feedback from peers. 

This workshop was supported by the Katherine Steinmayer McLean Visiting Studio Artist Fund.
Tuesday, November 15, 2022 - 14:37

 lecture poster
The Newcomb Art Department presents the 2022 Sandra Garrard Memorial Lecture

"Tying, publicizing, adorning: The buttons of Toussaint Louverture"

by Dr. Anne Lafont, École des hautes études en sciences sociales, Paris

Abstract The legend and reality of the 18 buttons kept at the Cooper-Hewitt Museum in New York force us to take a close look at their making in the latter part of the eighteenth century Caribbean and in the light of one of its most illustrious black personalities: Toussaint Louverture, pioneer of the Haitian revolution, emancipated slave, ally of the European powers, deposed prisoner and captured by Napoleon Bonaparte’s armies, who died in exile in a French dungeon. The function, iconography, medium and biographical fortune of this series of buttons inform an exceptional history where Caribbean, French and American figures intersect over two centuries. Unfolding the panoply of buttons and following their phenomenology, on a formal and social levels, from manufacture to use, is to write a piece of the history of art of the Black Atlantic.

Anne Lafont is an art historian and professor at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales in Paris. She is interested in the art, images, and material culture of the Black Atlantic, as well as in historiographical questions related to the notion of African art. She has published on art and knowledge in an imperial context, on gender issues in the art discourse of the 18th and 19th centuries, and more recently she published a book : L'art et la race. L'Africain (tout) contre l'oeil des Lumières. It was awarded the 2019 Fetkann Maryse Condé Literary Prize and the 2020 Vitale and Arnold Blokh Prize. Anne Lafont participated, as a member of the scientific committee, in the Musée d'Orsay exhibition The Black Model (2019). In 2021, she was awarded a residential fellowship from the cultural services of the French Embassy in the United States, the Villa Albertine, and served, for the academic year 2021-2022, as the Robert Sterling Clark Visiting Professor of Art History at Williams College (Massachusetts). Her most recent book : L'Afrique et le monde. Histoires renouées de la préhistoire au XXIe siècle (La découverte, 2022) is co-edited with François-Xavier Fauvelle.

Wednesday, December 7 2022 at 6:00 PM

Freeman Auditorium, Woldenberg Art Center
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This lecture is supported by the Sandra Garrard Memorial Fund.