History of Art Graduate Department of Art

Walter Graham Lecture (Marthari 2010; Driessen 2013)

This lecture is named after James Walter Graham (1906-1991), who taught ancient Aegean art and architecture in the Department from 1947 until the late 1960s.  He was an authority in Minoan architecture, and wrote The Palaces of Crete (Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, 1962) which remains a seminal text in the field. Graham helped establish the University of Toronto as the only Canadian University where doctoral studies in the prehistoric Aegean (Minoan and Mycenaean) could be pursued.


The Peter Brieger Lectures Series in Medieval and Renaissance Art History

2013Poster8_JasElsnerThis lecture series is in honour of Professor Peter Brieger. He joined the newly founded University of Toronto Department of Fine Art in 1936, having been stripped of his professorship in Hitler’s Germany. Brieger was a distinguished medievalist specializing in manuscripts of the 12th and 13th centuries. His publications include Art and the Courts: France and England from 1259 to 1328 (National Gallery of Canada, 1972) and English Art, 1216-1307 (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1957). He was a founding president of the Universities’ Art Association of Canada.

Brieger lecturers have included Barbara Maria-Stafford, Linda Dalrymple-Henderson, Eric Michaud, Christopher Wood, Ulrich Pfisterer, Jas Elsner, Thomas Crow, and Joseph Leo Koerner.


Ydessa Hendeles Art Foundation Distinguished Visitor in Fine Art

Screen Shot 2014-12-19 at 9.48.41 AMYdessa Hendeles, who received her doctorate from the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis, is a curator, philanthropist, and artist. For twenty-five years she presented exhibitions at the Ydessa Hendeles Art Foundation in Toronto that brought together exceptional contemporary art and cultural objects in entirely new ways. After the influential international exhibition, “Partners” at the Haus der Kunst in Munich in 2003, that featured her own installation art, the “Teddy Bear Project,” Ydessa has created exhibitions in New York (“The Wedding” at Andrea Rosen), Berlin (“The Bird that Made the Breeze to Blow” at Johann König), and Marburg (“Marburg! The Early Bird!” at the Marburger Kunstverein). Her almost legendary innovations in curating are easily retrieved from many major reviews and accolades; Art News named her as one of the 50 most influential people in the art world. Her work has opened almost endless conversations about the conditions in which art is made and received, about the social and cultural institutions that form us, and about the freedoms and constraints of the psyche.

Hendeles Lecturers have included Georges Didi-Huberman, William Kentridge, Yve-Alain Bois, Michael Fried, Andreas Huyssen, and Thomas Crow.


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