Professor Giancarla Periti has been awarded the book prize by the AAIS
Thursday, April 27, 2017
The Department of the History of Art and Graduate Department of Art is pleased to announce that Giancarla Periti’s In the Courts of Religious Ladies: Art, Vision and Pleasure in Italian Renaissance Convents (2016) is the recipient of the 2016 Book Prize in the category of Renaissance, 18th and 19th centuries, awarded by the interdisciplinary American Association for Italian Studies (AAIS). Periti examines the remarkable poetic and mythological art commissioned by aristocratic female monastic communities in Renaissance Italy. Nuns from the patrician class set aside considerations of austerity and poverty, to commission rich and sensually appealing artefacts inspired by the contemporary secular culture of courts. Works of art transformed monastic parlours, abbatial apartments, and nuns’ cells into ornate settings, thereby enriching — and complicating – any simple opposition of the religious and worldly spheres. Periti’s book shows how this courtly conventual art taught its viewers to use their eyes to gain insights about the secular world that lay beyond the bounds of their monastic walls.
Many congratulations to Professor Periti.
The book is richly illustrated thanks to the generous assistance of the Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Publications Subsidy at Villa I Tatti. For more information, please visit the Yale University Press website.
Professor Jordan Bear awarded Historians of British Art Book Prize
Friday, January 20, 2017
The History of Art and Graduate Department of Art is delighted to announce that Associate Professor Jordan Bear has been awarded the 2016 Historians of British Art (HBA) book award for a single-authored work dealing with a post-1800 subject, for his book Disillusioned: Victorian Photography and the Discerning Subject. Awards were granted in three different categories, and the winners were chosen from a nominating list of over eighty books from more than thirty different presses. In Disillusioned, Bear tells the story of how photographic trickery in the 1850s and 1860s participated in the fashioning of the modern subject. By locating specific mechanisms of photographic deception employed by the leading mid-century photographers within this capacious culture of discernment, Disillusioned integrates some of the most striking—and puzzling—images of the Victorian period into a new and expansive interpretive framework. Bear has also been awarded an Honorable Mention for the 2016 Sonya Rudikoff Prize for best first book in Victorian Studies, awarded by the Northeast Victorian Studies Association. Many congratulations on this achievement!
For more information on this year’s HBA Book Awards, please visit the Historians of British art website.
To find out more about Disillusioned, please visit the Penn State University Press website.
In Memoriam, Jann Marson
Tuesday, December 20, 2016
It is with shock and sorrow that we must post the awful news that Jann Marson died of a heart attack on Saturday, at the age of 44.
Jann had been living and teaching in Portland for the last few years. For those of you who never got a chance to know him, Jann was writing his dissertation on the Belgian Surrealist Marcel Mariën.
Jann had a varied career before coming to U of T to do his MA and PhD, founding and running his own press for artists’ books as well as working for other printing houses, and performing as a bassist in the band Graveltruck. When he arrived at U of T from Idaho, he embraced his studies wholeheartedly. His brilliance was widely recognised; he was awarded a SSHRC Vanier, a Fulbright, and a Getty residential fellowship. He published his first article in Book History in 2013 (he was in the collaborative graduate program in Book History and Print Culture as well as the Department of Art). He had assembled a great deal of unpublished primary source material on Mariën through intensive archival work, and he was set to defend his dissertation this year.
Jann touched the lives of many through his music, artists’ books, teaching, writing, and of course his presence. He was devoted to his students at the Pacific Northwest College of Art. He had also in recent years found happiness with his partner Luna and her two children in Portland. He will be profoundly missed.
– Alison Syme
In memoriam, George Hawken, 1946 – 2016
Tuesday, December 13, 2016
With sorrow we announce the death of George Hawken, Professor Emeritus, on December 12th 2016. George was a brilliant draughtsman and master of intaglio printmaking, whose highly individual drawing style seemed to conjure new metamorphic entities into being, whether the subject was a portrait or the four elements. His “Metamorphosis Folio” was aptly named. Generations of students have profited from George’s remarkable technical mastery and patience, always imparted in support of students finding their own identity and voice. With Colin Campbell, George conceived and implemented the Visual Studies Program, first in the Department of Art, and then in the Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design. The bare facts of George’s many exhibitions are in his curriculum vitae; but his gentle humour and exceptional contributions as an artist and teacher can only be intimated.
Katie Jakobiec – Scott Opler Research Fellow in Architectural History at Worcester College, University of Oxford
Thursday, October 13, 2016
Katie Jakobiec is currently the Scott Opler Research Fellow in Architectural History at Worcester College, University of Oxford. She is working on a book project examining the architecture of commodities c. 1550-1650 – buildings and spaces that were at the centre of mercantile exchanges around the Baltic Sea region.
She completed her MA and PhD in the Art Department at the University of Toronto, under the supervision of Professor Christy Anderson.