History of Art Graduate Department of Art

HASA Conference Report

Thursday, April 5, 2018

On Saturday March 10th, the History of Art Students’ Association (HASA) at the University of Toronto presented the Fourth Annual Undergraduate Symposium; this year in cooperation with the Graduate Union of Students’ of Art (GUStA). The conference was centered around the theme of The Art of Passage: Trade, Colonial Expansion, Globalism, and featured a keynote speaker Iftikhar Dadi from Cornell University.

The day began by Professor Jenny Purtle’s introductory lecture on “Ambiguous Ground: Chinese Painting and the Sino-Mongol City”. After which, Students from universities across North America, including University of Toronto, UBC, Yale, Harvard and Columbia, presented their papers on related topics. Grouped in thematic panels the presenters opened a dialog with the audience on the subject of their papers and communicated their research and ideas.

The event provided an opportunity for students to gain from each other’s work and encounter various approached to undergraduate research in art history. Each presentation portrayed a unique methodology in perusing the influence of foreign encounters in artistic development from antiquity to contemporary artistic practices. The diversity and intellectual depth of the papers made for a dynamic educational experience for the presenters and the audience alike.

HASA:

https://hasaconference.wordpress.com

GUStA:

https://gustasymposium.wordpress.com

Report by Faraz Olfat
Photos: Nadia Bortolazzo

Samantha Chang UTAA Graduate Scholar and Sedra Award Finalist

Friday, March 16, 2018

The University of Toronto Alumni Association has named Samantha Chang (BA 2013 TRIN, MA 2016) as one of three recipients of the UTAA Graduate Scholar and Sedra Award Finalist.

The Adel S. Sedra Distinguished Graduate Award is a fellowship awarded annually to a doctoral student who demonstrates outstanding academic and extracurricular leadership. Samantha has been recognized for her outstanding academic and non-academic achievements, her initiative, creativity, and dedication to her scholarly activities, and her leadership capabilities, including her vision and collaboration skills. Samantha and the other recipients of the 2018 Awards of Excellence will be celebrated at a recognition ceremony on Thursday, May 3, 2018.

Please join us in congratulating Samantha on receiving this prestigious award!

More information about the University’s Awards of Excellence and this year’s winners can be found here: https://alumni.utoronto.ca/events-and-programs/awards/awex

Professor Kavaler recipient of Docteur honoris causa

Monday, March 12, 2018

Professor Ethan Matt Kavaler has been awarded a prestigious honorary doctorate by the University of Liège in Belgium.

The recognition cited Prof. Kavaler’s landmark work on Pierre Bruegel the Elder, his research and teachings at the juncture between the Middle Ages and the modern times, and his contributions to renewing the focus on famous artistic productions of European art of the sixteenth century. Prof. Kavaler was among eleven academics honoured for their achievements.

Founded in 1817 following a decree by Napoleon a decade earlier, the University of Liège is one of Belgium’s oldest and most respected institutions. Previous individuals awarded honorary degrees by the university include Nelson Mandela, Vaclav Havel and Salman Rushdie.

Please join us in congratulating Prof. Kavaler on receiving this prestigious award!

More information about the Prof. Kavaler’s Docteur honoris causa from ULiège can be found here: https://events.uliege.be/dhcdr/docteurs-honoris-causa-2018/matt-kavaler/

Congratulations to the 2017 November Graduates

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

MA Graduates

Carine Chelhot Lemyre; Laura Demers Delorme; Laura Hutchingame; Madeliene Kattman; Mary E. Libby; Lauren van Nest; Alex Warrender

PhD Graduates

Tara Bissett; Rachel Kulick

New Exhibition at MMA – “Struck by Likening”

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Tom Thomson (Canadian 1877 – 1917) The Birch Grove, Autumn, 1915–16, oil on canvas. Art Gallery of Hamilton


The McMaster Museum of Art presents a new exhibition, “Stuck by Likening: The Power & Discontents of Artworld Analogies”, curated by the Department’s own Professor Mark Cheetham.  From the MMA’s website:

Levy Gallery (level 4)
19 August – 2 December, 2017

PUBLIC RECEPTION: Thursday, September 14, 6 – 8 pm
CURATOR’S TALK  |  Getting Some Distance on Likening:  Wednesday October 4, 12:30 – 1:20 pm

Struck by Likening explores commonplace declarations such as “Tom Thomson is the Van Gogh of Canada” and Norval Morrisseau is “the Picasso of the North.” We may call these familiar comparisons “likenings.” Innocent though they might seem, we need to take likenings seriously. They occur with such frequency as to become largely unheard and invisible. They structure not only what we say about art, but literally how we see it. Likenings can trigger ‘ah-ha’ moments when we are ‘struck by likening’ in the sense of having an insight or they can commit us to dubious cultural assumptions.

Likening is a form of analogy, a process by which a connection is asserted between two distinct elements. Examples abound in pop culture (“Prabhu Deva [is] the Michael Jackson of India”), politics (“Nelson Mandela: The Lincoln of Africa”), science (Ernest Rutherford’s analogy between the atom and solar system), and the law, which argues from analogous precedents. Analogy is fundamental to the way we make sense of the world. Struck by Likening interrogates how we construct our views on artists, their works, and art history through analogy.

The exhibition has five viewing stations, each exploring the issues raised by likening. Questions of national aspiration, genius, gender, anachronism, inter-media comparison, humour, and cultural appropriation are brought into focus. Visitors will see likenings that seem right and lend insight and those that reinforce stereotypes. When comparing the comparisons on exhibit, are you inclined to accept or to resist likenings?

Works for Struck by Likening are drawn from the historical, modern and contemporary collection of the MMA, and loans from the Art Gallery of Hamilton, the Art Museum at the University of Toronto, Museum London and the Corkin Gallery, Toronto. They include works by Henri Cartier-Bresson, Jack Chambers, George Grosz, William Hogarth, William Kurelek, Wifredo Lam, David Lucas, Norval Morrisseau, Pablo Picasso, Pierre Puvis de Chavannes, Gerhard Richter, Tom Thomson, Harold Town, Homer Watson, and Edward Weston.

For more information on this exhibition, please visit the McMaster Museum of Art website.

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