Calendar and Cultural Events Initiative

Art History Department Events

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When: May 1 to May 2, 2018

Europeans have used the term primitive since the 18th century to grapple with cultures that are different in fundamental ways from the norms of their time. Thus the term is protean and pliable rather than consistent. It is not a fixed or easily identifiable concept embodied by any one particular style, set of concerns or tendencies. Instead, it is a cipher, produced by prevailing manners of thinking and looking. The “primitive” results from juxtaposition and comparison, of placing incongruous objects together to create what we want it to be. This symposium explores transhistorical manifestations of primitivism, understood as a strategy of manufacturing hierarchies between a valued exemplar and the “lesser” items cast in the role of having preceded or paved the way for it, was established before, and reverberates beyond Modernism.

TUESDAY, MAY 1st @ 6:30 pm
in the Handwerker Gallery (G148 Gannett Center)

"On Origins: Picasso, Africa, and the Question of Precedence"
Keynote Talk by Suzanne Preston Blier

Allen Whitehill Clowes Chair
of Fine Arts and of African and African American Studies
Harvard University

from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm

in the Handwerker Gallery (G148 Gannett Center)

9:30 am -- Refreshments

10:00 am -- Welcome & Opening Remarks

10:15 am -- "Past Forward in 12th Century France:
Defining Oneself Through Another's Art"
Linda Seidel

Hanna Holborn Gray Professor Emerita
University of Chicago

11:00 am -- "The Figure of the Artisan in Ananda Coomaraswamy's Mediaeval Sinhalese Art"
Iftikhar Dadi

Associate Professor, Department of Art History
Cornell University

11:45 am -- "The savage, the primitive, and 'that ultra-primitive
directness of vision'"
Ivan Gaskell

Professor of Cultural History and Museum Studies
Bard Graduate Center

12:30 pm to 1:15 pm -- DISCUSSION

Joshua Cohen
Assistant Professor, Department of Art History
City College of New York

Risham Majeed
Assistant Professor, Department of Art History, Ithaca College

Ithaca College Students
Yarra Berger ‘19, Anna Gardner ‘18, and Michael Ruff ‘18

This symposium is made possible by the generous support
from the School of Humanities & Sciences
and the Center for Faculty Excellence at Ithaca College.

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Handwerker Gallery Calendar

Click here for the semester's scheduled events.

Outside Off-Campus Events

Johnson Museum of Art
Check the museum's calendar page for current events.

First Friday Gallery Night
Downtown galleries and art houses of Ithaca host exciting First Friday monthly evening receptions for their latest art exhibits, showcasing the work of local, national, and international artists. Gallery Night is free and open to the public and takes place on the first friday of each month from 5-8 pm at participating downtown Ithaca galleries. Gallery guides with a map of participating locations and show descriptions are available at all participating galleries at Gallery Night.

Picture of the Primitivism Symposium Poster
Cultural Events Initiative

The Department of Art History seeks to promote shared cultural and intellectual engagement outside of the classroom. Therefore, students enrolled in an art history course are required to attend two departmental or visually based events during this semester and write a response to each. At least one of these events must be sponsored by the Handwerker Gallery or the Department of Art History. See the following list for suggested events, and consult your instructor and course syllabus for submission specifics for each class. See Documents for a full description of the CEI.