Lecture Series

Dr. Michael W. Cothren, "Surveying Islamic and Gothic Art and Architecture: Reflections of a Textbook Author"

Dr. Michael W. Cothren is the  Scheuer Family Professor of Humanities, Emeritus, Department of Art, Swathmore College, Swathmore, PA. 

The lecture is the Annual Jackson Lecture for Medieval and Byzantine Art.

The event is free and open to the public. Lecture sponsored by the Jackson Lecture Fund, General Activities Fund of Tyler School of Art, and the Art History Department, Tyler School of Art.

Kobena Mercer, "What Is African Art to Me?"

Professor Kobena Mercer will be discussing how encounters with African art transformed the self-perception of New Negro artists in the 1920s and 1930s—particularly, why did they choose still life as the genre in which to explore the rebirth of identity? Through the lens of the Harlem Museum of African Art envisioned by critic Alain Locke, this lecture reframes the narrative about modernism’s cross-cultural origins. Taking a fresh look at exhibition histories, institutional politics, and iconographic choices it sheds new light on the asymmetries surrounding the rise of a diasporic outlook in African American art.


Kobena Mercer is Professor of History of Art and African American Studies at Yale University. His first book, Welcome to the Jungle: New Positions in Black Cultural Studies (1994), was followed by monographic studies on Isaac Julien, Keith Piper, James Van Der Zee, and Romare Bearden. He is editor of the Annotating Art’s Histories series, published by MIT, whose titles are Cosmopolitan Modernisms (2005), Discrepant Abstraction (2006), Pop Art and Vernacular Culture (2007) and Exiles, Diasporas & Strangers (2008), and Mercer contributed a survey of contemporary African American, Caribbean, and Black British artists to The Image of the Black in Western Art (2014). An inaugural recipient of the Clark Prize for Excellence in Arts Writing, awarded by the Clark Art Institute, following his recent essay collection, Travel & See: Black Diaspora Art Practices since the 1980s (2016),  Mercer edited and introduced Stuart Hall’s hitherto unpublished Du Bois Lectures, The Fateful Triangle: Race, Ethnicity, Nation (2017). This event is generously supported by the Office of the Dean at the Tyler School of Art.

Geoffrey Jackson Scott, "Engagement: Advancing Equity and Access in Arts & Culture"

Geoffrey Jackson Scott is the Co-founder and Creative Director of Peoplmvr; he is a cultural organizer, creative producer, and strategist. He will discuss developing models of authentic engagement and partnership among artists, institutions, and communities that advance inclusion, access, and equity. HIs creative studio, Peoplmovr, centers its practice on these values, and their recent work includes designing city-wide public engagement for the Mile-Long Opera Performance on the HighLine (NYC), and leading a Ford Foundation-funded initiative creating policies, programs, and practices designed to open up access for a broader public at the Museum of the Moving Image.

This event is free and open to the Temple University community.  Lecture sponsored by the Department of Art History, Tyler School of Art and Architecture, Temple University, and General Activities Fund, Temple University.

Distinguished Alumni Lecture by Dr. Susan C. Ferrence, "Affluence in Eastern Crete: Metal Objects from the Minoan Cemetery of Petras"

This Distinguished Alumni Lecture will be given in honor of Dr. Philip P. Betancourt, who will become emeritus faculty in December 2018.  Dr. Susan C. Ferrence, a former doctoral student of Dr. Betancourt, is Director of Publications, INSTAP Academic Press in Philadelphia.

The event is sponsored by the Department of Art History, Tyler School of Art, and Templel University GAF.  The event is free and open to the public.  The reception starts at 4:30, and the lecture at 5:00.

Lecture by Dr. E. Carmen Ramos, "Recalibrating the National Story: Latinx Art at the Smithsonian American Art Museum"

The Tyler Department of Art History annual Granger Lecturer, Dr. E. Carmen Ramos, is curator of Latino Art and Deputy Director of the Smithsonian American Art Museum.  Dr. Ramos's talk will focus on the work of contemporary artist Freddy Rodriguez, whose colorful paintings fust hard-edge minimalist abstraction with aspects of his personal background as a Dominican American. She will also discuss her ongoing mission to develop a strong Latinx art program at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

The event is hosted by Temple University GAF and the Department of Art History, Granger Lecture Fund.  The event is free and open to the public.

Distinguished Alumni Lecture: Dr. Anne Muraoka: "Franciscanism, Carlo Borromeo, and Caravaggio: A Connection Bound by Humility,"

Dr. Anne Muraoka holds a PhD in Art History from Tyler School of Art (2009).  She is currently a Associate Professor in the Department of Art, Old Dominion University.

Dr. Muraoka is a former student of Dr. Marcia Hall, whose 50-year anniversary at Tyler will be celebrated at the lecture.

Reception at 4.30.  Lecture at 5.

This event is free and open to the public.  Support is given by the GAF of Temple University and the Art History Department, Tyler School of Art.

Annual Barnes Art History Graduate Symposium

The Annual Barnes Art History Graduate Symposium will kick off on Thursday evening with the keynote lecture by Prof. Megan Holmes, Art History, University of Michigan.  She will be speaking on, "Obdurate Objects and Methodlogical Challenges: Interpreting Scratches on Italian Panel Paintings as Indices of Period Reception", in the Comcast Auditorium.

The program the next day begins at 10 AM in the same venue.  Kaelin Jewell (PhD candidate) will be speaking at 1 PM on "Topographies of Aristocratic Power in the Late Antique Mediterranean".  Also in this session are Tyler alumnae Shannon Steiner and Rachael Vause.

This symposium brings together graduate students from nine mid-Atlantic colleges and universities to present current research in the field of art history. Each session includes presentations followed by a moderated discussion.

Attendees will need to register for a "free" ticket: www.barnesfoundation.org/whats-on/graduate-student-symposium-history-of-art


Granger Lecture in American Art History: Maggie M. Cao, "Ice/Sculpture"

Dr. Maggie M. Cao is the David G. Frey Assistant Professor of Art History at the University of North Carolina. Her work focuses on the intersections of art with histories of technology, natural science, and economics. SHe has also written on media theory, material culture, and ecocriticism. Dr. Cao's lecture is drawn from her recent research on the materiality of ice, and will address visual responses to the environment, hemispheric views of the Americas, race and colonial discourses in the context of 19th-century art.

We are grateful to our sponsor for her generous support of this event.

The event is free and open to the public.