Lecture Series

Dr Jared Richardson, "Visualizing Oceanic Feelings: the Queer Horizons of Black Cinema"

This event is free and open to the public.

Dr Samantha Noel, "Tropical Aesthetics of Black Modernism"

This event is free and open to the public.

  • Date & Time

    2019-02-28 1:30pm
  • Location

    Tyler School of Art and Architecture, Architecture 404

Dr Rachel Newman, "Spectral Realms: William Berryman's Revelatory Images of Nineteenth-Century Jamaica"

This lecture is free and open to the public.

  • Date & Time

    2019-02-21 2:00pm
  • Location

    Tyler School of Art and Architecture, Architecture 104

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.