Art + Design Guest Lecture Series Spring 2016

The RCTC Art + Design Department is proud to present three speakers for the Spring 2016 Guest Lecture series.

Quanzhou ElephantOn Wednesday, March 23, Rick Asher, Professor of Art History at the University of Minnesota, will visit campus to speak about “India & The World.”

The talk will include Greek and Roman vessels found on India’s coasts, an Indian temple on coastal China dated 1281, Chinese ceramics found in many parts of India, and shipwrecks of the 8th and 9th centuries that were laden with cargo that document works of art that were much desired across an area extending from the South China Sea to the Swahili Coast of east Africa.

Asher, Emeritus Professor of Art History at the University of Minnesota, is a specialist in South Asian art with special interests in India’s visual culture in the larger context of the Indian Ocean. Asher has held various offices in the American Institute of Indian Studies, including Treasurer, President, and Board Chair.  He has also served as President of the National Committee for the History of Art and a member of the Bureau (Executive Committee) of CIHA (Comité International d’Histoire de l’Art).

The lecture will take place 11 a.m.-noon in SH110.

MTucker_van der WeydenOn Wednesday, April 6, Mark Tucker, the Aronson Senior Conservator of Paintings at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, will speak on “The Study and Conservation of Paintings at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.”

A talk on the practice of paintings conservation in a museum setting and the technical and art-historical research on which it is founded. Using paintings such as Rogier van der Weyden’s Philadelphia Crucifixion with the Virgin and St. John Mourning, and Thomas Eakins’s The Gross Clinic as examples, Tucker will discuss how conservators and curators decide whether and in what ways to clean and restore a painting, and will explain the vital role of conservation and curatorial research in efforts to display paintings in ways that underscore for viewers key facets of artistic values and achievement.

Since joining the museum’s staff in 1980, Tucker has worked on a variety of research, conservation treatment, exhibition, and catalog projects. He has also published on Rogier van der Weyden, Masaccio and Masolino, Pontormo and Bronzino, Jacques-Louis David, Thomas Eakins, and more.

The lecture will take place 11 a.m.-noon in Hill Theatre.

islamOn Wednesday, May 4, Regina Mustafa, founder of the Community Interfaith Dialogue on Islam, will present “Understanding Islam.”

In order to promote education and dialogue about Islam, in 2014 Regina formed the interfaith dialogue non-profit organization, Community Interfaith Dialogue on Islam (CIDI) in Rochester. It is crucial to provide educational opportunities on what Islam truly teaches, but the flow of information must go both ways. We all should strive to understand “the other” more clearly. CIDI is an interfaith dialogue organization proactively providing fresh ways of crossing the bridges that already exist. The justice, peace, and acceptance of Islam can and does benefit our society.

Mustafa is originally from Philadelphia, and she and her husband have been living in Rochester for nine years. She works with the Rochester Public Schools with the School-Aged Child Care program and also serves on the Editorial Advisory Board for the Post Bulletin. In 2015 Regina was the recipient of the Diversity Award by the Diversity Council of Rochester.

The lecture will take place 10-11 a.m. in CF206/208.

Any questions on the speakers or the series can be directed to Catherine Egenberger.

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