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Past Events
The Force Fields of Things
Ian Hodder
November 13, 2019

The Next Frontier
Cities and Climate Change
Richard Sennett
November 12, 2019
Symposium—Conserving Active Matter: Philosophy—Degradation as…
Funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
November 8, 2019

Julius Bryant
Keeper of Word and Image…
November 6, 2019
CANCELED Studio Portraits and Tourist Images
Writing a History of the…
Amy Lonetree
October 30, 2019

“The Right to Live in the World”
Design or Disability
Elizabeth Guffey
October 23, 2019
The Secret Life of Art
Data Science for Art History and Art Conservation
Robert G. Erdmann
October 22, 2019

Symposium—Re-Forming Modernism
Craft, Design, and Architecture at the Bauhaus
October 18, 2019
The Shock of the Old:
Some Reflections on the Bauhaus at 100
Paul Betts
October 17, 2019

“Children of Strawberry”: Replication and…
The Lee B. Anderson Memorial…
Matthew M. Reeve
October 16, 2019

Device and Designs on Us
Esther Leslie
September 25, 2019

The Materiality of Infant Bodies…
Robin Fleming
September 17, 2019

“Of a Remarkably Down-Cast Countenance,…
The Mr. and Mrs. Raymond…
Charmaine A. Nelson
September 10, 2019

Symposium—Antiquarianism in the Islamic World
Sponsored by the Trehan Research…
May 9–10, 2019
Making The Sogdians
Process, Product, and the Exploration…
Kimon Keramidas and Julie Bellemare
May 8, 2019

Reconstructing Renaissance Clothing
Sophie Pitman
April 30, 2019

“Cisterns in Which a Man…
The Majolica International Society Lecture
Susan Weber
April 25, 2019
Beyond Avant-Garde
Surrealist and Communist Museums of…
Arseny Zhilyaev
April 23, 2019

Creating and Curating The World between Empires
Art and Identity in the
Blair Fowlkes-Childs and Michael Seymour
April 22, 2019
Everything Sacred is Far Away
The Franz Boas Episodes
Maria Hupfield and Jason Lujan
April 18, 2019

Failed Social Relations and the…
Charlotte Townsend-Gault
April 17, 2019
Decorating Soldiers: Black Manhood, Citizenship,…
The Iris Foundation Awards Lecture
Laurie A. Wilkie
April 16, 2019

The Franklin Stove
Heat and Life in the Little Ice Age
Joyce E. Chaplin
April 15, 2019

Thinking through Lines
How Early Greek Reliefs Connected…
Caspar Meyer
April 10, 2019
The Colored Museum
Notes on Africana Identity, Power,…
Charles F. Peterson
April 9, 2019

From Bayou Teche to Fifth Avenue
How Cane Baskets and Pepper…
Daniel H. Usner
April 4, 2019
Library Artist-in-Residence Talk
Rachel Selekman
April 3, 2019

Chasing Casanova
Venice and the Grand Tour
Kevin Salatino
April 3, 2019
Glass House Horror: Modernism’s Haunted Landscapes
The Paul and Irene Hollister Lectures on Glass
Sandy Isenstadt
April 2, 2019

Symposium—Conserving Active Matter: Materials Science
Funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
March 28–29, 2019
Reshaping the Past
Ancient Maya Sculptures, “After” and Before
Megan E. O’Neil
March 27, 2019

Herbert Bayer’s Expanded Vision and…
Robin Schuldenfrei
March 26, 2019
Symposium—The New Typography
Graphic Design in Weimar Germany 1919–1933
March 22, 2019

A Material Engagement Perspective
Lambros Malafouris
March 20, 2019
Thinking as Thinging
A Process Archaeology of Mind
Lambros Malafouris
March 19, 2019

Americana Redux
Materializing Multiculturalism during the United States Bicentennial
Catherine Whalen
March 18, 2019
Jewish Material Culture: Old Theories…
Leon Levy Foundation Lectures in Jewish Material Culture
Zeev Weiss
March 5, 2019

Ancien, Nouveau et Antique
Display and Connoisseurship in a Princely Ceramics Collection
Kee Il Choi Jr.
February 28, 2019

Race Work Made Material: An…
The Mr. and Mrs. Raymond…
Anna S. Agbe-Davies
February 27, 2019
Jewish Material Culture: Old Theories…
Leon Levy Foundation Lectures in Jewish Material Culture
Zeev Weiss
February 26, 2019

A Chinese Canton
Making an Album of Things
Yeewan Koon
February 20, 2019
Charles Perrault Before the Fairy Tales
Seventeenth-Century Authorship, Material and Textual
Oded Rabinovitch
February 20, 2019

Jewish Material Culture: Old Theories…
Leon Levy Foundation Lectures in Jewish Material Culture
Zeev Weiss
February 19, 2019
Franz Boas, George Hunt and…
February 15, 2019

Filibuster Baby
JoAnne McFarland’s Art of Disruption
JoAnne McFarland
February 11, 2019
Design and the Feminine Self
Sandy Ng
February 7, 2019

A Digital Recreation of the…
A Contribution to the Early…
David Schwittek and Sally Webster
February 5, 2019
Economies of Destruction?
Creating Value by Destroying Valuables
David Fontijn
February 5, 2019

Symposium—Khipus: Writing Histories In and From Knots
The Mr. and Mrs. Raymond…
February 1, 2019
“Maximum Meaning, Minimum Means”
The Life and Work of Abram Games
Naomi Games
January 30, 2019

Charles Cordier: A Hero of Polychromy
Françoise and Georges Selz Lectures…
Laure de Margerie
January 29, 2019
A Lifetime in the Art Market
A View from the “Dark Side”
Martin Levy
January 28, 2019

Woad War I
Dyes, Mordants, and Social Conflict in Renaissance Italy
Timothy McCall
January 23, 2019
Henri Vever: Art Nouveau Jeweler…
Françoise and Georges Selz Lectures…
Willa Z. Silverman
January 23, 2019

Artists as Consumers: A Picture,…
Françoise and Georges Selz Lectures…
Katie Scott
December 5, 2018
Open House for Prospective Students
Faculty Roundtable
December 2, 2018

Field Notes
How the Harvard Art Museums are Responding
Martha Tedeschi
November 27, 2018
Giotto, Gold, and the Global Trecento
Transcultural Perspectives on the Fourteenth Century
Vera-Simone Schulz
November 20, 2018

Cell or Soul?
Riemerschmid’s Patterns as Embodied Perception
Freyja Hartzell
November 15, 2018
Dangerous Beauty
Medusa in Classical Art
Kiki Karoglou
November 14, 2018

CANCELED—“Of a Remarkably Down-Cast Countenance,…
The Mr. and Mrs. Raymond…
Charmaine A. Nelson
November 13, 2018

Symposium—Revivalism in the Age of Modernism
Design Revivals in the Twentieth Century
November 9, 2018
The Ivory Throne of the Levantines
Liat Naeh
November 8, 2018

What is a Ruin?
Alain Schnapp
November 7, 2018
Iconohistories of the American West
The Mr. and Mrs. Raymond…
Severin Fowles
November 7, 2018

Symposium—Conserving Active Matter: History
Funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
November 1, 2018
The Living Signs of the Forensic Dead Body
Zoë Crossland
October 30, 2018

“A Complete Technique of Living”
Raymond Duncan (1874–1966)
Alexandra Palmer
October 24, 2018
Gina Suuda Tl’l Xasii ~…
Documenting Convergence, Divergence, and Co-existence…
Jisgang Nika Collison
October 23, 2018

For the Union Dead
Harvard’s Memorial Hall and the…
Ivan Gaskell
October 22, 2018
Open House for Prospective Students
Faculty Roundtable
October 21, 2018

French Visual Culture and the…
Laura Weigert
October 16, 2018

Art and Devotional Practices in the Byzantine Village
The Long View
Sharon E. J. Gerstel
October 9, 2018
Recreating the Seventeenth-Century Garden in Holland
Blending Nature and Design
Vanessa Sellers
October 3, 2018

Art, Space, and Mobility in…
Hsueh-man Shen
October 2, 2018
The Church of Saint-Riquier
Lost Monument as Work in Progress
Jenny H. Shaffer
September 26, 2018

Symposium—Shared Ground
Cross-Disciplinary Approaches to Craft Studies
September 20–22, 2018
Early Liao-Dynasty Ritual Objects in…
François Louis
September 20, 2018

Spider Woman’s Children
Navajo Weavers Today
Lynda Teller Pete, Barbara Teller Ornelas
September 17, 2018
Symposium—Agents of Faith
The Conference
September 14, 2018

Neither Natural Nor Artificial
Material Worlds in Assyrian Scholarship
Eduardo A. Escobar
September 11, 2018
New Discoveries in American Majolica
The Majolica International Society Lecture
Laura Microulis
May 2, 2018

Crossing Boundaries
Adventures in Art, Craft, and Design History
Caroline Hannah
May 1, 2018
Sculpture in Color
Challenging the European Canon
Luke Syson
April 25, 2018

From Corinth to Keep, or…
A Chorography of Greece…
Christopher Witmore
April 24, 2018

Conserving Active Matter: Indigenous Ontologies
Funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
April 18, 2018
The First Emperor, the Chinese…
The Iris Foundation Awards Lecture
Jason Sun
April 17, 2018

Looking at Lionesses
Macedonian Courts and Jewelry in…
Alexis Q. Castor
April 16, 2018

The Art of the Jewish Family, Lecture 3
Leon Levy Foundation Lectures in Jewish Material Culture
Laura Arnold Leibman
April 12, 2018
Between Philosophy, History, Science, and Literature
Annotated Books from the Library of Otto Neurath
Friedrich Stadler
April 11, 2018

The World for a Shilling
The Panorama as Global Landscape
Tim Barringer
April 11, 2018
A Viennese Library in Exile
Otto Neurath and the Heritage…
Friedrich Stadler
April 10, 2018

Folding and Wrapping the Sacred
Living with Late Medieval Relics…
Visa Immonen
April 9, 2018
Symposium—Disrupting Distance
Evolving Connections and Disconnects in…
April 6, 2018

Displaying the Antique in Georgian London
The Houses of Charles Townley…
Max Bryant
April 4, 2018
Technology, Wondrous or Fatal
Seventy Years of Giedion’s Mechanization Takes Command
Sokratis Georgiadis
April 3, 2018

Between Bukh and Sefer: Holocaust…
The Leon Levy Foundation Lectures…
Barbara Mann
March 29, 2018
The Art of the Jewish Family, Lecture 2
Leon Levy Foundation Lectures in Jewish Material Culture
Laura Arnold Leibman
March 28, 2018

Pressing Matter
On Museums, Material Culture Studies,…
Wayne Modest
March 27, 2018
How America Met the Jews
Leon Levy Foundation Lectures in Jewish Material Culture
Hasia Diner
March 22, 2018

A Short History of the…
The Paul and Irene Hollister Lectures on Glass
Tina Oldknow
March 22, 2018
Ingenious Inventions and the Secrets of Nature
The Marvels of Alexander the…
Elly Truitt
March 19, 2018

The Limits and Possibilities of…
Leon Levy Foundation Lectures in Jewish Material Culture
Ellen Smith
March 15, 2018
The Art of the Jewish Family, Lecture 1
Leon Levy Foundation Lectures in Jewish Material Culture
Laura Arnold Leibman
March 14, 2018

Type, Paper, Glass, and Screws
Reading Surfaces and the Materialities of Communication
Jonathan Senchyne
March 12, 2018
Proximity to Power
Craft Capabilities and Material Empowerment…
Otto von Busch
March 1, 2018

Ten Meters Down
Antiquarian Geologics in Song China
Jeffrey Moser
February 28, 2018
Symposium—Bali and Beyond
Culture, Power, and Indonesian Textiles
February 26, 2018

Symposium—Early Codices
Production, Destruction, and Modern Conservation
February 23, 2018
Exoticizing in the Enlightenment
A Global History of Switzerland in Objects
Noémie Etienne
February 19, 2018

Designing Legacy
Marie-Antoinette and Josephine as Garden Patrons
Susan Taylor-Leduc
February 7, 2018
Savonnerie Carpets: Stages of Power
Françoise and Georges Selz Lectures…
Wolf Burchard
February 6, 2018

After the Fall
The Treatment of Tullio Lombardo’s Adam
Carolyn Riccardelli
February 1, 2018
“Too Poor to Paint, Too…
The Mr. and Mrs. Raymond…
Dana E. Byrd
January 30, 2018

Reverse Engineering the Past to…
Jennifer L. Mass
January 29, 2018
Active Objects
Rethinking Mobility, Geography, and the Museum
Elizabeth Rodini
January 24, 2018

Distance and Redistancing as Tools…
Mark Salber Phillips
January 22, 2018
Seneca Village
The Making and Unmaking of…
Meredith B. Linn
January 18, 2018

Film as Scholarship
My Beautiful Anthropological Dissertation
Noam Osband
January 17, 2018
The Circle and the Rectangle
Indigenous Art, Canadian Residential Schools,…
Ruth Phillips
January 17, 2018

Carnegie, Capital, and the Kaiser
An Intellectual History of Financing Scholarship
Emily J. Levine
December 6, 2017
Open House for Prospective Students
Alumni Conversation
December 4, 2017

“Are we getting closer? Are we there yet?”
Mapping the Spaces of Poetic Inquiry
Jeanette Lynes
November 29, 2017
Symposium—Conserving Active Matter: A Cultures…
Funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
November 27–28, 2017

Quantifying Kissinger
Computational Analysis and Data Visualization in Historical Interpretation
Micki Kaufman
November 15, 2017
Russia’s Revolutionary Art School
The Moscow Vkhutemas
Christina Lodder
November 15, 2017

Rediscovering Édouard Lièvre (1828–1886): A…
Françoise and Georges Selz Lectures…
Olivier Hurstel
November 14, 2017
Archaeological Science in Museum Collections
Re-examining Ethnological Materials and Ethnographic Accounts
Claire Heckel
November 13, 2017

Ship Shape
Incense Boats across the Early Modern Globe
Jeffrey L. Collins
November 9, 2017
Greek Parthenon Marbles? Elgin Marbles?…
Mark Stephens, CBE
November 8, 2017

Prudently Abandoning Wonder
On Changing the Governing Concept…
Mark A. Meadow
November 8, 2017
The University Art Museum as…
Lisa Corrin
November 7, 2017

Over Land and Sea
The Journey of a Chief’s…
Samantha Alderson, Peter M. Whiteley
November 2, 2017

Canadian Inuit Art
Variation Over Space and Time
Nelson Graburn
November 1, 2017
Heritage, Secrecy, and Failure
The Atomic Project Huemul
Trinidad Rico
October 31, 2017

The Private Life of Elizabeth I
Tracy Borman
October 30, 2017

Material Culture and Rabbinic Isolation
A Cultural Ecology Perspective
Azzan Yadin-Israel
October 25, 2017
Jacques Doucet
Couturier of the Belle Époque Stage
Alexandra Jaffré
October 24, 2017

Beyond the Temple, Lecture 3
Leon Levy Foundation Lectures in Jewish Material Culture
Andrea M. Berlin
October 24, 2017
The Material Culture of Trade and Diplomacy
Corinne Thépaut-Cabasset
October 23, 2017

Hopi Pottery Tales
Historic Museum Collections and Pueblo Pottery Futures
Lea S. McChesney
October 19, 2017
Class Divides
Reading, Writing, and Jewish Daily Life through Graffiti
Karen B. Stern
October 18, 2017

When Muslims Die in China
Nancy S. Steinhardt
October 18, 2017
Beyond the Temple, Lecture 2
Leon Levy Foundation Lectures in Jewish Material Culture
Andrea M. Berlin
October 17, 2017

On the Emergence of Jewish…
Alex P. Jassen
October 11, 2017

The Sovereign Artist
Charles Le Brun and the…
Wolf Burchard
October 10, 2017
Beyond the Temple, Lecture 1
Leon Levy Foundation Lectures in Jewish Material Culture
Andrea M. Berlin
October 10, 2017

Cabinetmakers of German Origin in Eighteenth-Century Paris
A Chapter in European History…
E. Ulrich Leben
October 9, 2017
On Not Becoming an Artifact
Corrine Hunt • G’lateeg’lee
October 4, 2017

Inessential Colors: A History of…
Françoise and Georges Selz Lectures…
Basile Baudez
October 3, 2017
Agents of Faith
Thinking About an Exhibition
Ittai Weinryb
October 2, 2017

Making the Spanish Style
Fashion and Artisans at the…
Amanda Wunder
September 27, 2017
The Making of Americans
The Mr. and Mrs. Raymond…
Paul Chaat Smith
September 26, 2017

Fresco, Architecture, and the Lithic…
Fabio Barry
September 20, 2017
Satan at the Deluge and…
The Story of Noah in…
Nina Rowe
September 19, 2017

Making Andean Houses
Materials, Affordances, and Possibilities in Vernacular Architecture
Jerry D. Moore
September 18, 2017
Symposium—John Lockwood Kipling
The Legacy
September 15, 2017

Artistic Skills and the Hierarchy…
A Chinese Theme through Muslim and European Eyes
Joan-Pau Rubiés
September 14, 2017
The Distributed Text
Toward a Critical Digital Edition…
Aaron Glass
September 13, 2017

Revisits and Thick Description
Understanding the Legacy of Socialist…
Carol Yinghua Lu
August 28, 2017
Come to your Senses!
Sensiotics and Understandings of Persons,…
Henry John Drewal
August 23, 2017

Non-Human Aesthetics
A Trans-Species Perspective
Frédéric Joulian
May 9, 2017
Journey into a French Material…
Françoise and Georges Selz Lectures…
Frédéric Joulian
May 8, 2017

From Maiolica to Majolica: The…
The Majolica International Society Lecture
Julius Bryant
May 3, 2017

Enlightened Princesses
Caroline, Augusta, Charlotte, and the…
Joanna Marschner
April 27, 2017

From Design Studio to Marketplace:…
Françoise and Georges Selz Lectures…
Lesley Miller
April 25, 2017
Mapping Mat ~ Con
Philipp Schorch
April 20, 2017

Behind the Seams
Women, Fashion, and Work in Nineteenth-Century France
Susan Hiner
April 19, 2017
Making Faces
New York Type Ephemera and…
Stephanie Sadre-Orafai
April 13, 2017

Blue Chip Artists, Glassy Thinkers,…
The Paul and Irene Hollister…
Susie J. Silbert
April 13, 2017
Texts and Textiles
The Iris Foundation Awards Lecture
Marie-Louise Nosch
April 4, 2017

Earwitness Thomas Kuhn
The Interview in Historical Research
Anke te Heesen
March 29, 2017

Hanbok in Modern and Postmodern Times
Fashion, Counter-Fashion, and Anti-Fashion
Minjee Kim
March 28, 2017
Getting Art and Science Together…
An Exhibition History
Anke te Heesen
March 28, 2017

Teaching Game Design for Museums
Matt Parker, Barry Joseph, Marco Castro Cosio
March 27, 2017
Symposium—New York on Display
1853 New York Crystal Palace
March 24, 2017

Where Books and Fabrics Merge
The Endbands of the Eastern Mediterranean Bookbindings
Georgios Boudalis
March 23, 2017
Thinking About Cultural Heritage Now
The Work of the Penn Cultural Heritage Center
Brian I. Daniels
March 21, 2017

Alumni Spotlight Lecture—Keep the Research on Your Right
Teaching, Writing, and Curating as Tributaries
Ezra Shales
March 21, 2017

The Archaeology and History of Colonial Peru
The Case of Magdalena de Cao Viejo
Jeffrey Quilter
February 23, 2017

Keys to the H Blocks
The Materiality of Conflict and…
Louise Purbrick
February 22, 2017
In Enemy Hands
Captive Bodies in Ancient Mesoamerican Art
Caitlin Earley
February 21, 2017

From the Antipodes to the Met
Transformative Processes in Yolngu Art
Howard Morphy
February 21, 2017
Jock Peters and the Varieties of Modernism
Christopher Long
February 16, 2017

Insect Artifice
The Making of Joris Hoefnagel’s Four Elements
Marisa Bass
January 31, 2017
And One King to Rule Them All?
Investigating Religious and Political Landscapes…
Uthara Suvrathan
January 30, 2017

My Late Friend Mr. Robert Adam
Frances Sands
January 26, 2017
Book Launch — In Space We Read Time
On the History of Civilization and Geopolitics
January 24, 2017

“The Great Kosmos of All Armenia”
On the Sarcophagus of Isaac
Benjamin Anderson
January 18, 2017
Foreign Phobia & the American…
The Mr. and Mrs. Raymond…
Jack Tchen
December 13, 2016

Diamonds, Sugar, and Art
Flemish Merchants in the Early Modern World
Christina Anderson
December 7, 2016
Charles and Ray Eames
The Hollywood Connections
Pat Kirkham
December 7, 2016

Textiles in the Historic Interior
A Look at Curatorial, Conservation, and Interpretive Issues
Deborah Lee Trupin
November 30, 2016
Walking with Whitman
Mobile Learning in Brooklyn Heights
Jesse Merandy
November 29, 2016

Style and Politics in Central…
Paul Stirton
November 28, 2016
Antiquity and Empire
November 18, 2016

The Cosmos of the Urban Craftsman
Andrew Morrall
November 15, 2016
Between Construction and Invention: Theories…
Françoise and Georges Selz Lectures…
Jean-François Bédard
November 15, 2016

Beyond the Renaissance Palace
The Material World of Sixteenth-Century Artisans and Shopkeepers
Paula Hohti
November 10, 2016

Out of Whole Cloth
Exploring Balinese Textiles in the Mead-Bateson Collection
Urmila Mohan
November 9, 2016
A Parisian Residence of the…
Françoise and Georges Selz Lectures…
Ulrich Leben
November 9, 2016

Redefining Color at Hôtel Beauharnais
The Restoration of the Furniture…
Ulrich Leben
November 3, 2016

Issues of Conservation and Display…
Jessica Walthew
November 2, 2016
The Protection of Cultural Heritage in Italy
A Short History and Some Current Issues
Salvatore Settis
November 2, 2016

Cultures of Conservation “Keyword” Panel
Digging into Central Park’s Layered Past
November 1, 2016
Mind in the Making
Reflection and the Artisanal in the Material World
Maggie Jackson
October 27, 2016

Whitney Stories
Humanizing the Museum through Digital Storytelling
Elyse Mallouk
October 26, 2016
Fashion and Art in Les…
Michele Majer
October 25, 2016

Netherlands Institute for Conservation Art and Science
An Integrated Approach Towards Understanding…
Robert van Langh
October 19, 2016

Real and Metaphoric Spaces
Perspectives and Positions in the…
Viola König
October 19, 2016
Symposium—Art and Ideology in the Twelfth-Century Western Mediterranean
Sponsored by the Trehan Research…
October 14, 2016

Luxury Object Artisans in the Ancient Andes
Coca and Metal Producers in…
Alicia Boswell
October 5, 2016
Jamestown and Beyond
Using Digital Technologies to Visualize…
Lisa E. Fischer
September 28, 2016

Multiple Authors
Ceramics, Celebrity, and Shaping Notions…
Malcolm Baker
September 15, 2016

Toward an American Indian Abstract
The Art and Politics of Mary Sully
Philip Deloria
September 14, 2016
Weaving Modernism
Postwar Tapestry between Paris and New York
Kay Wells
August 24, 2016

Rococo for the Spanish Court
The Interiors of Mattia Gasparini…
Tobias Locker
May 4, 2016

‘Bold design and bolder ornaments’:…
The Majolica International Society Lecture
Miranda Goodby
May 4, 2016
Wine, Women, and the Glory of Venice
Masterpieces of Renaissance Glass
Dora Thornton
April 28, 2016

Diasporas of Art and ‘The Great Forgetting’
Violence and the Visual Unconscious…
Debora L. Silverman
April 27, 2016

Frontier Shores
Collection, Entanglement, and the Manufacture…
April 25, 2016
Mistake or Transgression? A History of Scandalous Clothing
Françoise and Georges Selz Lectures…
Denis Bruna
April 19, 2016

Bringing Back The Sheaves
Agrarian Life and Material Culture…
Brent D. Shaw
April 13, 2016
Dangerous Relic
“The Bloody Shirt”; A Material…
Matthew Dennis
April 12, 2016

Scotch Myths
The Furniture of Charles Rennie Mackintosh Re-appraised
David Jones
April 7, 2016
Global Things: Trade and Material…
The Iris Foundation Awards Lecture
Giorgio Riello
April 5, 2016

‘The best Rubarbe is that…
Rhubarb and the Imagination of…
Anne T. Gerritsen
March 29, 2016
Collecting European and Asian Art…
Michael North
March 23, 2016

The Meaning of Glass: What…
The Paul and Irene Hollister Lectures on Glass
Dedo von Kerssenbrock-Krosigk
March 22, 2016

Climate and Commodities
Material Exchanges between West Africa and Europe, 1000–1300
Sarah M. Guérin
March 21, 2016

Conservation Conversation—A Multiplicity of Voices
The Structure of Preservation at…
Gabrielle A. Berlinger, David Favaloro
March 15, 2016
The Museum’s Role in Sustaining…
Vera A. Solovyeva
March 14, 2016

Paper is Part of the Picture
Margaret Holben Ellis
March 2, 2016
The Art, Praxis, and Power of Oral History
Mary Marshall Clark, Amy Starecheski
February 24, 2016

Wolf King of Glorious Memory
Culture and Ideology in Twelfth-Century…
Abigail Krasner Balbale
February 23, 2016
Cultures of Conservation “Keyword” Panel
Minimalist, Post-Minimalist, and Conceptual Art
Francesca Esmay, Sherri Irvin, Jeffrey Weiss, Glenn Wharton, Ivan Gaskell
February 23, 2016

Drinking Horns
Nature and Myth
Susanne Ebbinghaus
February 22, 2016
A Dictator’s Evil Decor
Reflections on Writing Hitler at Home
Despina Stratigakos
February 17, 2016

Making Space: Museums and Craft…
The Mr. and Mrs. Raymond…
Namita Gupta Wiggers
February 2, 2016
The Tradition of Marble
How it is Quarried and…
Charlie Kaplan
January 29, 2016

A Short History of Thinking…
Peter N. Miller
January 26, 2016
Sun King to Moon King:…
Françoise and Georges Selz Lectures…
Robert Wellington
January 26, 2016

An Ancient Wedding Dress in…
Svetlana Petrova
December 9, 2015

The Analysis of Organic Colorants…
Case Studies from the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Nobuko Shibayama
December 7, 2015
Between China, Iran, and Byzantium:
The Türks in Inner Asia…
Sören Stark
December 2, 2015

Textile Conservation at Historic Royal Palaces:
A 100-Year History
Charlotte Gamper
November 19, 2015

Going Universal
Nancy Proctor
November 11, 2015

Parasols and Pagodas
Lacquer Furniture and East West…
Tian Chun
November 10, 2015

Workshop—Fustat and the World in the Year 1000
Fustat and the World in the Year 1000
November 6, 2015
Color Matters
Synthetic Dyes in Early Meiji Japanese Prints
Stephanie Su
November 4, 2015

Design by the Book
Illustrating the Ritual Classics
François Louis
October 27, 2015
Cultures of Conservation ‘Keyword’ Panel:
Conserving an Alutiiq Kayak
October 27, 2015

A Digital Enlightenment: Experiments in…
The Françoise and Georges Selz…
Anne Higonnet
October 13, 2015
From Pets to Plastics:
The Material Culture of Everyday Life
Katherine C. Grier
October 12, 2015

Case Study:
Sir Thomas Hanmer’s Silver Gilt…
Susan Hunter
October 6, 2015
The Glass Sliver:
Transparency and Dystopia in German Design
Freyja Hartzell
October 5, 2015

Thinking with a Photograph: Alexander…
Mr. and Mrs. Raymond J.…
Marni A. Sandweiss
September 29, 2015
From Material to Digital:
New Directions in Material Culture and Museum Studies
Haidy Geismar
September 24, 2015

Toys and Childhood: Playing with Design
September 18, 2015
Angelica’s Book
Material Culture and the Power of Reading
Brendan Dooley
September 14, 2015

(Post)musings from the Edge:
Being an Indigenous Curator in Pacific Paradise
Paul Tapsell
May 6, 2015

Global, Comparative, International, Transnational, and Connected Histories:
Is the Methodological Tail Wagging…
Peter Baldwin
April 29, 2015
Straddling Worlds:
Working Across Art and Craft,…
Elissa Auther
April 28, 2015

The Return of Curiosity: What…
Iris Foundation Awards Lectures
Nicholas Thomas
April 21, 2015
Revitalizing University Museums
April 17, 2015

The Art of Encryption:
Music-Image-Text in Michael Maier’s Alchemical…
Donna Bilak
April 15, 2015
Elephant in the Room? Majolica…
The Majolica International Society Lecture…
Martina Droth
April 14, 2015

The Birth of Italics
Randall McLeod
April 8, 2015
Is a Crocodile a Work of Art?
Seeing Objects in the Early…
Paula Findlen
April 8, 2015

Experiencing the Interface
April 6, 2015
From Industry to Art:
Collecting and Exhibiting Textiles at…
Dilys Blum
April 1, 2015

Conservation Conversation:
“Conservation and the Future”
Salvador Muñoz Viñas, Paul Eggert
March 31, 2015
Fashioning the Body: An Intimate…
March 27, 2015

Hiding in Plain Sight:
The 20th-Century Apartment House in New York
Andrew S. Dolkart
March 25, 2015

Architecture, Art, and Liturgical Space in Postwar America
The Mr. and Mrs. Raymond…
Gretchen Townsend Buggeln
March 17, 2015
Two Royal Kitchens:
Discovery, Conservation, Interpretation
Lee Prosser
March 16, 2015

‘The Magnificent Seven’
The Great Fāṭimid Rock Crystal Ewers
Jeremy Johns
March 5, 2015
Conservation Conversation
“Knowledge in the Making: Reconstructing…
March 3, 2015 – February 21, 2017

The Making of the Early…
Georgios Boudalis
March 2, 2015
Conservation Conversation:
“Conserving Indigenous Objects and Cultures”
Miriam Clavir, Jim Enote
February 25, 2015

Vernis Martin: French Lacquer of the 18th Century
Françoise and Georges Selz Lectures…
Monika Kopplin
February 24, 2015
Isabella d’Este’s Painted Service by Nicola d’Urbino:
From Creation to Display.
Valerie Taylor
February 23, 2015

Relay and Delay:
Triumphal Processions in the Era of the Post
Shira Brisman
February 4, 2015

The Postdigital Museum
Ross Parry
January 28, 2015
Videoconference Series:
“Technical Art History and Materials…
Erma Hermens
January 26, 2015

Trouble the Water:
Superstorm Sandy and the Preservation of Place
Christopher Mulé
January 21, 2015
Videoconference Series:
“Technical Art History and its…
Georg Josef Dietz
January 12, 2015

Videoconference Series:
Technical Art History: “Damage”
Ivan Gaskell
December 15, 2014
Interchanges, Workshop Dynamics and Material Matters:
The Case of Norman Palermo
Ruggero Longo
December 4, 2014

Turned on by a Touch:
The Light Switch and Everyday Life
Sandy Isenstadt
December 3, 2014
Ransom in the Early Modern Mediterranean
Exchanging Muslim for Christian Captives
Daniel Hershenzon
December 1 – November 10, 2014

From Ancient to Modern, Interdisciplinary…
Paula Hohti, Eva Andersson Strand, Luise Ørsted Brandt, and Miguel Ángel Andrés-Toledo
November 19, 2014

Videoconference Series:
“‘Held up to the light’:…
Marta Ajmar
November 17, 2014
Faith and Fate:
Researching the Occult in Islamic…
Rachel Parikh
November 11, 2014

Fashion and Philosophy, or the…
Anne Kraatz
November 6, 2014

The Spanish Farthingale:
Women, Fashion, and Politics…
Amanda Wunder
November 5, 2014
Technical Art History:
Art and Science, a Marriage Made in Heaven?
Erma Hermens
November 3, 2014

Signal Images:
Art and Telegraphy in Post-Revolutionary France
Richard Taws
October 28, 2014

Unbinding Conservation:
Observations on the Past, Present,…
Alexis Hagadorn
October 27, 2014
Paying for the Sultan’s Pouf:…
Georges Selz Lectures on 18th-…
Clare H. Crowston
October 21, 2014

The Olympic Design Milieu
Jilly Traganou
October 16, 2014
What’s the Big Idea? The…
Graham Beal
October 15, 2014

Staging Aboriginality
Shawn Rowlands
October 14, 2014
Atmosphere and Art: Kulturgeschichte, Period…
The Mr. and Mrs. Raymond…
Kathleen Curran
October 14, 2014

Intimate Heritage:
Recent Trends in Japanese History Museums
Jordan Sand
October 13, 2014

Blending Handwork and Thought:
Henry Wilson’s Designs for Silver
Roisin Inglesby
October 7, 2014

Textiles from the Islamic World…
Barbara Karl
October 6, 2014
Material Culture as the Economic…
Pre-industrial Europe and Global Trade
Francesca Trivellato
October 1, 2014

Conserving Royal Treasures:
Secrets of the Workshop
Yannick Chastang
September 8, 2014

A World View
May 16, 2014
A World View
Andrew Morrall
May 15, 2014

History and Material Culture:…
May 10, 2014
Workshop: History and Material Culture:
World Perspectives, Day 1
May 9, 2014

Case Study in Collaboration:
Conserving Thousands of Lost Medieval Hebrew Manuscripts
Judith Olszowy-Schlanger, Michelle Chesner
April 24, 2014
Material Culture:
The Concept and its Use in Historical Perspective
Nathan Schlanger
April 23, 2014

Symposium: Woven Worlds:
The Social Lives of Andean Textiles
April 14, 2014
The Painted King:
Art, Activism, and Authenticity in Hawai’i
Glenn Wharton
April 9, 2014

Twelfth-Century Architecture as Incipient Globalism:…
Iris Foundation Awards Lecture
Finbarr B. Flood
April 8, 2014
Symposium—Material Reformations
Towards a Material Culture of Protestantism
April 3, 2014

Classical Spies:
American Archaeologists with the OSS…
Susan Heuck Allen
April 2, 2014
Les derniers goûts de France:…
Françoise and Georges Selz Lectures…
Max Tillmann
April 1, 2014

The Material Text in…
March 5, 2014
How To Do Things with…
Françoise and Georges Selz Lectures…
Birgitt Borkopp-Restle
February 25, 2014

Design Futures:
Service Design for Social Innovation
Lara Penin
February 19, 2014
Conserving Relics of the Classical Past:
Civic Bodies and the Preservation…
William Stenhouse
February 12, 2014

The Clark—Next
Michael Conforti
January 29, 2014
A Dutch Mystic in the New World
Reverend Everardus Bogardus (1607-1647) and His Callings
Willem Frijhoff (Early Modern History, Free University, Amsterdam)
January 1, 2014

Object Trauma and Human Narrative
Shannon Dawdy
December 11, 2013
Fowler at Fifty:
Museum Collections and the Challenge of the Contemporary
Marla C. Berns
December 10, 2013

Polychromatic Pleasures
Decorating with Color in Nineteenth-Century France
December 3, 2013 – December 31, 1969
Polychromatic Pleasures:
Decorating with Color in Nineteenth-Century France
Laura Kalba
December 3, 2013

Towards Autonomous Design:
The Ornament Print in the…
Femke Speelberg
November 20, 2013

The Gold of Icons
Robert Nelson
November 13, 2013
“Ghost of Fashion Past:
Material Culture and the Debris…
Giorgio Riello, Sarah Scaturro
November 12, 2013

Symposium—Exhibitions Research Teaching:
The Bard Graduate Center at Twenty
November 8, 2013

On Silver and Time
Allison Stielau
October 8, 2013

Re–presenting William Kent
October 7, 2013
Objects of a Passion:
Exhibiting Fashion and Dress in the Museum
Amy de la Haye
October 2, 2013

The Rembrandt Paradigm” and “Small…
David Bomford, Carlo Ginzburg,
September 10, 2013

Baysunghur’s Garden Party and Other…
Ravi and Seran Trehan…
David Roxburgh
April 30, 2013

Kitchen and Table in Early…
April 29, 2013
Hoentschel in Context
April 19, 2013

Keynote Lecture:
Hoentschel in Context
April 18, 2013
Panel Discussion:
Archaeology and Material Culture
Ian Hodder
April 11, 2013

Digital Pedagogy Material Archives
April 5, 2013

The Gift of Criticism: Paul…
Catherine Whalen
March 19, 2013
Textile Variations
Matilda McQuaid
March 6, 2013

The Double Dream of Things:…
Mr. and Mrs. Raymond…
Karin Roffman
February 27, 2013
Rousseau’s, and Other Relics:
Material Memories in Later Eighteenth-Century Switzerland
Béla Kapossy
February 20, 2013

The New Ashmolean
Christopher Brown
February 13, 2013
Paris—Potsdam—Paris: Gilt Bronzes ‘à la…
Françoise and Georges Selz Lectures…
Tobias Locker
February 12, 2013

The Studio and the Salon:
Artists, Masculinity, and Sociability in…
Daniel Harkett
January 29, 2013

India Ink: Imagery of the…
Imagery of the Subcontinent in Sixteenth-Century Europe
Larry Silver
January 23, 2013

The Ordeals of Substance:
Material Economies of Passion and…
Aden Kumler
December 5, 2012

In Order to Form a…
Mr. and Mrs. Raymond J.…
Laura Wexler
November 28, 2012

Hero and Villain: Lafayette’s Legacies
Françoise and Georges Selz Lectures…
Laura Auricchio
November 27, 2012
Playing with Modernism: Historical Perspectives…
November 16, 2012

The New Chinese Museology:
Shifting Geographies of Power, Development, and Heritage
Michael Rowlands
November 7, 2012
Silks from West and East:
A Study on the Textiles…
Zhao Feng
October 31, 2012

Eating Ice-Cream on the Streets of Naples:
Materiality and Ephemerality in the History of Food
Melissa Calaresu
October 11, 2012
Ethnographic Images in the Late…
Joan-Pau Rubiés
October 10, 2012

Beyond Representation: an Interdisciplinary Approach…
September 27, 2012
Out of Place:
Art and History in Oceania
Nicholas Thomas
May 9, 2012

Object Lab:
Chipstone’s 21st Century Curatorial Initiative
Jonathan Prown
April 25, 2012
Legislating Space and Re-placing God:
Rabbinic Spatiality after the Destruction…
David Kraemer
April 18, 2012

When Fashion Set Sail: Maritime…
The Françoise and Georges Selz…
Kimberly Chrisman-Campbell
April 3, 2012

The Courtauld Wallet:
Metal, Marriage and Mongols in Medieval Mosul
Rachel Ward
March 27, 2012
Textual Threads:
Crafting Ekphrasis in the Iberian Worlds (15th–17th c.)
Alessandra Russo
March 21, 2012

Hats in Motion:
Lecture and “Hatwalk”
Oriole Cullen
March 15, 2012
Iranian Art at the Time…
Sheila Canby
March 14, 2012

Nadir Shah’s Delhi Loot and…
Sussan Babaie
March 13, 2012
Media Walls:
From Mid-Century Domesticity to Smart Home Environments
February 29, 2012

Conversation and Collaboration:
Strategies to Cultivate Meaningful Engagement with Cultural Audiences
February 22, 2012

Earth, Metal, Paper, and Silk:…
Seminar in Comparative Medieval Material…
Andrew Watsky
February 8, 2012
Anthropology of Expeditions: Travel, Visualities, After-Lives
February 2, 2012

Voices of the People in…
Reinhart Meyer-Kalkus
February 1, 2012
The Order of the Third Bird:
Documents and Considerations
D. Graham Burnett, Sal Randolph
January 25, 2012

Cardinal Mazarin: A Great Collector…
Françoise and Georges Selz Lectures…
Isabelle de Conihout
January 24, 2012
An Iconology of the Textile…
Review of a Project at…
January 18, 2012

Khirbet al-Mafjar or Qasr Hisham?…
Tehran Lectures in Islamic Art and Material Culture
Donald Whitcomb
December 13, 2011
The Cisneros Seminar in the…
Women Designers of the 20th…
December 6, 2011

Reading in Public
Ben Katchor
November 16, 2011

Poppea’s Fortune
Ellen Rosand
October 26, 2011

Implements Correspondingly Peculiar: Slavery, Plantation…
The Mr. and Mrs. Raymond…
Seth Rockman
October 19, 2011

On the Making of Holy…
Michele Bacci
October 12, 2011
Beyond the Old Silk Road:
International Influences in Glassmaking in…
Florian Knothe
October 11, 2011

Doris Duke’s Shangri La:
Architecture, Landscape, and the Islamic Arts
October 5, 2011
For the Royal Pleasure:
French Furniture made for the…
Ulrich Leben
October 4, 2011

Being English:
An Exploration of Identity Through…
Chris Gosden
September 21, 2011
How Jesus Celebrated Passover:
Some Early Modern Readings of the Last Supper
Anthony Grafton
September 7, 2011

Florence Knoll:
Textiles as Interior Architecture
Christine Gorby
June 16, 2011

Symposium—Ex Voto:
Votive Images Across Cultures
April 28, 2011

The “Pleasures of Surprise” in…
Françoise and Georges Selz Lectures…
Susan Taylor-Leduc
April 27, 2011
Heritage as Therapy:
The Materiality of Uplift in Post-Apartheid South Africa
April 20, 2011

The Body in the Library:
Structure and the Collection of…
David Hancock
April 13, 2011

The French Room in America
John Harris, OBE
April 7, 2011
The Mahogany Connection: From…
The Mr. and Mrs. Raymond…
Jennifer L. Anderson
April 6, 2011

Symposium—Objects of Exchange:
Social and Material Transformation on…
April 1, 2011
Forms of Distraction:
Towards a Decorative Imagination in Eighteenth-Century France
Mimi Hellman
March 30, 2011

Eyes of the Flaneuse:
Women Photographers and New York City, 1890s-1940s
Mary Woods
March 16–26, 2011

The Crystalline Body: Fragments of…
Paul and Irene Hollister Lectures on Glass
Jeffrey Schnapp
March 2, 2011
Archaeology and Design History
Michael Shanks
February 23, 2011

Needling: Embroidery and Satire in…
Françoise and Georges Selz Lectures…
Melissa Hyde
February 16, 2011
The Artist in the Exchange:
Charles Edenshaw, Master Haida Carver
Margaret Blackman
February 10, 2011

The Materiality of the Brain…
David Freedberg
February 9, 2011
The Warp and Weft of History:
Raphael and Le Brun…
Tristan Weddigen
February 8, 2011

Scholar Zhang Peeks at Yingying:
Pictorial Aspects of Cloisonné and…
Claudia Brown
February 3, 2011
Souvenir Salvage and the Death…
Nicky Gregson
December 8, 2010

The Hand of God and…
Craft and Collaboration at Arnstein Abbey
Jeffrey F. Hamburger
December 1, 2010
From Gilding to Whitewash:
Aesthetics and Ethics of Distraction…
Finbarr Barry Flood
November 17, 2010

A Ducal Inventory in Sixteenth-Century Portugal:
From the Caribbean to China
Nuno Senos
November 10, 2010
Art’s Struggle with Judaism:
Medieval and Early Modern
David Nirenberg
November 3, 2010

Gian Vincenzo Pinelli (1535-1601) and His Library:
Book Collecting and the Republic…
Angela Nuovo
October 27, 2010
Do Objects have Ethnicities?: Race and Material Culture
The Mr. and Mrs. Raymond…
Fath Davis Ruffins
October 20, 2010

The Second Life of Heritage
James Clifford
October 13, 2010
Symposium—The Cisneros Seminar in the…
Rethinking Material Culture from the…
October 12–14, 2010

The Materiality of Style:
The Case of Ivories from…
Marian Feldman
October 6, 2010
Conference—Perspectives on the Liao
September 30 – October 2, 2010

Blogging, Now and Then (in…
Robert Darnton
September 15, 2010
Perspectives on the History of…
Richard Kagan
May 17, 2010

Cosmopolitan Cosmetics:
Shiseido and Early 20th Century Japanese Advertising Design
Gennifer Weisenfeld
April 21, 2010

Symposium—Secondhand Culture:
Waste, Value, and Materiality
April 15–16, 2010
Pacific History from Another Point…
Susanne Kuechler
April 14, 2010

Thinking About Things:
Studying Material Culture and Reading Objects
Margaretta Lovell
April 7, 2010
Public and Private in the…
Alden R. Gordon
March 31, 2010

What Galileo Saw and How:
Glass and its Challenges for…
Sara J. Schechner
March 25, 2010
Writing the History of Polish Jews:
the Case of Emanuel Ringelblum
Samuel D. Kassow
March 17, 2010

Hydraulic Engineering, Emperorship, and Ecology…
Evidence from the Visual Arts
Heping Liu
March 10, 2010
Aby Warburg’s ‘Mnemosyne Atlas’:
The Story of an Unfinished Project
Claudia Wedepohl
February 24, 2010

Managing Transitions in One of…
Paul LeClerc
February 3, 2010

Medieval Reliquaries:
‘Minor Arts’ of Major Importance
Cynthia Hahn
January 27, 2010
Citizenship and Style:
Interwar French and German Homes
Leora Auslander
January 20, 2010

The Artisanal Guitar:
Craft and Community in a Neoliberal Age
Kathryn M. Dudley
December 2, 2009

Tipu Sultan’s Mission to Versailles:…
Meredith Martin
November 18, 2009
Germany in the World, 1600-2000:
Thinking About a New Project
David Blackbourn
November 11, 2009

The Art of Illumination:
The Limbourg Brothers and…
Timothy Husband
November 4, 2009
Inventory and the Poetry of Things
Peter Cole
October 29, 2009

Changing Attitudes Towards Power and Palaces:
Architecture Between Umayyad ‘Desert…
Thomas Leisten
October 28, 2009
Symposium—Dutch New York Between East and West:
The World of Margrieta van Varick
October 19–20, 2009

The English Press and the…
Juliet Fleming (English, New York University)
September 23, 2009

Illuminating Hoentschel
A French Tastemaker and His World
Ulrich Leben
November 30, 1999