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Two lectures are offered by art historians in April at Vassar College.

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY— The Art Department at Vassar College will present lectures by two art historians during the month of April. Both lectures, free and open to the public, will be held in Taylor Hall, Room 203, and are presented as part of the Agnes Rindge Claflin Lecture Series.
 
On Thursday, April 8 at 6:00pm, Yukio Lippit, a specialist in Japanese art, will deliver a lecture titled “Apparition Painting: Inkwork and the Zen Subject Position." His presentation will focus on Sino-Japanese Zen painting.
 
On Thursday, April 22 at 5:00pm, Maryam Ekhtiar, a specialist in Islamic art, will examine the work six artists in a talk entitled “Unspoken Words: Contemporary Women Artists from the Middle East and North Africa.” She will focus on these artists’ use of calligraphy as an expressive means to address issues of socio-political orientation, gender, and cultural identity. This lecture is co-sponsored by the Hispanic Studies Department and the Programs of Africana Studies, International Studies, and Women’s Studies.
 

About the Speakers:

Yukio Lippit is the Harris K. Weston Associate Professor in the Humanities, Department of History of Art and Architecture, Harvard University, where he has taught since 2003. His research interests focus primarily on pre-modern Japanese painting, with a special emphasis on Sino-Japanese painting associated with Zen Buddhism and the various lineages that emerged from it during the medieval and early modern periods. He is the co-author, with Gregory Levine, of Awakenings: Zen Figure Painting in Medieval Japan. His monograph on the official painting system of early modern Japan, Painting of the Realm: The Kano House of Painters in Seventeenth-Century Japan, is forthcoming from University of Washington Press, and Lippit is currently writing a book on Zen Buddhism and Sino-Japanese ink painting. In 2012 he will curate an exhibition on the 18th-century painter Ito Jakuchu at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.
 
Maryam Ekhtiar is a scholar and specialist in the field of later Persian art and culture and Islamic calligraphy. She worked and taught at various museums and universities in the United States, including the Brooklyn Museum of Art, where she served as senior research associate for the exhibition, Royal Persian Paintings: The Qajar Epoch 1785-1925, and as co-editor and a major contributor to the exhibition catalogue. She is currently senior research associate in the Islamic Department of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Her most recent publications include: "Practice Makes Perfect: The Art of Calligraphy Exercises in Iran, 16th Century to Present," Muqarnas 23 (November 2006), and "Revivalism and Eclecticism in later Qajar Calligraphy: The Vesal Family of Shiraz," in Islamic Art in the Nineteenth Century, eds. Doris Behrens-Abouseif and Vernoit Stephen (Brill Publishers, 2006).
 

About the Agnes Rindge Claflin Lecture Series

Past speakers in the Claflin Lecture series include New Yorker art critic Peter Schjeldahl; architect David Childs; art historians Thomas Crow, Stephen Murray, and Yoshiaki Shimizu; and artists Ellen Altfest, Josephine Halvorson, Marc Handleman, Joan Jonas, Ellen King, Karyn Olivier, Charles Simonds, Erica Svec, and Craig Taylor.
 
Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations at Vassar should contact the Office of Campus Activities at (845) 437-5370. Without sufficient notice, appropriate space and/or assistance may not be available. Directions to the Vassar campus are available at www.vassar.edu/directions.

Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential liberal arts college founded in 1861.

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations at Vassar should contact the Office of Campus Activities at (845) 437-5370. Without sufficient notice, appropriate space and/or assistance may not be available. Directions to the Vassar campus are available at www.vassar.edu/directions.
 
Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential liberal arts college founded in 1861.

Posted by Office of Communications Tuesday, March 23, 2010