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04/23/2019 06:00 PM ISAW Lecture Hall

Beyond Meaning

The Form, Substance, Color and Pattern of Shang Things

Roderick Campbell

The mesmerizing yet enigmatic zoomorphic motifs found on Shang and Western Zhou bronze ritual vessels have captivated the imaginations of generations of scholars and generated interminable debates as to their meaning (or lack thereof). Less often appreciated is the fact that these ancient Chinese bronzes were only part of larger assemblages of ritual paraphernalia or tomb offering and their décor was an instantiation of a wider visual culture. Even more radically, I would argue that they are but one manifestation of an alternative, relational ontology of representation and being. I will use the concept of skeumorphy to open a window into the sets of relations between representations and things at the Shang capital in the last centuries of the 2nd millennium BCE, proceeding through the play of form, substance, ornament and writing across of an array of Shang material culture.
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04/28/2019 07:30 PM Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Avenue, New York City

Reid Bartelme and Harriet Jung Design Dialogues

(with Works & Process at the Guggenheim)

Inspired by Hymn to Apollo: The Ancient World and the Ballets Russes, which is the first exhibition to focus specifically on the role of ancient world in the work of the Ballet Russes, costume designers Reid Bartelme and Harriet Jung will use original Ballets Russes costumes and designs as their point of departure for this Works & Process costume and dance commission. Please register via the Guggenheim Museum website.
04/29/2019 07:30 PM Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Avenue, New York City

Reid Bartelme and Harriet Jung Design Dialogues

(with Works & Process at the Guggenheim)

Inspired by Hymn to Apollo: The Ancient World and the Ballets Russes, which is the first exhibition to focus specifically on the role of ancient world in the work of the Ballet Russes, costume designers Reid Bartelme and Harriet Jung will use original Ballets Russes costumes and designs as their point of departure for this Works & Process costume and dance commission. Please register via the Guggenheim Museum website.
04/30/2019 06:00 PM ISAW Lecture Hall
05/01/2019 11:30 AM

Exhibition Gallery Talk: Object Histories

Kate Justement

Part of a series of lunchtime gallery talks: Wednesdays, March 6–May 29,11:30–11:50am Join us in the galleries for a 20-minute in-depth discussion of a single object from Hymn to Apollo: The Ancient World and the Ballets Russes. In this brief lunchtime talk, participants will engage in a guided conversation exploring the specific history, iconography, and manufacture of one of the objects on view in our current exhibition. Each weekly gallery talk will feature a different object presented by one of the Exhibitions staff, and visitors are welcome to return for a fresh conversation each week. This week, our Object History will be presented by Kate Justement, the Exhibitions Graduate Assistant at ISAW. Registration is not required.
05/03/2019 09:00 AM ISAW Lecture Hall
Painting of a man in a small boat in open water with waves.

Mediterranean and Caribbean: Island Populations and Migrations

NYU-PSL Global Alliance - Insularities: An Interdisciplinary Diachronic Investigation, Workshop V

Conference organized by Joan Breton Connelly (NYU, Dept. of Classics), Francois de Polignac (École Pratique des Hautes Études) and Antonis Kotsonas (NYU, ISAW)

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05/04/2019 01:00 PM ISAW

Sketching from Models: Exhibition Event

Joan Chiverton

Illustrator and teaching artist Joan Chiverton leads an afternoon of figure drawing in conjunction with Hymn to Apollo. Participants will develop their sketching skills and discover new ways of seeing as they draw live models in poses inspired by images of dancers depicted in ancient artifacts and modern performances by the Ballets Russes.
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05/09/2019 06:00 PM ISAW

Dance as Reverie: Ancient Preludes to a Modern Idea

Anastasia-Erasmia Peponi

That the visual experience of ballet performance resembles dreams has been a particularly popular idea in modern times, repeatedly stated in influential nineteenth- century ballet criticism, such as that of Théophile Gautier and Stéphane Mallarmé. This talk will explore the cognitive and broader aesthetic implications of this exciting notion and will trace similar approaches to dance in Greek and Greco-Roman antiquity.
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