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11/15/2018 06:00 PM ISAW Galleries
Photograph of Wendy Yothers

Exhibition Gallery Talk: Ancient Silversmithing and Modern Practice

Wendy Yothers

The Berthouville Treasure showcases the sophisticated silversmithing technologies employed by ancient artisans to create sumptuous silver sculpture and vessels. Found by chance in the 19th century, this collection has recently undergone extensive conservation and study using modern imaging technologies that revealed new information about the practice of individual artists and that of workshops in Gaul and Rome. Although silversmithing has evolved from how it was practiced in antiquity, much remains startlingly the same. Please join silversmith Wendy Yothers for a gallery conversation about the materials and processes used in ancient silversmithing and how Roman techniques compare with present-day metalworking practices.
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11/21/2018 12:00 PM ISAW Galleries

Exhibition Gallery Talk: Object Histories

Clare Fitzgerald and Rachel Herschman

Join us in the galleries for a 20 minute in-depth discussion of a single object from Devotion and Decadence: The Berthouville Treasure and Roman Luxury. Every Wednesday from October 17 - December 19 we will focus on one object and explore its specific history, iconography, and manufacture in this brief lunchtime talk. Each discussion will feature a different object and visitors are welcome to return for a fresh conversation each week. Clare Fitzgerald is Associate Director for Exhibitions and Gallery Curator, and Rachel Herschman is Curatorial Assistant, both at ISAW.
11/28/2018 12:00 PM ISAW Galleries

Exhibition Gallery Talk: Object Histories

Clare Fitzgerald and Rachel Herschman

Join us in the galleries for a 20 minute in-depth discussion of a single object from Devotion and Decadence: The Berthouville Treasure and Roman Luxury. Every Wednesday from October 17 - December 19 we will focus on one object and explore its specific history, iconography, and manufacture in this brief lunchtime talk. Each discussion will feature a different object and visitors are welcome to return for a fresh conversation each week. Clare Fitzgerald is Associate Director for Exhibitions and Gallery Curator, and Rachel Herschman is Curatorial Assistant, both at ISAW.
11/29/2018 06:00 PM ISAW Lecture Hall
Photograph of Kenneth Lapatin

Exhibition Lecture: A Roman Temple Treasure

The Berthouville Silver and Its Contexts

Kenneth Lapatin

Discovered accidentally by a farmer in rural Normandy in 1830, the spectacular hoard of gilt silver statuettes and exquisitely crafted vessels known as the Berthouville Treasure was originally dedicated to the Gallo-Roman god Mercury. After four years of painstaking conservation by Getty Museum conservators, viewers can now appreciate the splendor of these artifacts and the insights they provide about ancient art, religion, technology, and cultural exchange. This lecture explores those topics, and more, offering a fresh look at these rare survivals of ancient Roman metal work.
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12/04/2018 06:00 PM ISAW Lecture Hall

Site Under Construction

A Century of Monuments at Thuburbo Maius, Tunisia

J. Andrew Dufton

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12/05/2018 12:00 PM ISAW Galleries

Exhibition Gallery Talk: Object Histories

Clare Fitzgerald and Rachel Herschman

Join us in the galleries for a 20 minute in-depth discussion of a single object from Devotion and Decadence: The Berthouville Treasure and Roman Luxury. Every Wednesday from October 17 - December 19 we will focus on one object and explore its specific history, iconography, and manufacture in this brief lunchtime talk. Each discussion will feature a different object and visitors are welcome to return for a fresh conversation each week. Clare Fitzgerald is Associate Director for Exhibitions and Gallery Curator, and Rachel Herschman is Curatorial Assistant, both at ISAW.
12/06/2018 06:00 PM ISAW Lecture Hall

Exhibition Panel Conversation: The Berthouville Treasure and the Gallo-Roman World

Art, Literature, and Cultural History

The Berthouville Treasure, the largest and best-preserved hoard of silver from the ancient world, presents an exceptional opportunity to consider different aspects of life and culture in the Roman Empire. This panel-style conversation about art, literature, and cultural history will contextualize the Berthouville Treasure within a broader framework of Gallo-Roman and Roman antiquity. Please join art historian Francesco de Angelis (Columbia University), literary scholar James Uden (Boston University), and cultural historian Andrew Johnston (Yale University) in a conversation moderated by Associate Director of Exhibitions and Gallery Curator Clare Fitzgerald (ISAW.)
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12/12/2018 12:00 PM ISAW Galleries

Exhibition Gallery Talk: Object Histories

Clare Fitzgerald and Rachel Herschman

Join us in the galleries for a 20 minute in-depth discussion of a single object from Devotion and Decadence: The Berthouville Treasure and Roman Luxury. Every Wednesday from October 17 - December 19 we will focus on one object and explore its specific history, iconography, and manufacture in this brief lunchtime talk. Each discussion will feature a different object and visitors are welcome to return for a fresh conversation each week. Clare Fitzgerald is Associate Director for Exhibitions and Gallery Curator, and Rachel Herschman is Curatorial Assistant, both at ISAW.
12/14/2018 09:00 AM ISAW Lecture Hall
Composite photo showing cyclists at tree-lined New York City intersection and the archaeological remains of an ancient building in Tunisia.

The Archaeology of Neighborhood Life: Concepts, Communities, and Change

Conference organized by J. Andrew Dufton (ISAW) and Katherine Harrington (Florida State University)

The neighborhood offers rich ground to explore the social life of the ancient city—an intermediate unit of study, smaller than issues of top-down urban planning or state action but larger than the intimate details of the household. Yet despite this potential, the archaeology and history of neighborhoods remains underappreciated. This conference takes full advantage of a growing number of scholars interested in the communal and cultural aspects of city districts. Thematic topics include the conceptual and methodological implications of the neighborhood, its role in community formation, and its relevance in understanding long-term urban developments. Conference speakers, drawn from diverse departments with research in disparate regions and periods, all share a commitment to understanding and comparing neighborhoods. Their work relies not solely on quantification but on social foundations, not only on big data but also on close, comprehensive readings of the dynamic sphere of daily interaction among city residents. The interdisciplinary exchange and dialogue created by this event will set an exciting new research agenda for future studies on the archaeology of neighborhood life.
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12/15/2018 04:00 PM ISAW Galleries
Photograph of Wendy Yothers

Exhibition Gallery Talk: Ancient Silversmithing and Modern Practice

Wendy Yothers

The Berthouville Treasure showcases the sophisticated silversmithing technologies employed by ancient artisans to create sumptuous silver sculpture and vessels. Found by chance in the 19th century, this collection has recently undergone extensive conservation and study using modern imaging technologies that revealed new information about the practice of individual artists and that of workshops in Gaul and Rome. Although silvermithing has evolved from how it was practiced in antiquity, much remains startlingly the same. Please join silversmith Wendy Yothers for a gallery conversation about the materials and processes used in ancient silversmithing and how Roman techniques compare with present-day metalworking practices.
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12/19/2018 12:00 PM ISAW Galleries

Exhibition Gallery Talk: Object Histories

Clare Fitzgerald and Rachel Herschman

Join us in the galleries for a 20 minute in-depth discussion of a single object from Devotion and Decadence: The Berthouville Treasure and Roman Luxury. Every Wednesday from October 17 - December 19 we will focus on one object and explore its specific history, iconography, and manufacture in this brief lunchtime talk. Each discussion will feature a different object and visitors are welcome to return for a fresh conversation each week. Clare Fitzgerald is Associate Director for Exhibitions and Gallery Curator, and Rachel Herschman is Curatorial Assistant, both at ISAW.
01/05/2019 09:00 AM ISAW Galleries
Photograph of Joan Chiverton

Exhibition Gallery Event: Sketch Morning

Joan Chiverton

Please join illustrator and teaching artist Joan Chiverton for a morning of sketching in the galleries in conjunction with the exhibition Devotion and Decadence. Develop your drawing skills and discover a new way of seeing as you sketch Roman silver masterpieces and other ancient luxury objects. Following a brief introduction and tutorial, Ms. Chiverton will circulate the galleries and provide individual coaching, if desired. All skill levels are welcome, from beginner to advanced. Participants should bring their own drawing pad or paper with a board. Gallery specific pencils will be provided by ISAW. For conservation reasons pens, pastels, charcoal, and paints need to be kept at home.
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