Ivan Gaskell at a former canoe landing on Rapa Nui, Easter Island, standing in front of an ahu (platform) with moai (sculpted stone figures) against the sky.

Ivan Gaskell gave a paper, “Portraiture Portrayed,” at the symposium, The Philosophy of Portraits held at the University of Maryland, College Park, in April. Later in the month, he presented the keynote lecture, “How I Learned What I Learned,” at the symposium Historia Dialoga: Un Encuentro Interdisciplinario, and served as the respondent at the colloquium, Material Culture, both at the Instituto de Historia, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago. He then traveled to Rapa Nui (Easter Island) for research on cultural heritage repatriation, preservation, and interpretation.

In May, he gave a paper, “The Savage, the Primitive, and ‘that ultra-primitive directness of vision,’” at the symposium, Primitivism Before/Beyond Modernism at Ithaca College. As part of the quadrennial conference of the Historians of Netherlandish Art in Ghent, Belgium, he gave a paper, “‘On this stone and near this spot…’: William’s First Footstep in England,” in the session he organized and chaired, “Ruled by an Orange: Or, Just How Glorious was the Glorious Revolution?” He is currently at his annual residence as a permanent fellow at the Lichtenberg-Kolleg (Advanced Study Institute in the Humanities and Social Sciences) of the Georg-August University, Göttingen, Germany.

Freya Hartzell is participating in an NEH Summer Institute, “Culture in the Cold War: East German Art, Music and Film,” at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, this summer. She is collaborating with a group of international scholars from a variety of disciplines to further develop her book project on modernism and transparency, as well as a new Bard Graduate Center course on East German design and material culture.

Deborah Krohn joined Yotam Ottolenghi in “Feast of Versailles” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art where they discussed the history of dessert through the lens of Versailles and joined in a tasting of seventeenth-century-inspired desserts created by some of the world’s best pastry chefs. The event, held in conjunction with the museum’s exhibition, Visitors to Versailles (1682–1789), is featured in Food and Wine magazine.

Elizabeth Simpson
’s long-awaited Festschrift for Oscar White Muscarella, The Adventure of the Illustrious Scholar (Brill 2018), was published in June. The contents of the volume can be found at the Brill website and feature articles by forty-seven scholars, including five Bard Graduate Center current and former students: Meredith Nelson, Einav Zamir Dembin, Rachael Dealy Salisbury, Ana Gutierrez-Folch, and Emily Field. BGC students Heather Jane McCormick and Sybil Johnson contributed to the editing of the book.