Jeffrey Collins presented a paper at the conference “Winckelmann et l’oeuvre d’art: Matériaux et types,” held at the Institut national d’histoire de l’art and the Deutsches Forum für Kunstgeschichte in Paris from Nov. 26-27. His paper, “Winckelmann’s Walls: Making Sense of a Lost Art,” revisited the writings of the German scholar Johann Joachim Winckelmann (1717-68) with a focus on ancient painting, rather than sculpture, asking how he integrated painting into innovative historical and aesthetic frameworks despite the total absence of Greek examples from before the period of Roman domination.

Ivan Gaskell
participated in a retreat in Marfa, Texas, hosted by the Chinati Foundation and the Judd Foundation, and organized by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum to discuss its Panza Collection Initiative. At the symposium “Poverty of Sensibility: Art Education in the 21st Century” at the San Francisco Academy of Art, jointly organized with the China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, he presented the keynote address. His article, “Concord Migrations,” has been published in Cultural Heritage, Ethics and Contemporary Migrations, edited by Cornelius Holtorf, Andreas Pantazatos, and Geoffrey Scarre (Routledge, 2018). Another article, “Joining the Club: A Tongan ‘akau in New England,” is appearing in Curatopia: Museums and the Future of Curatorship, edited by Philipp Schorch and Conal McCarthy (Manchester University Press, 2018). He also published the exhibition review, “Phyllida Barlow-tilt” (Hauser & Wirth New York, 22nd Street), in West 86th online.

Meredith Linn
recently presented two talks related to her research about Irish immigrants, illness, and injury in nineteenth-century New York City, one at Columbia University’s Center for Archaeology and another at the American Irish Historical Society.

Andrew Morrall delivered the keynote lecture,“‘To Adorn the Chambers of thy Memory.’ Material Culture and the Formation of Protestant Identity in the Early Modern Home,” in the symposium “Living with God: Materiality and the Lutheran Household in Denmark,” held at Aarhus University, Denmark, on December 6.

Paul Stirton
gave a talk entitled “Metaphysics in Everyday Life” at the Center for Italian Modern Art in New York City, discussing the response to themes of Metaphysical painting in interwar European decorative arts. This event, on November 28, was related to the exhibition Metaphysical Masterpieces 1916-1920: Morandi, Sironi, and Carra.