2017 Art History Seminar to Examine 19th Century British and American Landscapes

Art History seminar brochure coverCIC is pleased to announce the eighth Teaching European Art in Context faculty seminar: “Landscape and Identity in Britain and the United States (1770–1914).” The 2017 workshop for faculty members who teach art history will be held July 24–28 at the newly renovated Yale Center for British Art in New Haven, Connecticut.

Landscape became an increasingly powerful artistic medium during the “long 19th century” and reached a pinnacle of achievement on the canvases of painters such as Thomas Gainsborough, J.M.W. Turner, John Constable, Thomas Cole, and Frederic Church. The week-long program will explore British and American landscape painting in a global context. Participant will explore with the workshop facilitators a range of texts—by artists, writers, philosophers, and scientists from the period—to examine the cultural, historical, and aesthetic construction of landscape paintings in the 19th century. Each day, participants will spend significant time with major works of art in the unrivalled collections of British landscape paintings, drawings, and prints at the Yale Center for British Art.

Tim Barringer, Paul Mellon Professor of the History of Art at Yale University and chair of the department, will lead the seminar. His books include Reading the Pre-Raphaelites (1999; new edition 2012) and Men at Work: Art and Labour in Victorian Britain (2005). With colleagues he co-authored American Sublime and co-edited Art and the British Empire, Writing the Pre-Raphaelites, Art and Emancipation in Jamaica, and Colonialism and the Object. Currently, Barringer is completing the book, Broken Pastoral: Art and Music in Britain, Gothic Revival to Punk Rock. In 2009, he was Slade Professor of the History of Art at the University of Cambridge.

Up to 25 full-time faculty members who teach art history and whose institutions are CIC members will be selected by competitive nomination; the nomination deadline is January 23, 2017. The seminar fee and participants’ lodging, books, and most meals will be covered by the generous support for this seminar series from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation. Participants or their institutions are only responsible for covering the cost of transportation to and from the seminar, although some funds are available to those who would otherwise be unable to participate in the seminar.

The nomination form and further information is available online. For questions about the seminar or the nomination process, contact Stephen Gibson, CIC director of programs, at (202) 466-7230 or sgibson@cic.nche.edu.