Deconstructing Feminine Civility

Here’s the abstract to the talk that I’m delivering at the Renaissance Society of America Annual Conference, Washington, DC, in March 2012.  It will be part of the session “Playing with Convention: Humor and the Early Modern Portrait,” that I am co-organizing with Sandra Cheng. Deconstructing Feminine Civility: Counter-Portraits of Élite Women by Jan Steen Early modern … Continue reading

Cindy Sherman Article Cited

First drafted as a job talk in 2004 (no, I didn’t get the job), and later reworked so as to not let my hard work go to waste, my 2007 article on Cindy Sherman’s “History Portraits” continues to have a life of its own. MetroPictures, Sherman’s home gallery, found it when it first came out … Continue reading

CFP RSA 2012 – “Playing with Convention: Humor and the Early Modern Portrait”

Announcing a Call for Papers—May 20, 2011 Deadline Renaissance Society of America Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, 22-24 March 2012 “Playing with Convention: Humor and the Early Modern Portrait” We seek paper proposals on works that appear to manipulate the conventions of portraiture.  In particular, we are interested in visual representations that exploit strategies of irony, comedy, … Continue reading

Bean Kings, the Fantasy Interior and More…

I have three exciting announcements! :) My article, “The Elephant in the Living Room: Jan Steen’s Fantasy Interior as Parodic Portrait of the Schouten Family,” appears in Aurora: Journal of the History of Art, vol. XI [12/2010].  You can also find “Enchanting the Intellect and the Eye,” my review of A. Georgievska-Shine’s book, Rubens and the Archaeology … Continue reading

Upcoming Publications

I have two contributions in Aurora: The Journal of the History of Art, vol. XI, to be published in November of 2010. First, my article “The Elephant in the Living Room: Jan Steen’s Fantasy Interior as Parodic Portrait of the Schoutens.” Here’s a synopsis: The Dutch painter Jan Steen (ca. 1626–79) is well known for his topsy-turvy comic … Continue reading

Defining Community Through Laughter

Along with a dear colleague, Sandra Cheng, I am co-chairing two sessions at the upcoming Renaissance Society of America annual meeting in beautiful Venice, Italy.  Our sessions are on Friday, April 9 at the Fondazione Giorgio Cini on Isola San Giorgio Maggiore. Professor David Levine will be serving as our respondent, facilitating wide-ranging fruitful discussions … Continue reading