Save the date (4/6/16): Leadership Panel/Speak Out on the State of Higher Ed.

Save the date! Leadership Panel/Speak Out on the State of Higher Ed. Wed., April 6 at 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM MassART Kennedy Building, 621 Huntington Avenue, Boston Let’s explore how we can lead Higher Education to a higher road. Co-sponsored by Simmons AAUP and SEIU Local 509. _____ Here’s the proposed panel lineup (still … Continue reading

“Jordaens and the Antique” Exhibition, Brussels

Fabulous news! I’m cited 4 times in the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium “Jordaens and the Antique”  exhibition catalogue. WOOT! Just wish I’d been tapped to do some writing and/or presenting at the Kassel and Brussels’ symposia. ;) If you’re in Brussels between now and 1/27/2013 please visit the show and fill me in. Wish I … Continue reading

CFP: “Marginalized Bodies: Studies in Deformities and Disabilities in Early Modern Art”

Call for Papers for an anthology:  “Marginalized Bodies: Studies in Deformities and Disabilities in Early Modern Art” To be considered for the project, kindly submit a 500 word abstract to Sandra Cheng (, Kimberlee A. Cloutier-Blazzard (, and Lilian H. Zirpolo (, along with a short CV, by September 15, 2012. —————– Deformities and disabilities … Continue reading

Open Inquiry Archive, Vol. 1, No. 3

Hot off the presses! Open Inquiry Archive, Issue 3 –Vol. 1 No. 3: “Leonardo’s Legacy: A Defense of the Educational Value of Perceptual Drawing in an Increasingly Postmodern World” by Brian Curtis. FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Open Inquiry Archive, Vol. 1, Nos. 1&2

Hot off the presses! Open Inquiry Archive Vol. 1 –Vol. 1 No. 1: “Merchants, Missionaries and the Allure of India: Speculations on Cross-Cultural Contact and Artistic Exchange in the Middle Ages” by Robin O’Bryan. –Vol. 1 No. 2: “One Flesh… Two (Wise) Fools: Evidence for Artistic Collaboration Between Judith Leyster and Jan Miense Molenaer in Four … Continue reading

Open Inquiry Archive

Here is some information about my latest (tantalizing) online collaborative project: Open Inquiry Archive. Open Inquiry Archive is an independent online project established for the purpose of publishing scholarly occasional papers on topics related to culture, broadly construed. At OIA we are interested in publishing papers on culture and the arts, and especially pieces that may cross disciplinary boundaries, … Continue reading

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

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

Publication Updates

As an FYI: the publication date for Aurora, volume XI has been pushed back to 12/2010. Also, the title of the book in which my article “Bean Kings and Brawling Priests: Pairing Epiphany and Easter in Baroque Haarlem” will appear has been changed to: Parody and Festivity in Early Modern Art. Be on the lookout … Continue reading

“Le Baroque en Flandres” Exhibition, Paris

If you’re in Paris between Feb. 16 and May 07, 2010 be sure to stop by the École Nationale Supérieure de Beaux Arts for the drawing show “Le Baroque en Flandres: Rubens, Van Dyck, Jordaens.” “The show exhibits original works on paper by several of the most prestigious 17th-century artists: Peter-Paul Rubens, Anthony Van Dyck … Continue reading