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

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

“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

Free Lecture on 2/21

FYI- I’m giving a free lecture on Dutch Art (“Bean Kings and Brawling Priests: Pairing Epiphany and Easter in Baroque Haarlem”) on Feb. 21, at 4 p.m., at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 1123 Washington St., Gloucester, MA. Any donations will go to the ELCA Haiti relief fund. Hope to see folks there! :)

New Book Review Out

For those who might be interested, my latest book review, “Presence in Absence as an Artistic Mode,” Review of M. Mochizuki, “The Netherlandish Image after Iconoclasm, 1566-1672,” Aurora: The Journal of the History of Art, vol. X, was published in November of 2009. My next review for Aurora will come out in November of 2010.  It will cover … Continue reading

Stone Soup Stewardship: A Thanksgiving Tale

Many of you are no doubt familiar with the old story, “Stone Soup.”  In the tale, a group of reluctant villagers eventually create a soup together, bit by bit, in order to help feed some hungry travelers.  In doing so, they learn to open themselves up to the strangers in their midst through the selfless … Continue reading

“Palin-etics”: The Hobby of Palin-watching

Wow.  I can’t believe it’s almost been a year since I wrote an article on Sarah Palin- (September’s Impresaria or Imposter?) and, now surprisingly she’s back in the news cycle with a vengeance  with her same “caribou in the headlights” antics.   When Palin resigned from gubernatorial office on the holiday weekend, pundits and common folk alike pondered what … Continue reading

Upcoming Publication

For those who might be interested, my latest article, “The Wise Man has Two Tongues: Images of The Satyr and the Peasant by Jordaens and Steen,” will appear in Myth in History, History in Myth, volume 182 in Brill’s Studies in Intellectual History series.  It is due out in August of 2009. Here’s the article abstract: “In … Continue reading

Art and Ecumenicity

Today I participated in “Faith in Art”: An Ecumenical Art Retreat.  The retreat was envisioned with the express purpose of bringing together people of diverse faith backgrounds to explore how art channels spirituality in all its forms. We had four speakers with various professions and backgrounds speak on a range of topics: a female icon-painting … Continue reading