Tomás Harris Visiting Professorship Lectures

The 2013-2014 lectures will be given by Michael Gaudio on Tuesday 20th May and Thursday 22nd May, 2014, 6pm - 8pm.

20 May 2014

Speaking Pictures: From Thomas Edison to Theodor de Bry
Archaeology Lecture Theatre, room G6
22 May 2014

Frans Post's Silent Landscapes
Pearson Lecture Theatre, room G22 North East Entrance

Tomas Harris Lecture 2014

When Erasmus praised Albrecht Dürer for depicting “the whole mind of man as it shines forth from the appearance of the body, and almost the very voice,” he was responding to an aural dimension of Renaissance naturalism.  Whether they were reaching toward the presence of the human voice, or seeking to hold nature still and silent before the beholder’s eye, early modern artists were informed by an aural imagination.  These lectures consider the work of two artists, Theodor de Bry and Frans Post, whose depictions of life and landscape in the New World sound the gap between vision and voice. In doing so they open a space for reflection upon difference.

Recent lectures in the series

  • 2012-2013: Rachel Haidu (University of Rochester): "How to Teach a Sculptor: Artur Żmijewski, Grzegorz Kowalski, Oskar Hansen, Katarzyna Kobro", and "‘Black is a Color’: Steve McQueen, James Coleman, Black Audio Film Collective" Poster for the event
  • 2011-2012: John David Rhodes (University of Sussex): "Narrative Cinema and Domestic Architecture: The Spectacle of Property", and "Hollywood, City of Bungalows" Poster for the event
  • 2010-2011: Hanneke Grootenboer (University of Oxford): "An Overlooked Episode of Vision's History: Eighteenth-Century Eye Portraits", and "Treasuring the Gaze: Portraiture's Intimate Vision"  Poster for the event
  • 2009-10: Dr Richard Taws (McGill University, Montreal): "Time, Media and the French Revolution"
  • 2008-09: Dr Claire Bishop (The Graduate Center, CUNY): "The Social Turn in Contemporary Art"
  • 2007: Professor Michael Cole (University of Pennsylvania): "Urbanism as Exorcism at the End of the Renaissance"
  • 2006: Professor David Joselit (Yale University): "Feedback: Art and Politics in the Television Era"