Department of the History of Art and Architecture Events

To limit the spread of COVID-19, some events are being held remotely. If you have questions about a specific event, please contact the event organizer or see the event description in the UO Calendar.

May 17
Sculpture at the Basilica of St. Paul in Rome: A Digital Approach to 1,600 Years of History 5:30 p.m.

Since its construction as the principal shrine to its namesake, the Basilica of St. Paul in Rome has been embellished with numerous sculptures. Such works are integral to the...
Sculpture at the Basilica of St. Paul in Rome: A Digital Approach to 1,600 Years of History
May 17
5:30–7:00 p.m.
McKenzie Hall 229

Since its construction as the principal shrine to its namesake, the Basilica of St. Paul in Rome has been embellished with numerous sculptures. Such works are integral to the function and significance of the church. This presentation will deploy an array of digital tools such as modeling, photogrammetric scanning, and virtual reality to visualize and analyze a selection of sculptures spanning over 1,600 years.

Nicola (Nick) Camerlenghi is Associate Professor at Dartmouth College where he teaches and researches early Christian and medieval architecture with a focus on the city of Rome. He is particularly invested in approaching these topics through digital tools, such as virtual reality, augmented reality, GIS mapping, 3D modeling, photogrammetry, and laser scanning. 

May 18
Sean Burrus: “Making Jewish Place and Marking Jewish Space: Jewish Art at Rome, Beit Shearim, and Dura Europos” 10:00 a.m.

Sean Burrus is the Interim Curator and Andrew W. Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art and the Co-director of the NWxNE project, a digital initiative....
Sean Burrus: “Making Jewish Place and Marking Jewish Space: Jewish Art at Rome, Beit Shearim, and Dura Europos”
May 18
10:00 a.m.

Sean Burrus is the Interim Curator and Andrew W. Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art and the Co-director of the NWxNE project, a digital initiative. He specializes in the art of the ancient Mediterranean, with a secondary focus on global contemporary art and themes of migration and global connectivities. He served as the Bothmer Fellow at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in the Department of Greek and Roman Art and as a Fellow at the Frankel Institute for Advanced Jewish Studies at the University of Michigan.

This lecture is sponsored by a Sherl K. Coleman-Margaret E. Guitteau Professorship in the Humanities from the Oregon Humanities Center and is part of the Spring 2022 Ancient Jewish Art and Architecture Lecture Series.

Registration for this lecture is required to receive the Zoom link: Register here.

May 18
"The Empress Pepper Pot From the Hoxne Hoard: Cultural Interaction in a Late Roman Artifact" noon

Jon Kerr, PhD student at the College of Design at the University of Oregon, will give a talk on "The Empress Pepper Pot From the Hoxne Hoard: Cultural Interaction in a Late...
"The Empress Pepper Pot From the Hoxne Hoard: Cultural Interaction in a Late Roman Artifact"
May 18
noon
This is a virtual event.

Jon Kerr, PhD student at the College of Design at the University of Oregon, will give a talk on "The Empress Pepper Pot From the Hoxne Hoard: Cultural Interaction in a Late Roman Artifact."

Zoom: https://uoregon.zoom.us/j/99393882200?pwd=bjNEUXUzNzlqemlWbWMyaURuY1I3QT09

May 19
Lewis Watts: “Faces and Places in the Diaspora” 4:00 p.m.

University of Oregon Spring 2022 Visiting Artist Lecture Series Presented by the Department of Art and Center for Art Research, co-sponsored by the Jordan...
Lewis Watts: “Faces and Places in the Diaspora”
May 19
4:00 p.m.

University of Oregon Spring 2022 Visiting Artist Lecture Series Presented by the Department of Art and Center for Art Research, co-sponsored by the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art where Watt's current exhibition "Likeness or Not: Reflections from the African Diaspora" is currently on view.

Lectures will be in Lawrence Hall, Room 177, 1190 Franklin Boulevard, Eugene, OR 97403 and will also live stream on the UO IS Media Services YouTube.

 

“I will show and talk about the thrust of my photography practice over the last fifty years. I have primarily been very interested in the culture, history, and migration of people in the African American Diaspora. This comes from my roots as the offspring of southern born parents who came west as part of the Great Migration of the Twentieth Century. My work has traced evidence of that journey in the landscape, the culture, belief, artifacts and faces of those who moved. I have also documented the source and roots of that migration, having photographed in the south, as well as in other destination in the west and north. This research has recently expanded to tracing patterns of culture and migration of the diaspora in Europe and Africa. I have also collected artifacts and historical literature as the vehicles that mark these journeys.” – Lewis Watts, 2022

Lewis Watts is a photographer, archivist, curator, and Professor Emeritus of Art at UC Santa Cruz. His research and artwork centers around the “cultural landscape” primarily in communities in the African Diaspora in different parts of the world. He is the co- author of “Harlem of the West: The San Francisco Fillmore Jazz Era” Heyday Books Berkeley 2020, “New Orleans Suite: Music and Culture in Transition” UC Press 2013 and “Portraits” EditionOne Press Berkeley 2020. His work has been exhibited at and/or is in the collections of The Zimmerli Museum, Rutgers University, Staatiche Kunstammiunger, Dresden Germany, Autograph London, The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, The Oakland Museum of California, The Amistad Center for Art and Culture, Hartford, Conn, and The McEvoy Foundation, San Francisco among others. He is affiliated with the Rena Bransten Gallery San Francisco.

May 20
Aalto | Light : the 2022 Reynolds Symposium - Day 1 6:00 p.m.

The year 2020 marked the 50th anniversary of the completion of Alvar Aalto’s Library at Mount Angel Abbey. After postponing this event due to the coronavirus, we will be...
Aalto | Light : the 2022 Reynolds Symposium - Day 1
May 20
6:00–9:00 p.m.
Nordic Northwest Great Hall

The year 2020 marked the 50th anniversary of the completion of Alvar Aalto’s Library at Mount Angel Abbey. After postponing this event due to the coronavirus, we will be celebrating this milestone and honoring the beautiful and impactful ways that Aalto made daylighting an integral part of his designs. Please join us for the 2022 Reynolds Symposium: Aalto : Light, in Portland and at the library in Mt. Angel, Oregon, May 20-21, 2022.

The Finnish architect, Alvar Aalto, has been named “a master of light.” His architecture is among the most well-regarded of the mid-twentieth century for his innovative use of daylight, which was an integral part of his architectural language. While the majority of his built work is in Finland and northern Europe, two of his buildings are located in the United States; in Cambridge, Massachusetts, at MIT and in Oregon, at Mt. Angel Abbey. During his career, Aalto designed 10 libraries, and a number of reading spaces within other buildings, spanning from Viipuri Library, in Vyborg Russia in 1935 to Mt. Angel Library in1970. Arguably the Mt Angel Library is his best, and it is certainly most sophisticated in terms of its luminous design.

The Mt. Angel Library has recently undergone repairs of its skylight and is once again in pristine condition. In celebration of this anniversary and to celebrate the role that this magnificently daylighted building has played in the lives of architecture students and faculty at the University of Oregon, and beyond, the 4th John Reynolds Symposium will focus on Aalto and light in architecture.

The symposium will launch on Friday with an evening keynote and reception in Portland at Nordic Northwest, and run the full day on Saturday at the Mount Angel Abbey Library, Mt Angel, Oregon.

Friday’s keynote speakers:

Sirkkaliisa Jetsonen and Jari Jetsonen

The Jetsonen’s have collaborated on numerous books and exhibitions on the architecture of Aalto. Their most recent book, Alvar Aalto Libraries, published in 2018 covers all of Aalto’s libraries and other book spaces such as the Academic Bookstore in Helsinki. Sirkkaliisa is an architect who teaches at Aalto University and Washington University. She works at the Finnish National Board of Antiquities. Jari is a photographer specializing in architectural works.

 

This School of Architecture & Environment event is sponsored by Nordic Northwest, the College of Design's Scandinavian Design Fund and the Department of Architecture Reynolds Symposium Fund.

 

May 21
Aalto | Light : the 2022 Reynolds Symposium - Day 2 9:30 a.m.

The year 2020 marked the 50th anniversary of the completion of Alvar Aalto’s Library at Mount Angel Abbey. After postponing this event due to the coronavirus,  we will...
Aalto | Light : the 2022 Reynolds Symposium - Day 2
May 21
9:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Mount Angel Abbey LIbrary Library Auditorium

The year 2020 marked the 50th anniversary of the completion of Alvar Aalto’s Library at Mount Angel Abbey. After postponing this event due to the coronavirus,  we will be celebrating this milestone and honoring the beautiful and impactful ways that Aalto made daylighting an integral part of his designs. Please join us for the 2022 Reynolds Symposium: Aalto : Light, in Portland and at the library in Mt. Angel, Oregon, May 20-21, 2022.

The Finnish architect, Alvar Aalto, has been named “a master of light.” His architecture is among the most well-regarded of the mid-twentieth century for his innovative use of daylight, which was an integral part of his architectural language. While the majority of his built work is in Finland and northern Europe, two of his buildings are located in the United States; in Cambridge, Massachusetts, at MIT and in Oregon, at Mt. Angel Abbey. During his career, Aalto designed 10 libraries, and a number of reading spaces within other buildings, spanning from Viipuri Library, in Vyborg Russia in 1935 to Mt. Angel Library in1970. Arguably the Mt Angel Library is his best, and it is certainly most sophisticated in terms of its luminous design.

The Mt. Angel Library has recently undergone repairs of its skylight and is once again in pristine condition. In celebration of this anniversary and to celebrate the role that this magnificently daylighted building has played in the lives of architecture students and faculty at the University of Oregon, and beyond, the 4th John Reynolds Symposium will focus on Aalto and light in architecture.

The Symposium will launch on Friday with an evening keynote and reception in Portland at Nordic Northwest, and run the full day on Saturday at the Mount Angel Abbey Library, Mt Angel, Oregon.

 

Saturday Speakers:

Juhani Pallasmaa

Professor Pallasmaa is one of Finland’s foremost architects and architectural theorists. He has taught at numerous universities in Finland and in the US. He has authored two dozen books and over 300 essays in 30 languages. He has frequently written on and lectured about the work of Alvar Aalto.

 

Tommi Lindh

Architect Tommi Lindh is the managing director of the Alvar Aalto Foundation. Prior to this he served as architect and keeper of antiquities at the Finnish National Board of Antiquities from 1998 to 2010. He has also had his own architectural practice.

 

William C. Miller

 

Prof. Wiliam “Bill” Miller is a graduate of the University of Oregon. He had a forty-plus year career as an architect and educator at three institutions—the University of Arizona, Kansas State University, and the University of Utah. He is also an internationally published scholar on the architecture of Aalto and other Nordic architects. His most recent publication is Nordic Modernism: Scandinavian Architecture 1890-2017.  

Barbara Erwine

Barbara Erwine is an architectural consultant, educator, researcher and writer. Combining her early technical background as an analytical chemist with a mid-career switch to architecture, her design work celebrates the integration of passive design strategies with architectural place-making. Barbara's early focus on the use of natural light in buildings expanded to incorporate the wide range of sustainable design strategies as this fledgling field emerged in the early 1980's. She is the author of Creating Sensory Spaces: the Architecture of the Invisible.  

Kent Duffy

Kent Duffy, FAIA, is an award-winning architect highly regarded for his innovations in sustainable design. He is a consulting principal at SRG Partnership in Portland Oregon. He received his BArch from University of Oregon. He was the project lead on the design of Annunciation Hall at Mt. Angel Abbey. He has collaborated with UO’s ESBL on a number of daylighted and passively conditioned buildings in the Northwest.  

Brian Morin

Dr. Brian Morin, is Library Director at Mt Angel Abbey Library. He will speak about his experiences with the building.  

Abbot Jeremy Driscoll

Abbot Jeremy is the 12th abbot of Mount Angel Abbey. He has taught theology at the seminary there and in Rome. He is the author of a number of books on theology. He has been a long time user of the library at Mount Angel, having been there during its construction.

 

This School of Architecture & Environment event is sponsored by Nordic Northwest, the College of Design"s Scandinavian Design Fund, and the Department of Architecture's Reynolds Symposium Fund.

May 27
Haseltine Lecture: "Beauty and the Pact of Aliveness" 4:00 p.m.

Dr. Elaine Scarry is the Walter M. Cabot Professor of Aesthetics and General Theory of Value in English at Harvard University. The lecture will be on "Beauty and the Pact...
Haseltine Lecture: "Beauty and the Pact of Aliveness"
May 27
4:00–5:30 p.m.
This is a virtual event.

Dr. Elaine Scarry is the Walter M. Cabot Professor of Aesthetics and General Theory of Value in English at Harvard University.

The lecture will be on "Beauty and the Pact of Aliveness."

Zoom: https://uoregon.zoom.us/j/91312821197

Jun 3
“Particulate Matters: on Air, Art, and Justice” noon

Work-in-Progress talk with Emily Eliza Scott, Environmental Studies and History of Art and Architecture, and 2021–22 OHC Faculty Research Fellow. This chapter of my...
“Particulate Matters: on Air, Art, and Justice”
June 3
noon

Work-in-Progress talk with Emily Eliza Scott, Environmental Studies and History of Art and Architecture, and 2021–22 OHC Faculty Research Fellow.

This chapter of my monograph, Uneven Geology: Notes from the Field of Contemporary Art, examines art about air pollution, including the asymmetrical nature of its production, distribution, and effects. More broadly, the book—at the intersection of contemporary art history, critical geography, environmental humanities, and Anthropocene studies—explores art and design practices that track environmental violence as it is writ into land, air, and water. It asks how aesthetic practices help make largely invisible processes more sensible and legible, even while t

Jun 13
College of Design Commencement Ceremony 4:00 p.m.

Join us for the 2022 College of Design Commencement Ceremony on the Knight Library South Lawn (also known as Southwest Campus Green). College of Design Commencement details are...
College of Design Commencement Ceremony
June 13
4:00 p.m.
Southwest Campus Green South Lawn (Southwest Campus Green)

Join us for the 2022 College of Design Commencement Ceremony on the Knight Library South Lawn (also known as Southwest Campus Green).

College of Design Commencement details are available on the College of Design website.

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