Art History Students Selected for Bruce Museum Symposia

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Student Art Historians to Speak at Bruce Museum, shown above. Top row, left to right: Michele Frederick, Isabella Lores-Chavez, Denise Giannino. Second row, left to right: Julia Vazquez, Eleanor Goerss. Bottom row, left to right: Maggie Law, Rachel Johnson, Sebastián Morales

The next generation of art historians will be at the Bruce Museum in Greenwich to show off their research for a pair of inaugural student symposia.

“These symposia constitute a new and exciting chapter in the long history of education at the Bruce,” said says Dr. Peter Sutton, executive director of the Bruce Museum. “For the first time we will be able to share the research of emerging scholars with the public, offering a glimpse at the thinking of tomorrow’s art historians.”

Eight student speakers have been selected from prestigious art history programs to present their research at the museum. Doctoral students will present on Feb. 7 and undergraduates will have their chance on Feb. 21. Both events run from noon to 4:00pm and are open to the public.

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Student art historians to speak at Bruce Museum February 7 and 21 for new student symposia entitled Baroque Brilliance. Students will present research on the art and culture of seventeenth-century Europe to complement the Museum’s current exhibition Northern Baroque Splendor. The HOHENBUCHAU COLLECTION from: LIECHTENSTEIN. The Princely Collections, Vienna. Shown here and now on view at the Bruce: Joos de Momper (1564-1635), Jan Brueghel the Elder (1568-1625) A Hermit before a Grotto (A Mountainous Landscape with Pilgrims at a Chapel in a Grotto), Oil on panel, 56 x 80 cm, HOHENBUCHAU COLLECTION, on Permanent Loan to LIECHTENSTEIN.The Princely Collections, Vienna. Contributed image

The museum invited students to submit research on the art and culture of 17th-century Europe to complement the current exhibition “Northern Baroque Splendor: The Hohenbuchau Collection from Liechtenstein the Princely Collections, Vienna.”

Submissions were judged by a panel consisting of Sutton, organizer of Northern Baroque Splendor; Deputy Director Susan Ball; and Tara Contractor, the museum’s Samuel H. Kress Interpretive Fellow.

“These student symposia – our first ever – are a platform for tomorrow’s art historians to share ongoing research and to engage in conversation with the general public,” Ball said. “We certainly want to support young scholars, and this is a great way for us to do that while continuing the Bruce’s longstanding tradition of bringing the latest thinking in both art and science to Greenwich.”

The selected students will present on a variety of topics, from Italian Baroque painting to city planning in the 17th-century Netherlands.

Lisa Rafanelli, professor of art history at Manhattanville College, will moderate the Feb. 7 graduate symposium, while Marsely Kehoe, lecturer and Mellon postdoctoral fellow at Columbia University, will moderate the Feb. 21 undergraduate symposium.

Each symposium will begin with light refreshments and open galleries. Then each speaker will deliver a 20- to 30-minute presentation on their research. Each day will conclude with a moderated session where speakers will answer questions from the audience.

The symposia will be held in the Bruce Museum’s Bantle Lecture Gallery and are open to the public free with museum admission. Museum admission will be waived for members, students, and educators with ID. Reservations are strongly recommended.

More information on the Bruce Museum website or call (203) 869-0376.

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