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Art and Art History Lecture Series

Dr. Kim Richter at Art and Art History Lecture Series

Our Art and Art History Departments bring internationally renowned scholars, artists, gallerists, and curators to campus to discuss their research, scholarship, work, and the process.

Past Lectures


  • Visiting scholar, Dr. John Berninghausen, Professor Emeritus of Chinese at Middlebury College, lectured on "Building Strong Asian Studies at Liberal Arts Colleges: Challenges Past and Present" and "Adventures in Collecting: Paintings by New Literati Artists in Contemporary China."


  • Gender, Grief, and the History of Emotions in Italian Renaissance Art Dr. Heather Graham California State University, Long Beach This presentation explores how images of lamentation over the dead Christ created in 15th– and 16th– century Italy reflected and reinforced contemporaneous ideas about gender and emotional experience. While modeling ideal public mourning, these scenes of collective grief also visually articulate Renaissance medical understanding of the emotions as materially based and gender-specific—that is, they confirm the early modern notion that men and women were psycho-biologically predisposed to different emotional experiences. Lamentation images provide unique insight into the spectrum of emotions that Italian Renaissance people considered appropriate, on the one hand, for men and, on the other, for women.


  • Dr. Kim Richter (Getty Research Institute), lectured on, "Golden Kingdoms: Luxury and Legacy in the Ancient Americas." (Fall 2017)
  • Dr. Elena Fitzpatrick Sifford (Art History, LSU-Baton Rouge), lectured on, "Black Africans in Renaissance Mexico." (Fall 2017)
  • Prof. Ellen Caldwell, Assistant Professor of American Art History, Mt. San Antonio College, lectured on, "Native (Re)presentations: Discussing Colonial Portraits and Contemporary Indigenous Self-Portraits." (Spring 2017)
  • Dr. John Berninghausen, Truscott Professor Emeritus, Middlebury College, lectured on, "Building Strong Asian Studies at Liberal Arts Colleges: Challenges Past and Present." (Fall 2017)


  • Dr. John Berninghausen, Truscott Professor Emeritus, Middlebury College, lectured on, "Adventures in Collecting: Paintings by New Literati Artists in Contemporary China." (Spring 2016)
  • Dr. Carolyn Dean (Art History, UCSD), "'We Eat Gold!': Incommensurability in Colonial Spanish American Visual Culture." (Fall 2016)


  • Dr. Lisa Boutin Vitela, Instructor of Art History at Cerritos College, lectured on "Making 'White Gold': Alchemy and Medici Porcelain Production under Francesco I de' Medici." She will explore porcelain production under the Grand Duke of Tuscany as a reflection of his interests in alchemy and his desire for global knowledge.

  • Dr. Nassar Mansour, master calligrapher, lectured on "The Historical Role of the Muhaqqaq Script in Copying Qur'an Manuscripts." (Fall 2015)
  • Dr. Kenneth Lapatin, Associate Curator of Antiquities, J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, discussed the exhibition, Power and Pathos: Bronze Sculpture of the Hellenistic World, on view at the Getty Center this fall. (Fall 2015)


  • Dr. Lauren Kilroy-Ewbank, Assistant Professor of Latin American Art, City College of New York, Brooklyn (Spring 2014)
  • Ellen C. Caldwell, Arts Writer for New American Paintings and JSTOR Daily, "From Bali to Cali: Writing on Contemporary Balinese Art" (Spring 2014)


  • Dr. Julie Romain, Assistant Curator of South and Southeast Asian Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, "Hindu Temple Art and Architecture: An In-depth Look at a Medieval Indian Royal City" (Fall 2013)
  • J. Patrice Marandel, The Robert H. Ahmanson Chief Curator of European Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, "Caravaggio and His Legacy: from Conception, through Realization, to Reception" (Fall 2013)
  • Dr. Meredith Martin, Associate Professor of Eighteenth and Nineteenth-Century European Art, New York University, "History Repeats Itself in Jean-Léon Gérôme's Reception of the Siamese Ambassadors at Fontainebleau" (Fall 2013)
  • Dr. Amanda Herring, Assistant Professor of Classical Art, Loyola Marymount University (Fall 2013)
  • Catlin Moore and Matthew Gardocki, Mark Moore Gallery, Culver City, "A Conversation on Contemporary Art with Catlin Moore and Matthew Gardocki" (Fall 2013)


  • Dr. Bruce Robertson, Professor of Art History, UC Santa Barbara, "Georgia O'Keeffe and Nature" (Spring 2012)
  • Dr. Kim Richter, Research Specialist to the Director, Getty Research Institute, "The Ancient Huastec; or, the Northern Children of the Plumed Serpent" (Spring 2012)


  • Dr. Nancy Um, Professor of Art History, SUNY Binghamton, "The Legacy of Ottoman Architecture in Yemen: Strategies of Monumentality and Invisibility at the Southern Edge of the Empire" (Fall 2011)
  • Dr. Melody Rod-ari, Assistant Curator South and Southeast Asian Art, Norton Simon Museum, "Origins of the Emerald Buddha and the Legitimation of the Chakravartin" (Fall 2011)
  • Bryan Keene, J. Paul Getty Museum, "Agony in the Garden: Locating Christ's Prayer in Italian Renaissance Painting" (Spring 2011)


  • Dr. Nicholas Hudson, Assistant Professor of Art, UNC Wilmington, "Eat, Drink, and Be Roman: The Changing Identity of Dining in the Roman World" (Fall 2010)
  • Dr. Victoria Lyall, Assistant Curator, Art of the Ancient Americas, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, "Olmec: Rediscovering Mexico's Earliest Civilization" (Fall 2010)
  • Dr. Lauren Grace Kilroy, "Art and Censorship in Colonial Mexico: The Case of the Sacred Heart" (Spring 2010)


  • Dr. Robert Englund, Professor of Assyriology and Sumerology, UCLA, "Tracking and Capturing Ancient Cuneiform Texts: Digital Capture and Permanent Electronic Archiving of Shared World Cultural Heritage" (Fall 2009)
  • Hyonjeong Kim Han, Associate Curator Chinese and Korean Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, "Women, Politics and Art in the Joseon Dynasty" (Fall 2009)
  • Simon Toparovsky, Artist, Our Lady of the Angels Cathedral Crucifix, "Portraying Jesus" (Spring 2009)
  • Dr. Kate Mondloch, Professor, University of Oregon, "Screen Subjects: Thinking Through Screen-Reliant Installation Art" (Spring 2009)


  • Dr. Michael Fuller, Professor of Anthropology, St. Louis Community College at Meramec, "Sacred Symbols and Martyrs at Tell Tuneinir, Syria"
  • Dr. Donald Preziosi, Emeritus Professor of Art History and Critical Theory, UCLA; History Faculty, University of Oxford, "Plato's Dilemma: Art, Religion, and Amnesia"
  • Dr. Maura K. Heyn, Assistant Professor of Classical Studies, UNC Greensboro, "Multifaceted Identities in Roman Syria: The Funerary Sculpture of Palmyra"


  • Dr. Anne Woollett, Associate Curator, Department of Paintings, J. Paul Getty Museum, "A Nimble Hand: Rubens and His Working Method" (Fall 2007)
  • Dr. Marian Feldman, Associate Professor, Department of Near Eastern Studies, UC Berkeley, "Art as a Mediator of International Relations in the Eastern Mediterranean and Near East, 1400 – 1200 BCE" (Fall 2007)
  • Dr. Damon Willick, Assistant Professor of Art History, Loyola Marymount University, "In Search of the Miraculous: Rethinking Contemporary Art Through Spirituality" (Spring 2007)
  • Dr. Jan Bremmer, Professor of Science of Religion and Comparative Religious Studies, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, Holland, "The Mysterious Eleusinian Mysteries" (Spring 2007)
  • Dr. Constance Glenn, Director Emeritus of the University Art Museum, California State University, Long Beach, in conversation with Dr. Michael Zakian, Director of the Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art, "Jim Dine: Some Drawings Some Talk – Observations from Four Decades" (Spring 2007)


  • Dr. Joan Aruz, Curator in Charge, Department of Ancient Near Eastern Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, "The Aegean or the Near East: Another Look at the 'Aigina Master of Animals'" (Fall 2006)
  • Dr. Linda Komaroff, Curator of Islamic Art, Department Head Ancient and Islamic Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, "Collecting and Exhibiting the Middle East in a Post-9/11 World" (Fall 2006)
  • Dr. Jessica Todd Smith, Virginia Steele Scott Curator of American Art, The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, "Beyond the Hudson River: Landscape Paintings by Frederic Church" (Fall 2006)