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Fall 2014 Events and Programs

Fine Arts Faculty Lecture: Katherine Bentz, Ph.D.

"Movement and Viewer Experience in the Italian Renaissance Garden"
Thursday October 2 at 4:30 p.m. *

Fresh from her sabbatical year as the 2013-14 Russ H. Kress Fellow at the renowned Villa I Tatti in Florence, Italy, Professor Katherine M. Bentz will share her latest research for her book project, which focuses on the sumptuous villa gardens built by cardinals in late sixteenth-century Rome. Her research investigates the motives behind garden construction within the religious, political, and social contexts of the Counter-Reformation, and the influence of visitor perception upon garden layout and the formation of identity for garden owners. In this lecture, she will discuss the sixteenth-century medical advice, design strategies, and social practices fueling the development of a culture of walking in gardens.

Special Guest Lecturer Paul Elie

Thursday October 16 at 4:00 p.m.

Paul Elie, senior fellow with the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs at Georgetown University and director of the American Pilgrimage Project, will present his lecture "The Art of Transcendence in the Age of Technology." Mr. Elie's lecture compares transcendence as seen through literature and religious faith with transcendence seen through religious music and technology. He is the author of The Life You Save May Be Your Own: An American Pilgrimage and Reinventing Bach. The lecture is presented by The Norwin S. and Elizabeth N. Bean Foundation Distinguished Lecturer Series and the Chapel Art Center's Conversations in Art Lecture Series.

This lecture will be held at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics Auditorium, Saint Anselm College.
Reception to follow at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics.

Director's Tour

Saturday October 25 at 1:30 p.m.

Iain MacLellan, O.S.B., director of the Chapel Art Center, will lead a guided tour providing an intimate look at the exhibition Reverie: Realizing a Collection. This first installation of a year-long exhibition, held in honor of Saint Anselm College's 125th anniversary, provides a view to the college's rich artistic legacy. Fr. Iain's tour will include new insights on the permanent collection with a focus on important recent acquisitions. This public tour is presented in conjunction with Saint Anselm College's Family Weekend.

Fine Arts Faculty Lecture: Karen Hillson, Ph.D.

Thursday November 6 at 4:30 p.m.*

Professor Karen Hillson will present her lecture "Eugène Delacroix and the Modernist Ethos" to discuss the topic of how Eugène Delacroix appears as a model for the ideal avant-garde artist. Though ardently admired by Manet, Degas, Cézanne, Matisse and others, his place in the Modernist pantheon has never been adequately explained. This lecture will look to reveal how Delacroix embodied tenets of the Modernist ethos.

Curator's Lunchtime Gallery Talk

Thursday November 13 at 12:30 p.m.

Maggie Dimock, Assistant Curator for the Chapel Art Center, will present an illustrated gallery talk "The Chapel Art Center Murals in Context" discussing the symbolism and historical significance of the elaborate murals by Fr. Raphael Pfisterer decorating the upper walls and vaulted ceiling of the gallery. This talk will detail recent research into the mural program's creation between 1927 and 1931 proceeding as part of an investigation into restoring and cleaning the mural decorations.

Special Guest Conservator Gianfranco Pocobene

Thursday November 20 at 4:00 p.m.

The Chapel Art Center welcomes Gianfranco Pocobene, John L. and Susan K. Gardner Chief Conservator at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, to present a lecture "Mural Restoration Projects in Copley Square," reflecting on treatment and aesthetic decisions made while restoring mural programs by John Singer Sargent at the Boston Public Library and John La Farge at Trinity Church. Mr. Pocobene will relate this work to current conservation research into Father Raphael Pfisterer's wall and ceiling murals at the Chapel Art Center.

*These lectures are part of the Fine Arts Series, a collaboration between the Chapel Art Center and the Fine Arts Department.