First Annual Distinguished Lecture in Art History: Thomas Crow
Rosalie Solow Professor of Modern Art
New York University
"Modern Time, Classical Time, and Cosmic Time in the Progress of Théodore Géricault"
Tuesday, October 24, 6:30-8pm
Welcome reception 5:30-6:30
About the series:
The University of Houston School of Art Program in Art History is proud to present the first Annual Distinguished Lecture in Art History, featuring Thomas Crow. This annual event and hallmark of the fall semester brings to the UH campus an art historian of the highest international reputation whose research has had a broad impact on the field of art history. In addition to a public lecture, Dr. Crow will lead a private seminar with UH graduate students.
About the lecture:
From the moment of his journey to Rome in 1816, the young outsider Theodore Géricault underwent rapid, dramatic transformations as an artist, under both the stimulus of ancient remains and the charged intensity of Roman daily life. He was accompanied in this odyssey by his lesser-known contemporary Antoine Jean-Baptiste Thomas, whose startlingly vivid and sociologically sophisticated depictions of the city remain almost unknown. On Géricault's return journey to Paris in 1817, he witnessed scenes of climate-induced privation and distress that haunted his fraught progress toward The Raft of the Medusa.
About the speaker:
Dr. Thomas Crow is the Rosalie Solow Professor of Modern Art and Associate Provost for the Arts at New York University. A contributing editor of Artforum magazine, Crow has authored two influential studies of eighteenth-century French painting: “Painters and Public Life in Eighteenth-Century Paris” (1985) and “Emulation: Making Artists for Revolutionary France” (1995). Subsequent publications, including “The Rise of the Sixties: American and European Art in the Era of Dissent” and the essay collection “Modern Art in the Common Culture” (both 1996), examine the later twentieth century, while “The Intelligence of Art” (1999) analyses specific moments in the history of art. Crow's more recent texts focus on single artists, including Gordon Matta-Clark (2003), and Robert Smithson (2004). His most recent books include “The Long March of Pop: Art, Design, and Music, 1930-1995,” published by Yale University Press in 2015, and “No Idols: The Missing Theology of Art,” which includes a study of the Rothko Chapel, published in 2017.
Crow has received numerous honors throughout his career, including the Eric Mitchell Prize for the best first book in the history of art (1986), the Charles Rufus Morey Prize of the College Art Association (1987) and a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship (1988-1989). He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Recently, he was the recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellowship (2014-2015) and spent the fall of 2014 as a Michael Holly Fellow at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. Before his appointment at the Institute of Fine Arts, Crow was director of the Getty Research Institute, professor of art history at the University of Southern California, the Robert Lehman Professor of the History of Art at Yale University, and professor and chair in the history of art at the University of Sussex.