On Friday, October 18th, 2013, a public symposium titled “Ways of Seeing Byzantium” will take place in the West Building Lecture Hall. Below is a tentative schedule:
2:00: Welcome, Faya Causey, head of academic programs, National Gallery of Art
2:05-2:30: Ways of Seeing Byzantium, an Introduction, William Tronzo, visiting faculty, University of California, San Diego
2:30-3:05: In the Divine Mirror: Phenomenology and Aesthetics of Byzantine Art, Bissera Pentcheva, associate professor of art and art history, Stanford University
3:20-3:55: Heaven in Earth: Exhibiting the Metaphysics of Matter, Glenn Peers, professor of art and art history, University of Texas, Austin
3:55-4:30: Beautiful Bodies: Personal Adornment and Byzantine Aesthetics, Then and Now, Alicia Walker, assistant professor of the history of art, Bryn Mawr College
4:30-5:00: Q&A Session
Later on Friday afternoon, the study day will follow with discussion in the Heaven and Earth exhibition galleries after public hours from 5:00-7:00pm. Dinner will follow at the Gallery. On Saturday, October 19th, starting at 9:45 am, we will continue discussion in the Byzantine galleries at Dumbarton Oaks before the museum opens to the public. Byzantine textiles will be on view exclusively for study day participants and discussion will also include Bzyantine works in the permanent collection galleries. Lunch will be served at 12:15 pm at Dumbarton Oaks.
Participation in the study day will be limited to 35 people. We expect that there will be more people interested in attending than can be accommodated. If you wish to attend, please email Ben Masri-Cohen (firstname.lastname@example.org) before Friday, October 4, 2013 to register and ensure a place in the program. Please be certain to include your professional title and preferred email address.