Art History Department

The J. Walter Graham Lecture Series

This lecture is named after James Walter Graham (1906–91), who taught ancient Aegean art and architecture in the Department from 1947 until his retirement from teaching in 1967. Graham was an authority in Minoan architecture, and wrote The Palaces of Crete (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1962) which remains a seminal text in the field. He helped establish the University of Toronto as the only Canadian University where doctoral studies in the prehistoric Aegean (Minoan and Mycenaean) could be pursued. The J. Walter Graham lectureship was launched in 1988 by sizeable donations from Mrs. Louise Stone and Mr. James W. Shakely, as well as other departmental alumni.

1991 February 7 Ellen Davis, Queen’s College, City University of New York “Minoan Painting and its Relation to Egypt”
November 7 Andrew Stewart, University of California, Berkeley Cuius tabula nullis postferenda: Heroism, Frustration, Tragedy, and Chance in the Alexander Mosaic
1992 October 29 William L. MacDonald, Smith College “Hadrian’s Villa at Tivoli”
1994 Manfred Bietak, Austrian Academy of Sciences “Recent Discoveries of Frescoes in the Eastern Delta in Egypt, in the City of Avaris, Capital of the Hyksos”
1996 January 30 C. Brian Rose, University of Pennsylvania “Recent Excavations at Greek and Roman Troy”
October 22 Margaret Cool Root, University of Michigan “Persia and the Parthenon: Current Agendas”
1998 January 14 Nanno Marinatos, University of Illinois at Chicago “Sexuality and Power, Aegean and Greek Goddesses in Near Eastern Perspective”
November 24 Sarah P. Morris, University of California, Los Angeles “Imaginary Kings: Rulership in Prehistoric and Early Greece”
2001 March 8 George Bass, Texas A&M University “Bronze Age Aegean Shipwrecks Found Off the Coast of Turkey”
2009 January 12 Ortwin Dally, Secretary General, German Archaeological Institute “The Power of the Roman Emperor: German Classical Archaeology between 1968 and Today”
2010 April 27 Marisa Marthari, KA Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classicial Antiquities, Greece “Excavating and enhancing the EB II Cycladic settlement at the site of Skarkos on Ios”
2013 January 7 Jan Driessen, Université catholique de Louvain, Director, Belgian School at Athens “Ariadne’s Thread: Backtracking the Minoan Palaces”
2018 September 20 Peter Stewart, Director, Classical Art Research Centre, University of Oxford “From Yorkshire to Yingpan: The Global Life of Roman Art”

The Peter H. Brieger Memorial Lecture Series

This lecture series is in honour of Professor Peter H. Brieger (1898–1983). Brieger joined the newly founded University of Toronto Department of Fine Art in 1936, having been stripped of his professorship in Hitler’s Germany. He was a distinguished medievalist specializing in manuscripts of the 12th and 13th centuries. His publications include Art and the Courts: France and England from 1259 to 1328 (Ottawa: National Gallery of Canada, 1972) and English Art, 1216–1307 (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1957). He was a founding president of the Universities’ Art Association of Canada. Brieger became acting head of the Department in 1947 and remained so until 1964. He was replaced by Jens T. Wollesen and Luba Eleen who both instructed Medieval Art. Brieger lecturers have included Barbara Maria Stafford, Linda Dalrymple Henderson, Eric Michaud, Christopher Wood, Ulrich Pfisterer, Jaś Elsner, Thomas E. Crow, and Joseph Leo Koerner.

1984 November 22 Hans Belting, University of Munich, Visiting Professor, Harvard University “The New Role of Narrative in Italian Fourteenth-Century Monumental Painting”
1985 Willibald Sauerländer, Director, Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte, Munich “Stylization and Observation in 13th-Century Art”
Jean Sutherland Boggs, Former Director, National Gallery of Canada “Degas in Normandy”
1987 Egon Verheyen, Johns Hopkins University “Thomas Jefferson and the Moral Functions of Architecture”
1988 March 25 John Shearman , Harvard University “Michaelangelo’s Tombs”
1989 March 13 Lothar Haselberger, Bayerische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität “Didyma: The Planning of a Greek Temple”
1990 March 2 Richard Spear, Oberlin College “Caravaggio in Light of His Lombard Heritage”
1991 March 7 Herbert L. Kessler, Johns Hopkins University “Byzantine Art and the Future Onto which All Christian Gaze”
1992 March 5 Gabriel Weisberg, University of Minnesota “The Constructed Image: Naturalist Painting and Photography”
1993 February 9 Reindert L. Falkenburg, Vice Director, Rijjksbureau voor Kunsthistorische Documentatie, The Hague “Pieter Bruegel: Christ on the Road to Calvary and the Beholder’s Interior Journey”
1994 May 10 Hal N. Opperman, University of Washington, Seattle “François Desportes (1661–1743) and the Modern Landscape”
1995 March 13 Jeffrey Hamburger, Oberlin College “Nuns as Artists in Fifteenth-Century Franconia: Devotional Drawings from the Abbey of St. Walburg in Eichstaett”

May 3–4

The 1st Brieger Symposium in Memory of Robert Deshman


Herbert L. Kessler, Johns Hopkins University “Re-reading the First Bible of Charles the Bald”
Archer St. Clair, Rutgers University “A Workshop on the Palatine? Evidence for Late Antique Bone and Ivory Carving from the Palatine Excavation”
Elizabeth Leesti, University of Toronto “The Munich Codex purpureus and Early Mediaeval Gospels Frontispieces”
Diane Reilly, University of Toronto “Gerard of Cambrai and the Arras Bible: Reform and Resistance”
Jane Rosenthal, Columbia University “St. Margaret’s Gospel-Lectionary: A Book for Private Devotion”
Jeffrey Hamburger, Oberlin College “’For Every Tree Is Known by Its Fruit’: Image and Imitation in the Reception of Seuse’s Exemplar
James Marrow, Princeton University “Art and Experience in Dutch Manuscript Illumination c. 1400: Transcending the Boundaries”
1998 March 25 Thomas E. Crow, Yale University “Can We Write the History of Gaze? Alfred Barr and Jasper Johns”
1999 March 3 Joseph Leo Koerner, Harvard University “The Reformation Image and the Routines of Modern Belief”
2000 March 30 Serge Guibaut, University of British Columbia “Playing ‘Cow-Boys’ and ‘Gaulois’ in 1955 Paris: Breton, Estienne, and the American Cultural Invasion”

November 17–19

The 2nd Brieger Symposium “Millennium-Apocalypse-Utopia”

Various speakers, see Newsletter
2003 March Linda Dalrymple Henderson, The University of Texas at Austin “Recovering Complexity in the 1960s: Robert Smithson, Park Place, and the Fourth Dimension of Space”
2004 January 13 Conrad Rudolph, University of California, Riverside “The Origin of the Gothic Portal and the Systematization of Imagery”
2005 January 24 Jeffrey Muller, Brown University “White Slavery, Brotherhood and Art in Early Modern Antwerp: The Confraternity of the Holy Trinity in the Parish Church of St. Jacob”
2007 November 1 Timon Screech, University of London “The Voyage of the New Year’s Gift: A Cargo of Paintings for Asian Emperors and Kings, Sent from London, 1614”
Barbara Maria Stafford
2012 February 28 Eric Michaud, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris “The Barbarian Invasions and the Racialization of Art History”
March 20 Ulrich Pfisterer, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München “Raphael’s Muse: Erotic Inspiration in the Renaissance”
2013 January 24 Christopher Wood, Yale University “The Uninvited”
October 1 Jaś Elsner, Corpus Christi College, Oxford University, Visiting Professor, University of Chicago “Visual Ontologies: Style, Archaism, and the Construction of the Sacred in the Western Tradition”
2017 September 27 Klaus Krüger, Kunsthistorisches Institut Freie Universität, Berlin “Imaginary Sounds. Painted Visions of Celestial Music”
2018 November 29
Victor Stoichita, Université de Fribourg “The ‘Great Turk’. Gentile Bellini and Mehmet II”
2019 November 14 Paul Vandenbroeck, Illuminare – Centre for the Study of Medieval Art, KU Leuven TBA

The W. Bernard Herman Lecture Series

2015 March 12 Alfreda Murck “Mao Zedong’s Mangoes: The Intersection of Art, Propaganda, and Religion”
2016 October 24 Alessandro Nova, Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz “Leonardo and the Representation of Nature”

Ydessa Hendeles Art Foundation Distinguished Visitor in Fine Art

Ydessa Hendeles, who received her doctorate from the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis, is a curator, philanthropist, and artist. For twenty-five years she presented exhibitions at the Ydessa Hendeles Art Foundation in Toronto that brought together exceptional contemporary art and cultural objects in entirely new ways. After the influential international exhibition, “Partners” at the Haus der Kunst in Munich in 2003, that featured her own installation art, the “Teddy Bear Project,” Ydessa has created exhibitions in New York (“The Wedding” at Andrea Rosen), Berlin (“The Bird that Made the Breeze to Blow” at Johann König), and Marburg (“Marburg! The Early Bird!” at the Marburger Kunstverein). Her almost legendary innovations in curating are easily retrieved from many major reviews and accolades; Art News named her as one of the 50 most influential people in the art world. Her work has opened almost endless conversations about the conditions in which art is made and received, about the social and cultural institutions that form us, and about the freedoms and constraints of the psyche. Hendeles Lecturers have included Georges Didi-Huberman, William Kentridge, Yve-Alain Bois, Michael Fried, Andreas Huyssen, and Yvonne Rainer.

2002 March 6 Yve-Alain Bois “Noncomposition in 20th-Century Art or the Modern Desire to Erase Oneself”
2003 November 21 Michael Fried “Barthes’s Punctum
2006 April 3 Andreas Huyssen, Columbia University “A Modernist after Postmodernism—Guillermo Kuitca, Painter of Space”
2013 September 30 William Kentridge “Second-Hand Reading”
October 10 Georges Didi-Huberman “Image, Lament, and Rage. Pier Paolo Pasolini’s ‘La Rabbia’”
2016 October 27 Yvonne Rainer “What’s So Funny? Laughter and Anger in the Time of the Assassins”

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