Visual Culture Colloquium

Visual Culture Colloquium


Established in fall of 2008, the Visual Culture Colloquium brings together under one rubric lectures given at the LDSOA which adopt a scholarly approach to the field of art history, broadly conceived. An integral part of the Colloquium are those lectures organized by graduate students in the history of art under the auspices of A.G.A.S., (Association of Graduate Art History Students), to which we now add lectures by our own graduate students and faculty.

Comprised of scholars from universities and museums, both here and abroad, as well as graduate students and faculty from the LDSOA, the Visual Culture Colloquium is conceived as an integral part of graduate education in art history at UGA and is meant to provide a forum for scholarly exchange among interested parties.

Presentations will cover a wide range of subject matter and vary in format from traditional, 20-minute conference papers to more formal, one-hour lectures. All presentations will take place on Thursdays at 5:00 pm in LDSOA Rm. S 150 unless otherwise noted. Receptions may precede or follow some lectures, as indicated on the schedule below.

2010-2011 Visual Culture Colloquium

Upcoming talks (dates to be announced)
Professor Isabelle Wallace

On Rivalry and Retribution: Sacrifice and Ritual in the Art of Paul Pfeiffer

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Georgia officials past due on their tax bills | ajc.com

Pulaski St. Art Crawl

Also see: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Sculpture-Program-The-University-of-Georgia/
Athens, GA (October 8, 2011) - The Georgia Sculptors' Society is hosting The Inaugural Pulaski Street Art Crawl on Saturday, October 8, 2011 from 5:00 P.M. until 9:00 P.M. Pulaski Street artists and businesses are opening their venues to the public to showcase Athens artists. The Pulaski Street Art Crawl will start at ARTini's Art Lounge, culminating at Pints and Paints featuring the Georgia Sculp...tors' Society's Juried Art Exhi...bition. The Pulaski Street Art Crawl is an opportunity for Athens artists, business owners, and patrons to come together and engage in cultural discourse while boosting Athen's respective businesses and art community. Food for the juried show will be provided by Last Resort Grill and The Grit! Admission is free and open to the public.
The Georgia Sculptors' Society's Juried Exhibition will be judged by local bronze and mixed media sculptor, Mary Engel, and local figure sculptor, Kinzey Branham. The public is encouraged to plan their walk down Pulaski Street to arrive at the Leathers Building by approximately 7:00 P.M. for the opening of the Georgia Sculptors' Society's Juried Exhibition. Pints and Paints is located in the Leathers Building (suite 600). Maps of all participating venues will be available at ARTini's Art Lounge located at Broad and Pulaski.

ARTini's Art Lounge, the kick off point, is showcasing Project Safe artwork and will have artists and organizers of Project Safe available to answer questions. Participating venues include ARTini's Art Lounge, Agora, Pain & Wonder Tattoo, Flicker Theatre and Bar, Sunshine Cycles, Ted's Most Best, Revolutions Per Minute, The Grit, Mary Engel's Studio, Stan Mullins' Studio, Gymnopedie, Magic Mountain, Shiraz Fine Food & Gourmet, Plexus, Bellwether Salon, Studio in Athens, Koons Environmental Design, Pints and Paints and more. Please visit Georgia Sculptors' Society's generous sponsors: Pints and Paints, The Grit, Last Resort Grill, and Lowes Home Improvement (Lexington Road).

The Georgia Sculptors' Society is a diverse group of artists organized through UGA's Sculpture Department. We are student run; however, we do have members who are alumni and professional artists. We're not just sculptors, we also have ceramic people, metal smiths, and painters. Our main purpose is to further our education by emerging ourselves in the art world as well as bringing art to the community so they may experience the power of art—the power to engage us in the world in which we live and converse. Members of the Georgia Sculptors' Society are actively involved in the community through hosting events such as this year's Inaugural Pulaski Street Art Crawl on October 8.
It is the very nature of sculptors to get involved and engaged with the community. Larry Millard, the head of UGA's Sculpture Department, often asks new students, "How do you manifest inspiration? How can an artist take a pure idea and manifest it?" Well, sculptors are trained to do this! We build inspiration. What sets us apart is that often sculpture takes a lot of hands to create—it takes a community of artists. One sculptor can't pour molten iron to make art on her own. We all have to work together. It takes excellent management and collaboration skills to be a sculptor. So it's only natural that we, as sculptors, would reach out to our larger community of Athens to collaborate between artists, businesses, and the people of Athens to bring into being The Pulaski Street Art Crawl.
Our vision is for Athens to have a fully engaged community of artists and business owners participating in cultural and art centered events like The Pulaski Street Art Crawl. Atlanta has their First Thursdays where galleries stay open late for art walkers. But we are Athens! We can do this even better. Let's not just engage with artists and galleries, but lets have a bigger vision. A vision where artists come together with businesses, non-profits, and the community. One of the ways we can do this is through a monthly Athen's Art Crawl where businesses and organizations are just as involved as the galleries and artists. The Railroad Art District of Pulaski Street is the perfect starting point in manifesting this vision. It can be what SoHo was to New York in the 1970s—on a mini scale.

Valerie Mathews
Sculptor. Painter. Pilot. Poet.
President,  Georgia Sculptors' Society.
Event Organizer, The Pulaski Street Art Crawl--October 8.
Gallery Director, Art Land Gallery


Caregiver – Aging – Resources Expo

Sponsored by Athens Senior Resources Network
Tuesday, October 18, 3pm - 7pm
Oconee County Civic Center

"Caregiver – Aging – Resources – Expo
Join us to learn more about:
Aging in Place Technology – Assisted Living Facilities – Disability Aids – Elder Referral / Placement – Financial Services – Home Health Care and In-Home Care – Home Accessibility / Modification / Mobility Hospice & Palliative Care – Hospitals & Nursing Homes – Medical Equipment /Healthcare Products – Medication Resource information & much more"



9/11 Artifact Delivered to Oconee County

Rose of Athens Theatre's AS YOU LIKE IT 2011

North Georgia Folk Festival

27th Annual North Georgia Folk Festival, September 24 at Sandy Creek Park, north of Athens. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for students and kids free. 10 bands playing from 11:30 until 9:00. Music Workshops, food. The night before (Friday Sept 23) is the Acoustic Jam and Contradance at Memorial Park (Athens). 7:30 until about 11:00. Hope y'all can come! Details at http://www.athensfolk.org


Blueprint: School rallies to help family || OnlineAthens.com

Blueprint: School rallies to help family || OnlineAthens.com

Athens Weather Blog

If you've not seen this blog, you might check it out http://athensgaweather.blogspot.com/
It's run by a UGA grad (B.S. in Geography) and former intern with the National Weather Service at Peachtree City, GA.Very interesting & informative.  You can also get weather updates via Twitter, too.


On rivalry and retribution (lecture)

rIsabelle Loring Wallace
VCC Lectures
Lecture: October 3rd, 2011, 5:00 PM


Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, Morning after the Deluge, Fragment of a Crucifixion: if Paul Pfeiffer’s titles are any indication, his is an art deeply engaged with Judeo-Christian narratives. But to what end, these thematics and the analogies they engender? Indeed, what do game shows and athletes have to with crucifixions and apocalypses? And what might it mean to align contemporary culture with these biblical narratives and themes?

Drawing on the work of literary critic RenĂ© Girard, this paper considers the work of Paul Pfeiffer with an eye to these questions, arguing that Pfeiffer establishes compelling parallels between various biblical narratives and aspects of contemporary-culture as defined (and dominated) by technology’s omniscient and all-seeing eyes. Fleshing out the comparison Pfeiffer seems to make between the vengeful eye of an all-seeing, Old Testament God and our own culture’s relentless surveillance by mass and new media, I suggest that Pfeiffer also aligns various biblical sacrifices – namely, the Old Testament sacrifice of the word by flood, and subsequently, in the New Testament, the sacrifice of Jesus by God – with the contemporary sacrifice of the world (or more accurately, reality) by new technologies that have radically restructured our relation to both time and space. Arguing that Pfeiffer thus sets the stage for a new interpretation of new media, I suggest that he treats new media as an enactment of dynamics at the very heart of the Judeo- Christian tradition, perhaps for the purpose of decatheting the primal trauma described therein.


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