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Our last scholar-in-residence for the fall semester, Hannah Baader, will join us from Monday, November 29 to Friday, December 3. She will meet with students and faculty, visit a course, and present an informal seminar to the BGC community, in addition to delivering the Lee B. Anderson Memorial Lecture on the Gothic. 

Hannah Baader is Senior Research Fellow and Research Group Leader at the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz, Max-Planck-Institute, where her work focuses on Transregional Art Histories: Spaces, Actors, Ecologies, 1250–1600. She studied art history, law and philosophy in Berlin and Vienna and received her PhD in art history at the Freie Universität Berlin. Before joining the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florence, she was appointed by the Freie Universität Berlin and the Bibliotheca Hertziana in Rome. She was invited as a guest scholar at the Getty Research Institute in 2014 and 2016, and served as Visiting Professor at the University of Heidelberg (Cluster of Excellence “Asia and Europe in a Global Context”) and at the University of Zurich. She obtained grants from the Gerda-Henkel Foundation, the Getty Foundation (Art, Space and Mobility in Early Ages of Globalization, together with Avinoam Shalem and Gerhard Wolf, 2010–2015) and the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Art Histories and Aesthetic Practices, Forum Transregionale Studien Berlin, 2013–2019). Currently, she is head of the 4A_Lab in Berlin, a research and fellowship program of the Max-Planck Institute in Florence in cooperation with the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation.


Community Coffee Hour

Monday, November 29, 4–5 pm
38 West 86th Street, 6th Floor Penthouse

All students, faculty, and staff are invited to meet Hannah Baader. Light refreshments will be served.

The Lee B. Anderson Memorial Lecture on the Gothic
“Eco-Gothic, Titian, and the Crossing of the Red Sea”

Tuesday, November 30, 6–7:30 pm
38 West 86th Street, Lecture Hall

This event will be hybrid in format: hosted in the Lecture Hall for BGC audience members and open to the public via Zoom. Please email to confirm in-person attendance.  

In 1549, an otherwise unknown Venetian printmaker published a large-scale print by the then highly esteemed and demanded painter Titian. The piece must have been a re-edition of a lost first version, developed by the artist approximately thirty years earlier. The woodcut is covering a surface of 290 x 100 cm of paper and therefore has the size of a panel painting. Spreading over several sheets, Titian has represented the biblical theme of the Crossing of the Red Sea. As has been noticed, the main protagonist of this representation are the agitated waters, but the meaning of this artistic choice still needs explanation. The work unfolds a dynamic investigation into divine and naturalized powers, political forces or fears and early ecological thought, calibrated with high artistic skills on the surface of the paper sheets.

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Class Visit

Wednesday, December 1, 9:30 am–12 pm
38 West 86th Street, Seminar Room

Hannah Baader will join “Art and Ecology in the Pre-Modern World” with Professors Caspar Meyer and Ittai Weinryb.

Brown Bag Lunch
“The Alps, Art, and the Ecologies of Others”

Thursday, December 2, 12:15–1:15 pm
38 West 86th Street, Lecture Hall

This event is for BGC audiences only and hybrid in format: hosted in the Lecture Hall and accessible via Zoom. Please complete the Google Form below to RSVP.

By focusing on a single painting by the German artist Caspar David Friedrich and its biography, this seminar will address notions of ecology or nature/culture within art and aesthetic practices in three different chronological moments. The German Romantic painter created the relatively large canvas with an alpine mountain scape at the end of his career. The talk will investigate Friedrich’s interest in alpine formations and geological time. In a second step, the talk will address the history of the painting in the 1930s Berlin and will discuss the concepts of nature connected to it. Finally, it will introduce the work of a contemporary artist working on the Alps in the Anthropocene.

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Upcoming 2021-22 Residencies

Monday, January 31 to Friday, February 4, 2022: Shamil Jeppie

Monday, February 14 to Friday, February 18, 2022: Claudia Swan

Monday, February 28 to Friday, March 4, 2022: Charlotte Vignon

Monday, March 14 to Friday, March 18, 2022: Paul Basu

Monday, March 21 to Friday, March 25, 2022: Lothar von Falkenhausen

Monday, March 28 to Friday, April 1, 2022: Mónica Domínguez Torres

Monday, April 4 to Friday, April 8, 2022: Alison Clarke

Monday, April 11 to Friday, April 15, 2022: Bénédicte Savoy

Monday, April 18 to Friday, April 22, 2022: Carlo Ginzburg