Please join the American Academy in Rome and the List Visual Arts Center for a discussion between artist Sarah Oppenheimer (2011 Fellow) and Baroque Art specialist Vernon Hyde Minor (2000 Fellow; 2012 Resident). In a talk moderated by AAR President Mark Robbins (1997 Fellow), Oppenheimer and Minor will discuss the play of form in light, from Baroque architecture to contemporary art.
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About the Speakers
Sarah Oppenheimer’s work blurs the boundaries between sculpture and architecture, exploring how space is animated and experienced in order to provide a deeper understanding of architecture as a constructed social environment. Her investigations are particularly relevant within museums, where architecture is used to frame and guide how visitors see and interact both with space and, importantly, the people and objects inhabiting that space. Her work never appears as transient installations but instead as permanent challenges to our perception of our environment. Oppenheimer received a B.A. from Brown University in 1995 and an M.F.A. in painting from Yale University in 1999. Upcoming solo projects include exhibitions at the Pérez Art Museum Miami, the Wexner Center for the Arts, and MASS MoCA. Recent projects include 33-D, at Kunsthaus Baselland; W-12302, an architecturally embedded permanent commission at the Baltimore Museum of Art; and D-33, at P.P.O.W., in New York. In addition to the Rome Prize, she is the recipient of a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Fellowship (2009), a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship (2007), an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Art (2007), and a Rema Hort Mann Foundation Fellowship (2003). Ms. Oppenheimer joined the Yale University faculty in 2003 and was appointed critic in painting/printmaking in 2005.
Vernon Hyde Minor is a specialist in 17th- and 18th-century Italian art. He received his BA (‘68) from Kent State University in English Literature and his MA (‘72) and PhD (‘76) in Art History from University of Kansas. Dr. Hyde Minor is currently a Research Professor/Research Scholar at the University of Illinois, Urbana–Champaign. In 2007 he was named Professor Emeritus, Department of Art and Art History/Department of Comparative Literature and Humanities, University of Colorado at Boulder, where he taught for 30 years. His publications include four books: The Death of the Baroque and the Rhetoric of Good Taste (Cambridge University Press, 2006); Baroque & Rococo: Art & Culture (London: Calmann & King 1999); Passive Tranquility: The Sculpture of Filippo della Valle (Philadelphia: American Philosophical Society, 1997); and Art History’s History (Prentice Hall, 1994 and 2000). Dr. Hyde Minor is a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome and a 2012 Resident. He has also served as the editor of the Memoirs of the American Academy in Rome and served as the Director of the National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar in 2008 at the American Academy in Rome.