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Plan to attend presidential installation, address

The University will install Dr. Carol Cartwright as president at 10 a.m. Jan. 30 in the Lenhart Grand Ballroom of the Bowen-Thompson Student Union. She will then give the State of the University Address, followed by a reception. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. for refreshments

Talk to examine impact of historical memory on art viewers

Dr. Allie Terry, art history, will present “Criminals and Tourists: Prison History and the Museum-Going Public in Florence” next week—an examination of what role historical memory plays in viewers’ responses to beauty.

Her talk, which is free and open to the public, will be held at 1:30 p.m. Jan. 27 in 201 Bowen-Thompson Student Union.

Terry focuses on the 1865 decision to create and house the first National Museum of Italy in the Bargello, a former prison and infamous site of torture in Florence. While the visual arts have always been integral to the material fabric of the institution of the Bargello, the transition from criminal to cultural audiences in the 19th century signals a conscious transformation in the function of the site and the usefulness of the visual experience to further the agenda of the Italian government. Despite the Bargello’s transformation to a cultural institution, violence remained integral to the visual encounter of its audience. The talk questions how the viewing process integrated the violence of the past into an aesthetics of redemption for the present, and examines the role of art and architecture to forge a self-fashioned identity for the new nation-state of Italy.

Terry’s research and teaching focus on visual culture in early modern Italy. Concerned with the performative experience of viewing art and architecture, she has published on topics ranging from political strategies of art patronage to criminal experiences of torture and punishment. Her talk is part of a larger book manuscript, Somaesthetics and the Renaissance: Medieval Torture to Aesthetic Redemption at the Bargello, which she is researching and writing as an Institute for the Study of Culture and Society (ICS) Fellow this semester.

Her talk is part of the Artists and Scholars in Residence Series, organized and operated by the ICS.

January 19, 2009