Alan C. Braddock
Ralph H. Wark Associate Professor of Art History and
American Studies at the College of William & Mary Braddock
Thursday, November 2, 2017
4:30 pm - College Hall 110
Co-sponsored by History of Art, the Class of 1902 Lecture Fund, the Department of Philosophy, the 3600 Program, the Department of English, and the Center for Peace and Global Citizenship at Haverford College
This talk will explore the evolving language and operations of ecocriticism in art history, in hopes of fostering interdisciplinary inquiry and conversation about a rapidly emerging interpretive mode across multiple fields in the "humanities." Complementing analogous recent scholarship in other disciplines, ecocriticism in art history expands traditional interpretation by considering the manifold environmental implications of creative visual work in any context. In general, ecocriticism dramatically expands the meaning and parameters of context in cultural interpretation. Not limited to the history of landscape representation or conventional ideas about “nature,” ecocritical art history engages a range of media and genres with questions about materiality, form, iconography, affect, and the politics of environmental justice, among other things. Ecocritical art history also challenges humanist assumptions about agency and the centrality of our species even as it reframes modernity in light of the Anthropocene.
SPRING 2017"Steering the Barnes Foundation into the 21st Century"
Deputy Director for Collections & Exhibitions, Barnes Foundation
Tuesday, April 4
4:30 - 6:00 pm
College Hall 110
Sylvie Patry will share her expertise on French Impressionists and her experience as Deputy Director for Collections and Exhibitions, and Gund Family Chief Curator at the Barnes Foundation.
Monday, March 27
SGA House- Cambrian Row
FRENCH AND FRANCOPHONE FILM SERIES
All movie viewings will take place at 7:00 p.m. in College Hall 110,
Bryn Mawr College on the following FRIDAYS:
“LE GRAND VOYAGE”
Le Grand Voyage is a 2004 film written and directed by Ismaël Ferroukhi. A few weeks before his college entrance exams, Réda, a young man who lives in the south of France, finds himself obligated to drive his father to Mecca. The wide cultural and generational gap between the two is worsened by their lack of communication. Réda finds it hard to accommodate his father, who demands respect for himself and his pilgrimage. From France, through Italy, Serbia, Turkey, Syria, Jordan to Saudi Arabia, the two embark on a road trip that will change their lives forever.
“LES ENFANTS DU PARADIS”
Les Enfants du Paradis, released as Children of Paradise in North America, is a 1945 French film directed by Marcel Carné. It was made during the German occupation of France during World War II. Set among the Parisian theatre scene of the 1820s and 1830s, it tells the story of a beautiful courtesan, Garance, and the four men who love her in their own ways: a mime artist, an actor, a criminal and an aristocrat.
La Pirogue is a 2012 Senegalese drama film directed by Moussa Toure. The Pirogue, largely takes place within a crowded boat (the title refers to a flat-bottomed vessel common in Western Africa).Baye Laye is the captain and like many of his Senegalese compatriots, he sometimes dreams of new horizons, where he can earn a better living for his family. When he is offered to lead one of the many pirogues that head towards Europe via the Canary Island, he reluctantly accepts the job, knowing full-well the dangers that lie ahead. Leading a group of 30 men who don't all speak the same language, some of whom have never seen the sea, Baye Laye will confront many perils in order to reach the distant coasts of Europe
Fatima is a 2015 French film directed by Philippe Faucon. Fatima lives on her own with two daughters to support: 15-year old Souad, a teenager in revolt, and 18-year old Nesrine, who is starting medical school. Fatima speaks French poorly and is constantly frustrated by her daily interactions with her daughters. Her pride and joy, they are also a source of worry. To ensure the best possible future for them, she works odd hours as a cleaning woman. One day, she takes a fall on the stairs. On leave, Fatima begins to write to her daughters in Arabic that which she has never been able to express in French.
Holy Motors is a 2012 French-German fantasy drama film written and directed by Leos Carax. Inspired by the filmmaker’s fascination with the after hours life of stretch limousines, Denis Lavant plays Monsieur Oscar who, over the course of a single day, takes on 10 other guises, ranging from a gangster and ageing millionaire to a troubled parent and anarchic tramp. Including a few unexpected cameos, Holy Motors is the rarest of things – a true original.
Tomboy is a 2011 French film directed by Céline Sciamma. Tomboy tells the story of 10-year-old Laure who moves to the suburbs and decides to pass as a boy amongst the pack of neighborhood kids. As Michaël she catches the attention of leader of the pack Lisa, who becomes smitten with her. At home with her parents and younger sister Jeanne, she is Laure; while hanging out with her new pals and girlfriend, she is Michaël. Finding resourceful ways to hide her true self, Laure takes advantage of her new identity, as if the end of the summer would never reveal her unsettling secret.