Saturday, October 2, 2010

Symposium and Reception to Honor Retiring Art Historian, Former GSAS Dean Dale Kinney

Dale Kinney,
copyright 2010 Bryn Mawr College
Source: Bryn Mawr Now

On Wednesday, Oct. 6, Eugenia Chase Guild Professor in the Humanities Dale Kinney will be honored by current and former students from around the country - including Alicia Walker '94, who will take Kinney's place on the history of art faculty next year - at a daylong symposium in Wyndham's Ely Room. 

As the seminar draws to a close, President Jane McAuliffe will host a reception honoring Kinney, who will retire at the end of the semester. Bryn Mawr students, faculty, and staff are invited to both the symposium and the reception. To attend the symposium, please RSVP to Sarah Bassett ( 

Sarah Bassett, now on the history of art faculty at the University of Indiana, took the lead in organizing the symposium, titled "Gaudeamus Igitur: a symposium in honor of Dale Kinney". 

The title, Bassett says, was inspired by an "academic drinking song, which is known from a 13th-century manuscript that was then written up in more formal form in the 18th century. It means 'Let us rejoice'". 

The range of topics reflects the sweep of Kinney's own erudition. "It is very broad", Bassett says, "from late antiquity to the later middle ages, from the Mediterranean world to northern Europe". 

Kinney arrived to teach at Bryn Mawr in 1972, receiving her Ph.D. in 1975 from New York University. Her research interests include medieval art and architecture from the fourth through 12th centuries, with a focus on Rome. In addition to teaching, Kinney served as the Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences from 2000 to 2008. Kinney has taught on all levels of undergraduate and graduate education, lecturing in introductory courses and facilitating upper-level seminars. She has been recognized for her excellence in teaching by the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching at Bryn Mawr (1984) and the College Art Association's Distinguished Teaching of Art History Award (2002). 

The Conference program follows: 

Opening remarks     9:00-9:15

Session I      9:15-10:30 
Sarah Bassett (Indiana University), PhD 1985, Purple Mountains Majesty: Late Antique Sculptured Porphyry
Gregor Kalas (University of Tennessee), PhD 1999, The Epigraphic Habits of Honorius and the Reuse of Monuments in Late Antique Rome
Elizabeth Bolman (Temple University), PhD 1997, The Tomb of Shenoute of Atripe ? Post-Conservation Evidence at the White Monastery at Sohag, Upper Egypt

10:30-10:45 Coffee

Session II     10:45-12:00
Thelma Thomas (Institute of Fine Arts, New York University), AB 1980, Exemplary Habits: Monastic Dress in Wall Paintings from Late Antique Egypt
Alicia Walker (Washington University in St. Louis), AB 1994, Pseudo-Arabic and the Practice of Pilgrimage at Hosios Loukas
Sharon Gerstel (University of California at Los Angeles), AB 1984, The Exotic Sanctuary: The Case of Hagios Nikolaos, Phountoukli

12:00-1:30 Lunch

Session III     1:30-2:45 
Carol Neuman de Vegvar (Ohio Wesleyan University), AB 1974, A Leg (or Two) to Stand On: Rethinking the Drinking Horn in Norman Ireland
Robin Kim (Bryn Mawr College), current PhD Candidate, Central and Nowhere: The Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Torres del Rio (Navarre, Spain)
Dorothy Shepard (Pratt Institute), PhD 1993, The Demise of the Latin Gospel Book

2:45-3:00 Break

Session IV     3:00-4:45
Benjamin Anderson (Bryn Mawr College and the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, National Gallery of Art), MA 2004, current PhD candidate, The Medrese of Halifet Alp and the Zaviye of Elvan çelebi
Libby Karlinger Escobedo (Aurora University), PhD 2001, Manuscript Books of Hours in the Age of Printing: Artistic Production for the Middle Class in Late Medieval Rouen
Alyce Jordan (Northern Arizona University), PhD 1994, Restoring the Ste. Chapelle: Rationalism, Realism and Relics 
Tina Waldeier Bizzarro (Rosemont College), PhD 1985, 'Blessed Beast, Very Like a Man': Scicli's Cavalcata di San Giuseppe

Closing remarks: 
Dale Kinney, Eugenia Chase Guild Professor in the Humanities, Bryn Mawr College.