Alba Collection Symposium Dec. 4

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Alba Collection Symposium Dec. 4

Join us for a public symposium at the Meadows Museum that will bring together established and emerging scholars for discussion and debate on a selection of masterpieces from the collection of the Alba family.
The morning session will be devoted to three keynote lectures that will narrate a story of the life and afterlife of the Alba collection, and raise broader questions about parallel collections throughout Europe. The first lecture will examine the dispersal of the Alba collection in the nineteenth century, the second will investigate the political appropriation of the collection during the Spanish Civil War, and the third will address conservation issues pertaining to specific objects. The afternoon session will take place in the exhibition galleries, where eight speakers will present “object biographies,” unfolding the stories of individual works on view in the exhibition. A break for lunch will follow the morning session, and the symposium will close with a reception for attendees.
This symposium is co-organized by the Meadows Museum and the Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History at The University of Texas at Dallas.

Morning Session – Bob and Jean Smith Auditorium

9:00 – 9:30 a.m. 

Coffee and informal viewing of the exhibition

Treasures from the House of Alba: 500 Years of Art and Collecting

9:30 – 9:40 a.m. – OPENING REMARKS
Mark Roglán (Linda P. and William A. Custard Director of the Meadows Museum and Centennial Chair in the Meadows School of the Arts, SMU)
Richard Brettell (Director, Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History, UTD)
9:40 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.LECTURES
9:40 – 10:20 a.m.
Richard Brettell (O’Donnell Institute, UTD)
The Alba Collection Paris Sale: Spanish Art, Tapestries, and French Taste in the early Third Republic
10:25 – 11:05 a.m.
Miriam Basilio (Assoc. Professor of Art History and Museum Studies, New York University)
“Museums for the People”: The Alba Collection and Debates about Cultural Property during the Spanish Civil War
11:10 a.m. – 11:50 p.m.
Rafael Alonso (Conservator, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid)
Preserving the Legacy of the House of Alba in the Twentieth Century

12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
Break for Lunch and informal viewing of the exhibition Treasures from the House of Alba: 500 Years of Art and Collecting

Afternoon Session – Jake and Nancy Hamon Galleries

1:30 – 3:10 p.m. – OBJECT BIOGRAPHIES 
1:30 – 1:50 p.m.
Shira Lander (Professor of Practice & Director of Jewish Studies, SMU)
Rabbi Mosé Arrajel and School of Toledo, Alba Family Bible, 1430
1:55 – 2:15 p.m.
Lori Diel (Assoc. Professor and Coordinator of Art History, TCU)
Decree granting coat of arms to Martín Moctezuma, 1536
2:20 – 2:40 p.m.
Mark Rosen (Assoc. Professor of Aesthetic Studies, Edith O’Donnell Institute, UTD)
Fernão Vaz Dourado, Portulano, Atlas of the World, 1568
2:45 – 3:05 p.m.
Lisa Pon (Assoc. Professor of Art History, SMU)
Willem de Pannemaker, Mercury in Love with Herse, 1570
3:30 – 3:50 p.m.
Nicole Atzbach (Curator, Meadows Museum, SMU)
Andrea Vaccaro, Penitent Magdalene, c. 1650-60
3:55 – 4:15 p.m.
Amy Freund (Asst. Professor & The Kleinheinz Family Endowment for the Arts & Education Endowed Chair in Art History, SMU)
Louis Michel van Loo, The Children of the Second Duke of Berwick, c. 1715
4:20 – 4:40 p.m.
Xavier Salomon (Peter Jay Sharp Chief Curator, Frick Collection, New York)
Francisco de Goya, The Duchess of Alba in White, 1795
4:455:05 p.m.
Mark Roglán (Meadows Museum, SMU)
Josep María Sert, Victory Comes Slowly; Defeat of the Enemy; The Book of History; Mobilization, c. 1918
5:106:00 p.m.
Reception for symposium attendees at the Meadows Museum

Seating is first come, first served;
no reservations required.

Symposium concludes with a reception

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