Centre for Advanced Studies

Professor Alexander Nemerov

The Centre for Advanced Studies is delighted to welcome Alexander Nemerov, Professor History of Art and American Studies, Yale University as a Highfield Visiting Fellow.

Professor Nemerov will visit the University in the last week of July to coincide with the opening of Nottingham Contemporary’s Diane Arbus exhibition (24 July - 19 Sep 2010). Professor Nemerov will be giving a public lecture at Nottingham Contemporary on 29th July and will take part in two research seminars on 29th and 30th July.

Professor Nemerov is a leading figure within the field of American Art History and has a world-class research profile. He has published three monographs: Icons of Grief: Val Lewton’s Home Front Pictures (University of California Press, 2005); The Body of Raphaelle Peale: Still Life and Selfhood, 1812-1824 (University of California Press, 2001); and Frederic Remington and Turn-of-the-Century America(Yale University Press, 1995). A further study, Macbeth and the Places of the Civil Warwill be published by University of California Press later this year. The subjects spanned by these works attest to the interdisciplinary commitments that run through Nemerov’s scholarship. They also represent paradigm-changing scholarship. Of The Body of Raphaelle Peale, Bryan J. Wolf stated, “Not since Michael Fried’s groundbreaking account of Thomas Eakins has a critic so re-imagined the very terms by which we see American Painting.”

Public Lecture - 7 - 8.30 Thursday 29 July 2010, The Space, Nottingham Contemporary. To book places for the lecture at Nottingham Contemporary please use following link:

Diane Arbus and Howard Nemerov – A Resemblance

Alexander Nemerov is the nephew of Diane Arbus - the son of her brother, the acclaimed poet Howard Nemerov and Professor of Art and American Studies at Yale University. In a deeply personal account he discusses their close relationship as children and their very different artistic aims. Nemerov reveals the hidden kinship between Arbus’s photography and his father’s poetry. Professor Nemerov will take part in a question and answer session moderated by John Fagg, Lecturer in American Literature in the Department of American and Canadian Studies.

Research seminars – these will take place at the University of Nottingham. The seminars are open to staff and postgraduates – please email John Fagg (John.Fagg@nottingham.ac.uk) by Wednesday 7 July if you would like take part in either session.

Seminar 1: 1 - 2.30 Thursday 29 July, Seminar Room A21a, Department of Art History, Lakeside Arts Centre

Resemblances and Relationships I: Art and Literature, Art History and Literary History

Chaired by Mark Rawlinson, this seminar will engage with the rich, nuanced dialogue between word and image that informs much of Professor Nemerov’s work. Participants are invited to read two essays that will be circulated ahead of the seminar and that will form the basis of the discussion:

“Seeing Ghosts: The Turn of the Screw and Art History,” in What Is Research in the Visual Arts? Obsession, Archive, Encounter (Williamstown, Mass.: Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, 2008):  13-32

“The Flight of Form: Auden, Bruegel, and the Turn to Abstraction in the 1940s,” Critical Inquiry 31 (Summer 2005): 780-810

Seminar 2: 1 - 2.30 Friday 30 July, Seminar Room A21a, Department of Art History, Lakeside Arts Centre

Resemblances and Relationships II: Diane Arbus and Howard Nemerov, Photography and Poetry, Word and Image

Chaired by John Fagg, this seminar will follow on from the discussion initiated by Professor Nemerov’s lecture “Diane Arbus and Howard Nemerov – A Resemblance” at Nottingham Contemporary (though attendance at the lecture is not a pre-requisite for participation in the seminar). We will take the proposed “resemblance” between photographer and poet as the starting point for a discussion of the relationship between word and image, and the challenges and possibilities of interartistic and interdisciplinary research. There is no ‘set reading’ for this seminar, but a wider reading/viewing list will be circulated to participants.










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