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February 2021

MUSCARELLE EXPLORATIONS | History for the Future: Campus Memorials

February 2 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Speaker: Panel
Virtual, VA United States

Universities have been addressing their histories of racial injustices in a variety of ways. William & Mary and the University of Virginia have designed memorials to enslaved workers, and the one at the University of Virginia has been constructed. William & Mary’s Jody Allen and the University of Virginia’s Louis Nelson '90 will explore the process and meaning of these projects in a panel moderated by Sara Bon-Harper.

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MUSCARELLE EXPLORATIONS | Memorial to the Enslaved Discussion

February 11 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Speaker: Panel
Virtual, VA United States

Learn more about William & Mary’s upcoming Memorial to the Enslaved through a discussion by the project’s key stakeholders. The final design, Hearth, by William Sendor, W&M ’11 was unveiled in 2020 and construction is slated to begin in 2021. Panelists include Jody Allen, Director of The Lemon Project; Chon Glover, Chief Diversity Officer; Susan Kern, Executive Director of Historic Campus; Ed Pease, architect and adjunct professor; Burt Pinnock, Principal, Chairman, Baskervill; and William Sendor, W&M ’11, designer. Muscarelle Members, W&M Staff, Faculty, Students: Free Non-Members: $10

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IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF PIERO DELLA FRANCESCA

February 20 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Speaker: Elaine Ruffolo, Art Historian
Virtual, VA United States

Piero della Francesca is acknowledged today as one of the foundational artists of the Renaissance and more than any other Italian fifteenth-century painter, Francesca was responsible for the development of Renaissance painting in Florence, and its crucial dissemination throughout Italy. Join Renaissance art historian, Elaine Ruffolo who will attempt to virtually capture Piero’s extraordinary career along his journey through Tuscany, Umbria and Urbino.

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March 2021

SELECTED TOPICS IN ARCHITECTURE | Pienza: Born of a Dream of Beauty

March 6 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Speaker: Jane Zaloga, Art Historian
Virtual, VA United States

The small Tuscan town of Pienza is often considered the first ideally planned city of the Renaissance. It had been a small agricultural town, known as Corsignano, until its most famous son, Pope Pius II, decided it needed a reboot to properly reflect its status as birthplace of a pope. In this talk, Zaloga will look at the town’s idyllic location, crowning a gentle hill in the rolling Val d’Orcia, a landscape that was much beloved of the pope, and the exquisitely designed buildings, exploring what makes them beautiful and how their relationships with each other and with the people of…

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MUSCARELLE EXPLORATIONS | Healing Spaces on the Camino de Santiago in Medieval and Contemporary Settings

March 18 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Speaker: Kathleen Jenkins, Professor & Chair, Department of Sociology, Co-Director, Institute for Pilgrimage Studies, William & Mary Jessica Streit, Assistant Professor of Islamic & Medieval Art, College of Charleston
Virtual, VA United States

Jessica Streit will begin the evening presentation with medieval Le Puy-en-Velay, a city that serves as the starting point for one of the four major routes to Santiago de Compostela. Her talk will feature two of the city's 12th-century pilgrimage monuments, showing how they engender feelings of arrival and a desire to keep moving for their audience of pilgrims. Kathleen Jenkins will then bring us to the 21st century. Drawing from her recent ethnography, Walking the Way Together: How Families Connect on the Camino de Santiago, Kathleen will present stories of families investing in pilgrimage as a practice for strengthening…

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MEMBERS LECTURE | Padua: Saints, Sinners and Giotto

March 20 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Speaker: Elaine Ruffolo, Art Historian
Virtual, VA United States

Padua can rightly claim its place among Italy’s most interesting and historic cities. Nicknamed La Dotta (the Learned), Padua is the intellectual center of the Veneto, once home to the great Roman historian Livy. Since 1221 it has been home to one of Europe’s most celebrated universities, which counts Petrarch, Dante and Galileo among its alumni. Artists including Giotto, Donatello and Mantegna, all left their artistic marks on this lively town. Padua attracts thousands of pilgrims every year as it is the resting place of Saint Anthony of Padua, and his exotic, seven domed mosque of a basilica is the city’s most striking landmark.…

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April 2021

SELECTED TOPICS IN ARCHITECTURE | Making and Meaning of the “International Style”

April 13 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Speaker: Dr. Jill Marie Lord, Lecturer, Architectural History, University of Virginia
Virtual, VA United States

In 1932 the Museum of Modern Art had its first architectural exhibition, organized by Henry-Russell Hitchcock and Philip Johnson, Modern Architecture: International Exhibition.  After closing in New York, the exhibition toured across America for three years, spreading Hitchcock and Johnson’s conception of modernism throughout the United States.  The ideas presented in the show were both highly influential and controversial, as it excluded many examples of contemporary American architectural practice.  In this lecture Dr. Lord will explore the formal components of the International Style as described by Hitchcock and Johnson, critical responses to the exhibition, and the legacy of the International…

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MUSCARELLE EXPLORATIONS | Reflecting Absence at the 9/11 Memorial

April 22 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Speaker: Michael Arad, Architect
Virtual, VA United States

In 2004, Michael Arad won the design competition for the World Trade Center memorial. Arad, a young Israeli-American architect, studied at the Georgia Institute of Technology’s College of Architecture and lived in New York when the Towers fell. His design, entitled Reflecting Absence, was selected out of over 5,000 entries and is a powerful example of commemorative and healing architecture. In this talk, Arad will give insights into his process and the healing nature of memorials. Muscarelle Members, W&M Staff, Faculty, Students: Free Non-Members: $10

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May 2021

SELECTED TOPICS IN ARCHITECTURE | The Architecture of Transportation in Washington D.C.

May 25 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Virtual VA United States
Free

Looking toward a growing National Capital, regional and Federal leaders came together in the second half of the 20th century to make major improvements in the local, national and international transportation systems serving the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.  Engaging accomplished designers and visionaries like Eero Saarinen for the creation of Dulles Airport, Harry Weese for the design of the Metro System, and César Pelli for a complete makeover of Reagan National Airport, the region was catapulted ahead of other American cities with an efficient and interconnected transportation system that used a wide and compelling modern vocabulary. This presentation will focus…

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