Prof. Thomas Howe recently delivered the manuscript of an article which he was invited to contribute to the “Festschrift” (honorary volume) to be delivered upon the retirement of the long-serving restoration architect of the Parthenon in Athens Greece, Monolis Korres, who will be retiring in June 2016. In this article Howe returns to the original topic of his dissertation on the mysterious genius behind the sudden creation of Greek architecture c. 600 B.C. (The Invention of the Doric Order, Harvard Univ. diss. 1985). In the article he builds on recent scholarly work which argues that the first Greek philosophers (e.g. Thales and Anixamander of Miletus, c. 580-550 B.C.) were influenced by the architects of the bold, huge new temples such as the Heraion of Samos (pictured). From this Howe makes the bold argument the first real architects did not rise from the building professions, but were imposed on it from a class of men just like the first philosophers: self-taught “gentlemen” polymaths, who traveled to Egypt and were experienced in politics, war, applied geometry and work-crew management. This was the beginning of the first true “liberal arts” training (called “paideia”) for creative professionals.
Prof. Thomas Howe on AIA national lecture tour for third year, lectured in Eugene, Portland, and Seattle. On Oct. 23 and 24 Prof. Howe gave lectures to the Archaeological Institute of America National Lecture Tour to the AIA Societies of Eugene and Portland Oregon. He again presented the results of recent excavations and studies on his site of the large Roman villas of Stabiae near Pompeii.
Kimberly Smith gave a talk entitled “Maria Marc’s Letters” at the conference “Crossing Borders: Marianne Werefkin and the Cosmopolitan Women Artists in Her Circle.” This international conference took place on September 11-12, 2014 at the Paula Modersohn-Becker Museum in Bremen, Germany, and was held in cooperation with Jacobs University, Bremen. Maria Marc is little known even in German art history, and even less so in Anglo-American scholarship. Smith’s talk addressed Maria Marc’s writing, from letters to provenance notes, as a generative act that should be considered crucial to our understanding of Blaue Reiter Expressionism. For more information on the conference and its accompanying exhibition, see the museum’s website.