American cultural institutions are an integral part of the
broader discussion of racism taking place in our society. Museums
are powerful spaces for communicating cultural values, including
racially based notions of cultural difference. Can the museum be
a space of anti-racism, and can the discipline of art history
help to achieve that? If so, what are the challenges and
The relationship between art and the Enlightenment is polemical.
Enlightenment philosophical ideals centered on precepts of
reason, self, society, perfection and beauty, among others. Yet,
study of painting of this period demonstrates that art was not
only rational and orderly, but also wildly hubristic,
overambitious, and even went as far as rejecting tenets of the
An understanding and appreciation of color is fundamental to art
history, and yet our experience of color in the world around us
is broadly subjective. Tracing the use and perception of color in
past cultures can be even more elusive. However, recent research
has taken diverse approaches—from investigating the manufacture
of pigments to considering literary descriptions of the workings
of the eye—illuminating ancient artworks with dramatic results.
The Colloquium considers the power of color in both the ancient
Mediterranean and early Latin America.
The 2017 Templeton Colloquium in Art History celebrated the
distinguished career of Professor Lynn Roller, chair of art
history, and art history’s newest hire, Assistant Professor
Alexandra Sofroniew, both experts of early Mediterranean
visual and material cultures.
Convergent Cultures / Convergent Image examines communication
through the visual arts from a global perspective. Bridging the
arts of Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East, the three
colloquium speakers will address the cross-cultural and
cross-regional nature of visual heritage and consider how
contemporary responses to visual culture and identity are
centered in their historical roots.
The Art Building is located on Hutchison Drive, about halfway
between the Memorial Union and Mrak Hall on the UC Davis campus.
There is limited parking behind the building, but there is
visitor parking nearby, across the Arboretum in lot VP5.