Rodriguez Roque Symposium 2013

John La Farge, Study for Angel in Decoration of Tower, Trinity Church, Boston, ca. 1876. Graphite and watercolor. Yale University Art Gallery, Gift of Neva Bicknell Hecker

Tell as a Whole: Collaborations between Artists and Architects from the Late Nineteenth Century to the Present

Friday–Saturday, November 15–16, 2013

To “tell as a whole,” as the American muralist Edwin Howland Blashfield wrote in 1898, is to combine all the elements of art and architecture into a decorative interior of seamless unity. The 2013 Oswaldo Rodriguez Roque Memorial Symposium in American Art is inspired by one striking manifestation of Blashfield’s sentiment: the American murals created for Collis and Arabella Huntington’s Fifth Avenue mansion in 1893 and 1894, now owned by the Yale University Art Gallery. These recently conserved works, currently installed in the American art galleries, serve as a jumping-off point for investigating other key collaborations between artists and architects. Over the course of the symposium, scholars will explore such artistic expressions—from murals to sculpture to ironwork—conceived as integral parts of architectural spaces from the late nineteenth century to the present.

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