Speaker: Christopher Heuer (I Tatti / University of Rochester)
When a mysterious cache of sixteenth-century Netherlandish engravings was discovered in the Arctic circle in the nineteenth century, many questions arose. What do such objects, for example, tell us about narratives of Renaissance globalization? About "cultural exchange" conceptualized not in terms of movement and difference, but of stasis, mundanity, and sameness?
Christopher P. Heuer is Associate Professor of Art History at the University of Rochester, where he teaches in the Graduate Program in Visual and Cultural Studies. A former Fulbright scholar, he has held appointments as Samuel H. Kress Fellow at the Kunsthistorisch Instituut of the Rijksuniversiteit Leiden, Henkel-Stifting Fellow at the Humboldt-Universität Berlin, senior fellow at CASVA, and faculty posts in the Departments of Art & Archaeology at Columbia University (2005-2007) and Princeton University (2007-2014). Until 2017, he directed the Clark Art Institute's Research and Academic Program. Heuer’s new book about the Renaissance arctic, Into the White, will appear with Zone Books/MIT Press in early 2019.