Vanderbilt Symposium looks at relationship between words and images; Art critic Arthur Danto speaks on Oct. 25

Noted art critic Arthur Danto will speak at Vanderbilt University about the Sistine Chapel as part of a two-day symposium that will probe the relationship between words and images.

The “Between Word and Image Symposium” will take place Oct. 25-26 on the Vanderbilt campus. Sponsored by the Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities at Vanderbilt, the symposium is free and open to the public.

The symposium will be held in conjunction with the Oct. 4 to Dec. 7 exhibit “More than One: New Contemporary Prints and Multiples from the Vanderbilt Fine Arts Collection” at the Vanderbilt Fine Arts Gallery.

Danto, the Johnsonian Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Columbia University, is the art critic for The Nation. He will deliver the keynote lecture of the symposium at 4:10 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, in Room 103 of Wilson Hall. The lecture, “Before and After: Two Decades after the Sistine Chapel Controversy,” will address concerns about the restoration of Michelangelo’s masterpiece in the 1980s and ‘90s. A reception will follow in the Vanderbilt Fine Arts Gallery.

At noon on Friday, Oct. 26, David Morgan will speak on “The Authorized Version: The Power of Word and Image in Text, Utterance and Display” in Room 123 of Buttrick Hall. Morgan is the Phyllis and Richard Duesenberg Professor in Christianity and the Arts at Valparaiso University.

The “Between Word and Image Symposium” was organized by the 2006-2007 fellows of the Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities at Vanderbilt University. The fellows commissioned an original installation by Nashville artist Erika Johnson, which will be put on permanent display in the Warren Center after the end of the exhibition at the Vanderbilt Fine Arts Gallery.

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