Lindner Lecture Series

The Lindner Lecture Series is funded by the Sacks Art Lecture Endowment which supports an annual lecture within the Department of Art.  The series is named after the Carl H. and Martha S. Lindner Center for Art History which supports student and faculty programs and research in the Art History Department within the College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences at UVA. The Lindner Lecture Series brings speakers to Grounds to present exciting new research in art history. Since the Fall 2022, speakers are nominated and selected by the faculty and graduate students of the Art Department. 

March 23, 2003, 6:30 pm | Campbell 160

Valerie Cassel Oliver, Sydney and Frances Lewis Family Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

In this talk Valerie Cassel Oliver will discuss her 2014 exhibition at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston entitled, Black in the Abstract, that looked at the history of Black artists working in abstraction. It was the basis of several solo exhibitions that came in its wake including monographs on Jennie C. Jones, Angel Otero and Howardena Pindell. 

Valerie Cassel Oliver is the Sydney and Frances Lewis Family Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Prior to her position at the VMFA, she was Senior Curator at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston. Her debut at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts was the critically acclaimed retrospective entitled, Howardena Pindell: What Remains to be Seen co organized with Naomi Beckwith (2018). Most recently, she opened the groundbreaking exhibition, The Dirty South: Contemporary Art, Material Culture and the Sonic Impulse (2021) that toured nationally.

Previous lectures

February 2, 2023

Roland Betancourt, Professor of Art History at the University of California, Irvine

Between Wonder and Omen: Conjoined Twins from Constantinople to Norman Sicily

Abstract: In the year 944, two wonders arrived in the city of Constantinople from foreign lands: First, a textile that had Christ's face miraculously imprinted on it, known as the Mandylion. Second, male conjoined twins from Armenia. In this talk, I will focus on the depiction of these twins in a historical chronicle known as the Madrid Skylitzes. My aim is to show how the multifaceted meanings of the conjoined twins operated in the context of imperial rule, political intrigue, and religious authority across the text’s Constantinopolitan origin and the manuscript’s eventual illustration in Norman Sicily.

Bio: Roland Betancourt is Professor of Art History at the University of California, Irvine. Betancourt is the author of three monographs, Performing the Gospels in Byzantium: Sight, Sound, and Space in the Divine Liturgy (Cambridge University Press, 2021), Byzantine Intersectionality: Sexuality, Gender, and Race in the Middle Ages (Princeton University Press, 2020), and Sight, Touch, and Imagination in Byzantium (Cambridge University Press, 2018), as well as several edited volumes.


Thursday, Oct. 27th, 6.30pm, 160 Campbell Hall

Ömür Harmanşah, Director of the School of Art and Art History & Associate Professor of Art History, University of Illinois at Chicago

Landscape and Fieldwork in a Changing Climate: Art, Cultural Heritage, and the Anthropocene

Thursday, Sept. 29th, 6.30pm, 160 Campbell Hall

Patrick R. Crowley, Associate Curator of European Art, Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University


Solid Pictures: Photosculpture and the Reproduction of Reality