Call for Session Proposals

51st annual International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo May 12-15, 2016 AVISTA has historically sponsored 3-5 sessions at Kalamazoo, with 3-4 20-minute papers each. If you have an idea for a session that you would like to see AVISTA sponsor, please submit a title, brief topic description, and an intellectual justification of the topic (250 Continue Reading

Conf. of interest: Building Practices in the Pre-Industrial World

AVISTA fans may wish to know about a conference coming up at Univ. of Pennsylvania next weekend: Against Gravity: Building Practices in the Pre-Industrial World 20-22 March 2015, The Penn Museum, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA Flyer attached here (click for full size) or see their website for more information.  (A number of AVISTonians also participated Continue Reading

AVISTA at the 50th Medieval Congress

It’s a big anniversary year, and AVISTA has multiple events lined up for the annual Medieval Congress. The schedule is now available for download here. You can find AVISTA: – At our reception, 5:15 Friday evening, in Bernhard 208 – At part one of Art and Technology in the Cloister and Castle, 10:00 Saturday morning, Continue Reading

Report from the Clark Symposium

Along with the Medieval Studies Certificate Program of the CUNY Graduate Center, AVISTA cosponsored William W. Clark: A Celebration, a symposium honoring long-time AVISTA member Bill Clark’s contributions to the field of medieval architecture on the occasion of his 75th year, on February 10th, 2015. The Segal Theater at the Graduate Center was filled to Continue Reading

Abstracts: In Memoriam Carl F. Barnes, Jr. I: Villard de Honnecourt

In Memoriam Carl F. Barnes, Jr. I: Villard de Honnecourt Friday, May 9, 2014 Session 269 Presiding: George Brooks, Valencia College Vellum to Vectors: Computerized Analysis of Architectural Drawings Dr. Banu Pekol bpekol@gmail.com It has been known for some time that geometry and proportions were standard tools in the design and construction of medieval cathedrals. Continue Reading

Kzoo 2015 Sessions Finalized

It is with great pleasure that AVISTA announces its sessions for the ICMS at Kalamazoo, 2015: Art and Technology in the Cloister and Castle I Organizer and Presider Name: Steven A. Walton, Michigan Technological University “Castles, Cloisters and Churches: Examining the Larger Context of Medieval Architecture,” William W. Clark, Queens College and the Graduate Center, CUNY “Activating Architecture: New Continue Reading

CFP Kzoo 2015: Art and Technology in the Cloister and Castle

For 2015, AVISTA has been allotted 3 sessions on “Art and Technology in the Cloister and Castle” at the 50th International Congress on Medieval Studies, May 14–17, 2015, in Kalamazoo, MI [USA]. We invite proposals on aspects of Lordly/lordly spaces that explore how medieval arts and technologies functioned to create and sustain these spaces as centers of Continue Reading

Medieval Art and Architecture News, August 2014

Shows The Walters is running Seeing Music in Medieval Manuscripts through October 12th. The Cleveland Museum of Art is running The Netherlandish Miniature , 1260-1550 through December. Inspired by medieval Books of Hours, Spencer Fitch has created an installation for the Morgan Library that uses light and color to symbolize the passage of time. Through Continue Reading

Abstracts: In Memoriam Carl F. Barnes, Jr. II: Architecture

Carl F. Barnes, Jr. (1935-2012), was a founding member of AVISTA and a long-time friend and supporter to many of its members. Best known for his work on Villard de Honnecourt’s portfolio, Barnes was a historian of Gothic architecture who began his career with several groundbreaking publications on Soissons Cathedral. This session on Gothic architecture Continue Reading

Abstracts: Stone: New Research Concerning Masons & Sculptors I and II, 49th International Medieval Congress, Kalamazoo

AVISTA’s two stone sessions brought together new research concerning the makers of architecture and sculpture during a critical period of the Middle Ages. The Congress in Kalamazoo provided an open forum for the community of scholars to join the discussion. Stone: New Research Concerning Masons & Sculptors I Saturday, May 7, 2014 Session 427 Presiding: Continue Reading