Art Buzz March 8, 2012: Alexander Nemerov: ‘Renowned’ Yale art historian leads Alfred Heber Holbrook Memorial Lecture at Georgia Museum of Art

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‘Renowned’ art historian leads lecture

The wait is over.

Dr. Alexander Nemerov, Vincent Scully Professor of the History of Art at Yale University will give this academic year’s Alfred Heber Holbrook Memorial Lecture, which normally takes place in November.

Alexander Nemerov

“This is the 26th one,” said Hillary Brown, director of communications for the Georgia Museum of Art. “It’s happened almost every year. Usually, we do it in the fall. We skipped a year so that we could have Nemerov.”

“This one is a pretty big deal,” she said. “We usually have an art historian who is renowned and out-of-state.”

The lecturer is carefully chosen each year to provide a variety of topics at the commemorative lecture as well as a high-quality educational experience.

“One of the things we strive to provide is a world-class art experience to students on their own campus,” Brown said.

Nemerov’s lecture coincides with GMOA’s exhibition “To Make a World: George Ault and 1940s America.”

Recently, he has published a book on the same topic.

“He’s a distinguished speaker,” said Carissa DiCindio, curator of education. “He writes about American visual culture in the 18th to mid-20th centuries.”

As soon as the George Ault exhibition came to the GMOA, the University was eager to invite Nemerov back.

“We really wanted Dr. Nemerov to speak with the exhibition because we’ve heard him speak in the past and we know that he’s a great lecturer,” DiCindio said. “His knowledge on this topic is so great, too.”

At this lecture, Nemerov will speak about Ault, an American painter of the 1940s, whose artwork is loosely classified with the Precisionist movement with Cubist and Surrealist influences. Edward Hopper, Rockwell Kent and Andrew Wyeth are a few of his contemporaries.

Other art historians who have delivered AHHM lectures before include Francis Naumann and Marvin Trachtenberg.

The annual lecture honors Alfred Heber Holbrook.

“It’s named after our founder and director,” Brown said. “He was definitely interested in art scholarship. He was self-taught in everything he knew about art.”

A key element of the lecture is providing the knowledge to everyone.

“We want to make sure all of our education programs are free so that … they are accessible to everyone,” DiCindio said. “That is really important to us.”

Although the honorary lecture is held months later than normal, the honor to Holbrook and Nemerov’s revisit could not be at a better time.

“It has a very special place in the museum’s programming every year,” DiCindio said.

MEMORIAL LECTURE

Where: Georgia Museum of Art

When: Tonight at 6

Cost: Free

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Art Buzz February 29, 2012: Alexander Nemerov: Yale University History of Art Professor confirms move to Stanford University

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Nemerov confirms move to Stanford

Source: Yale Daily News, 2-29-12

Alexander Nemerov GRD ’92, chair of the History of Art Department and Vincent J. Scully Professor of the History of Art, will leave Yale after this semester to begin teaching at Stanford in the fall.

Nemerov said he decided to accept a position on Stanford’s faculty within the past few days, after initially receiving the job offer in January. His spring survey course, “Introduction to the History of Art: Renaissance to the Present,” was Yale’s most popular class this term, with the highest number of students registered during shopping period.

“I’m very sad that I won’t be teaching here anymore,” Nemerov said in a Tuesday interview. “I have great feelings about Yale and this was a very difficult decision, but I’m happy to begin the next phase of my career at Stanford.”

Nemerov graduated from Yale with a master’s degree and doctorate in the history of art, and taught at Stanford before returning to Yale as an instructor in 2001.

Yale College Dean Mary Miller, who was part of the team that recruited Nemerov to Yale’s faculty from Stanford, said he has made a significant impact on the History of Art Department in his 11 years at Yale.

“His contribution to the department, to Yale College students and to the University is so great that it cannot easily be measured,” Miller said in an email. “We have all — colleagues, students, friends — benefited from his ability to make the paint on the canvas, the hand of the sculptor, the grain of wood come to life with his careful words and laser-like intellect.”

More than 500 students shopped “Introduction to the History of Art” this semester, but Nemerov capped enrollment in the course to about 300 for the first time to match the capacity of the auditorium of the Yale University Art Gallery, where the class is held. Ten students interviewed said they were disappointed to hear of Nemerov’s departure, and five said they had planned to take Nemerov’s course in the future….READ MORE

Art Buzz February 28, 2012: Alexander Nemerov: History of Art Professor will leave Yale University at the end of academic year for Stanford University

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Nemerov will leave Yale at the end of academic year

Source: Yale Daily News, 2-28-12

Alexander Nemerov GRD ’92 will leave his post as chair of the History of Art Department to take on a new role at Stanford.

Alexander Nemerov GRD ’92 will leave his post as chair of the History of Art Department to take on a new role at Stanford. Photo by Wikimedia Commons.

Alexander Nemerov GRD ’92, chair of the History of Art Department and the professor behind Yale’s most popular course, will leave Yale at this academic year’s end to start teaching at Stanford in the fall.

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Alexander Nemerov GRD ’92.

“I’m very sad that I won’t be teaching here anymore,” Nemerov said in a Tuesday interview. “I have great feelings about Yale and this was a very difficult decision, but I’m happy to begin the next phase of my career at Stanford.”

In January, Nemerov told the News that he received a job offer from Stanford sometime after the start of the spring semester. At that time, he had not yet decided whether to stay. On Tuesday, he said he made his decision in the past few days….READ MORE

Art Buzz January 30, 2012: Alexander Nemerov: Yale Art History Professor Nemerov might leave for Stanford next year

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Yale Art History Professor Nemerov might leave for Stanford next year

Source: Yale Daily News, 1-30-12

In the final lecture of his legendary art history survey, Prof. Alexander Nemerov comments on the man turning away in "Landscape with the Fall of Icarus," pictured above. Might he turn away from Yale and go west?

In the final lecture of his legendary art history survey, Prof. Alexander Nemerov comments on the man turning away in “Landscape with the Fall of Icarus,” pictured above. Might he turn away from Yale and go west? Photo by Wikimedia Commons.

Alexander Nemerov GRD ’92, an esteemed art historian and chair of Yale’s History of Art Department, may leave for Stanford after this school year, he said in a Monday interview.

Nemerov, whose “Introduction to the History of Art: Renaissance to the Present” was the most popular class on campus this semester, has not yet accepted or rejected a recent offer from Stanford. The professor declined to comment about when he needs to act on the offer, which he said he received during or after Shopping Period.

The chair of Stanford’s Art History department could not be reached for comment on Monday.