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



‘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.


Where: Georgia Museum of Art

When: Tonight at 6

Cost: Free