Interdisciplinary Seminar: Patrick Crowley

Tuesday, February 12, 2013, 7:00pm - 8:00pm

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Roman Death Masks and the Recasting of Likeness

This talk takes a look at a small corpus of plaster death mask molds that were found throughout the Roman Empire, ranging in date from the first through fourth centuries C.E. We will consider the extent to which these molds and the reproducibility they promise can disturb our basic distinctions between image and prototype, copy and original.

Patrick Crowley is a lecturer in the Department of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University and will be joining the faculty in the Department of Art History at the University of Chicago in the fall. His current book project, The Phantom Image: Visuality and the Supernatural in the Greco-Roman world, is the first major historical study of ghosts in the art and visual culture of classical antiquity. He earned his Ph.D. from Columbia University in 2011 and his B.A. from the University of Michigan in 2004.

Patrick Crowley is a Robert Lehman Visiting Artist at The Cooper Union for Spring 2013.

The Interdisciplinary Seminar was designed twenty years ago to contribute to a regular and sustainable discussion on artistic practice for the students of the Cooper Union School of Art and the creative community that surrounds them. Lectures are free and open to the public.

The Spring 2013 Interdisciplinary Seminar is part of the Robert Lehman Visiting Artist Program at The Cooper Union.  We are grateful for major funding support from the Robert Lehman Foundation.

Located in The Frederick P. Rose Auditorium, at 41 Cooper Square (on Third Avenue between 6th and 7th Streets)

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