The Annual Northrop Frye Centre Lecture 

Josiah Blackmore_NFC Annual Lecture_2017


The Sea : A Listener's Odyssey

Thursday, November 16, 2017 at 5:00pm

Professor Josiah Blackmore, Harvard University
Alumni Hall, Old Vic, 73 Queen’s Park Crescent East

The sea has surrounded people, countries, and civilizations throughout time.  It has provided food, threatened destruction, and carried daring travelers into other worlds of languages, climates, and wonders.  The sea invades the senses of beachcombers, mariners, and of those who live by or travel on it.  This lecture takes a journey through literary evocations of and engagements with the sea and seascapes, and ponders how individuals and cultures listen to the sea.  In this voyage, we will hear oceanic voices that sometimes become indistinguishable from the authors who record them.  Using the writings of the seaside and seaborne nation of Portugal from the early Middle Ages to later centuries, this listener’s odyssey will gather together human artists, gods of mythology, and monsters of the deep.

Josiah Blackmore is the Nancy Clark Smith Professor of the Language and Literature of Portugal at Harvard University.  From 1992 to 2013 he taught in the Dept. of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Toronto, and has been visiting professor at Harvard and the Univ. of Chicago and visiting scholar at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa.  His research focuses on all aspects of medieval and early modern Portugal, especially the writings and culture of maritime expansion, medieval poetry, and the dramatic semantics of shipwreck and oceanic peril.  Among his books are Manifest Perdition: Shipwreck Narrative and the Disruption of Empire (2002), Moorings: Portuguese Expansion and the Writing of Africa (2009), and the forthcoming The Inner Ship.

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Jordi Falgas on Dali_Oct 23 2017


Early Dalí: Paintings and Drawings from the Cusí Collection

Monday, October 23, 2017 at 12:00pm
Professor Jordi Falgàs, Stanford University
VC102, Old Vic, 73 Queen’s Park Crescent East

Joaquim Cusí was a friend of Salvador Dalí’s father and he became an enthusiastic supporter of the young artist. Cusí was a successful pharmacist with no training in art, and yet he was the first one to purchase numerous paintings and drawings from Dalí’s earliest individual shows in Barcelona. The works acquired by Cusí were not seen again on display during his lifetime, and scholars were never allowed to see the full extent of the collection. Jordi Falgàs is the first art historian to study and publish these works, which constitute a significant chapter in Dalí’s early years. In this lecture he will present the results of his research for the first time outside of Spain. 

Jordi Falgàs is an art historian who specializes in Catalan modern art and architecture. He is currently the Lecturer in Catalan Studies at Stanford University. Since 2008, he has been the Director of the Rafael Masó Foundation, a house museum, research and exhibition center in Girona, Catalonia. He holds PhDs in Art History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Barcelona. He was Cleveland Fellow in Modern Art at the Cleveland Museum of Art (2004-2007) and Assistant Executive Manager at the Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation (1996-2003). He has been a museology consultant for Gaudí's Casa Vicens in Barcelona (2014-2016) and project coordinator for the future Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Girona (2014-2017). For the last twenty-five years he has worked as a curator on numerous exhibitions in Catalonia and the United States, such as Barcelona and Modernity: Picasso, Gaudí, Miró, Dalí (Cleveland Museum of Art and Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2006-2007). His latest books are Masó: interiors (2016) and Dalí: Neo-Cubist Academy and Other Works (in press).