PAINTING, PHOTOGRAPHY AND THE LONG DURATION OF HISTORY IN OSMAN HAMDI’S PAINTINGS
Auditorium: 225 South St, Williamstown, MA 01267
Tuesday, October 16, 2018 from 5:30-6:30pm
Florence Gould Foundation Fellow Gülru Çakmak presents, “Painting, Photography and the Long Duration of History in Osman Hamdi’s Paintings.”
In this talk, Çakmak will discuss a series of paintings made in the 1880s and 1890s by the Ottoman painter Osman Hamdi (1842–1910), highlighting a set of pictorial and compositional devices through which the paintings thematize the long duration of “History” in general, and Ottoman history in particular.
Gülru Çakmak is an associate professor in the Department of the History of Art & Architecture at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and the author of Jean-Léon Gérôme and the Crisis of History Painting in the 1850s (Liverpool University Press, 2017). At the Clark, she will work on her next book project Materiality, Process, and Facture in English and French Sculpture at the End of the Nineteenth Century, drawing on the research she has conducted as a research fellow at the Henry Moore Institute, and visiting scholar at the Yale Center for British Art. While at the Clark, she will also work on an article on Gérôme’s Snake Charmer.