Special MSU program to feature New York art historian, curator

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Among works Banner will discuss during her Monday [Sept. 21] presentation is “A White Horse, 1635, Diego Velázquez, Palacio Real, Spain—Oil on Canvas.”

STARKVILLE, Miss.—An internationally recognized New York art historian and curator speaks Monday [Sept. 21] at Mississippi State.

Lisa A. Banner’s presentation is titled “Diplomatic Packages: The Transmission of Italian disegno from Rubens to Velázquez.” Her university visit is sponsored by the College of Architecture, Art and Design’s art department.

Free to all, the 3 p.m. program takes place in Giles Hall’s Robert and Freda Harrison Auditorium.

In addition to serving as visiting associate professor at the Brooklyn-based Pratt Institute, Banner curates the family collection of Henry Ulke, a renowned 19th century artist and photographer. Dating from the 1700s to present day, the collection includes paintings, photographs, documents, manuscripts and memorabilia.

A portion of the Ulke Collection, including portraits and rare early photographs, is on exhibit at MSU through April 30, 2016. Titled “The President’s Face: Portraits of Ulysses S. Grant and Abraham Lincoln in Context,” the display is featured in the Grant Presidential Library, located in the first-floor Congressional and Political Research Center of Mitchell Memorial Library. Exhibit hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday. For more, see usgrantlibrary.org.

Banner, who holds doctoral and master’s degrees from New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts, is an authority on Spanish drawings from the 16th century through the lifetime of artist Francisco De Goya y Lucientes (1746-1828).

Also a Princeton University graduate, she is the author of several books and exhibition catalogs, including “Spanish Drawings in the Princeton University Art Museum” (Yale University Press, 2012); “The Spanish Manner: Drawings from Ribera to Goya” (The Frick Collection/Scala, 2010); and “The Religious Patronage of the Duke of Lerma, 1598-1621” (Ashgate, 2009).

Banner has led programs at The Frick Collection, Metropolitan Museum of Art and Morgan Library and Museum in New York, as well as London, England’s Courtauld Institute of Art and Southern Methodist University’s Meadows Museum in Dallas, Texas.

For more information about her program and campus visit, contact Angi Bourgeois, associate professor and interim art department head, at 662-325-2970 or ABourgeois@caad.msstate.edu.

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