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Art historian Stephen Murray discusses the role of the interlocutor in the reception of Gothic architecture on September 29, 2008

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY – Stephen Murray, professor of art history at Columbia University, will present “Witnessing Gothic: The Cathedral Plot,” at the annual Claflin Lecture on Monday, September 29, at Vassar College. The program is free and open to the public and will begin at 5:00 pm in Taylor Hall, room 203.
Stephen Murray was educated at Oxford and the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London. He joined the faculty at Columbia University in 1986 and currently serves as director of the Media Center for Art History, Archaeology, and Historic Preservation. His publications include A Gothic Sermon: Making a Contract with the Mother of God, Saint Mary of Amiens (2004); Notre-Dame, Cathedral of Amiens: The Power of Change in Gothic (1996); Beauvais Cathedral: Architecture of Transcendence (1989); and Building Troyes Cathedral: The Late Gothic Campaigns (1987).
Murray’s field of teaching includes Romanesque and Gothic art, and in particular the integration of art and architecture within a broader framework of economic and cultural history. He has long been involved in the search for new means of representation of medieval architecture, and is currently engaged in a three-year joint project between Columbia University and Vassar College entitled Mapping Gothic France. The project, sponsored by the Andrew Mellon Foundation, seeks to establish linkages between the architectural space of individual buildings, the complex spaces of cities, geo-political space, and the social space resulting from the interaction between builders and users.
The Claflin Lecture is sponsored by the Art Department and supported by the Agnes Rindge Claflin Fund, a gift of the Friends of the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center.
People with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact the Office of Campus Activities at (845) 437-5370. Directions to the Vassar Campus in the Town of Poughkeepsie are available at
Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential liberal arts college founded in 1861.

Posted by Office of Communications Wednesday, September 10, 2008


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