The New Social Environment#505

Michelangelo and other Renaissance and Baroque Masters: Essays by Leo Steinberg

Featuring Shawon Kinew, Christian Kleinbub, Maria Loh, Sheila Schwartz, and Alexander Nagel


1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

To celebrate Leo Steinberg’s essays published by the University of Chicago Press, art historians Shawon Kinew, Christian Kleinbub, Maria Loh, and Sheila Schwartz join Rail Consulting Editor Alexander Nagel for a conversation. We conclude with a poetry reading by Farid Matuk.

In this talk

View more details on the Essays by Leo Steinberg series edited by Sheila Schwartz and available through the University of Chicago Press, including Michelangelo’s Sculpture, Michelangelo’s Painting, Renaissance and Baroque Art, and the forthcoming volume Picasso.

A special thanks to The Institute of Fine Arts at New York University for making this event possible.

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Shawon Kinew

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Assistant Professor in the Department of History of Art and Architecture at Harvard University, Shawon Kinew is an art historian of early modern Southern Europe. She is active in the Harvard University Native American Program and the Faculty Executive Committee of the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology. Kinew has held residential fellowships at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, the Getty Research Institute, and at the Bibliotheca Hertziana, Max Planck Institute for Art History in Rome, Italy, where she was a Samuel H. Kress Foundation Institutional Fellow. Raised in Winnipeg and on Lake of the Woods in Canada, Kinew received her Hon. B.A. from the University of Toronto and her A.M. and PhD from Harvard University.

Christian Kleinbub

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Art Historian Christian K. Kleinbub is Professor of Art History at Ohio State University and Co-Director of the New Foundation for Art History. His books include Vision and the Visionary in Raphael (2011), winner of the 2013 Gustave O. Arlt Award in the Humanities from the Council of Graduate Schools, and Michelangelo’s Inner Anatomies (2020). Other publications on subjects such as the visibility of angels, representational conflicts between antiquarianism and Christianity, the senses, printmaking, and the paragone of painting and sculpture, have appeared in edited volumes and leading specialist journals such as The Art Bulletin, Renaissance Quarterly, Word and Image, and The Burlington Magazine.

Maria Loh

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Maria H. Loh is Professor in Art History at Hunter College. She is a regular contributor to Art in America and the author of three books: Titian Remade. Repetition and the Transformation of Early Modern Italian Art (Getty Research Institute, 2007); Still Lives. Death, Desire, and the Portrait of the Old Master (Princeton, 2015); and Titian’s Touch. Art, Magic, & Philosophy (Reaktion, 2019). Her fourth book—Liquid Sky—will be on visual representations of the early modern sky. She lives and works in New York and London.

Sheila Schwartz

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Sheila Schwartz, who holds a Ph.D from the Institute of Fine Arts, worked with Leo Steinberg from 1968 until his death in 2011 and serves as his literary executor, in which capacity she prepared the 5 volumes in the Selected Essays series. She is also Research & Archives Director of The Saul Steinberg Foundation.

Alexander Nagel

Alexander Nagel
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Professor at the Institute of Fine Arts, NYU Alexander Nagel’s interest in art and religious reform produced Michelangelo and the Reform of Art (2000, winner of the Renaissance Society of America’s Gordan book prize), and The Controversy of Renaissance Art (2011, winner of the College Art Association’s Morey book prize). His interest in the multiple temporalities of art led to the publication of Anachronic Renaissance (co-authored with Christopher Wood, 2010) and Medieval Modern: Art out of Time (2012). His current work addresses questions of orientation and configurations of place in Renaissance art and culture. In 2016, he received an NEH Fellowship for a collaborative project (with Elizabeth Horodowich, NMSU) entitled Amerasia: A Renaissance Discovery.

The Rail has a tradition of ending our conversations with a poetry reading, and we’re fortunate to have Farid Matuk reading.

Farid Matuk

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Poet Farid Matuk is the author of This Isa Nice Neighborhood (Letter Machine Editions) and The Real Horse (Univ. of Arizona Press). Redolent, his book-arts collaboration with Colombian artist Nancy Friedemann-Sánchez, is now available for pre-order from Singing Saw Press. Matuk is the co-editor and co-translator of a new edition of Juan Felipe Herrera’s seminal poetry collection Akrílica, forthcoming from Noemi Press in 2022.

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