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Bettie Allison Rand Lectures in Art History: Negotiating Blackness in Early Modern European Art Theory

April 28 @ 5:30 pm - April 29 @ 5:30 pm


James M. Johnston Center of Undergraduate Excellence, Graham Memorial Hall
April 28-29, 2023

Through a generous gift to the UNC Arts and Sciences Foundation, William G. Rand established this lecture series in memory of his late wife, Bettie Allison Rand. This funding allows the Department of Art to bring one or more eminent art historians to UNC-CH every other year for residencies of various lengths. While they are in Chapel Hill, these scholars present a series of lectures and interact with undergraduate and graduate art history and studio art students.

Schedule of Events

April 28, 5:30 PM
Lecture: Kresge Foundation Common Room, GM 039

Anne Lafont, Directrice d’etudes (Professor), École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS), Paris
“Chose-Fée or The acculturation of African Objects by the Enlightenment”

Followed by a reception in the John Lindsay Morehead II Lounge, GM 109

April 29, 9 am
Lectures: Kresge Foundation Common Room, GM 039

Zirwat Chowdhury, Assistant Professor, Art History, UCLA
“Obliquity as Beauty”

Mia Bagneris, Associate Professor, Art History, Tulane University
“Materialising Black Beauty or Manifesting Misogynoir?: Theorising the Paradox of Black Feminine Beauty in the Sculpture of John Bell”

Hector Reyes, Associate Professor of Teaching, Art History, USC
“History in the Pluperfect, The Perfect, and the Future Perfect: On Claude-Joseph Vernet in 1767”

April 29, 1:30 PM
Roundtable: Kresge Foundation Common Room, GM 039

Anne Lafont, Zirwat Chowdhury, Mia Batneris, and Hector Rayes
Moderated by Kathryn Desplanque, Assistant Professor of Art History, UNC at Chapel Hill

A weeknight or daytime permit is now required after 5:00pm on weekdays. There is no permit required from 5:00pm Friday through 7:30am Monday. A $1.00 one-night pass is available in selected lots. More information can be found at UNC Weeknight Parking.

Contact: Lyneise Williams,


April 28 @ 5:30 pm
April 29 @ 5:30 pm


UNC-CH Art and Art History
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