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Yve-Alain Bois.
Yve-Alain Bois.

Yve-Alain Bois to Give National Gallery of Art’s Next A. W. Mellon Lectures

The Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (CASVA) at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, has announced that Yve-Alain Bois will present the sixty-ninth annual A. W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts in 2020. Bois is an expert in twentieth-century art and a professor at the Institute for Advanced Study’s School of Historical Studies at Princeton University.

Titled “Transparence and Ambiguity: The Modern Space of Axonometry,” the six-part lecture series will explore the various uses of a system of spatial representation called axonometry, in which receding parallels remain parallel and do not converge in a vanishing point. While axonometry originated in ancient China and played a major role in Japanese painting, the lectures will focus on its resurgence during modernity in the West and its Western avatars in fields ranging from architecture and archaeology to crystallography, painting, and philosophy. 

The lectures will be held in the East Building Auditorium at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, on March 22, March 29, April 5, April 19, April 26, and May 3, 2020 at 2 PM. Since 1949, the lectures have been given by a number of leaders of contemporary scholarship, including Michael Fried, Mary Miller, Helen Vendler, Irene Winter, Alexander Nemerov, Hal Foster, and, most recently, Wu Hung.