Fred Jones Jr. Art Museum to Host Virtual Event Celebrating Italian Renaissance Scholar | Culture
The Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art will host a virtual celebration in honor of Renaissance scholar Creighton Gilbert at 3 p.m. on Thursday, November 4.
Gilbert was an art historian specializing in the Italian Renaissance, according to the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art website. A graduate of New York University in 1942, Gilbert worked as a professor at several colleges in the United States, including Harvard, Yale and Cornell. He was also editor-in-chief of Art Bulletin, an art history research journal, and published several books, including “Michelangelo: On and Off the Sixtine Ceiling”, throughout his career.
Kaylee Kain, director of communications at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum, said one of the museum’s goals is to bring knowledge to the OU.
“It is the museum’s mission to bring exhibits and programs to the OU community that will enrich and serve as a source of knowledge for the OU community,” said Kain. “This webinar is the perfect opportunity to get just that.”
The event will also honor the Creighton Gilbert collection on display at the museum entitled “Life in Looking”. The collection consists of 272 objects, mostly prints and drawings from the Renaissance, Baroque, and Rococo periods, according to the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art website.
Several speakers, including exhibition curators and former students, will be present at the event. Speakers include Carmen Bambach, art curator in the Department of Drawings and Prints at the Metropolitan Museum of Art; David Byron, independent researcher and author; Alexander Nemerov, professor in the art and art history department at Stanford University; Erin Duncan-O’Neill, assistant professor of art history at OU; and Allison Palmer, also professor of art history at OU.
“Our guest speakers are those who knew Dr. Creighton Gilbert fairly well and can provide insight into his life and personal anecdotes about him,” Kain said. “Not only can the OU community see this collection of works for free on the Normandy campus, they can also attend this webinar and hear art history experts talk about the exhibition and the works of art. of the Italian Renaissance.
The virtual event will kick off at 3 p.m. on November 4 via Zoom. Registration is open and available here.
“If you’re interested in art, I think attendees will enjoy the program,” Kain said. “It’s not every day that this opportunity presents itself to a university museum.”