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Oct. 6, 2004

Art Historian From SUNY Gives UI Guest Lecture Oct. 14

Sarah Cohen, associate professor of art history at State University of New York at Albany, will present a free public lecture on "The Artist as Hunter: Animals, Empiricism, and the French Academy at the Turn of the Eighteenth Century" at 8 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 14 in Room E109 of the University of Iowa Art Building.

Cohen's lecture is sponsored by the UI School of Art and Art History.

Her work addresses representations of the body in French culture of the 17th- and 18th centuries. She has written, "I consider the interrelationships among painting, prints, architecture, dance and other forms of physical performance in their construction of bodily style and meaning. The monuments I study include the palace and gardens at Versailles and at Vaux-le-Vicomte, the paintings of Watteau, and costume and stage drawings for the French court ballet."

Cohen received a doctorate and master's degree in art history from Yale University and an undergraduate degree from Oberlin College. She is the author of "Art, Dance, and the Body in French Culture of the Ancien Regime," published in 2000 by Cambridge University Press, as well as a number of articles in scholarly journals. She has received faculty research and development awards from SUNY, a Colby College Humanities Research Grant and the Whiting Fellowship in the Humanities, as well as support from the National Endowment for the Humanities

The School of Art and Art History is part of the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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