Location: Visitor Center Theater
Part of: Lectures and Talks, Mansion, Russian
This lecture explores the art collections of two extraordinary women - Empress Catherine the Great of Russia and Marjorie Merriweather Post - who accomplished what great men did in the spheres of governance, politics, and business. In addition, they continuously engaged in the realm of domesticity, which tradition had sanctioned limitation of womanhood while simultaneously excelling in their feminine roles.
6:00 - 6:45pm Members' Reception with the speaker
7:00 - 8:00pm Lecture (seating opens at 6:45)
8:00 - 8:30pm Book Signing
About the Speaker
Dr. Asen Kirin is associate professor and associate director of the Lamar Dodd School of Art at the University of Georgia in Athens where he teaches courses in the Late Antique, Byzantine and Russian art and architecture. Although his original training in Sofia and at the University of Moscow was in Slavonic philology, Dr. Kirin pursued the history of art and architecture during his graduate studies in the United States. He holds an MA from Vanderbilt University and a PhD from Princeton. He received two fellowships from Dumbarton Oaks/Harvard University. Dr. Kirin's early publications dealt with Post-Byzantine frescoes and their inscriptions, but recently he has written on the interplay of late Byzantine architecture, mural painting and natural landscape. His research into the changing perceptions of Byzantine art led him to initiate and curate the exhibition Sacred Art, Secular Context: Objects of Art from the Byzantine Collection of Dumbarton Oaks. His current interests involve the different ways in which Europeans and Americans engage the ancient and medieval cultural heritage.