Archaeology Lecture Examines Clothing in the Aegean Bronze Age November 12

Anne Chapin, an art historian specializing in Aegean wall paintings, will discuss the variety of costumes worn in the Bronze Age during a lecture at UT on Thursday, November 12.

Chapin, an associate professor of art history and archaeology at Brevard College, will speak at 7:30 p.m. in Alumni Memorial Building Room 32. Her lecture, which is free and open to the public, is titled “Dressed to Impress: Art and Haute Couture in the Aegean Bronze Age.” It is the fourth lecture in the series organized by the East Tennessee Society of the Archaeological Institute of America and the McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture.

In her lecture, Chapin will discuss costumes worn by Bronze Age Aegean men and women and explore the social statements made by elite dress. She specializes in the study of Bronze Age Aegean wall paintings, which show Minoan, Cycladic, and Mycenaean people wearing costumes and textiles of different colors and patterns.

Chapin has published on representations of landscape, space, and perspective and more recently has focused on representations of gender roles and social status.

Chapin is the Haines-Morris Distinguished Lecturer of the Department of Classics. She will also give a seminar to the Aegean Prehistory class, titled “The Expert’s Eye: Theory, Method, and Connoisseurship in Aegean Fresco Studies” at 12:40 p.m. in Room 206 of the Humanities and Social Sciences Building.

The remaining lectures are:

January 19—Tim Baumann, research associate professor and curator of archaeology, McClung Museum, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, “Painting in the Shadows: Prehistoric Negative Painted Pottery in Tennessee and the Eastern Woodlands.”

February 16—Charles Finney, Cave Research Foundation, “Cave of Remembered Dreams: Recording Cultural Resources in the Cumberland Gap Cave System.”

March 8—John H. Oakley, chancellor professor and Forrest D. Murden, Jr. Professor, College of William and Mary, “Scenes from Daily Life on Athenian Vases,” Ninth Harry C. Rutledge Memorial Lecture in Archaeology.

April 5—James J. Aimers, associate professor of anthropology, State University of New York, Geneseo, “Recent Research on the Maya Collapse.”

C O N T A C T :

Aleydis Van de Moortel (865-974-8279, avdm@utk.edu)