Gallery Talk: Photographs of Dura-Europos

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Event time: 
Wednesday, March 9, 2022 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Miller Hall (PROS406) See map
406 Prospect Street
New Haven, CT 06511
Free, but register in advance
Open to: 
Yale Community Only
Event description: 

Panel discussion to open the exhibition

Blair Fowlkes-Childs, curator
Anne Hunnell Chen, ARCHAIA
Lisa Brody, Yale University Art Gallery

In-person attendance is limited to current Yale University students, faculty, and staff who are in compliance with the Yale vaccine program and authorized to be on campus.

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About the speakers

Blair Fowlkes Childs, guest curator of the exhibition, was a 2019-2020 Fellow at the Yale Institute of Sacred Music. A specialist in Roman art, archaeology, and religions, she is currently Visiting Lecturer in the Department of Art History at New York University and is completing a monograph on Syrian and Phoenician sanctuaries in Rome. At The Metropolitan Museum of Art, she and Michael Seymour co-curated the 2019 exhibition “The World between Empires: Art and Identity in the Ancient Middle East,” which included numerous loans from the Yale University Art Gallery’s Dura-Europos collection, and were co-authors of the catalogue. She received her Ph.D. from the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University.

Lisa R. Brody, Associate Curator of Ancient Art, received her B.A. from Yale and her PH.D. from the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University. She has excavated around the Mediterranean and on Yale’s campus, and her publications include Aphrodisias III: The Aphrodite of Aphrodisias. In 2011 she cocurated Dura-Europos: Crossroads of Antiquity, which was on view at the McMullen Museum at Boston College and at the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World at New York University, and she coedited the accompanying book. She cocurated Roman in the Provinces: Art on the Periphery of Empire and coedited the exhibition catalogue and is currently working on several projects with the archives from the Dura-Europos and Gerasa excavations held at the Yale University Art Gallery. 


Anne Hunnell Chen is a postdoctoral associate in Yale’s interdisciplinary ARCHAIA Program for the Study of Ancient and Premodern Cultures and Societies. Dr. Chen specializes in the art and archaeology of the globally-connected Roman world, and is committed to exploring how low-barrier Linked Open Useable Data (LOUD) can be harnessed not only to provide more equitable access to archaeological data in the digital realm, but also to empower stakeholder audiences as collaborative curators. She is the founder and director of the Yale Digital Dura-Europos Archive (YDEA), an archaeological data accessibility project whose documentation efforts are aimed at sharing-out workflows that help to overcome disciplinary data silos and work to dislodge enduring impacts of colonialism. She serves as the Annotations Activity co-coordinator for the international Pelagios Network, and is an historical consultant for the Virtual Center for Late Antiquity (VCLA). Dr. Chen has published on Roman, Persian, and Digital Humanities topics, and has taught equally wide-ranging coursework.