Tonight I braved the cold (19 degrees) was able to attend a lecture by Dr. Renata Holod on “On Regimes of Lighting: Vision & Memory in the Great Mosque of Cordoba.” She was at the UMN for The 3rd Annual Carl Sheppard Memorial Lecture in Medieval Art History. It was a really interesting lecture on the Great Mosque and the use or lack there of light inside. I also ran into a few people that I have not seen in years, so it was really nice to see them. Here is the blurb on the event:
“Please join us on Thursday, November 13, 2014, at 7:00 p.m., 120 Andersen Library, for the 2014 Annual Carl Sheppard Memorial Lecture in Medieval Art History, this year presented by Renata Holod: “On Regimes of Lighting: vision & Memory in the Great Mosque of Cordoba”. Professor Holod is a professor of Art History at the University of Pennsylvania and the Near East Curator for PENN Museum.
Professor Holod will present her newest iteration in a series of studies on the interior of the Mosque of Cordoba. Utilizing digital tools for the recreation of lighting, she will suggest a fuller experience of the interior. She argues that further variation so lighting could be used to understand more fully the aesthetic impact intended by the designers of al-Hakam’s complex extension and addition of the mid-10th century CE. Only by recreating regimes of lighting in interiors can one begin to gauge aspects of historical and cultural experience in such spaces of memory.
This event is presented by the Center for Medieval Studies and co-sponsored by the James Ford Bell Library. It is free and open to the public. No reservations are required.”