Hidden in Plain Sight: Meanings and Messages in Ceramics, 1650–1950

Symposium: Saturday, September 22, 2018
Keynote lecture and reception: Friday, September 21, 2018
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Location: Brown Auditorium Theater, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston | 1001 Bissonnet

Rienzi, the MFAH house museum for European decorative arts, begins the celebrations for its 20th anniversary as a public collection with a symposium featuring international emerging scholars. In “Hidden in Plain Sight: Meanings and Messages in Ceramics, 1650–1950,” scholars are asked to discuss objects made for rare or unlikely uses, display, or celebration. We ask participants to examine the use of ceramics as vehicles for concealed language regarding humor, courtship, diplomacy, learning, class and contemporary culture.

Stay tuned for information about registration! Questions? Contact rienzi@mfah.org or 713.639.7800.

Call for Papers

“Hidden in Plain Sight: Meanings and Messages in Ceramics, 1650–1950”

Master’s and doctoral students as well as entry-level and mid-career professionals are invited to submit a 400-word abstract outlining a 20-minute presentation, along with a CV, by Sunday, July 15, 2018. Selected participants are notified by Wednesday, August 1, 2018, and offered a $600 stipend for travel and lodging. All presentations are given Saturday, September 22, 2018, at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. The keynote lecture is held Friday evening, followed by a reception at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

Themes of investigation may include, but are not limited to: display, dining, privacy, social pastimes, etiquette, gender, travel, economics, politics, beauty, print culture, and secret societies

Call for papers & symposium information
► Send proposals to rienzisymposium@mfah.org

Important Dates
• Deadline to submit: Sunday, July 15, 2018
• Notification for selected participants: On or before Wednesday, August 1, 2018
• Presentation: September 22, 2018, at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston