Gerhard Marcks Lecture: 'Visualizing Sound: The German Avant-Garde and the Acoustic Realm'

Brett Van Hoesen, assistant professor of art history at the University of Nevada-Reno, will give the 2013-14 Gerhard Marcks Lecture, "Visualizing Sound: The German Avant-Garde and the Acoustic Realm," at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5, in the Franklin W. Olin Building Room 102 on the Luther College campus.

A reception with Hoesen will follow the lecture; both are open to the public with no charge for admission. 

Van Hoesen will discuss how over the last decade, sound art has emerged as a seemingly new genre in the art world. Digital technology has played an integral role in this development, significantly aiding the creation, but what is overlooked is the long history of sound projects by members of the German avant-garde dating from the late 19th-early 20th century. Van Hoesen will emphasize how the processes and experiences of sound instigated new visual forms in German art and prompted innovative questions as to how visual language might accurately represent auditory sensations.

Van Hoesen will also offer a public workshop, "See Europe Through the Eyes of an Art Historian," at 12:45 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5, in Loyalty Hall in Room 10. In the workshop, audience members will virtually travel to three historic cities in Europe: Pont-Aven, France; Torino, Italy; and Berlin, Germany. While these cities are radically different in terms of language and culture, collectively they serve as a vehicle to better understand the intrigue for studying art, art history and foreign language.

Van Hoesen is an assistant professor of art history at the University of Nevada-Reno. She instructs several courses on the subject of art history.

After attending the University of Iowa to study art, she went on to the University of Massachusetts and earned a master's degree in art, and then traveled back to the University of Iowa to earn a doctoral degree in the history of art.

Van Hoesen has received funding for her research from the Ford Foundation for the Crossing Borders Program, the German Academic Exchange Service, the Junior Faculty Research Grant Program, Scholarly and Creative Activities Grant Program and the Scholar in Residence Program at the Robert Gore Rifkind Center for German Expressionist Studies at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. She is credited in more than 15 publications in the subject of art history.

Brett Van Hoesen