Gold: Movement, Making, and Materiality

Thursday, December 8, 2022
7 - 8:30 pm
Calderwood Hall

Gold has been prized for centuries as a material symbolic of power, beauty, transformation, status, and value. In the early Italian Renaissance, luminous gold-ground altarpieces were synonymous with Christian ideas of transcendence and divinity, exemplified by Simone Martini’s highly refined panel paintings. During the artist’s lifetime, gold was also at the heart of a global trade network that joined West Africa and the Mediterranean world.

Join us for a conversation on gold and its global trade and examine the complex significance of this precious metal - past and present. Artist-In-Residence Stacy Lynn Waddell, art historian Risham Majeed, historian Robyn d’Avignon, and exhibition curator Nathaniel Silver will explore questions around the sourcing, exchange, and use of gold in art of the fourteenth century and today.

About the Speakers


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Header Photo: Stacy Lynn Waddell (b. 1966, US), YOUNG WOMAN HOLDING A FLOWER (for M. S.), 2022. © Stacy Lynn Waddell, Courtesy of Candice Madey Gallery.

Metal of Honor: Gold from Simone Martini to Contemporary Art is supported by the Abrams Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Wagner Foundation, the Robert Lehman Foundation, Fredericka and Howard Stevenson, and the Samuel H. Kress Foundation.

Additional support is provided by an endowment grant from the Mellon Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Media Partner: The Boston Globe.

The Artist-in-Residence program is directed by Pieranna Cavalchini, Tom and Lisa Blumenthal Curator of Contemporary Art, and is supported by the Barbara Lee Program Fund.

The Museum receives operating support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, which is supported by the state of Massachusetts and the National Endowment for the Arts.