Past Event
Art History
Thursday, April 2
CANCELED - Katherine Tsanoff Brown Lecture: Jennifer L. Roberts, Harvard University

About the Event

*This event has been canceled.*

Dr. Jennifer Roberts is Professor of the Humanities in the Department of History of Art and Architecture at Harvard University, and she also serves as the Faculty Director of the Arts at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. She is an art historian focusing on American art from the colonial period onward, with particular interests in craft and materiality theory, print studies, and the history and philosophy of science.

Dr. Roberts is the author of books spanning American art from the 1760s to the 1970s, including Mirror-Travels: Robert Smithson and History (Yale University Press, 2004) and Transporting Visions: The Movement of Images in Early America (University of California Press, 2014). In 2012, she curated the exhibition Jasper Johns/In Press: The Crosshatch Works and the Logic of Print for the Harvard Art Museums; the catalog was also published that year (Harvard Art Museums, 2012). That project led to her co-authorship of Jasper Johns: A Catalogue Raisonné of the Monotypes (Yale University Press, 2017). Her current book project, titled The Matrix: Contemporary Art and the Life of Print, explores the way artists after 1960 embraced the physical and philosophical fecundity of printmaking processes.

At Harvard she has been active in the promotion and development of a new gateway curriculum in the Humanities; she is a co-creator of the Frameworks course “The Art of Looking,” which introduces students to the aesthetic, historical, and social intricacy of the visual arts. She is also a founder of the “Minding Making” project (, which aims to develop rigorous new methods of incorporating technical and artisanal knowledge into the historical and interpretive disciplines.


The Katherine Tsanoff Brown Lecture Series honors Katherine Tsanoff Brown, Rice University’s first teacher of art history, later the Dean of Undergraduate Affairs, and an ardent supporter of public lectures and visiting scholars in the arts.

Directions & Parking

The Moody Center for the Arts is located on the campus of Rice University, and is best reached by using Campus Entrance 8 at the intersection of University Boulevard and Stockton Street. As you enter campus, the building is on the right, just past the Media Center. There is a dedicated parking lot adjacent to the building. Payment for the Moody Lot is by credit card only. Maps are available at

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