The Dallas Museum of Art named Adam Herring, associate professor of art history at SMU Meadows School of the Arts, winner of the 2006 Vasari Award for his book Art and Writing in the Maya Cities, A.D. 600-800: A Poetics of Line (Cambridge University Press).
This year marks the 21st presentation of the Vasari Award, which is given to an author working in Texas whose book provides insight into works of art or aspects of art history and theory that enriches the understanding of visual arts. Criteria for the award include originality and depth of scholarship, quality of book production and visual presentation of material, as well as significance for the field of specialization and the literature of art history. The Dallas Museum of Art’s Mildred R. and Frederick M. Mayer Library sponsors the Vasari Award, which recognizes an outstanding scholarly publication by an art historian in Texas.
Herring will give a gallery talk at the Museum on the subject of his book on Wednesday, May 2, 2007 at 12:15 p.m.; the talk is free with paid admission to the Museum. He will speak in the fourth floor gallery that features the Museum's internationally recognized Maya holdings. Among the precious objects in stone, bone, and ceramic is an extraordinary eccentric flint depicting passengers in a crocodile canoe, a masterwork of ancient American art that Herring discusses in his book.
Herring’s groundbreaking study innovatively melds archaeology and art history, the social sciences and the humanities. In contrast to most archaeological scholarship in this field, he moves away from readings of hieroglyphic texts, instead viewing Maya art as an expansive discourse of culture and power. He convincingly argues that this art should be understood in the context of Maya notions of writing, line, and brushwork. Herring’s treatment of diverse, interrelated cultural and artistic materials ranges from broad historical views to very close and sensitive readings of Maya sculptures and ceramics.
Judges for the 2006 award were Anne Bromberg, Head Juror, Vasari Award jury, and The Cecil and Ida Green Curator of Ancient and Asian Art of the Dallas Museum of Art; Lori Boornazian Diel, Assistant Professor of Art History, Texas Christian University; and the winner of the 2005 Vasari Award, Randall C. Griffin, Associate Professor, SMU Meadows School of the Arts.
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