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Eleanor Heartney, AB’76, AM’80, interviewed about Art & Today

Eleanor Heartney, graduate from the Department of Art History, is the author of the new book Art & Today, which explores themes in the last 25 years of art. She was interviewed recently by The Brooklyn Rail, and she talked about globalism, Catholicism, and how the University of Chicago fit into her life story. From the interview:

HEARTNEY: One of the most exciting classes I took was on Medievalism, which fed into my whole Catholic obsession and was taught by Linda Seidel, the terrific Romanesque scholar.

RAIL: Who edited Meyer Schapiro’s Romanesque Architecture Sculpture: The Charles Eliot Norton Lectures.

HEARTNEY: That’s right. Another one was a class on Frank Lloyd Wright, which was taught by Joseph Connors, who was at one time the Director of Villa I Tatti, the Harvard Center for Italian Renaissance Studies. I was interested in the political aspects of Frank Lloyd Wright’s work as a kind of social planner and social theorist. So I think those two classes, both of them, pointed the direction towards where my writing eventually would go. 

Read the full interview here.

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