The annual Paul H. and Erika Bourguignon Lecture in Art and Anthropology will feature Art Historian Ann Bremner, for a talk on “The Artist and the Anthropologist.” Bremner will examine the life and work of this lecture series’ namesakes: the late artist Paul-Henri Bourguignon and anthropologist Erika Bourguignon. Paul-Henri Bourguignon’s artworks have been exhibited across the country, including in a fall 2014 retrospective at the Columbus Museum of Art. Erika Bourguignon was a former chair of the Department of Anthropology at Ohio State, where she taught for more than 40 years.
The couple met in 1947 in Haiti, where Erika was conducting fieldwork for her dissertation and Paul was a correspondent for a Belgian newspaper. Bremner will discuss the way the Bourguignons' relationship—especially the awareness it brought Paul of an anthropologist’s way of seeing and thinking—influenced his work as an artist. She will focus on images related to the Bourguignons’ time in Haiti: photographs Paul took in Haiti in 1947 and 1948 and paintings and drawings he made in Columbus that relate to Haiti. The annual Paul H. and Erika Bourguignon Lecture in Art and Anthropology is made possible by an endowment from Elizabeth (Betsy) Salt (MA, anthropology, 1975). The lecture was established by a generous gift from Erika Bourguignon. 7 p.m. Lecture 8 p.m. Memorial Celebration for Erika Bourguignon US Bank Conference Theater; Ohio Union; 1739 North High Street; Columbus, OH 43210 Celebrate Erika Bourguignon's life and achievements with her friends and colleagues at an informal reception following the lecture.
The event is free and open to the public.
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