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Art historian Ann Gunter to lecture on Greece

October 4, 2011

An illustration from Ann Gunter's art history presentationAnn C. Gunter, professor of art history, classics and humanities at Northwestern University, will deliver a lecture at 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 10, on “Gifts, Exchange, and Acquisition: Greece and Its Near Eastern Neighbors.”

The lecture in Room 100 of the Visual Arts Building will be illustrated.

Professor Gunter received her Ph.D. in Near Eastern art history and archaeology from Columbia University. In 1987, she joined the staff of the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, as curator of ancient Near Eastern Art.

In 2004, she was appointed head of Scholarly Publications and Programs at the Freer and Sackler Galleries, and she also holds an adjunct appointment in the Department of Near Eastern Studies, John Hopkins University.

A specialist in ancient Near Eastern art and Anatolian archaeology, Professor Gunter has curated several exhibitions at the Freer and Sackler galleries, including “When Kingship Descended from Heaven: Masterpieces of Mesopotamian Art from the Louvre” (1992), “Preserving Ancient Statues from Jordan” (1996), and “Caravan Kingdoms: Yemen and the Ancient Incense Trade” (2004).

Ann C. Gunter

Ann C. Gunter

Her numerous publications include “Gordion: The Bronze Age (1991), Ancient Iranian Metalwork in the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery” (co-authored with Paul Jett, 1992), “A Collector’s Journey: Charles Lang Freer and Egyp” (2002), “Ernst Herzfeld and the Development of Near Eastern Studies, 1900–1950” (co-edited with Stefan R. Hauser, 2005), and “Greek Art and the Orient” (Cambridge University Press, 2010).

She is currently preparing for publication the Late Bronze and Early Iron Age ceramics excavated from the site of Kinet Höyük, Turkey, an archaeological field project under the auspices of Bilkent University, Ankara.

Professor Gunter’s lecture is sponsored by members of the Art History Division at NIU and funded by the Elizabeth Allen Visiting Lectures in Art History and Northern Illinois University School of Art Visiting Artists and Scholars Program. All lectures in the series are free and open to the public.

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