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Destroy the Copy with Annetta Alexandridis

Wednesday, March 22, 2023 at 4:30pm to 5:30pm

Olin Library, 107
Olin Library, Ithaca, NY 14850, USA

The destruction of sculptural plaster cast collections, whether through simple neglect or targeted demolition, sheds light on the aesthetic ideals, political ideologies, educational and scholarly practices, and ideas of race that underpin these decisions, according to Annetta Alexandridis, associate professor in the Classics and History of Art and Visual Studies departments.

In a live, hybrid Chats in the Stacks book talk, Alexandridis will discuss Destroy the Copy - Plaster Cast Collections in the 19th-20th Centuries (De Gruyter, 2022) which is the first volume to explicitly address the destruction of plaster cast collections of ancient Mediterranean and Western sculpture. The volume has gathered art historians, archaeologists and a literary scholar to explore how different museum and academic traditions, notions of value and authenticity, or colonialism have impacted the fate of collections. Alexandridis will also be joined in the closing Q&A by Hannah Hume ’14, a former anthropology major now at the Newark Museum of Art, and author of the article on Cornell’s own plaster cast collection which is featured in the book.

This talk is hosted by Olin Library. Light refreshments will be served.

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If you would like to attend the talk virtually, please register through the following link: 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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Author Appearance, Special Event, Presentation


Cornell University Library, Classics, History of Art and Visual Studies, Olin Library

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CUL, book talk, olin library, artscal, arthistory, classicsevents

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Jenny Leijonhfuvud


Annetta Alexandridis

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Classics and History of Art and Visual Studies

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No registration needed for in-person, but register via the link above to join the webinar.

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Free and open to all.

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