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POSTPONED ~ A WEDDING OF ARMENIAN TYPES, ARMENIAN CUSTOMS: Revisiting Garabed Nichanian's "Provincial Wedding in Moush" (1890) by Dr. Vazken Khatchig Davidian ~ POSTPONED to Fall 2020

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POSTPONED to Fall 2020

The presentation undertakes a close reading of a major painting- Provincial Wedding in Moush - by the notable but now forgotten, Constantinople artist Garabed "Charles" Nichanian (1861-1950). Unseen since the last exhibition in Chicago in 1893, the image of this monumental work has survived through a single know photographic reproduction and at least two engravings published in contemporary journals. Moreover two extensive reviews complement the photograph with a plethora of descriptive detail based on direct visual observation of the painting in the company of the artist. Crucially, they also reveal much about the work's reception among contemporary reformist Ottoman Armenian intellectuals.

Davidian utilizes archival material to examine an important painting replete with ethnographic detail and local color against - and to re-situate it within - the cultural, social, and political historical setting in which it was conceived, executed, displayed, and received.

Vazken Khatchig Davidian is Calouste Gulbenkian Postdoctoral Fellow at the Faculty of Oriental Studies at the Universityh of Oxford. He earned his PhD in art history from Birkbeck College, University of London. He is currently working on his monograph "Migrant Workers, Marauding Tribesmen: Late Nineteenth Century Representations of Armenians and Kurds from the Ottoman East.
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