Abstract: When a mysterious cache of sixteenth-century Netherlandish engravings was found in the Arctic circle in 1870, many questions arose. What do such objects, for example, tell us about narratives of Renaissance globalization? About "cultural exchange" conceptualized not in terms of movement and difference, but of stasis, mundanity, and sameness?
Bio: Christopher Heuer holds a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley in the history of art and architecture (2003) and completed a predoctoral fellowship at the Kunsthistorisch Instituut of the Rijksuniversiteit Leiden (2000–2002). He earned his MA from the University of Southern California in the history of art and architecture (1997) and graduated from Bowdoin College in 1994 with a bachelor’s degree cum laude, double majoring in art history and philosophy. He was an assistant professor in the Department of Art and Archaeology at Princeton University from 2007–2014 and was recently the Samuel H. Kress Senior Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. He is a widely recognized specialist in early modern European art and architecture, with an emphasis on painting, architecture, and print culture in northern Europe. He is the author of The City Rehearsed: Object, Architecture, and Print in the Worlds of Hans Vredeman de Vries. Currently, Heuer is working on books examining Albrecht Dürer and kinesis, and Renaissance encounters with the Arctic.