Ruins & Romantics: English Gothic and Gothic-Revival Art and Architecture
Peter G. Thurnauer Memorial Winter Break Programs Fund
Faculty Director: Baird Jarman, Associate Professor of Art History
The culture shock of the Industrial Revolution in England sparked a favorable reappraisal of the middle Ages, previously regarded as a bleak historical epoch. Starting in the late eighteenth century, gothic Revivalists, skeptical of machine-age progress, sought to revitalize imagined qualities of medieval society, such as spirituality, craftsmanship, and communalism. This program will explore interpretations of medieval English culture by anti-modernists such as the pre-Raphaelites, Arts & Crafts workers, and others.
INFORMATION MEETING: TUESDAY, FEB. 9, 7PM, BOLIOU 161
Application due by May 3 in Boliou 155.
- Fall 2010: English Art & Architecture
- Winter Break 2010: Field Trip to England: Bath, Cambridge, Liverpool, London, Manchester, and Oxford
- Winter 2011: Independent Research Projects
Pre-requisite: Any 2 ARTH courses or instructor permission
Peter George Thurnauer (1937-1976) was a Physics major, Carleton ’59. He is remembered for his intellect, generosity, and wry sense of humor. His classmates recall his talent for presenting straightforward and elegant explanations of complex physical laws and questions.
Peter was an accomplished violinist and enjoyed participating in competitive sports. Peter’s father, Hans Thurnauer (1908-2007), established the family foundation, Noris Foundation, to support education and other worthwhile causes. Long before anyone heard of ‘globalization,’ Hans believed that students should broaden their educational experiences beyond their institutions, and particularly encouraged them to gain international experiences.
Indeed, after graduating from Carleton, Peter went on to obtain a PhD in Physics from Oxford University, England. After post-doctoral positions in La Jolla, CA and Rochester, NY, he joined the Physics faculty at the University of Vermont. Peter continued to play the violin and joined orchestras, such as the Vermont Philharmonic Orchestra, in all the places that he lived.
The Peter G. Thurnauer Memorial Winter Break Programs Fund is established to honor Peter’s memory by facilitating the continuation of this important educational experience offered by the College.