MCA Presents Visiting Art Historian A. Victor Coonin

Contact: Natalie Fleenor
Communications Coordinator (901) 272-5113

Feb. 16, 2017

Memphis College of Art Presents Visiting Art Historian A. Victor Coonin

James R. Ruffin Professor of Art History at Rhodes College to present on the Contemporary Relevance of Michelangelo’s David

Dr. A Victor Coonin

WHAT:  Visiting Art Historian A. Victor Coonin will present a free art history lecture for the public and MCA community titled “The Contemporary Relevance of Michelangelo’s David.” The lecture will highlight themes of gender and sexuality, beauty and body image, and censorship and violence in Michelangelo’s famous statue. Though “David” was created over 500 years ago, Coonin will examine how the work continues to resonate in popular culture, citing modern artists such as Banksy and Warhol, who have riffed on the statue to highlight artistic and cultural concerns.

  • Coonin is the author of the book From Marble to Flesh: The Biography of Michelangelo’s David (2014, The Florentine Press)
  • Coonin’s work and research has received support from the prestigious Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Samuel H. Kress Foundation.
  • More information here.


WHEN:  Thursday, Feb. 23, 1-2 p.m.

WHERE:  Memphis College of Art, Rust Hall – Callicott Auditorium
1930 Poplar Ave., Overton Park
Memphis, TN 38104

WHY:  Since its inception in 1936, MCA has hosted Visiting Artist lectures and exhibits for the community as part of its commitment to fostering the arts in the city. Each year, prominent artists and art scholars from around the nation are invited to present and discuss their artwork and research to the local community. Recent Visiting Artists include the renowned and controversial photographer Sally Mann and Facebook’s Creative Director Ji Lee.

For more information about MCA’s Visiting Artist lecture series and other upcoming events, such as this year’s Downing Pryor Distinguished Visiting Lecturer LaToya Ruby Frazier, visit For media inquiries, contact Communications Coordinator Natalie Fleenor by email at or by phone at (901) 272-5113.

Photo: Courtesy of Dr. A. Victor Coonin

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