From Scrolls to Scalar: the History of the Book

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Lisa Pon, Professor of Art History

     Lisa Pon specializes in early modern European art, architecture, and material culture, focusing on the mobilities of art, artistic authority and collaboration, and the Renaissance concept of copia or abundance.  Her first book, Raphael, Dürer and Marcantoni Raimondi: Copying and the Italian Renaissance Print, was published with Yale University Press in 2004; Cambridge University Press published her most recent monograph, Printed Icon: Forlì’s Madonna of the Fire, in 2015; and she is co-editor or co-author of three additional volumes.  Her articles have appeared in venues including Art Bulletin, Art History, Word & Image, Print Quarterly, Renaissance Studies, Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes, Boletín del Museo del Prado, and Journal of the Acoustical Society of America.

     Currently Pon is working on two book projects. One book manuscript examines fears about contagion, both biological and moral, in early modern Venice.  The other project explores artistic collaboration in the Renaissance, especially across media. Forthcoming essays draw on these projects, as well as her interest in color in religious ritual, partnerships in print media, and ancient literature published in Renaissance books.  She also leads the 2019-2022 USC Early Modern Studies Institute seminar, Paper and Other Early Modern Media Platforms.

     With co-directors Tracy Cosgriff, Curtis Fletcher, Andreas Kratky and Erik Loyer, Pon heads the interdisciplinary research project to digitally reconstruct the library of Julius II, virtually returning the experience of Julius' books to their intended site in the Vatican Palace, the Stanza della Segnatura.

     Her research has been supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities; Renaissance Society of America; the College Art Association; the American Council of Learned Societies; the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.; Spain’s Ministry of Culture; the John Rylands Research Institute, Manchester, UK; the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation; the New York City Public Library; the American Philosophical Society; the Bibliographical Society of America; the Warburg Institute, London; and the Getty Research Institute.  

Erik Loyer, Creative Director-SCALAR

Erik Loyer's interactive artworks have been exhibited online and in festivals and museums throughout the United States and abroad, including the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the Prix Ars Electronica; and Transmediale. Loyer is the creator of The Lair of the Marrow Monkey, one of the first websites to be added to the permanent collection of a major art museum, and Chroma, an award-winning web serial about the racial politics of virtual reality. As Creative Director for Vectors, he has designed numerous multimedia essays in collaboration with leading humanities scholars. Loyer's commercial portfolio includes Clio and One Show Gold Award-winning work for Vodafone as well as projects for BMW and Sony. He is the recipient of a Rockefeller Film/Video/Multimedia Fellowship, and his works have been honored in the Montreal International Festival of New Cinema and New Media and the California Design Biennial. Loyer has a B.A. in Cinema/Television Production from the University of Southern California.