Katherine Rinne, a specialist in water history and expert on the fountains in Rome, will deliver the McCormick Lecture in Art History at 7 p.m., April 10, in the Witherspoon Concert Hall of the Joslyn Art Museum. Her lecture on the architects and fountain designers in 16th and 17th century Rome is free and open to the public with a reception at 6 p.m. in the Storz Fountain Court.
Rinne specializes in water history and current issues related to urban development and water scarcity. She’s the project director for a web-based research projected published by the University of Virginia. The project title Aquae Urbis Romae: The Waters of the City of Rome looks at the 3,000 year history of water infrastructure and urban development in Rome. Rinne was awarded research fellowships for this project, including awards from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the Fulbright Commission, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Gallery of Art and the National Science Foundation.
Her book, The Waters of Rome: Aqueducts, Fountains, and the Birth of the Baroque City, received the 2012 Spiro Kostof Award for Urban History from the Society of Architectural Historians and the 2011 John Brinkerhoff Jackson Prize for Landscape History.
Rinne’s professional design work focuses on large-scale urban design and planning projects. She was a member of the 1984 Los Angeles Design Team and has worked with master planning teams for the Los Angeles Greenways proposal, the Superconducting Super Collider, Paramount Studios and a secondary urban center at Kapolei, Hawaii.
The McCormick Lecture in Art History, sponsored by Creighton’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts, the Richard and Mary McCormick Endowment Fund, the Grace Keenan Fund and the Joslyn Art Museum, is given annually by experts in art history and archaeology for students at Creighton and the Omaha public interested in art, art history and archaeology.