Eminent art historian Professor Svetlana Alpers from the University of California at Berkeley lectured on "Realities of the Studio or the Vexations of Art" in Taylor Hall.  Praised for her persistent study of the language of description and the co-founder of the interdisciplinary journal Representations (1983), Alpers published The Art of Describing: Dutch Art in the Seventeenth Century in 1983 and—with Michael Baxandall—Tiepolo and the Pictorial Intelligence in 1994. Her The Vexations of Art: Velázquez and Others appeared from Yale University Press in 2005.