american art and the mass media


10.00 - 18.00, Wednesday 2 May 2012
10.30 - 18.30, Thursday 3 May 2012

Institut national d'histoire de l'art (INHA), 2 rue Vivienne, 75002 Paris, France

Cowboy with movie camera in a prairie
Arthur Rothstein, Cowboy with amateur movie camera, Quarter Circle U roundup, Montana, 1939. Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, FSA-OWI Collection [LC-USF33-003217-M1 DLC (b&w film nitrate neg.)].

Speaker(s): James Boaden (University of York); Jean-Loup Bourget (École normale supérieure); François Brunet (Université Paris Diderot); Annie Claustres (Institut national d’histoire de l’art); Christian Delage (Université Paris 8); Molly Donovan (National Gallery of Art, Washington); Sara Doris (Northeastern University, Boston); John Fagg (University of Birmingham); Ursula Frohne (University of Cologne); Kristen Gresh (Museum of Fine Arts, Boston); André Gunthert (L’École des hautes études en sciences sociales, Paris); Juan Carlos Kase (University of North Carolina, Wilmington); Jason LaFountain (Harvard University; Ségolène Le Men (Université Paris X Nanterre); Filip Lipinski (Adam Mickiewicz University Poznan); Michael Lobel (Purchase College, State University of New York); Nenette Luarca-Shoaf (University of Delaware); Richard Meyer (University of Southern California); Jorge Ribalta (Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona); Stephanie Schwartz (University College, London); Maria Slowinska (Freie Universität, Berlin)

Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission

Organised by: Terra Foundation for American Art Postdoctoral Fellows Dr Jason E. Hill (INHA) and Dr Elisa Schaar (The Courtauld Institute of Art)

This two-day international symposium considers the dynamic interplay of the fine arts and the technologies and structures of the mass media across the long narrative of American art history. Taking as an occasion the Warhol: Headlines travelling exhibition that premiered at the National Gallery of Art in Washington in the autumn of 2011 and that systematically explored Andy Warhol’s artistic preoccupation with the visual culture of journalism, our program aims to grant visibility to the exciting correspondences or tensions that emerge when such disciplinary boundaries as have fractured the study of the fine arts and more instrumental communicative media are, even if only temporarily, set aside. The spectrum of research encompasses moments of intersection between fine arts discourse and the various technological and historically specific modalities of mass media culture from the sixteenth-century printing press and the nineteenth-century panorama to the experimental cinema of the sixties and our present social media sphere.

Under the auspices of the Terra Foundation for American Art, this international symposium is co-sponsored by The Courtauld Institute of Art and by the Institut national d'histoire de l'art (INHA) in Paris in partnership with the Ecole Normale Supérieure, the Université Paris-Ouest Nanterre la Défense and the Université François Rabelais de Tours.

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