Painting beyond Itself: The Medium in the Post-Medium Condition
April 12 - April 13, 2013
A Conference, conceived by Ewa Lajer-Burcharth and Isabelle Graw
Ewa Lajer-Burcharth, William Dorr Boardman Professor of Fine Arts, Department of History of Art and Architecture, Harvard University; and Isabelle Graw, Professor for Art Theory and Art History, Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste (Städelschule), Frankfurt am Main, Germany
This conference seeks to historicize the current developments in pictorial practice and critical discourse by reaching back to the originary moments of theoretical and institutional de?nition of painting as a medium in the Renaissance and in the eighteenth century. It bridges the divide between art history and contemporary artistic practice by bringing together major American and international scholars, critics, curators, and artists. By raising the question of the medium and the post-medium condition, Painting beyond Itself wishes to emphasize the importance of materiality of the art object as the domain of exploration in the era of digital de-materialization.
See the full schedule of speakers on the Harvard Art Museums website.
Sponsored by the Department of History of Art and Architecture, Harvard University, and the Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard. Funding for this conference has also been generously provided by the M. Victor Leventritt Lecture Fund, Harvard Art Museums, and the Provostial Fund in the Arts and Humanities, Harvard University.