Painting Beyond Itself: The Medium in the Post-Medium Condition (Day Two)

Rachel Harrison, I'm With Stupid, 2007, Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum.

Rachel Harrison, I'm With Stupid, 2007, Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum.

Saturday, April 13, 2013
9:00am – 6:00pm

Arthur M. Sackler Museum, 485 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02138

Painting Beyond Itself: The Medium in the Post-Medium Condition (Day Two)
A two-day conference, conceived by Ewa Lajer-Burcharth and Isabelle Graw

Program organized by Ewa Lajer-Burcharth, William Dorr Boardman Professor of Fine Arts, Department of History of Art and Architecture (HAA), Harvard University; and Isabelle Graw, Professor for Art Theory and Art History, Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste (Städelschule), Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

In response to recent developments in pictorial practice and critical discourse, Painting Beyond Itself seeks to historicize and propose new approaches to the question of the medium. Reaching back to the earliest theoretical and institutional definition of painting as a medium in the Renaissance and 18th century, this two-day conference traces the changing role of the medium in establishing painting as the privileged practice, discourse, and institution of modernity. In particular, the sessions explore the question of the specificity of the medium under the condition of its de-specification. Bringing together an international group of scholars, critics, and artists, Painting Beyond Itself is a forum for a rich historical, theoretical, and practice-grounded conversation.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

9am - Welcome
Isabelle Graw, Städelschule, Frankfurt/Texte zur Kunst, Berlin

9:15am - Medium Specificity
Moderator: Carrie Lambert-Beatty, HAA/Department of Visual and Environmental Studies (VES), Harvard University

Painting Photography Painting: Time Lines and Medium Specificities
Carol Armstrong, Yale University

Rehearsing in / with Media: Some Remarks on the Relationship between Dance, Film, and Painting
Sabeth Buchmann, Akademie der bildenden Künst, Vienna

Thread, Pixel, Grain
Matt Saunders, VES, Harvard University


11:15am - Break

11:30am - Materiality and Creativity
Moderator: Jennifer Roberts, HAA, Harvard University

Nearly Nothing
René Démoris, Université Paris III-Sorbonne nouvelle

Happy Accidents
Suzanne Hudson, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

“As He Remembered It,” et al.
Stephen Prina, VES, Harvard University


1:30pm - Lunch

2:30pm - Abstraction and Memory
Moderator: Mark Godfrey, Tate Modern, London

The Desires of Painting and the Anti-Aesthetic in Gerhard Richter’s Family Portraits
Benjamin Buchloh, HAA, Harvard University

Where Are the Oculists Now? Abstraction’s Opacity
Briony Fer, University College London

A Short Geography of Marks
Julie Mehretu, New York City


4:30pm - Closing Remarks
Homi K. Bhabha, Mahindra Humanities Center, Harvard University

5pm - Reception

See the schedule of programming for day one of the conference on Friday, April 12.

Free admission. No registration required.

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.