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

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

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

Friday, April 12, 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 One)
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.

Friday, April 12

9am - Welcome
Robin Kelsey, HAA, Harvard University
Lynette Roth, Harvard Art Museums
Ewa Lajer-Burcharth, HAA, Harvard University

9:15am - Painting as Subject
Moderator: Joseph Koerner, HAA, Harvard University

Intelligent Touch
David Joselit, Yale University

Scenes of Instruction
Ewa Lajer-Burcharth, HAA, Harvard University

The Double Session: Seasons and Sacraments: An Experiment in Painting Thinking
Jutta Koether
, Hochschule für bildende Künste (HfbK), Hamburg


11:15am - Break

11:30am - Color
Moderator: Maria Gough, HAA, Harvard University

Can a Color Be Egoistic?
Yve-Alain Bois, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, NJ

Modern Color: A New Paradigm
Jacqueline Lichtenstein, Université Paris IV-Sorbonne

Color: A User’s Manual
Amy Sillman, New York City


1:30pm - Lunch

2:30pm - Indexicality and Liveliness
Moderator: Robin Kelsey, HAA, Harvard University

The Value of Liveliness: Painting as an Index of Agency in the New Economy
Isabelle Graw, Städelschule, Frankfurt/Texte zur Kunst, Berlin

Quasi vivo: Enlivenment in Early Modern Italian Art
Frank Fehrenbach, HAA, Harvard University

B-Side, 2013 (computer presentation)
R. H. Quaytman, New York City


4:30pm - Open discussion

See the schedule of programming for day two of the conference on Saturday, April 13.

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.