Can the Artist Erase History ? Contemporary Artists against the Archive

7 mai 2012
Salle Giorgio Vasari
2, rue Vivienne
75002 Paris

Accès : 6 rue des Petits-Champs

Michael Lobel, associate professor of art history, Purchase College, State University of New York ; Terra visiting professor of American art, Institut National d'Histoire de l'Art

This lecture is meant to create a dialogue with the “Archives de l'art de la période contemporaine” initiative at Institut National d'Histoire de l'Art. In most cases, archives can provide invaluable insight into contemporary art making practices. There is also a wide range of contemporary artists who use archival materials in innovative ways. There are certain instances, however, in which the art historian's goal of documenting, analyzing, and interpreting historical phenomena is in conflict with the artist's own wishes. Two such cases will be discussed as a way of highlighting some of the potential challenges to archival research on contemporary art.

Michael Lobel is associate professor of art history and director of the MA program in modern and contemporary art, criticism and theory at Purchase College, State University of New York, and the Terra Foundation visiting professor at the Institut National d'Histoire de l'Art in Paris (spring 2012). His publications include : Image Duplicator : Roy Lichtenstein and the Emergence of Pop Art (Yale University Press, 2002), James Rosenquist : Pop Art, Politics and History in the 1960s (University of California Press, 2009), and exhibition catalog essays and articles in Art Journal, Artforum, Parkett, and Art Bulletin. He curated Fugitive Artist : The Early Work of Richard Prince, 1974–77 for the Neuberger Museum of Art in 2007. He recently completed a book manuscript on the early twentieth-century American artist John Sloan.

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Contact : Annie Claustres
Domaine : Histoire de l'art contemporain XXe-XXIe siècles