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Conference - American Art and the Mass Media

Posted on Wednesday, 18th April 2012

American Art and the Mass Media
Wednesday 2 to Thursday 3 May 2012

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

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. Speakers include James Boaden, Jean-Loup Bourget, François Brunet, Annie Claustres, Christian Delage, Molly Donovan, Sara Doris, John Fagg, Ursula Frohne, Kristen Gresh, André Gunthert, J. Carlos Kase, Jason LaFountain, Filip Lipinski, Ségolène Le Men, Michael Lobel, Nenette Luarca-Shoaf, Richard Meyer, Jorge Ribalta, Stephanie Schwartz, and Maria Slowinska.

Organized by Dr Jason E. Hill (INHA) and Dr Elisa Schaar (The Courtauld Institute of Art)

Sponsored by the Terra Foundation for American Art and 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

Open to all, free admission
Program in English and French
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