On Materiality and Meaning

Presented by Professor Ewa Lajer-Burcharth (Harvard University)

Date: 16 March, 2018
Time: 3pm-4pm
Location: Digital Learning Space (Room 224, Level 2), Joyce Ackroyd Building (#37) 


Abstract:

What can be gained from considering a painting not only as an image but also a material object? The seminar will consider the methodological promises and challenges of recent shift in art history towards materiality, focusing specifically on the question of meaning. Contemporary paramedial practice of painting as well as eighteenth-century experiments with the medium will be discussed.

Recommended Reading, Ewa Lajer-Burcharth, “The Inner Life of Painting,” (on Amy Sillman), in Amy Sillman: One Lump or Two, Helen Molesworth, ed. (Boston: ICA & Prestel, 2014): 83-118; and Ewa Lajer-Burcharth “Chardin’s Craft,” The Painter’s Touch, chap. 2.

 

Presenter:

Ewa Lajer-Burcharth is the William Dorr Boardman Professor of Fine Arts in the Department of History of Art and Architecture at Harvard University. She is the author of Necklines: The Art of Jacques-Louis David after the Terror (Yale University Press, 1999); Chardin Material (Sternberg Press, 2011); and The Painter’s Touch: Boucher, Chardin, Fragonard, (Princeton University Press, 2017). She has also coedited and contributed to Interiors and Interiority (with Beate Söntgen; De Gruyter, 2015; Painting Beyond Itself: the Medium in the Post-medium Condition (with Isabelle Graw; Sternberg Press, 2016); and Drawing: The Invention of A Modern Medium (with Elizabeth M. Rudy; Harvard Art Museums, 2017). Recipient of the Getty Postdoctoral Fellowship and the Guggenheim Fellowship, among others, she was also a fellow at of the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, the Wissenshaftskolleg zu Berlin, the Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Study, and the Institut National d’Histoire de l’Art in Paris. Her current research interests include historical conceptualization of drawing as a practice, a medium and a discourse; the issue of artistic individuality in its different historical formulations; the relation between space and subjectivity; the question of interiority; the dialectic of privacy and publicness; the historical conceptions of painting as a practice, a discourse and an institution; art practice in a revolutionary situation, and art, architecture and technology in the Enlightenment.

This seminar is presented by the Power Institute with support from the Keir Foundation and the UQ Translational Research in Creative Practice research group.

Dr Ewa Lajer-Burcharth

 

About Research Seminar and Workshop Series

 


School of Communication and Arts Research Seminar Series

The research seminar and workshop series occur each semester, each with a different topic and guest speaker from UQ or otherwise.

Friday, 5 March
12-1pm

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Research Seminar - What Has Streaming Done to Television? Platform Interfaces and Contemporary Viewing Dr Elliott Logan

Friday, 5 March
12-1pm

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Research Seminar - Building cultural citizenship through drama: A study of The Community Theatre in Singapore Dr Natalie Lazaroo

Friday, 23 April
12-1pm

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Research Seminar - Passing as White (Collar): Jim Crow’s Typewriter and the Harlem Renaissance Dr Tamlyn Avery

Friday, 7 May
12-1pm

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Research Seminar - HDR Roundtable: Ethical or exploitative? The representation of violence and trauma in literature and screen media  Bonnie Evans, Taryn Bashford, Jasmine Sandes, Meg Vann

Friday, 21 May
12-1pm

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Research Seminar - Converging Professions or Practices? Shifting Dynamics in a Digital Communication World Toning Down the Antagonism Between Communication and Journalism Dr Franzisca Weder

Friday, 4 June
12-1pm

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Research Seminar - Facilitating co-innovation towards sustainable livestock systems in Timor Leste – pulling out all the (communication) stops A/Prof Elske van de Fliert

Friday, 18 June
12-1pm

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Research Seminar -  Holograms and (Dis) Embodied Intimacy in an Era of Ubiquitous Computing Dr Samantha Lindop

Friday, 6 August
1-2pm

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Research Seminar - All Scripts are Adaptations? Michael Eaton MBE

Friday, 27 August
12-1pm

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Research Seminar - Chilling Effect: The law, lawyers, journalists, and editorial processes Dr Richard Murray

Friday, 10 September
12-1pm

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Research Seminar - Mrs America’s Prosthetic Feminist Memory: The ‘Discovery’ of a Cool Feminism for Postfeminist Times Dr Marg Henderson and Dr Anthea Taylor (USyd)

Friday, 24 September
1-2pm

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In coversation with Laura Elvery A/Prof Stephen Carleton

 

Venue

Room: 
Digital Learning Space, Joyce Ackroyd Building #37