Organized by Daniel Spaulding
This Assembly will be structured as a reading/discussion group. The focus will be on collective discussion of paradigmatic art historical texts with participants who have an investment in art, but who don’t necessarily have a deep academic background in the field of art history. I particularly would like to involve practicing artists. The reading list will include foundational texts from the late 19th and early 20th centuries as well as more recent interventions. These readings will represent methodologies such as formalism, iconology, the social history of art, feminist art history, critical race art history, and postcolonial / decolonial approaches. In effect, this Assembly will function in a way analogous to an art history methods seminar, but with an emphasis on how we can apply art historical methodology directly to our everyday work as cultural producers and engaged thinkers.
The main impetus for the group is the discussion itself. Essentially, I would like to move art historical pedagogy out of the confines of the academy in order to radicalize its potential. At the first meaning I plan on discussing possible actionable outcomes with participants, which might include follow-up projects such as a symposium or even an exhibition.