In the Foreground: Conversations on Art & Writing

By Caro Fowler

What does it mean to make art history? In the Foreground: Conversations on Art & Writing considers the role of art in society, how knowledge is shared (or obscured), and the way histories are made and unmade—while also considering the personal stakes of scholarship. Each episode offers a lively, in-depth look into the life and mind of a scholar or artist working with art historical or visual material. Discussions touch on guests’ current research projects, career paths, and significant texts, mentors, and experiences that have shaped their thinking. We invite you to join us and listen in on these conversations about the stakes of doing art history today.

  1. 1.
    “Always About to Take Place”: Glenn Peers on the Byzantine Fresco Chapel
    14:14
  2. 2.
    “The Status of the Human”: Amy Freund on the First French Hunting Portrait
    13:33
  3. 3.
    “The Erosion of History”: Samantha Page on Hung Liu’s “Migrant Mother”
    11:24
  4. 4.
    “A Rebuke to Polite Masculinity”: Charles Keiffer on Thomas Patch’s “British Gentlemen at Sir Horace Mann’s Home in Florence”
    9:11
  5. 5.
    “The Color of Emergency”: Joan Kee on Chao-Chen Yang’s “Apprehension”
    13:24
  6. 6.
    “It Looks like How Jazz Sounds”: Jordan Horton on Romare Bearden's “The Dove”
    10:35
  7. 7.
    “‘Others’ of Various Kinds”: J. Vanessa Lyon on Intersectionality as an Early Modern Scholar
    40:07
  8. 8.
    “Where the Impossible is Possible”: Saundra Weddle and Lisa Pon on Collaboration and Renaissance Studies
    40:45
  1. 9.
    "One's Own Bifurcations": Lorraine O'Grady on Both/And Thinking in Art
    40:45
  2. 10.
    “Moving Across the Threshold“: Alisa LaGamma on Curating the Arts of Africa
    38:38
  3. 11.
    “Sound is a Dimension of Reality”: Robin James on Theorizing Sound, Race, and Gender
    41:41
  4. 12.
    “Perception is a Form of Sampling": Christoph Cox on Materialities of Sound
    42:30
  5. 13.
    “The Sound Can Touch You Directly”: Christina Kubisch on Electronic Sound Art
    42:07
  6. 14.
    “When is This?”: Brian Michael Murphy on Media Archaeology and Preservation
    50:17
  7. 15.
    “A Database is an Argument”: Anne Helmreich on Digital Humanities and Art History
    46:05
  8. 16.
    “A Gesture of Reciprocity”: Souleymane Bachir Diagne on Translation and Restitution
    44:14
  9. 17.
    “Unpacking My Identity”: Genevieve Gaignard on Race in America and the Impossibility of Home
    39:38
  10. 18.
    “How to Look with Soft Eyes”: Darby English on Description as Method
    45:28
  11. 19.
    “Philosophical Grounding”: Michael Ann Holly on Creating Visual Studies 
    43:33
  12. 20.
    "Can You Show Thinking?”: Mieke Bal on Film & Writing
    37:01
  13. 21.
    "Refusal of Personality": Brigid Doherty on Rosemarie Trockel and Rorschach
    47:18
  14. 22.
    “Looking as Knowing”: Svetlana Alpers on Critical Thinking and Photography
    48:06
  15. 23.
    “An Art History Yet to Come”: Kirsten Scheid on Palestinian Art 
    43:24
  16. 24.
    “A Set of Ways of Engaging”: Lisa Lee on Thomas Hirschhorn & Materiality
    43:40
  17. 25.
    “An Embodiment of Experience”: Steven Nelson on African Art and Writing History
    39:14
  18. 26.
    “To Speak Across Time”: Gabriele Finaldi on Museums
    44:42
  19. 27.
    “An Archive of Exchange”: C. Ondine Chavoya on Chicanx and Latinx Art History
    51:42
  20. 28.
    “Surfaces of Projection”: Dell M. Hamilton on Performance Art and Black Embodiment
    43:29
  21. 29.
    “The Nature of All Our Forms”: María Magdalena Campos-Pons on Performance Art
    48:41

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