Monday, October 18, 2010
Art History Working Papers
Super short notice on my part, but today at 5:00 the department will host an installment of its new Art History Working Papers lecture series. With this new program, "we hope to call attention to innovative scholarship, to provide a forum for faculty to get feedback on their work at a formative stage, and to demystify for students the process of researching and publishing in art history."
The talk will last 20 minutes in art history classroom FAC 235, followed by an informal discussion/Q&A.
Dr. Smith's topic is "Vision and Primitivism in Franz Marc's Slow Paintings".
Abstract: "In 1913, the German Expressionist painter Franz Marc began producing paintings in a style which departed from the fluid, organic compositions for which he was then known. Although he continued to focus on animals as his subjects, these creatures were now translated into fractured, prismatic forms. In this paper, I argue that, from 193, Marc's paintings facilitate an awareness of the temporal nature of vision, repeating the conditions in which one learns gradually how to see. This slow model of looking produced a cerebral kind of primitivism, in which the complexities of optical perception became married to the atavistic promise of a long remembered past, an approach which sheds new light on Marc's late animal paintings."
This should be an interesting lecture, and students from Dr. Smith's Expressionism capstone seminar this semester should find it particularly relevant. About a month ago, Dr. Hajovsky delivered a well-received 'Working Papers in Art History' talk on representations of Aztec leader Moctezuma. So far this lecture series has been great, and look for more topics to come.