Terra Foundation-supported Events

Lectures & Symposia

Lecture: “‘Art knows no geographical lines’: The influence of Edwardian British artists on Pittsburgh’s Carnegie International exhibitions”

In this paper, Alison Clarke, 2018–19 Terra Foundation-Paul Mellon Centre Fellow, explores the relationship between British artists and the annual International exhibition established at Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Institute in 1896.

Until the advent of the First World War, the International provided a forum for the American exhibition of works by British artists such as Lawrence Alma-Tadema, Frank Brangwyn, and John Macallen Swan. In return, these artists offered guidance to the Institute on how to negotiate the British art scene, as well as acting as judges on the International Jury established to award exhibition prizes. In particular, landscape painter Alfred East established a firm friendship with Carnegie Museum Director John W. Beatty, detailed in the numerous letters exchanged between the pair. East visited Pittsburgh on multiple occasions, selling works to American buyers and producing watercolors on trips up the coast to Connecticut. This previously unexplored link between British artists and an American museum provides an illuminating snapshot of transatlantic artistic interchange in the Edwardian period.

For more information and to book tickets, please visit: https://www.paul-mellon-centre.ac.uk/whats-on/forthcoming/terra-pmc-fellowship.

Conference: “Anni Albers and the Modernist Textile”

This two-day conference will bring together scholars from academic institutions in the United Kingdom, the United States, Chile, Mexico, and Europe to discuss the critical significance of textiles within the modernist project. Focusing on the work of the 20th-century weaver Anni Albers (1899–1994), the conference aims to examine the afterlife of a Bauhaus weaving aesthetic as it was transformed across transnational networks of dialogue and dissemination. The conference also coincides with the end of the major Anni Albers retrospective at Tate Modern (closing at the end of January 2019) and with the centenary of the Bauhaus (1919–2019).

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Seminar: “‘Luminism’: Museums and the Production of Knowledge”

“Luminism” is a term that in the 1960s was deployed to designate and define a school of mid-nineteenth century American landscape painting as nationally and artistically significant. It raised a group of hitherto minor painters to prominence and designated them as the most important, distinctively American contribution to the art of the United States of the entire century. By the late 1980s, however, no academic scholar used the term. In this paper, Bruce Robertson (Professor of Art & Architecture and Director of Art, Design & Architecture Museum, University of California, Santa Barbara) will examine the critical role museums played in the production of the canon of American art, and the interaction among academic scholarship, museums, and markets, within the framework of national political developments. Analyzing the success and failure of “luminism,” he will consider the strength and limits of museums to shape canons, and suggest some other examples worth examining. American art has a particular value in examining the knowledge work that museums do because the growth of American art is exactly coincident with the development of the public museum.

The seminar will be held in room MA 331.

Lecture: “Exile Modernism”

This lecture by Dr. Andrew Witt, Terra Foundation Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, addresses the photographic work of Maya Deren and Alexander Hammid undertaken in Los Angeles in the early 1940s. Although Deren and Hammid occupy an important place in the history of avant-garde film, noted for their collaboration Meshes of the Afternoon (1943), their photographic work appears as a blind spot in the history of art and photography. In order to provide shape and context to their work, Andrew Witt considers the writing of other European artists and writers who were exiled in Los Angeles. His paper is motivated by the belief that avant-garde activity encountered in Los Angeles at this moment proposes a new problematic to think through the formation of experimental photography, community, and migration in the history of American art.

The talk will be held at the Institut für Kunst- und Bildgeschichte (IKB), Room 0.12.

For more information, please visit: http://www.kunstgeschichte.hu-berlin.de/veranstaltungen/fellow-talk-dr-andrew-witt/.