On the occasion of the launch of Picturing, the first volume of the Terra Foundation Essays, a new publication series exploring themes of critical importance to the history of arts and visual culture of the United States, the Deutsches Forum für Kunstgeschichte Paris (DFK Paris) and the Terra Foundation for American Art are jointly organizing a conference that will further the transatlantic dialogue about what pictures are and what they do. Please note that the first day of the conference will be held at the Terra Foundation Paris Center & Library, and the second day at DFK Paris.
Since the 1980s, theories of visual studies in Anglo-American scholarship and of Bildwissenschaft in German art history have expanded the field of potential subjects for study, building an extensive body of literature and introducing innovative methodologies and approaches. Developed nearly contemporaneously, these theories about the nature and reception of images have largely run parallel. Are there ways to think about pictures anew by bringing these models more closely together? Does the move away from visuality towards the material offer possibilities for overcoming early differences between these two approaches? To consider these questions, this international conference reflects on the differences and convergences between the intellectual traditions of visual studies and Bildwissenschaft.
This program is free and open to the public. Reservations recommended but not required.