From Gardner to Global: Modern and Contemporary Art History at SAIC

 

Thursday, November 14, 2013, 6:00 p.m.
SAIC Ballroom, 112 S. Michigan Ave. 

The 25th Annual Norma U. Lifton Lecture in Art History

In celebration of the twenty-fifth year of the Norma U. Lifton Memorial Lecture, the Department of Art History, Theory, and Criticism will host a roundtable on the history of art history at SAIC.  Since its inception, SAIC has made the study of the history and theory of art a core element of its education of artists.  Helen Gardner, who wrote the famous and still standard textbook of art history Art Through the Ages, began teaching at SAIC in 1920. Robert Loescher, the long-time chair of the department in the 1980s and 1990s, made SAIC one of the first places to integrate Latin American and other non-Western contemporary art into an art history curriculum.  Since that time, the department has expanded to one of the largest graduate departments in the country focusing on modern and contemporary art in a global perspective.  This discussion will bring together prominent members of the department to reflect on its making of history through the teaching of art history.

The panelists include:

Catherine Bock-Weiss is Professor Emerita in the Department of Art History, Theory, and Criticism, where she taught from 1977 to 1996.  She recently published the book Henri Matisse, Modernist Against the Grain (2010), her second book on the artist.

James Elkins is the E. C. Chadbourne Professor in the Department of Art History, Theory, and Criticism, where he has taught since 1989.  He has written or edited over forty books, and his most recent books are What Photography Is (2011) and Art Critiques: A Guide (2012).

James Yood is an art critic and essayist.  He is Director of the Graduate Program in New Arts Journalism at SAIC and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Art History, Theory, and Criticism, where he has taught since 1987.