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Untimely Media / Domestic Techniques. The 60s and 70s between New York and Vienna

International Symposium

This international symposium aims to address the latent dialogues and outright tensions that come to light when the respective artistic and socio-political contexts of Vienna and New York in the 1960s and 70s are critically juxtaposed. We aim to develop historiographic approaches that take into account asynchronous and even conflicting developments within the so-called “Western” history of art.

An understanding of the use of “untimely media” and the cultivation of “domestic techniques” requires, we posit, the retrospect of what is now over fifty years, and the benefit of new interdisciplinary methodologies that attend to histories of craft and fiber art, cultures of display, embodiment and sexuality, and affect from a perspective informed by feminist and queer theory. Taking Vienna-New York as an unlikely art historical axis from which to initiate discussion, “Untimely Media / Domestic Techniques” sets out to advance interdisciplinary research devoted to two tumultuous decades in which art criticism and contemporary art were in a constant and still reverberating dialogue. The artistic projects at the heart of this investigation, though untimely, unassuming, and often spoken-over, are perhaps for that reason no less provocative and significant.

The symposium is generously supported by the Terra Foundation for American Art, the Faculty of Historical and Cultural Studies of the University of Vienna, the City of Vienna MA 7 Kulturabteilung, and Campus Aktuell, University of Vienna. The organizers gratefully acknowledge the Kunsthistorische Gesellschaft and the Verband österreichischer Kunsthistorikerinnen und Kunsthistoriker (VöKK) for their cooperation.

 

Programm:

Thursday May 23, 2019

 
18:00 s.t. Introduction:
Caroline Lillian Schopp & Barbara Reisinger, Department of Art History, University of Vienna
 
18:15-19:30 Keynote Lecture
Julia Bryan-Wilson, Doris and Clarence Malo Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art, University of California, Berkeley, and Adjunct Curator, Museu de Arte de São Paulo
Louise Nevelson: Techne/Technology 

Introduced by Sebastian Egenhofer, Professor and Chair, Department of Art History, University of Vienna
 
19:30-20:00 Reception in the Aula



Friday May 24, 2019

9:30-10:00 Coffee in the Aula 
 
10:00 s.t.-13:00 Panel: Domestic Constraints
moderated by Eva Kernbauer, Professor of Art History, University of Applied Arts, Vienna
 
Jennifer Sichel, PhD, University of Chicago
The Critic and “The Thought Police”: Gene Swenson, Jill Johnston, and the Rise of Anti-Psychiatry 

Rose-Anne Gush, Teaching Fellow in History and Theory of Art, The Slade School of Fine Art, University College London
Figuring the Repressed: VALIE EXPORT, Renate Bertlmann, and Birgit Jürgenssen
 
Antje Krause-Wahl, Visiting Professor of Art History, Goethe University Frankfurt am Main
Bandage & Bondage. Untimely Bodies and the Materiality of Photography
 
13:00-15:00 Break
 
15:00 s.t.-17:00 Panel: Untimely Figurations
moderated by Alexi Kukuljevic, University Assistant,
Department of Art Theory, University of Applied Arts, Vienna
 
Larne Abse Gogarty, Lecturer in History and Theory of Art, Slade School of Fine Art, University College London
Expressionism against Abstract Expressionism: Myth and Psychoanalysis in Chicago’s Monster Roster School
 
Stefanie Proksch-Weilguni, PhD Candidate, eikones - Graduate School, University of Basel
Genre Trouble. Forms of Animation in the 1970s
 
17:00-17:30 General Discussion
 
17:30-18:00 Break
                        
18:00 s.t.-19:15 Keynote Lecture 
 
Christine Mehring, Professor and Chair, Department of Art History, University of Chicago, and Adjunct Curator, Smart Museum of Art, Chicago
Beuys’ Fat, Vostell’s Concrete: Material Matters in Postwar Germany
 
Introduced by Caroline Lillian Schopp, University Assistant, Department of Art History, University of Vienna
 

SATURDAY May 25

9:30-10:00 Coffee in the Aula
 
10:00 s.t.-13:00 Panel: Peripheries of Home
moderated by Noit Banai, Professor of Contemporary Art,
Department of Art History, University of Vienna
 
Mechtild Widrich, Assistant Professor of Art History, Theory and Criticism, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Avant-Garde and Folk: Ana Lupaș’s “Processual Works” in Communist Romania
 
Hannah Bruckmüller, PhD Candidate, Institute for Art Theory and Cultural Studies, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna
„like butter in a sandwich“ - Marcel Broodthaers, Maria Gilissen, and Domestic Publicity
 
Kevin Lotery, Lecturer in Art History, School of Arts and Cultures, Newcastle University, Newcastle-upon-Tyne        
No Home Movies: Chantal Akerman and Claude Lanzmann
 
13:00-15:00 Break
 
15:00 s.t.-18:00 Panel: Interiorities (De)Materialized
moderated by Sabeth Buchmann, Professor of Art History,
Institute for Art Theory and Cultural Studies, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna
 
Megan R. Luke, Associate Professor, Art History, University of Southern California
Flying/Drowning: Heidi Bucher’s Spatial Impressions
 
Barbara Reisinger, PhD Candidate and Predoctoral University Assistant, Department of Art History, University of Vienna
Dirty Details: Billy Linich and the Domesticity of Andy Warhol’s Silver Factory
            
T’ai Smith, Associate Professor of Art History, University of British Columbia
Epistemology of the Outmoded Closet: Underground Film in the 1960s

18:00-18:30 General Discussion