14 June 2018 from 15:30 to 17:00

Technical Art History Colloquium: Minding Making

‘On Cutting’ (2017), Photo courtesy of the Minding Making Project, Harvard University
‘On Cutting’ (2017), Photo courtesy of the Minding Making Project, Harvard University

This edition of the Technical Art History Colloquium will be organised in Amsterdam by Prof. Sven Dupré and Erma Hermens. Curator, writer and historian Glenn Adamson (Senior Scholar at the Yale Center for British Art) will give a presentation titled 'Minding Making: Hands On Learning in the American University'.

Making and thinking are inextricable

One of the most striking developments in the humanities over the past decade has been a ‘material turn’. This cross-disciplinary current, seen in art history, the history of science, museum practice and elsewhere, has challenged previous theoretical models by insisting on the importance of tacit knowledge and craft-specific content. Rather than distinguishing making from thinking, scholars now see the two as inextricable and mutually generative.

Making-based research at Columbia, Yale and Harvard

In this talk, Dr. Glenn Adamson will discuss how these developments are playing out at three leading American universities: Columbia, Yale and Harvard. Each of these institutions has undertaken substantial making-based research and teaching in the past few years, but in varying directions: at Columbia, an emphasis on the recreation of techniques based on archival documents; at Yale, an emphasis on the material intelligence contained in historic crafts; and at Harvard, a thematic investigation of contemporary making, based on the connective concept of the ‘maneuver.’ Adamson will survey this intellectual landscape and provide a first-hand account of the creation of Minding Making, a new web initiative based at Harvard.

Technical Art History Colloquium

The Technical Art History Colloquium is organised by Sven Dupré (Utrecht University and University of Amsterdam, PI ERC ARTECHNE), Arjan de Koomen (University of Amsterdam, Coordinator MA Technical Art History), Abbie Vandivere (University of Amsterdam, Coordinator MA Technical Art History & Paintings Conservator, Mauritshuis, The Hague), Erma Hermens (University of Amsterdam and Rijksmuseum) and Ann-Sophie Lehmann (University of Groningen). Monthly meetings take place on Thursdays.

Start date and time
14 June 2018 15:30
End date and time
14 June 2018 17:00
Entrance fee