The Department of Fine Arts and Art History, support by the Center for Arts and Humanities, is pleased to invite you to a lecture by Dr. Sean Roberts, Associate Professor of Art History (VCU Qatar), entitled “Diplomacy and the Technology of Portraiture: Re-Naturalizing Bellini’s Mehmed II.”
The lecture will be followed by a roundtable on Portraiture: Beyond Resemblancewith Dr. Hala Auji, Dr. Rico Franses, and Dr. Joseph Hammond, professors of Art History at AUB. The participants will discuss the contemporary state of portraiture, as well as this pictorial mode’s wider socio-political and cultural implications across time and geographic regions.
Both events will be held on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 from 3:30-5:15 pm in Building 37, Center for Arts and Humanities, AUB. This event is free and open to the general public. Students are especially encouraged to attend.
Please join us for a lecture by art historian Juli Carson, Professor of Art at the University of California, Irvine, where she directs the Critical and Curatorial Studies Program, and the University Art Galleries. Her talk “The Hermeneutic Impulse: Aesthetics of an Untethered Past” will be held on Tuesday, March 13 at 6:00 pm in College Hall, B1 (AUB) and is open to the public. See flyer below for details.
Please join us for a lecture by art historian Beatrice von Bismarck, Professor of Art History and Visual Culture at the Academy of Visual Arts (Leipzig). Her talk “The Political Structure of the Exhibition” will be held on Friday, Dec. 1 at 6:00 pm in College Hall, B1 (AUB) and is open to the public.
Join the FAAH department for the upcoming ARTmarginsconference “The Southern Question” on from November 3-4, 2017 between 11:00 am – 6:00 pm. Detailed conference program to follow.
Participants include: Karen Benezra, Nadia Bou-Ali, Lorenzo Chiesa, Octavian Esanu, Joshua D. Gonsalves, Angela Harutyunyan, Jiang Hongsheng, Sven Spieker.
The idea of the “South,” not only as a geographical or geopolitical designation, but also as a critical framework for art, has gained traction in recent years. To paraphrase the terms of the most recent Documenta exhibition, what might it mean to historicize the art and artistic networks of the colonial and post-colonial world as neither merely “places on a map” nor “states of mind” but from the point of view of their mutual implication in the concrete societies from which they emerge?
The “Southern Question” in our title alludes to two seemingly incongruous critical frameworks for approaching the potentially political role of art and intellectual production: while one evokes the movement towards political solidarity and economic autonomy uniting the emerging nation-states of the global south as part of the Cold War Non-Aligned Movement, the other takes as its analytical framework the intertwined material and ideological conditions of determinate national social formations. Seeking inspiration in Gramsci’s treatment of the Southern Question it aims to explore the potentials and limitations of the category of class for mass political organization.
Invoking the “Southern Question” is an invitation to consider the usefulness of the “South” as a category for the criticism, theory, and history of art. As hitherto marginalized art and social contexts become the common fare of particularized canons and global art markets, how shall we define the “marginal” in critical-methodological terms? What kinds of critical and artistic work might help us to seize the current moment of the disorganization and re-organization of capitalist hegemony? Bracketing inherited divisions within and between the fields of Marxism and post-colonial studies, we invite participants to help define the critical and methodological questions implied by the term “South.”
Join us for a free performance of Fortunat Frölich’s “About Love عن الحب” conducted by Thomas Kim (Chairperson and Assistant Professor of Music, FAAH) and Fortunat Frölich (choR inteR kultuR), and sung by Rima Kcheich (Instructor of Music, FAAH). The performances will take place on April 24 + 25, at 7:30 pm, in the AUB Assembly Hall.
Join us on Wednesday, April 5 at 6:00 pm in Auditorium A, West Hall for a public lecture entitled “The Trouble with Mobility: The Complex History of the So-Called Indian Wedding Chair” by Nancy Um, Associate Professor of Islamic art at Binghamton University, which is part of the AUB Art Galleries and the Department of Fine Arts and Art History’s Jabre Lecture Series in Art History and Curating .
Join us on Thursday, March 30 at 6:00 pm in College Hall, B1 for a public lecture entitled “Decisive Constructions: Art After the Crises of the Image” by Amanda Beech, Dean of Critical Studies at CalArts, which is part of the AUB Art Galleries and the Department of Fine Arts and Art History’s Jabre Lecture Series in Art History and Curating .
Amanda Beech will be visiting AUB from March 25th-April 7th, 2017, as a URB Visiting Scholar, co-hosted by the Department of Fine Arts and Art History and the Department of Philosophy.
See the PDF flyer for more details about the Jabre lecture: Beech Poster
Also join us on Friday, March 31 at 5:00-7:00 pm in College Hall, Auditorium B1 for a public screening of Beech’s video works Final Machine, 2013 and Sanity Assassin, 2010, which will be followed by a conversation with Ray Brassier (AUB, Philosophy) and Angela Harutyunyan (AUB, FAAH). Visit the following for more information about this event: https://www.facebook.com/events/680007578872779/
Hala Auji, FAAH assistant professor of Islamic art & a faculty fellow at AUB’s Center for the Arts and Humanities (CAH), is organizing a two-day workshop on the Ottoman periodical, “Art of the Arabic Periodical: Exploring Questions of Materiality, Readership & Language in 19th Century Ottoman Journals.” The workshop sessions will be held at AUB in Building 37 (CAH) from Nov 28-29.
Join us for (last) conference of Spring 2016, in which Angela Harutyunyan, Associate Professor of Art History, is serving as a panel organizer and discussant (with Sami Khatib), and Octavian Esanu, Assistant Professor of Art History, is presenting a paper:
DO NOT RESUSCITATE: CRITIQUE AND THE UNTRANSLATABILITY OF HISTORY
FAAH-related panel + presentations on Thursday, May 12
17:00 | Panel 1 (Angela Harutyunyan and Sami Khatib): The “Tradition of the Oppressed” and Its Discontents
Discussants: Nadia Bou Ali (AUB), Angela Harutyunyan(AUB), Sami Khatib (AUB)
Panel papers: 1 |Massimiliano Tomba(Padua University): The Task of the Historical Materialist 2 |Jamila Mascat (University of Paris 1 Sorbonne): In Praise of Anachronism. Untimeliness, Contingency and Strategy 3 | Octavian Esanu (AUB): Neoliberal Aesthetics: Governability, Anesthesia and Contemporary Art
Abstract: Following Walter Benjamin’s concept of history, the past is never simply gone; it can never be historicized unless it is fully actualized, recalled – cited in a revolutionary way. However, the undead specters of an unhistoricizable past can only be passed on from below – transmitted through the “tradition of the oppressed,” a discontinuous tradition bound to a partisan experience of untold sufferings. It is only this anachronic, de-subjectified experience that can connect the present with lost struggles of the past. The tradition of the oppressed is both radically singular and universal, counter-temporal (messianic, revolutionary) and counter-spatial (spectral, u-topian). Drawing on Benjamin, the panel raises the question of an “aesthetics of the oppressed” beyond bourgeois (high culture) forms of representation. What happened when the oppressed, at least for a moment or over a limited period of time, overtook the means of production within the domain of bourgeois high culture? Is there an undead inheritance of these past defeated attempts that could inspire a materialist conception of aesthetics today?