Contemporary German art has become well known for its recurring attempts to engage history, especially the troubled and catastrophic history of its own culture. American audiences are familiar with artists such as Joseph Beuys (1921-1986), Anselm Kiefer (b. 1945), and Gerhard Richter (b. 1932), and the various ways in which they have invoked and addressed historical and political events of recent times. A series of scholars will here offer new perspectives on this generation of artists, with particular attention to Hanne Darboven's (b. 1941) very different, but no less challenging strategies for "coming to terms with the past," for opening her art to time and history. Organized by Peter Nisbet, Daimler-Benz Curator of the Busch-Reisinger Museum and made possible by the Harvard University Art Museums' Ernst A. Teves Fund, this day of lectures has been planned to accompany the exhibition "Hanne Darboven: Works 1969/1972/1983" on view at the Busch-Reisinger Museum, Harvard University Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA 02138, until 7 November 1999.
Saturday, 23 October 1999
9:30 -- 5:00 pm
Arthur M. Sackler Museum
495 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02138
Admission free, no registration required
9:30 - 10:00 a.m.
Daimler-Benz Curator of the Busch-Reisinger Museum
"Picturing History in the German Tradition: Introduction and Welcome"
10:00 - 10:45 a.m.
Professor of Art History, Hochschule fuer Gestaltung, Karlsruhe
"Origin and Memory in German Art since 1945"
10:45 - 11:15 a.m.
11:15 - 12:00 p.m
Independent Scholar and Curator, Sarasota, Florida
"Joseph Beuys and the After-Auschwitz Sublime"
12:00 - 12:45 p.m.
Director, Morse Research Center for Graphic Arts and
Curator of Prints and Drawings, Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers
"Documents, Archives, and Fragments of History: Hanne Darboven and Kurt Schwitters"
12:45 - 2:15 p.m.
Break for Lunch
2:15 - 3:00 p.m.
Adjunct Professor of Art History
Barnard College, New York
"Georg Baselitz and the Painting of Preservation"
3:00 - 3:45 p.m.
Assistant Professor of the History of Art
The Johns Hopkins University
"Modernism and the Possibility of 'History-Work': On Hanne Darboven and the Tradition of the Avant-Garde"
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