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Art History and the Moving Image

2004 - 2005

Since Aby Warburg wrote his doctoral dissertation on the appearance of movement in Botticelli's paintings, art historians have been engaged with the elusive relationship between actual motion and the resources the visual arts have to represent, to suggest, or to record motion. This workshop addressed a number of themes, including how painters and sculptors from antiquity through the baroque create the illusion of movement in a fixed image; how artists and historians have understood serial images, from the Column of Trajan through the art of comic books; and how depicted movement is related to narrative. Other conversations explored how architectural history is increasingly interested in movement and, from another point of view, how filmmakers and video artists have experimented in setting in motion still tableaux, as well as how recent work in film studies and art history has focused on how art and cinema are intimately related.

Participants included Tom Gunning (University of Chicago), Joan Jonas (artist and Getty Visiting Scholar), David Joselit (Yale University), Elizabeth Kotz (University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, and Getty Postdoctoral Fellow), Thomas Levin (Princeton University and Getty Scholar), Davide Stimilli (University of Colorado, Boulder, and Clark Fellow), Eve Sussman (artist), Jonathan Unglaub (Brandeis University and Clark Fellow), Susanne von Falkenhausen (Humboldt-University, Berlin, and Clark Fellow), and Jonathan Weinberg (independent scholar and artist, and Clark Fellow).