Image and Movement: Film Studies and Art History

Friday, March 13, 2009 - March 14, 2009

This symposium brought together scholars of film, art, and culture to discuss the relationships between film and art, and between film studies and art history.

Participants included: Yves Abrioux, University of Paris VIII, France; Dudley Andrew, Yale University; Nell Andrew, Lamar Dodd School of Art, University of Georgia; Ian Christie, Birkbeck College, University of London, UK; Angela Dalle Vacche, Georgia Institute of Technology; Thomas Elsaesser, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands; Susan Felleman, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale; Mark Haxthausen, Williams College; Kenneth J. Knoespel, Georgia Institute of Technology; Mark Ledbury, The Clark; Martin Lefebvre, Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema, Concordia University; Trond Lundemo, Stockholm University, Sweden; John MacKay, Yale University; Nancy Mowll Mathews, Williams College Museum of Art; Lynda Nead, Birkbeck College, University of London, UK; Lara Pucci, The University of Manchester, UK; Sally Shafto, independent scholar and translator, France; Noa Steimatsky, University of Chicago; Richard Suchenski, Yale University; Jeremi Szaniawski, Yale University


Film Screenings

Russian Ark (2002, 96 minutes, in Russian with English subtitles)
Introduction by Jeremi Szaniawski

Cézanne: Conversation with Joachim Gasquet (1989, 52 minutes, in French) and Une visite au Louvre (2004, 49 minutes, in French) directors Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet
Introduction by Richard Suchenski

Session 1: Early Encounters of Art and Film
Moderator: Nancy Mowll Mathews

The Artist’s Studio: The Battle of Art and Film
Lynda Nead

A Moving Picture in Early Abstract Art
Nell Andrew

Session 2: Soviet Film Theory and Art History
Moderator: Mark Haxthausen

Vertov and the Line
John MacKay

Art History as a Reserve for Montage in Eisenstein’s Writings and Films
Trond Lundemo

Keynote Address
To the Art Film and Beyond: The Future Study of Cinema and Art History
Susan Felleman

Session 3: Andre Bazin’s Film Theory and Art History
Moderator: Mark Ledbury

Andre Bazin and the System of the Arts
Angela Dalle Vacche

Vertical Sections of Voluminous Time: Bazin and Malraux on Films of Art
Dudley Andrew

Session 4: The Face
Moderator: Mark Ledbury

Of the Face: In Reticence
Noa Steimatsky

Bergman in the Museum?
Thomas Elsaesser

Session 5: Landscape
Moderator: Yves Abrioux

Investigating the Film Landscape
Martin Lefebvre

Remapping the Rural: Ideology and Iconography in Fascist Italy
Lara Pucci

Session Six: The Museum Film
Moderator: Kenneth J. Knoespel

Artistic Encounters: Jean-Marie Straub, Danièle Huillet and Cézanne
Sally Shafto

A Disturbing Presence? Scenes from the History of Film in the Museum
Ian Christie

* The symposium was supported by a generous grant from the Robert Lehman Foundation.