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A podcast from the Research & Academic Program

What does it mean to make art history? Today more than ever, we must consider the role of art in society, how knowledge is shared (or obscured), and the way histories are made—and unmade. In the Foreground: Conversations on Art & Writing asks these questions, while also considering the personal stakes of scholarship. Each episode offers a lively, in-depth look into the life and mind of scholar or artist working with art historical or visual material. Discussions touch on guests’ current research projects, career paths, and significant texts, mentors, and experiences that have shaped their thinking. We invite you to join us in and listen in on these conversations about the stakes of doing art history today. 

In the Foreground is available on iTunes, Spotify, and anywhere else you may listen to podcasts.


Season 1

October 6: “A Set of Ways of Engaging”: Lisa Lee on Thomas Hirschhorn & Materiality 

October 13: “An Art History Yet to Come”: Kirsten Scheid on Palestinian Art 

October 20: “Looking as Knowing”: Svetlana Alpers on Critical Thinking and Photography

November 3“An Enactment of ‘The Impersonal’”: Brigid Doherty on Re-thinking Subjectivity in Art

November 10: “Can You Show Thinking?”: Mieke Bal on Film & Writing 

November 17: Philosophical Grounding”: Michael Ann Holly on Creating Visual Studies 


In the Foreground is hosted by Caro Fowler, and produced by Caitlin Woolsey, Samantha Page, and Caro Fowler, with music by lightchaser, editing by John Buteyn, and additional support provided by Gabriel Almeida Baroja, Alice Matthews, and Yubai Shi.

Virtual programs at the Clark have been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in these programs do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.