Art History Meets Art Theory

May 20–21, 2011

Bucharest, Romania

A joint seminar hosted by the Research and Academic Program at the Clark Art Institute and the New Europe College-Institute for Advanced Study, Bucharest, Romania. This event was generously funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the John P. Getty Foundation.


In order of discussion

Time, Narratives, and Trauma
Moderator: Krista Kodres
Time and Translation
Keith Moxey
The Time of the Easter European Other and its Memory 
Edit Andras
Representing Trauma 
Karolina Jeftic
Archives as Prospective and Retrospective Devices
Moderator: Anca Oroveanu
The Nomadic Archive, or: Eastern Europe Global 
Sven Spieker
Art History as a Story-Telling Machine. 3 Photographic Projects by subREAL 
Calin Dan and Iosif Kiraly
Socialism and its Legacies
Moderator: Natasha Becker
What to do with ‘Bad’ Eastern European Art?
Anna Brzyski
Conceptual Art and the Writing of Art History. The Case of André Cadere / Andrei Cadere 
Magda Radu
Writing the Art History of Late Modernist Art from a Socialist Counrtry – Some Reflections on Poland
Magdalena Moskalewicz
Socialism and its Legacies continued
Moderator: Matthew Witovsky
Who’s Afraid of the Neo-Avant-Garde of the East?
Karel Císar
Art under Ideological Control. 'Subversive Practices' in the Romanian Context
Ileana Pintilie
Towards an Aesthetic Politics of Postsocialism 
Anthony Gardner
Theories of Art, Past and Present
Moderator: Michael Ann Holly
Theoretical Models in the Romanian Art Criticism: The German ‘Esoteric’ Model 
Ruxandra Demetrescu
Four Observations on History and Theory in Central/Eastern European Art History 
Ladislav Kesner
Theories/Methods or Critical Terms for Art History in East-Central Europe? 
Mária Orišková
East and West: Entangled Histories, or Diverging Ones?
Moderator: Zdenka Badovinac
Reviewing Subjects and Methodological Disquiet
Steven Mansbach
Balkanism and Cosmopolitanism, or How the Discourse of Art Criticism in South-Eastern Europe Has Evolved in the Last 10 Years - audio
Magda Cârneci

Global, or Comparative Art Histories?
Moderator: Aruna D’Souza
The Mirror Stage of Art History 
Beat Wyss
Writing Art History after 1989 
Piotr Piotrowski


Participants included

Edit AndrasIndependent Art Critic, Hungary-USA
Zdenka BadovinacMuseum of Modern Art, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Natasha BeckerThe Clark
Anna BrzyskiUniversity of Kentucky
Magda CârneciNational University of Arts, Bucharest
Karel CisarAcademy of Arts, Architecture, and Design, Prague, Czech Republic
Calin DanAmsterdam
Aruna D’SouzaThe Clark
Ruxandra DemetrescuNational University of Arts, Bucharest
Anthony GardnerUniversity of Melbourne
Michael Ann HollyThe Clark
Karolina JefticWolfsburg UBS Arts Forum, Ermatingen
Ladislav KesnerMasaryk University Brno, Czech Republic
Iosif KiralyBucharest, Romania
Krista KodresEstonian Academy of Arts, Tallinn, Estonia
Steven MansbachUniversity of Maryland
Magdalena MoskalewiczUniversity of Poznan, Poland
Keith MoxeyBarnard College and Columbia University
Mária OriskováTrnavská univerzita v Trnave
Anca OroveanuNew Europe College, Bucharest, Romania
Almira OusmanovaEuropean Humanities University, Vilnius, Lithuania
Ileana PintilieBucharest, Romania
Piotr PiotrowskiMuzeum Narodowe, Warsaw, Poland
Magda RaduNational Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest, Romania
Sven SpiekerUniversity of California, Santa Barbara
Matthew WitkovskyArt Institute Chicago
Beat WyssStaatliche Hochschule für Gestaltung Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe, Germany