season 4

This fourth season of In the Foreground is a special series of five roundtable conversations dedicated to “the Grand Challenges”—a phrase frequently adopted in the sciences to refer to the great unanswered questions that represent promising frontiers—of bringing together digital and computational methods and the social history of art. This series grows out of a colloquium on this topic convened by Anne Helmreich (director of the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art, as of February 2023) and Paul B. Jaskot (professor of Art History at Duke University) at the Clark’s Research and Academic Program in April 2019. Anne and Paul serve as the guest interviewers for this podcast series, for which they have invited back colloquium participants to reflect further on how digital art history might help us explore social history of art’s future, and which digital methods might be effective at analyzing large scale structural issues and modes of visual expression.

March 15, 2022: “Directed Towards How We See Ourselves”: Social Art History in a Digital World with Paul B. Jaskot and Barbara McCloskey

March 22, 2022: “Distance and Criticality”: The Digital Humanities and the Potential for Art History Scholarship with Hubertus Kohle and Emily Pugh

March 29, 2022: “To Make Visible the Structures”: Challenging the Canon, Digital and Beyond, with Niall Atkinson and Min Kyung Lee

April 5, 2022: “What are Our Important Questions?”: Collaboration and Interdisciplinarity in a Digital Age with Jacqueline Francis and Susan Elizabeth Gagliardi

April 12, 2022: “An Outward-Looking Model”: Future(s) of the University and Higher Education with Koenraad Brosens and Blake Stimson


In the Foreground is hosted by Caro Fowler and produced by Caitlin Woolsey and Caro Fowler, with music by lightchaser, editing by John Buteyn, and additional support provided by Sara Houghteling, Annie Jun, and Claire L’Heureux.