Art History on the Disciplinary Map

International Seminar
Art History on the Disciplinary Map in East-Central Europe

On 18-19 November 2010 the Moravian Gallery in Brno, Czech Republic will host an international seminar titled "Art History on the Disciplinary Map in East-Central Europe" organized in cooperation with Masaryk University and Clark Art Institute. This is the second seminar in the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute's East-Central Europe Seminar Series, Unfolding Narratives: Art Histories in East-Central Europe after 1989, taking place in the region between 2010 and 2011. The series is an international initiative of the Research and Academic Program at The Clark, and is made possible by a generous grant from the Andrew. W. Mellon Foundation, with additional support from the Getty Foundation's Connecting Art Histories initiative. The first seminar was organized with the Estonian Academy of Arts and took place in Tallinn, Estonia, 14-15 May 2010. The third and last seminar is in collaboration with New Europe College and will take place in Bucharest, Romania, 20-21 May 2011.

Simultaneous interpreting English - Czech will be provided. Participation is free, but due to limited number of places those interested in participating are kindly requested to register in advance at

Thursday, 18th November 2010
Location: Museum of Applied Arts - Moravian Gallery in Brno, Husova 14, ground floor conference hall

9.00 Welcome and Introduction
Ladislav Kesner, Department of Art History, Masaryk University
Marek Pokorný, Director, Moravian Gallery
Michael Ann Holly, Starr Director, Research and Academic Program, Clark Art Institute
Natasha Becker, Mellon Assistant Director, Research and Academic Program, Clark Art Institute

9.30-12.30 Panel I: Localized vs. Globalized Narratives of Art
Moderator: Ladislav Kesner, Masaryk University Brno

David Bareš, City Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic
Piotrowski's "horizontal" art history: problems and perspectives

Maja and Reuben Fowkes, Translocal, London, UK
The Challenge of the Post-National in East European Art History

Anna Brzyski, University of Kentucky, USA
Kunstwissenschaft, World Art History, and Global Art Historic Discourse

Responses from "core group" participants

Keith Moxey, Columbia University, New York
Beat Wyss, Staatliche Hochschule für Gestaltung Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe
Edit Andras, Institute for Art history, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest
Magdalena Moskalewicz, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan

12.30-13.45 Lunch

14.00-17.00 Panel II: Exhibitions as Art History

Moderator: Karel Císař, Academy of Art, Architecture and Design,

Louisa Avgita, City University London, UK
The Rewriting of Art History as Art

Kelly Presutti, J. Paul Getty Foundation, Los Angeles, USA
The Promises of Conducting Art History within the Exhibition Setting

Christopher Nae, George Enescu University of Arts, Laşi, Romania
Retrospective Exhibitions and Identity Politics:The Capitalization of Criticality in Curatorial Accounts of Eastern European Art After 1989

Anca Oroveanu, New Europe College, Bucharest
Sven Spieker, University of California, Santa Barbara
Almira Ousmanova, European Humanities University, Vilnius

Friday, 19th November 2010
Location: Museum of Applied Arts - Moravian Gallery in Brno, Husova 14, ground floor conference hall

9.30 - 12.30 Panel III: Disciplinary and Institutional Frameworks
Moderator: Keith Moxey, Professor and Chair of Art History at Barnard College, Columbia University, New York

Anna Manicka, Muzeum Narodowe, Warsaw, Poland
The Dialogue among the Institutions of Art and its Impact on History of Art

Pavlína Morganová, Academy of Fine Arts, Prague, Czech Republic
The Transformation of Art and Art Historical Institutions Following 1989

Mária Orišková, University of Trnava, Slovakia
Welcome to Capitalism: Institutional Dimensions of Art History in Slovakia

Ladislav Kesner, Masaryk University Brno
Piotr Piotrowski, Muzeum Narodowe, Warsaw

12.30 - 13.45 Lunch

14.00 - 17.00 Panel IV: Blind Spots of Art History in Central/Eastern
Moderator: Michael Ann Holly, Starr Director, Clark Art Institute

Eva Forgacs, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, USA
Art History's One Blind Spot in East-Central Europe: Terminology

Martin Horáček, University of Technology, Brno
Architectural History With(out) Theory: The Czech Professional Debate on Architecture After 1989

Juliana Maxim, University of San Diego, San Diego, USA
Writing the Art History of Totalitarianism: Socialist Realist Painting in Romania, 1950s-60s

Kristra Kodres, Institute of Art History, Estonian Academy of Arts, Tallinn
Steven Mansbach, University of Maryland, College Park