Symposium | The Room Where It Happens

Posted in conferences (to attend) by Editor on September 19, 2017

From Harvard Art Museums:

The Room Where It Happens: On the Agency of Interior Spaces
Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 13–14 October 2017

Stephen Sewall, Copy of Inscription on Dighton Rock (detail), 1768, black ink on paper (Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University, 967-28-10/45474, digital file 99270006).

This symposium explores the spaces of artistic, artisanal, and intellectual production. From the artist’s studio to the alchemist’s lab, from the stateroom to the secret chamber, from the brick and mortar hall to the winding corridors of cyberspace, rooms and their contents have long impacted history, and transformed their inhabitants. Held in conjunction with the Museums’ special exhibition The Philosophy Chamber: Art and Science in Harvard’s Teaching Cabinet, 1766–1820, this symposium brings together artists, architects, and historians to consider the spaces where objects and ideas are generated.

This project is supported in part by major grants from the Terra Foundation for American Art and the Henry Luce Foundation. The exhibition and catalogue were also supported in part by the following endowed funds: the Bolton Fund for American Art, Gift of the Payne Fund; the Henry Luce Foundation Fund for the American Art Department; the William Amory Fund; and the Andrew W. Mellon Publication Funds, including the Henry P. McIlhenny Fund.

All events will take place at Menschel Hall, Lower Level, Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA. All symposium events are free and open to the public, but registration is required. For details on the programs, including how to register, visit the Harvard Art Museums website.

F R I D A Y ,  1 3  O C T O B E R  2 0 1 7

6:00pm  Keynote Lecture

• Making Room: Cartography, Collecting, and the Construction of Empire, Louis Nelson (Professor of Architectural History and the Associate Dean, School of Architecture, University of Virginia)

S A T U R D A Y ,  1 4  O C T O B E R  2 0 1 7

10:00  Rooms for Looking: Parlor / Museum / Studio

• ‘No One Could Prevent Us Making Good Use of Our Eyes’: Enslaved Spectators and Southern Plantation Spaces, Jennifer Van Horn (Assistant Professor of Art History and History, University of Delaware)

• The Room of Broken Bodies: Civil War Wounds, the Army Medical Museum, and Perceiving Re-Unification, Julia B. Rosenbaum (Associate Professor and Chair, Art History, Bard College; Director of Research and Publications, The Olana Partnership, Olana State Historic Site)

• The Symposium on Habitability: Robert Irwin, NASA, and the Case of the Artist as a Meta-Scholar, Boris Oicherman (Cindy and Jay Ihlenfeld Curator for Creative Collaborations, Weisman Art Museum, University of Minnesota)

11:30  Rooms for Making: Library / Laboratory / Model

• ‘A Scene in a Library’: Inventing and Destroying Enlightenment Photography at Soho House, Matthew Hunter (Associate Professor, Department of Art History & Communication Studies, McGill University)

• Connected Interiors: Learning Architecture and Observation in Meiji Japan, Matthew Mullane (Ph.D. candidate, School of Architecture, Princeton University)

• Interior as Microcosm: The Production of Epistemologies, Ethics, and Identities at Biosphere 2, 1991–94, Meredith Sattler (Assistant Professor of Architecture, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo)

2:00  Virtual Rooms: Theater / Period Room / Cockpit

• A Machine of Visibility: Paul Nelson’s Surgical Theater at the Cité Hospitalière de Lille, Nicholas Robbins (Ph.D. candidate, Department of the History of Art, Yale University)

• Visiting Mrs. M.—–‘s Cabinet: Period Room as Pedagogy, Sarah Anne Carter (Curator and Director of Research, The Chipstone Foundation)

• Bedroom Aviators—Flight Simulation and the Domestic Realm, Chad Randl (Visiting Lecturer in Architecture, Cornell University)

3:45  Closing Remarks

Follies and Wonder Rooms, Mark Dion (Conceptual Artist)
Introduced by Ruth Erickson (Mannion Family Curator, The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston)







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