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Online Conference | Sensory Experience in 18th-Century Art Exhibitions

Posted in conferences (to attend), online learning by Editor on May 13, 2021

From the conference programme:

The Sensory Experience in 18th-Century Art Exhibitions: From Emotion to Sensation
L’expérience sensorielle dans les expositions d’art au XVIIIe siècle
Online, 10–11 June 2021

Organized by Gaëtane Maës, Isabelle Pichet, and Dorit Kluge

Registration due by 4 June 2021

The conference The Sensory Experience in 18th Century Art Exhibitions is the final part of a research project funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (2018–2020) and led by Isabelle Pichet (UQTR, Canada), Gaëtane Maës (University of Lille, France) and Dorit Kluge (VICTORIA International University, Germany) on the question of the sensory body. The aim of the project is to define the way in which the experience of the visitor’s sensory body is shaped during the visit of temporary art exhibitions at a time when these are emerging and establishing themselves in Europe as a new social practice. This knowledge should provide a better understanding of the trajectory and inherent sensory experiences of museum and gallery visitors through the centuries up to the present day.

The 18th century, in fact, saw the birth of art exhibitions, which were part of a new field of social activities that the European population was able to enjoy from the 1730s onwards. For visitors, attending these exhibitions became a new and unique experience that challenged each of their senses. This simple observation leads us to the research fields on senses and sensibility in which the colloquium is a new research path for the history of art exhibitions in the 18th century.

Conceived as a laboratory for exchange, the conference will bring together participants from three continents and diverse backgrounds. It will be organised around two sessions: the first one initially planned at the Louvre-Lens museum will take place on 10–11 June 2021 in total distance mode via Zoom, and the second one will take place at the Vivant-Denon centre of the Louvre museum in Paris on 18–19 November 2021. The first session will focus on the experience of the work of art, from emotion to sensation, while the second will examine the question of the experience of the visit, from spectator to critic.

Registration is mandatory before 4th June 2021: irhis-recherche@univ-lille.fr.

T H U R S D A Y ,  1 0  J U N E  2 0 2 1

12.45  Accueil

13.00  Ouverture du colloque, mot de bienvenue
• Marie Lavandier, Musée du Louvre-Lens
• Charles Meriaux, IRHiS – CNRS UMR 8529 – U Lille

13.30  Introduction par les organisatrices du colloque

14.00  La sensorialité du spectateur
• Emma Barker (Open University), Viewing Blindness at the Paris Salon
• Laura Giudici (Curatrice indépendante, Berne), Prière de toucher: La réception de la statue de l’Hermaphrodite endormi aux XVIIe et XVIIIe siècles
• Friederike Vosskamp (Université de Heildelberg), Exprimant le froid: La représentation des sensations et leur perception par le public à l’exemple de ‘L’Eté’ et de ‘L’Hiver’ de Jean-Antoine Houdon
• Markus Castor (Centre allemand d’histoire de l’art, Paris), Le langage du corps entre affection, discussion et contemplation des arts au XVIIIe siècle – Les images du spectateur et ses expressions des passions entre changement épistémologique et mentalités politiques: Gestes, mots, pas, grâce, nature et religion

17.00  Pause

17.30  Voir et sentir à l’anglaise
• Frédéric Ogee (Université Paris Diderot), L’expérience du sensible: Nature et vérité dans le premier portrait anglais, de William Hogarth à Thomas Lawrence
• Sarah Gould (Université Paris 1 – Panthéon Sorbonne), The Texture of Thomas Gainsborough’s Paintings: A Site of Tension at London Art Exhibitions

F R I D A Y ,  1 1  J U N E  2 0 2 1

11.45  Accueil

12.00  Femmes sous le regard des spectateurs I
• Gaëtane Maës (Université de Lille – IRHiS – UMR 8529), Représenter l’identité ou l’émotion ? Les actrices Clairon et Dumesnil au Salon du Louvre
• Jan Blanc (Université de Genève), Les plaisirs du public: l’érotisation du regard dans les expositions de la Royal Academy au XVIIIe siècle

13.15  Pause

13.45  Percevoir le temps : entre passion et politique
• Mark Ledbury (University of Sydney), Untimely History Painting
• Aaron Wile (National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC), Antoine Coypel’s Galerie d’Enée: Sensibility, Passion, and Politics in Regency France

15.00  Pause

15.30  Femmes sous le regard des spectateurs II
• Bénédicte Prot (University of Oxford), Nus de marbre et filles en émoi dans ‘Le Nouveau Paris’ de Louis-Sébastien Mercier
• Kim de Beaumont (Hunter College, City University of New York), Le corps et l’esprit des femmes dans les vues du Salon de Gabriel de Saint-Aubin
• Mathias Blanc (UMR 8529 – IRHiS – Université de Lille), Parcours contemporains du regard sur des œuvres du XVIIIe siècle
(restitution du projet de médiation EXART réalisé au Louvre-Lens en collaboration avec Gaëtane Maës, et avec l’aide de Laurine Delmas et de Victoria Martinez, étudiantes en Master 2 Recherche en Histoire de l’Art à l’Université de Lille)