Bard College ART HISTORY PROGRAM

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MoMa Data: A Critical Potluck

skm_c284e16113010560_0001Wednesday, November 30th, 6pm
Henderson Annex 106
The Museum of Modern Art in New York has just released an amazing set of data pertaining to its exhibition history, beginning with the institution’s founding in 1929 and spanning up until the epochal year of 1989. The question that presents itself to us now is how to use it. What questions should we ask of this enormous trove of information, which includes not only things like installation photographs but also press releases? This Experimental Humanities Critical Potluck will consider questions of canon formation (how, for example, did Picasso come to be thought of as the modern artist par excellence?) as well as changing conceptions of the exhibition format itself. While techniques of “distant reading” have recently become important in the field of literary studies, art history is just starting to assimilate these methods. EH Fellow Collin Jennings will lead us through some of these methods, and Alex Kitnick from the Art History Program will serve as interlocutor. Both faculty and students are invited to attend.

Sponsored by Experimental Humanities