The City College of New York's Art Department Symposium
Theories and Methods for the
Friday, April 8, 2016, 3:00 - 6:30 pm
Art Department, The City College of New York
Compton-Goethals Hall, Room 249
160 Convent Avenue (140th Street and Amsterdam Avenue)
global turn in art history and museum curating is spurred by recent escalations of
economic and cultural globalization. Many publications and museum interventions
accordingly emphasize contemporary art, celebrating diversity and inclusivity in the art
world. Does the new
global field especially encompass the 20th-century and the
contemporary, even though globalization as a phenomenon is nothing new? Indeed, since
at least the 15th century, when trade networks grew truly worldwide, and since the 19th
century, when modern imperial systems expanded, the
global has become historical.
Centuries of far-ranging artistic exchanges can now be examined through historical
documents and other forms of evidence and inquiry. This symposium throws
modern artistic phenomena open to the widest possible understanding of modernity,
considering early modern through contemporary eras. The symposium seeks to grapple
with “global” modern art history as an emerging field—including its core methodologies and
concerns, exciting possibilities, and potential pitfalls.
- Clare Davies
Assistant Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art –
Middle East, North Africa, and Turkey, Metropolitan Museum of Art
In the Beginning, After the End: The Origins of the Modern Egyptian Art Object
- Thomas Dacosta Kaufmann
Frederick Marquand Professor of Art and Archaeology, Princeton University
Ranges of Response: Asian Appropriation of European Art and Culture
- Anneka Lenssen
Assistant Professor – Global Modern Art, University of California, Berkeley
Sight/Sensation: Global Modernism in the Arab East
- Kavita Singh
Associate Professor – Arts & Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
Museums and Monuments, on the Globe and in the World
- Eugene Wang
Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Professor of Asian Art, Harvard University
Symposium organized by the Art Department at The City College of New York, with
support from the Division of Humanities & Arts, the Simon H. Rifkind Center for the
Humanities, and The Martin and Toni Sosnoff President's Fund for Excellence in the Arts.
Symposium convenor/contact: Prof. Joshua I. Cohen, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Above image: Rama and Lakshmana in the Monsoon, detail of a page from an illustrated Ramcharitmanas of Tulsidas, ca. 1775, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India. Opaque watercolor and gold on paper, 62.7 x 134.5 cm. Courtesy Mehrangarh Museum Trust, RJS. Photo: Neil Greentree.