This year, we held a pair of roundtables, one on “Material” and the other on “Collective.” In the MC spirit, these write-ups were collectively written and assembled.
Looking at art takes a lot of time, and if we slow down enough, we will be startled by how much we can find that we missed on quicker looks.
Ok, everyone — we’ve all been there. We write articles and books, choosing the best images for our arguments, edit, revise, maybe get some feedback from a friend, make it through the agonies and ecstasies of peer review, and land a publication contract that specifies that “the author is solely responsible for obtaining permissions for […]
The year marked the fourth BABEL Working Group Conference, held at the Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Toronto. This was, by many accounts, the best yet. While attendance was reportedly higher than last year’s meeting at the University of California, Santa Barbara, the conference felt smaller, more manageable, and more intimate (as the “yearbook” […]
In advance of the Babel session “Counter-Productivity: Valuing Scholarly Processes,” we are conducting an anonymous survey of scholarly working processes.
CAA just put out a Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for the Visual Arts. The content is relevant to all art historians, since it engages the use of images in publication and teaching. Since I am perhaps more given to reading legal jargon than some (my dad is an attorney, and I grew […]
Several of us have been talking about slow looking, of late, including me, a term that I think probably borrows from the “slow food” movement. I found myself connecting food and art and slowness in my mind, listening, of all things, to a story on NPR about the recent trend toward a sort of postmodern gleaning.
Saints Alive, was, for me, a disappointment, but one worth a bit of thought.
I recently had the enjoyable opportunity to see two rather visceral exhibitions, back to flayed back.
We read of (and experience) the joys and titillations of wonder, but less often do we read of the shock and horror of the dissected corpses.