"Modern/Contemporary Materialities" Lecture

Thursday, 7 December, 2017 - 10:35

A lecture by Jim Coddington

As part of the 'Modern/Contemporary Materialities' series at The Art Institute of Chicago, generously supported by the Stockman Family Foundation.

Thursday, December 7, 2017
Lecture: 10:35 am - 11:30 am
Sustaining Fellows Lounge, Art Institute, entrance via the Modern Wing

About the series:
This lecture is the third event of a multi-faceted scholarly lecture and workshop series 'Modern/Contemporary Materialities' at the Art Institute of Chicago. This series examines how renewed focus on the object in current research impacts new thinking on modern and contemporary art. It will feature international experts who will speak to the material complexities of 20th-21st century artworks, the techniques used in their making, life and care in institutions, and impact on art historical knowledge.

In the present day, new approaches to studying art and its materialities not only supplement the most recent methodological challenges of the object, materiality and agency, but also present a spectrum of the different 'scientific cultures' of art history and related disciplines. The impact of heterogeneous research methodologies will be discussed, namely how insights from science and technology, cultural history, history of science, social history, and political and economic history, as well as current research and concerns arising from notions of materiality and display, lead us to an understanding of modern objects as discursive, as both profoundly embedded and embodying.

From the spring of 2017 to the summer 2018, the Art Institute will host four lectures paired with scholars' workshop discussions on specific topics that impact our understanding of Modern/Contemporary Materialities today.
The series will culminate in an object-based art history scholars' day in June 2018 that will draw together the various threads of discussion advanced over the course of the year. The series will bring together interdisciplinary thinkers from art history, science and conservation, and across fields of museum practice to engage questions such as: Can materiality foster a new method for thinking about art, and what is its place in art history studies? What models do material studies have to offer that could address ontological issues while also engaging with questions of aesthetics, politics or social history? How can we extend what we know to apply to new works, new contexts, new problems? And in turn, how might the experience of different ways of approaching objects brought to the fore by our ever-broadening cannon, change us? How/why/when is the life of an artwork culturally specific?

About the presenter:
Jim Coddington recently retired as Agnes Gund Chief Conservator from the Museum of Modern Art after 30 years at the Museum. He collaborated on many restorations, exhibitions and research projects during his tenure there.
Joint publications with conservators, curators and scientists have ranged from studies of Jackson Pollock, Wilhelm de Kooning, and other artists to studies of new imaging technologies and their application within the conservation field.

Please note that the space will be limited so please RSVP at jtrujillo@artic.edu. The lecture will be live streamed and a video will be archived and available after the event at the Art Institute of Chicago?s YouTube page: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1_QBj7u1h-4

Organized by:
Maria Kokkori and Francesca Casadio in the Department of Conservation and Science, and Jill Bugajski, Academic Engagement and Research, The Art Institute of Chicago.