November 30, 2016, from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
The Museum of Modern Art in New York has just released an amazing set ofÂ dataÂ pertaining to its exhibition history, beginning with the institutionâs 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 artistÂ par excellence?) as well as changing conceptions of the exhibition format itself. While techniques of âdistant readingâ have recently become important in the field of literary studies, art history is just starting to assimilate these methods. EH FellowÂ Collin JenningsÂ will lead us through some of these methods, andÂ Alex KitnickÂ from the Art History Program will serve as interlocutor. Both faculty and students are invited to attend.
Refreshments will be provided, and resources for the potluck will be distributed ahead of time. Explore theÂ MoMAÂ archiveÂ here. Please rsvp to Collin if you plan to attend.
The Experimental Humanities Critical Potluck series is designed to catalyze interdisciplinary collaborations between faculty and students around specific topics. Participants are asked only to bring their specific experiences and expertise (in the spirit of a potluck) to bear on a shared object of inquiry.