March 5, 2014: Martha Ward

Associate Professor of Art History, Department of Visual Arts, University of Chicago

“Scanning and Seeing:  Art Installations in Interwar France”

The surprising nostalgia for densely hung exhibitions that developed among some French museological circles in the 1920s and 30s has much to tell us about interpreting display practice.  This talk considers critical commentary and exhibition practice in relationship to new  methodologies at the time, especially as concerned with the role of attention, memory and materiality in art historical understanding.