Keynote Speaker

William Kentridge, Porter Series: Geographie des Hebreux ou Tableau de la dispersion des Enfants de Noe, 2005, Tapestry, Width – 250cm. Courtesy of the Marion Goodman Gallery.

Jill H. Casid
“Art History on the Hyphen”
LaRose Digital Theatre (KOBC 101)
7:00 pm

This talk is free and open to the public.

The history of art is not one. Rather, taken from the vantage of what might seem deeply and canonically Western, that is, that classic of the academic painting tradition Ovid’s Metamorphoses, the history of art is already positioned on the transitive, altering, and globalizing hyphen. Through a series of propositions and case studies that move transhistorically but also globally, Casid demonstrates how re-versings of this Roman imperial text’s metamorphic scenes across a range of media work the sly and destabilizing, transformative properties of hyphenation. The ostensible foundations and origins of the Western canon of art history also shake the very ground of tradition.

The talk builds on Casid’s scholarship which has been dedicated to developing, both theoretically and historically, how imagination functions as a materializing social and political activity that shapes not just experience of a body, globe, or world but also the very matter that images might seem merely to represent. From transplantation as the engine of empire to the scene of projection as a pedagogical device that produces its subject, her research pursues the role of imaging in shaping the global.

A historian, theorist, and practicing artist, Jill H. Casid is currently Professor of Visual Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she founded and served as the first director of the Center for Visual Cultures. She received her B.A. with honors from Princeton, her M.A. from the Courtauld Institute of Art at the University of London, and her Ph.D. at Harvard. Her contributions to the transdisciplinary field of visual studies include Sowing Empire: Landscape and Colonization (Minnesota, 2006) and Scenes of Projection: Recasting the Enlightenment Subject (Minnesota, 2015) and the coedited volume Art History in the Wake of the Global Turn (Yale, 2014).

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