Conferences and Symposia

All public programs take place at the Institute, at 1 East 78th Street, unless otherwise noted.

Current

Materiality in Japan:  Making, Breaking and Conserving Works of Art and Architecture 
April 11, 2014
Organized by Anton Schweizer
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IFA-Frick Symposium
April 25 and 26, 2014
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All graduate students in the history of art, faculty members, and museum staff members are cordially invited to attend.

Archive

Is Contemporary Art History?

In the past few years, interest in contemporary art as a viable subject for art historical scholarship and pedagogy has substantially expanded. As increasing numbers of graduate students pursue dissertations and masters theses on the art produced in their lifetimes, many art history programs have sought to enlarge course offerings and faculty expertise in these fields. While these trends certainly reflect the growing clout of contemporary art in the marketplace and museums it may also suggest a larger shift in the discipline of art history itself.

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Workshop on Digital Tools

The Workshop on Digital Tools examined the use and potential of digital technologies in the research of art history, archaeology, and conservation. With support from the Mellon Foundation, the IFA distributed grants to five students to further their research by learning and applying tools such as GIS technology and ImageJ software. At the workshop, the students presented the progress of their research and their experience of using digital tools.

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Conservation and Its Contexts

This conference was organized by Jim Coddington (Chief Conservator, The Museum of Modern Art, New York) as part of the IFA's Mellon Research Initiative.

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Art History and the Art of Description

This conference was organized by Jas Elsner (Humfrey Payne Senior Research Fellow in Classical Archaeology at Corpus Christi College, Oxford University and Visiting Professor of Art History at the University of Chicago) as part of the IFA's Mellon Research Initiative.

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Archaeology, Heritage, and the Mediation of Time

This conference was oragnized by David Wengrow (Professor of Comparative Archaeology, Institute of Archaeology, University College London) as part of the IFA's Mellon Research Initiative.

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Duke House: A Case Study in Architecture, Decoration, and Art History

2012 marks the hundredth year since the completion of the Duke House – originally designed for tobacco magnate, James B. Duke by the Philadelphia architect, Horace Trumbauer. In 1958, Mrs. James B. Duke and her daughter Miss Doris Duke donated the structure to New York University to house the Institute of Fine Arts. Architect Robert Venturi was charged with adapting the house for the Institute's use, which he did without altering its original architecture.

The Institute has observed this anniversary with programs that explored the Duke House in the context of architecture, urbanism and the social history of New York.  On February 1-2, 2013 we will mark the close of the centennial celebrations with the conference Duke House: A Case Study in Architecture, Decoration, and Art History. The conference will consider the IFA's presence at the Duke House by looking at the building – from its commissioning by the Dukes to its eventual transformation into an educational and research facility (Friday, February 1), as well as the work and influence of some of the professors who have been its inhabitants (Saturday, February 2) – Donald Hansen, Richard Krautheimer, Erwin Panofsky, and Kirk Varnedoe.

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Mapping: Geography, Power, and the Imagination in the Art of the Americas

Part of the Mellon Research Initiative. Organized by Jennifer Raab (IFA/Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, 2011 - 2013) with Kara Fiedorek and Elizabeth Frasco (IFA PhD students).

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Digital Art History

Part of the Mellon Research Initiative. Organized by Jim Coddington, Chief Conservator, Museum of Modern Art.

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Publishing and the PhD

Part of the Mellon Research Initiative. A public workshop on the art history publication in relation to the dissertation.

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Beyond Representation: An Interdisciplinary Approach to the Nature of Things

Part of the Mellon Research Initiative. This event was jointly sponsored by Bard Graduate Center and the IFA's Mellon Research Initiative, and organized by Jas Elsner, Finbarr Barry Flood, and Ittai Weinryb.

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Image and Ontology in Comparative Perspective

Part of the Mellon Research Initiative. This event was organized by David Wengrow, Professor of Comparative Archaeology, Institute of Archaeology, University College London.

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Comparativism

Part of the Mellon Research Initiative. This event was organized by Jas Elsner, Humfrey Payne Senior Research Fellow in Classical Archaeology at Corpus Christi College, Oxford University and Visiting Professor of Art History at the University of Chicago

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Presentism

Part of the Mellon Research Initiative. This event was organized by Jim Coddington, Chief Conservator, Museum of Modern Art.

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Contemporary Transatlantic Dialogues: Art History, Criticism, and Exhibition Practices in Spain and the United States

This symposium focused on cultural and artistic dialogues between Spanish and American artists and scholars in the post-war era. The sessions discussed three topics: art history, contemporary criticism, and museums and exhibition practices.

Photo Archives and the Photographic Memory of Art History, Part III: Hidden Archives

This conference was a third in an ongoing series that investigates the role of photographic archives and collections in art historical studies. It explored the role of “hidden” photo archives in current art historical research, emphasizing those collections that are not digitized, catalogued, publicized, or readily accessible except in person and on-site.

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Symposium in Honor of Marvin Trachtenberg, Edith Kitzmiller Professor of the History of Fine Arts, Institute of Fine Arts

This event was made possible through the generous support of the Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation and the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University.

"Tout art s'apprend par art" A Symposium in Honor of the Fiftieth Year of Colin Eisler's Career at the Institute of Fine Arts

This event was made possible through the generous support of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation and the Florence Gould Foundation.

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