Mellon Research Initiative: Events

Digital Art History


November 30 – December 1, 2012
Organized by Jim Coddington
The Institute of Fine Arts, New York University
1 East 78th Street, New York

The impact of digital technology on the practice of the humanities has been a subject of considerable discussion, debate and even consternation. In the context of art history the integration of digital tools and processes has lagged, in varying degrees, in comparison to other disciplines like archaeology and literary studies. Some approaches have been fruitful, such as computational subjects like image processing for technical art history, virtual environments, visualization, use of GIS data in archaeology and others.

Speakers:

Andrew Bevan, Senior Lecturer, Institute of Archaeology, University College London

Caroline Bruzelius, Anne M. Cogan Professor of Art and Art History, Duke University

Anne Helmreich, Sr. Program Officer, The Getty Foundation

Paul Jaśkot, Professor of Art History, DePaul University

C. Richard Johnson Jr., Geoffrey S. M. Hedrick Senior Professor of Engineering, Cornell University

Lev Manovich, Professor, CUNY Graduate Center andDirector, Software Studies Initiative

Stephen Murray, Lisa and Bernard Selz Professor of Medieval Art History, Columbia University

Dan Rockmore, Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science, Dartmouth College

Ron Spronk, Professor of Art History, Queen's University,Ontario

Convened by Jim Coddington, Chief Conservator, Museum of Modern Art


CONFERENCE AGENDA:

Friday, November 30

3:30-4:00
Registration

4:00-4:05
Introduction

4:05-5:00
Plenary lecture by Lev Manovich, Professor, CUNY Graduate Center andDirector, Software Studies Initiative: How to compare one million images? Visualization as a method in art history

5:00-5:15
Presentation by Adwoa Adusei, IFA/Mellon Initiative Student Grant recipient

5:15-5:30
Presentation by Emily Bauman, Sara Ickow, andAllison Young, IFA/Mellon Initiative Student Grant recipients

5:30
Reception

Saturday, December 1

9:00-9:30
Registration

9:30-9:45
Introduction

9:45-10:30
Paul Jaśkot, Professor of Art History, DePaul University: Art History and the Question of Scale: Vernacular Architecture and the Urban Environment of Auschwitz as Case Study

10:30-11:15
Stephen Murray, Lisa and Bernard Selz Professor of Medieval Art History, Columbia University

11:15 – 11:30
Break

11:30 - 12:15
Ron Spronk, Professor of Art History,Queen's University, Ontario: Looking Closer: Imaging paintings in high resolution

12:15 – 1:00
Dan Rockmore, Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science, Dartmouth College

1:00 – 2:00
Break

2:00 - 2:45
Anne Helmreich, Sr. Program Officer, The Getty Foundation: Markets and Networks: An Art Historian's Journey into the Digital Landscape

2:45 - 3:30
C. Richard Johnson Jr., Geoffrey S. M. Hedrick Senior Professor of Engineering, Cornell University: Signal Processing Applied to Thread Counting and Weave Match Hunting

3:30 – 3:45
Break

3:45 - 4:30
Caroline Bruzelius, Anne M. Cogan Professor of Art and Art History, Duke University

4:30 - 5:15
Andrew Bevan, SeniorLecturer, Institute of Archaeology, University College London: A Brief Overview of the Role of Digital Methods in Archaeology

5:15 – 6:00
Discussion

Video from Digital Art History


Plenary lecture by Lev Manovich, Software Studies Initiative: How to compare one million images? Visualization as a method in art history.

Watch the entire conference here

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