Art History and Art Criticism

2001–2002

Are the literary genres Art History and Art Criticism capable of stable definition, or must the character of their reciprocity be negotiated at every historical turn? What are the purposes and functions of distinguishing one from the other? What has happened to the ideal of the public intellectual long associated with the role of the critic? Can advanced research in the visual arts be sustained outside the academy? How has the question of audience affected art writing in all its varied forms?

Participants included


Michael BrensonIndependent Art Critic
Benjamin BuchlohColumbia University and Getty Scholar
Chloe ChardIndependent Art Historian and Getty Scholar
Françoise Forster-HahnUniversity of California, Riverside and Clark Fellow
Maria GoughUniversity of Michigan and Clark Fellow
Charles HarrisonOpen University, Oxford and Getty Scholar
Robert HaywoodUniversity of Notre Dame and Clark Fellow
David JoselitUniversity of California, Irvine and Clark Fellow
Stephen MelvilleThe Ohio State University and Clark Fellow
Rosalind KraussColumbia University
Terence SmithThe Power Institute and Getty Scholar
Alastair WrightPrinceton University