Welcome and Introductions
Elena R. Mirano, Michael Ann Holly, Patrick Flores
Panel 1: Antiquities and the Contemporary: The Mediation of Art History and the Question of the Discipline’s Modernity
Frederick Asher audio
The context of Southeast Asia might demand an imagination of a time before modernity or colonialism in the region. This might lead to the domain of antiquities of the discourse of antiquities, which have been viewed to be a potent source of distinction or identity of the region and its production of form. The discipline of art history might grasp or explain the art that emerges from these antiquities in relation to its modern origins and its articulation in the contemplation of the contemporary.
Panel 2: Revisiting National Art Histories: Responses to Changing Tales and Settings
The relationship between the formation of nation-states and the writing of art histories deserves renewed attention. In the process of re-evaluating this condition, it might be opportune in the same vein to think beyond the modality of national art history. That said, the latter might have still to be written in some countries even as some art histories have tried to sketch out the coordinates of a possible cross-cultural historiography.
Panel 3: Art History within Larger Frames: Art in the Geographies of the Possible
In the attempt of art history to converse with other disciplines, it increasingly learns about the constitutions of these disciplines that have invested in the apprehension of the category of art. Art within a performative context and art in space are only some of the rubrics that might have eluded the rhetorical regime of art history, or might not have been fully probed by its reflexive theoretical imagination.
Panel 4: Global Schemes, Intimate Gestures: The Conditions of the Production of Art and Its Narratives within the Everyday and the Everywhere
Yu Jin Seng
The production of art in history continually slips out of the protocols of the discipline and requires the explanatory schemes from other modes of knowledge making. In the effort of art history to situate art in the local (everyday) and the global (everywhere), it inevitably looks to ethnography and political economy to grasp the complexity of these coordinates that might also resist the antimony into which they are thought to play out.
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Panel 5: Gaps in Southeast Asian Art History: Methodologies and Pedagogies
Southeast Asian art history as a field has had its site lines and sign posts. In charting this territory, gaps need to be identified and new domains of study proposed. Important in this regard is the analysis of how the discipline has taken root in particular locations and how it has been appropriated in the context of the exigencies of various geographies and temporalities.
Panel 6: Critical Institutionalities: Archives, Museums, Disciplines, and the Stories of Art Today
The discipline of art history has been critiqued from within and practitioners have pursued its interests critically and within institutions such as the archive, the museum, and the academic industry of art history. The criticality of the discipline inflects the critical practice of the curator and the archivist, who in turn might affect the techniques of the art historian.
“A Conversation on Art Histories”
Moderated by Patrick Flores and Michael Ann Holly.