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Thinking Art History in
East-Central Europe

May 14-15, 2010, Tallinn, Estonia

A joint seminar hosted by the Research and Academic Program at the Clark Art Institute and the Institute of Art History of the Estonian Academy of Arts. This event was generously funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Getty Foundation.



Edit Andras, Hungarian Academy of Science, Hungary; Zdenka Badovinac, Moderna Galerija Ljubljana, Slovenia; Natasha Becker, Clark Art Institute; Karel Cisar, Independent Scholar, Czech Republic; Melina Doerring, Clark Art Institute; Michael Ann Holly, Clark Art Institute; Ladislav Kesner, Masaryk University, Czech Republic; Krista Kodres, Estonian Academy of Arts; Andres Kurg, Institute of Art History, Estonia; Epp Lankots, Institute of Art History, Estonia; Magdalena Moskalewicz, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poland; Giedre Mickunaite, Vilnius Academy of Arts, Lithuania; Lolita Jabloskiene, National Art Museum, Lithuania; Renja Suominen-Kokkonen, University of Helsinki, Finland; Keith Moxey, Barnard College/Columbia University; Stella Pelše, Institute of Art History, Latvia; Anca Oroveanu, New Europe College, Romania; Almira Ousmanova, European Humanities University, Lithuania; Piotr Piotrowski, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poland; Virve Sarapik, Estonian Academy of Arts; Sven Spieker, University of California, Santa Barbara; Matthew S. Witkovsky, Art Institute of Chicago; Beat Wyss, Staatlichen Hochschule für Gestaltung Karlsruhe, Germany

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Welcome and Introduction  audio
Krista Kodres, Michael Ann Holly and Natasha Becker

Art Histories: National, Transnational, Western
Moderator: Matthew S. Witkovsky
Panelists: Krista Kodres and Renja Suominen-Kokkonen

What are the tensions in the identification of a locality, a region, a nation, and a transnational entity in the specific context of “East-Central Europe”? What does this mean to write about art in these contexts? What models of art history writing circulate and how effective are these in articulating these complexities?       

Part 1 – audio
Part 2 – audio        

Regions, Networks and Boundaries in Art History
Moderator: Keith Moxey
Panelists: Andres Kurg and Geidre Mickunaite

The idea of networks, movement, connectedness, and community has been a powerful one in new histories of art and the humanities. This session will explore how the concepts, theories, translations, and histories of networks can aid art historians, as well as ask about which are the most powerful “networks” in current art history circles in East-Central Europe.

Part 1 – audio
Part 2 – audio

Migrations of Theory
Moderator: Michael Ann Holly
Panelists: Virve Sarapik and Stella Pelše

This session will explore how influential theories find their spaces in different national and critical contexts and influence thinking in general about visual art. What are the patterns of these theoretical migrations? Have theories for understanding culture, emerging from East-Central Europe, become influential? How have transatlantic and “Western” theories found their place in East-Central Europe?

Part 1 – audio
Part 2 – audio

Audiences for Art History
Moderator: Piotr Piotrowski
Panelists: Lolita Jablonskiene and Epp Lankots

In the light of new cultural-political-artistic projects such as the Estonian National Gallery of Art and other prominent debates about and around museums, monuments, and art history, this session will ask how art history and its various publics meet in East-Central Europe. For whom is art history written? How are art criticism and art history made present in public culture? How do visual arts compare to literature as cultural markers and important national talking points?

Part 1 – audio
Part 2 – audio