Art History and Environment

 2008 - 2009

This year's workshop focused on "environment" in its widest senses and explored the writing of the history of environmental art, art which makes specific demands on, or use of, physical and, specifically, the natural environment. What is the environment? We explored the interpretation of art not as a self-standing autonomous object but as a part of a wider architectural, spatial surround (be that a frame, a building, a complex, or a city).

Participants included Esra Akcan (University of Illinois at Chicago and Getty Scholar), John Beardsley (Harvard), Claudine Cohen (Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales and Clark Fellow), Thierry de Duve (Université de Lille 3 and Getty Scholar), Claire Fox (University of Iowa and Getty Scholar), William Fox (independent scholar), Patricia Johanson (Artist, New York), Pamela Lee (Stanford University), Saloni Mathur (University of California, Los Angeles, and Clark Fellow), W.J.T. Mitchell (University of Chicago and Clark Fellow), Nabila Oulebsir (l’Université de Poitiers and Getty Scholar), and Felicity Scott (Columbia University and Clark Fellow).