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Innovation & Acculturation: The Émigré Art Historians and Britain
5 November - 6 NovemberFree
Queen Mary, University of London
Graduate Centre GC601
The conference aims to reappraise and – where appropriate – to challenge the received narrative about the history of art history in Britain. It will seek to re-evaluate just how ‘German’ British art history became between 1920 and 1970, and to explore the interactions with neighboring disciplines, such as Medieval History and Classics. Our aim is to examine the interaction between the practices ‘exported’ by the German émigrés and the British traditions of art historiography. Revisiting the shaping of art-historical discourse goes hand in hand with a reconsideration of the way émigrés scholars in Britain reacted to their new surroundings.
Start: Tuesday, 5 November 14.00
End: Wednesday, 6 November 17.00
The conference is free. All welcome! Please register here to assist administration.
Tuesday, 5th November
14.00 Welcome and Introduction
14.15 Art History in Britain
Sam Rose (St Andrews) – Roger Fry as Art Historian
Emilie Oléron Evans (QMUL, Modern Languages and Cultures) –
Nikolaus Pevsner’s ‘Reflections on not teaching Art History’
14.45 Coffee Break
15.15 Competing Methodologies Beyond Academia
Anne Uhrlandt (Munich) – Selling German and Dutch art abroad: The émigré Art Historian and Art Dealer Max Stern in London
Morwenna Blewett (Oxford) – Reception, Recognition and Rancour: The Barbed Hand of Rescue and the Impact of Refugee Restorers 1933-1948
17.00 Burcu Dogramaci (Munich) – Immortal Portraits – Émigrés in Britain and the Historiography of early Photography
17.30 Discussion and wine reception
Wednesday, 6th November
10.00 Women’s Career Paths
Vivian Zech (Vienna) – The Viennese School of Art History as a Lifeline: Dr. Betty Kurth’s Impact on a Science in Migration
Yonna Yapou – Edith Hoffmann: Not quite Czech, German, or British – but anchored by Britain
11.30 Coffee Break
12.00 Exchanges in Writing and in Practice
Astrid Swenson (Bath) – To Relinquish, Rebuild or Ignore: Thinking about Breaks and Continuities in Anglo-German Art Historical Exchanges through Writings on Cologne Cathedral, 1914-1946
Johannes von Muller (Warburg Institute) – ‘Under the most difficult Circumstances’. The Warburg Institute’s Exhibition Practice, 1933-48
15.00 Art Histories and Jewish Identity
Rachel Dickson (Ben Uri Gallery) – Helen Rosenau and J P Hodin: Addressing Jewish ‘Art’ and Artists 1934-1972
Adrian Rifkin – Hearing Voices, between Exile and the Desire to be without: Finding Place to practice Histories of Art
The event is co-organised by Hans C. Hoenes (Courtauld Institute) and Emilie Oléron Evans (Dept of Modern Languages and Cultures, Queen Mary University of London), and hosted by the Centre for Anglo-German Cultural Relations at QMUL, with generous funding from the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art. It is part of the Insiders/Outsiders Festival – a nationwide arts festival celebrating refugees from Nazi Europe and their contribution to British culture.