In the Foreground: Conversations on Art & Writing podcast

“Directed Towards How We See Ourselves”: Social Art History in a Digital World with Paul B. Jaskot and Barbara McCloskey

15 Sekunden vorwärts
15 Sekunden vorwärts

 This fourth season of In the Foreground is a special series of five roundtable conversations dedicated to “the Grand Challenges” – a phrase frequently adopted in the sciences to refer to the great unanswered questions that represent promising frontiers – of bringing together digital and computational methods and the social history of art. This series grows out of a colloquium on this topic convened by Anne Helmreich (Associate Director of the Getty Foundation) and Paul B. Jaskot (Professor of Art History at Duke University) at the Clark’s Research and Academic Program in April 2019. Anne and Paul serve as the guest interviewers for this podcast series, for which they have invited back colloquium participants to reflect further on how digital art history might help us explore social history of art’s future, and which digital methods might be effective at analyzing large scale structural issues and modes of visual expression. 

In this episode, Anne Helmreich speaks with Paul B. Jaskot and Barbara McCloskey, professor of art history at the University of Pittsburgh and a specialist of twentieth-century German art, on the role of social art history in a digital world. Paul and Barbara consider the simultaneous emergence of both computational methods and social art history in the 1970s and reflect on what drew them personally to both approaches. They discuss the centrality of collaboration and the role played by institutional and disciplinary expectations for how scholarship is produced. Throughout, the conversation turns to questions of scale and sociality, and the speakers ponder the blind spots, limitations, or dangers of the digital as well as the ways in which both social art history and the digital have – and have not – fulfilled their promises.

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