Joshua Reynolds, Miss Fleming as Aurora, 1775, huile sur toile, Harewood House.
Type : Colloque international
Date : 11 et 12 décembre 2015
Lieu : The Huntington, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, California 91108
This two-day international symposium has been inspired by the important collections of British portraits at the Huntington Art Gallery and the Yale Center for British Art, and by an upsurge of scholarly interest in the interactive nature of portraiture—both in its intrinsic character and as a curatorial construct.
Portraiture implies an interaction between the sitter and the spectator. It often rehearses an interaction between two or more protagonists and regularly focuses on the interaction between the person(s) represented and his, her, or their surroundings. Portraits—of husbands and wives, sisters and brothers, friends, and colleagues—are often depicted by artists and arranged by curators so as to interact with each other in meaningful ways. As they are created, and once they are completed, portraits (and the figures they represent) interact with their settings: with the studio, the exhibition space, the domestic interior, the public building or square; and with the objects, people, and spaces found in those settings. The same portrait, or portraits of the same sitter, can also find themselves interacting with each other across different media—paint, print sculpture, and more.
Furthermore, curators are continually thinking about the ways in which the portraits they display—and the individuals these pictures portray—will relate with each other across and around a gallery. The Thornton Portrait Gallery at the Huntington and the galleries at the Yale Center for British Art exemplify portraiture’s continuing forms of interaction: implied and actual, pictorial and physical, and formal and figural.
This symposium, which is jointly organized by the Yale Center for British Art, the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, and the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, will use the rich collections at the Center and the Huntington and the different concepts of interaction outlined above as points of departure and return, in order to open up new approaches to the history and workings of British portraiture up to the present.
Friday, December 11, 2015
8:30 Registration and coffee
9:30 Welcome: Steve Hindle (The Huntington)
Remarks: Mark Hallett (Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art) “Portraiture as Interaction”
10:00 Session 1
Moderator: Cassandra Albinson (Harvard Art Museums)
• Jack Hartnell (Columbia University), “Specimen, Surgeon, Self: Three Medical Portraits and Four Hundred Years”
• Adam Eaker (The Frick Collection), “The Scene of the Sitting”
12:00 Breakout Sessions in the Collections
• Ann Bermingham (University of California, Santa Barbara)
• Malcolm Warner (Laguna Art Museum)
• Kimberly Chrisman-Campbell (FIDM Museum & Galleries)
• Melinda McCurdy (The Huntington)
• Cora Gilroy-Ware (The Huntington and California Institute of Technology)
2:00 Session 2
Moderator: Lars Kokkonen (Yale Center for British Art)
• Caroline Fowler (The Getty Research Institute), “Raphael’s Apostles and Portraiture in the Eighteenth Century”
• Brigid Von Preussen (Columbia University), “Wedgwood’s Portrait Medallions”
Saturday, December 12, 2015
9:30 Registration and coffee
10:00 Session 3
Moderator: Catherine Hess (The Huntington)
• Sean Willcock (Queen Mary University of London), “The Politics of Interaction between British and Indian Portraits during the Victorian Period”
• Juliet Carey (Waddesdon Manor), “Faces for a House Party: British Portraits at Waddesdon Manor”
1:00 Session 4
Moderator: Martina Droth (Yale Center for British Art)
• Petra ten-Doesschate Chu (Seton Hall University), “Interaction and ‘Interfacing’ in Lawrence Alma Tadema’s Portrait of Ignacy Jan Paderewski”
• Linda Docherty (Bowdoin College), “Encircling Robert Louis Stevenson: The Origins and Afterlife of Augustus Saint-Gaudens’s Profile Portrait”
3:15 Session 5
Moderator: Mark Hallett
• Barbara Creed (University of Melbourne), “The Interactive Eye: Portraiture in Painting and Film”
• Steven Jacobs (Ghent University), “Noir Portraits: Hollywood’s Take on British Portraiture”