Symposium: Locating Expressionism

Saturday, September 6, 2014 | 10 am

Noted art historians and scholars convene in this two-day symposium on the occasion of the exhibition Expressionism in Germany and France: From Van Gogh to Kandinsky to shed new light on the extraordinary response of artists in Germany and France to key developments in modern art in the early 20th century.

For the first time in a major museum exhibition, LACMA presents Expressionism not as a distinctly German style, but as an international movement in which artists responded with various aesthetic approaches to the work of modern masters. The German side of the story has been less well known in the United States until just recently.

Saturday Morning

Françoise Forster-Hahn, University of California, Riverside:  Art, politics, and German-French relations, 1871–1914

Charles W. Haxthausen, Williams College: Impressionism and Expressionism: "German Muddle"

Kathleen Chapman, Virginia Commonwealth University: Narrowing of difference between commercial and aesthetic concerns

Richard Shiff, University of Texas at Austin: Cézanne and his influence

Saturday Afternoon (Begins at 1:30 pm)

Maria Elena Versari, Carnegie Mellon University: Relationship between Expressionism and Italian Futurism

Michelle Facos, Indiana University: Expressionism in Sweden

Naomi Hume, Seattle University: How the art of 16th- and early-17th century paintiner El Greco frames an understanding of Expressionism and Cubism

Sunday Morning

Geert Buelens, Utrecht University: Avant-garde and World War I

Éva Forgács, Art Center College of Design: Ccase study of Expressionism in Hungary

Sunday Afternoon (Begins at 1:30 pm)

Bart Pushaw, University of Maryland: Nikolai Triik

Magdalena Nieslony, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität, Heidelberg: Kazimir Malevich's Expressionism

Katarzyna Murawska-Muthesius, University of London: Cartography and art history

Each session concludes with a summation and panel discussion.

LACMA, Bing Theater | Saturday: 10 am–4 pm; Sunday: 10 am–3 pm
Free and open to the public
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Cosponsored by Historians of German and Central European Art and Architecture and the Max Kade Institute for Austrian-German-Swiss Studies at USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences.

Image: Erich Heckel, Sand Diggers on the Tiber (detail), 1909, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, gift of Dr. and Mrs. Nathan Alpers, © Nachlass Erich Heckel/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/VG BILD-KUNST, Bonn

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