Jas’ Elsner Launch Lecture Series

Through February 26, 2017

Begins
Feb. 25

Speaker: Chen Ping

The Vienna School of Art History: A Cultural Legend at the Fin de siècle
2017.2.25 2:00-5:00pm

The Concept of Kunstwollen: Aloïs Riegl and the Shapes of Art History in the 20th Century
2017.2.26 2:00-5:00pm


Language: Chinese
Venue: The University of Chicago Center in Beijing, 20th floor, Culture Plaza, No. 59A Zhong Guan Cun Street, Haidian District, Beijing, China
Organizer: OCAT Institute
Co-organizer: The University of Chicago Center in Beijing
Supported by: Beijing OCT

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Jas’ Elsner Launch Lecture Series

Jas’ Elsner Launch Lecture Series constitutes the first phase of OCAT Institute’s 2017 Annual Public Programs, and is an integral part of OCAT Institute’s 2017 Annual Lecturership. This three-part lecture program is curated and organized by OCAT Institute. The lecture series will provide preliminary discussions for the Jas’ Elsner Seminar Series from next spring onwards, and will prepare historical and theoretical ground for the specific thematics of Seminar One (March 2017). After the postponement of the first two lectures due to unforeseen circumstances, the three installments of the Launch Lecture Series will officially unfold in January and February 2017, to be followed by Jas’ Elsner Seminar One in March.

Historiography is the key theme for the entirety of OCAT 2017 Annual Programs, which take its cue from the 2017 Annual Lecturer Jas’ Elsner’s critical reflection and research, formulated at the intersection between art history, archaeology, and classical studies. Art historiography has as its main object of research the historical lineage of disciplinary theories and practices, a sub-discipline not given sufficient critical attention until the 1970s. Since then, a historiographic turn acted as a key site of intellectual archaeology for as well as alongside other related theoretical turns in contemporary art history. The result is both a narrative of disciplinary history that runs parallel to current art historical practices, and an intellectual genealogy whose trajectories are constantly redrawn from shifting standpoints in the present.

Jas’ Elsner’s historiographic study combines a philologist’s attention in his translation and close reading of early theoretical literatures in German Kunstwissenschaft with a broad vision that remaps art historiography onto the constant reconfigurations—historical, political, and religious—within the highly charged intellectual landscape of the twentieth century. The openness of his vision allows him to perceptively pinpoint connections and convergences between the history of art history and intellectual history, or history of ideas.  For Elsner, the paradigmatic case for such an open historiography is the two generations of Vienna School of Art History, established at the turn of the twentieth century and extending into the postwar period. In Elsner’s research, a critical investigation of the methods and theoretical underpinnings of Aloïs Riegl’s formalism, practiced most brilliantly in Die Spätrömische Kunstindustrie, is complemented by sustained looks at the ensuing debates on and responses to Riegl’s often elusive conceptual framework among art historians of the next generation. As such, Elsner identifies critical junctures within the textual and intellectual lineage of art history as a modern discipline, and thereby charts out a necessary genealogy f continuities and conflicts in methods and ideas. In line with Jas’ Elsner’s philologically based method, the Launch Lecture Series invites two important scholars and translators of the Wiener Schule, whose long-standing research and examination of the discipline’s early literature provides grounding for their lectures. Our historical background is that of the theoretical foundation and historical trajectory of the Vienna School, as well as instances of intersection and confrontation between Viennese formalism, or later Strukturanalyze, and iconology in early and mid-20th century. Our specific focus is its founding father Aloïs Riegl. The Launch Lectures will join historiographic overview with critical commentary on key concepts, and hopefully pave way for an extensive and variegated discussion on this important school of art historical research and its legacy for the humanities.


Synopsis

The Vienna School of Art History: A Cultural Legend at the Fin de siècle
The Vienna School of Art history is the only school of art historical research in Western cultural history, whose theoretical lineage remains both distinct and largely continuous. It emerged during the second half of the nineteenth century, and reached its apogee of theoretical innovation at the turn of the century. What intellectual figures and theoretical contributions originated from this legendary school of research? What impact did it have upon the formation of art history as a discipline in the 20th century and upon an ever-evolving history of ideas? This lecture returns to the historical genesis of art history as a discipline and seeks to delineate the contour of this important episode in modern intellectual history.


The Concept of Kunstwollen: Aloïs Riegl and the Shapes of Art History in the 20th Century
As the key member of the Vienna School, Aloïs Riegl is celebrated as “the most innovative thinker of our discipline” and as “a monumental ruin”. In the wake of turn-of-the-century modernism, through an intense and remarkable array of scholarly endeavors, Riegl opened up new avenues and terrains for the discipline of art history, and thus entirely transformed its writing and research during his time. This lecture will highlight Riegl’s famously controversial notion of Kunstwollen, and excavate its conceptual origins and its implications for the characteristic methodology of formalism. It will also revisit the ensuing responses and disputes on Kunstwollen among scholars and critics that lasted for more than a century, and thereby pinpoint Riegl’s defining role in the formation of major intellectual lineages within modern and contemporary art history.


Suggested Readings
Chen Ping, “Modernity and the History of Art: A Group Portrait of the Vienna School of Art History”, in Rong bao zhai, vol. 4, 2011, pp. 82-93.
Aloïs Riegl, Late Roman Art Industry (1901), excerpts from Chapter 2 (Sculpture) and Chapter 5 (The Main Characteristics of the Late Roman Kunstwollen), trans. Chen Ping, Peking University Press, 2010, pp. 49-56, pp. 259-269.


Speaker

Chen Ping is Professor at the College of Fine Arts at Shanghai University, and is also a committee member of China Artists Association and Visiting Professor at the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute. Previously, he served as Associate Editor-in-chief at the China Academy of Art Press and Departmental Chair at the College of Fine Arts at Shanghai University. His research interests are architectural history and the historiography of Western art history. He is the author of Art History’s History and History of World Architecture (the recipient of First Prize in publication on philosophy and social sciences in Shanghai). A long-standing translator of key works in Western art historiography, Chen is also Editor-in-chief of Landmarks in Art History Series.

 

主讲人:陈平

维也纳学派:世纪末的一个文化传奇
2017年2月25日 14:00-17:00

“艺术意志”的概念:李格尔与20世纪西方艺术史学的形状
2017年2月26日 14:00-17:00


语言:中文
地点:芝加哥大学北京中心( 北京海淀区中关村大街甲59号文化大厦20层)
主办:OCAT 研究中心
协办:芝加哥大学北京中心
支持:北京华侨城实业有限公司

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雅希·埃尔斯纳启动讲座系列

“雅希·埃尔斯纳启动讲座系列”是OCAT研究中心2017年度公共项目的第一阶段,也是“OCAT研究中心2017年度讲座”的组成部分。该项目由OCAT研究中心主办并策划。启动讲座共分为三期,为从2017年春季开始的三期研讨班做前期铺陈,同时为2017年度第一期研讨班的课题研讨奠定历史与理论背景。在2016年冬季第一二期讲座临时延期之后,启动讲座系列将于2017年1月、2月正式开展,并直接与3月的第一期研讨班形成续接。

2017年度学者项目以史学史为核心主题,围绕2017年OCAT年度讲座主讲人雅希·埃尔斯纳介于艺术史、考古学和古典学之间的学科反思及研究展开。作为以学科理论与实践之历史脉络为核心研究对象的衍生学科,艺术史学史在西方直到上世纪70年代起才真正开始受到学者的重视。继而,“史论转向”成为了当代艺术史诸多理论转向的一个重要考古现场,建立起的既是一条历史中的平行叙述,也是基于当下视角不断被重新绘制的学科谱系。

埃尔斯纳的史学史研究在将目光投向对早期理论文献的翻译和文本研究的同时,也将艺术史重新敞开向二十世纪历史、政治和宗教格局之变动的思想参照系,以此构建起学科史与思想史、观念史的开放联系。对于埃尔斯纳而言,最具奠基意义的学科史案例便是从上世纪初延续至二战后的两代维也纳艺术史学派。通过对李格尔《罗马晚期工艺美术》中的形式研究和理念的挖掘,并同时结合二十世纪诸多艺术史家对李格尔艺术史观念争端不止的回应,埃尔斯纳重新梳理了艺术史这门现代学科的文献与思想脉络中的诸多重要节点,以此为方法和理念上的传承与对抗绘制了必要的谱系。与埃尔斯纳基于文献译介的史学史治学相对应,年度项目启动讲座系列将邀请国内两位形式主义美术史和维也纳学派的重要翻译和研究者,从他们自身的治学与文献研读经历出发,开展三期主题讲座。讲座以维也纳学派的理论渊源与历史流变、其开创的形式与结构分析在理念形成初期和二十世纪中叶与图像学方法的多次交叉与抗衡为宏观背景,以其灵魂人物阿洛伊斯·李格尔的治学理念为微观焦点,通过学科史综述和核心概念评述相呼应的方式开启对这一重要艺术史流派及其对人文学科的精神遗产更深入且多元的探讨。


讲座主旨

维也纳学派:世纪末的一个文化传奇

维也纳学派是西方文化史上唯一一个传承有绪的美术史学派,发端于19世纪下半叶,在世纪之交达到了理论创新的颠峰。从这个具有传奇色彩的学派中,涌现出了哪些重要的美术史家和理论成果?她对20世纪美术史学科的形成以及观念史的演化,产生了何种影响?在美术史研究和教学方面,这个学派又给我们留下了怎样的遗产?本讲座将和大家一起回到学科创始的年代,追溯这段重要的学术史。


“艺术意志”的概念:李格尔与20世纪西方艺术史学的形状

作为维也纳学派的主要代表,李格尔被誉为“我们学科中最富于独创性的思想家”,又被称作一座伟大的“纪念碑废墟”。在19、20世纪之交现代主义形成的大潮之中,李格尔以其紧张而卓越的工作,打开了美术史研究的新领域,彻底改变了当时的美术史写作方式。本讲座将聚焦于他著名的“艺术意志”概念,分析其观念之源以及形式主义方法论的特色,并回顾一个多世纪以来学术界与批评界对这一概念的回应与论争,进而说明李格尔在现当代各种主要美术史流派形成过程中的生发性意义。


相关阅读
陈平,《现代性与美术史——维也纳美术史学派的集体肖像》,载《荣宝斋》2011年第04期,第82—93页。
阿洛伊斯·李格尔, 《罗马晚期的工艺美术》(第二章及终章选段),陈平译,北京大学出版社,2010年,第49—56页,第259—269页。


主讲人学术简历

陈平
上海大学美术学院教授,博士生导师,全国美协理论委员会委员,四川美术学院客座教授。曾任中国美术学院出版社副总编辑、上大美院美术史论系主任。研究方向为西方美术史学史、建筑史。著有《西方美术史学史》、《外国建筑史》(获上海哲学社会科学著作类一等奖),长期致力于译介西方经典美术史学著作,主编《美术史里程碑》丛书。



OCAT研究中心(OCAT Institute)是OCAT(OCT Contemporary Art Terminal)在北京设立的非盈利性、独立的民间学术研究机构,是OCAT馆群的有机部分。它以研究出版、图书文献和展览交流为主要功能,研究对象包括古代艺术和自上世纪以来中国现当代主义的视觉艺术实践,研究范围包括艺术家、艺术作品、艺术流派、艺术展览、艺术思潮、艺术机构、艺术著述及其它艺术生态,它还兼顾与这一研究相关的图书馆、档案库的建设和海外学术交流,它还是OCAT馆群在北京的展示平台。
OCAT研究中心旨在建立一种关于中国现当代艺术的“历史研究”的价值模式、学术机制和独特方法,它的学术主旨是:知识、思想与研究,它提倡当代艺术史与人类精神史、观念史、思想史和视觉文化史整体结合的学术研究传统和开放的学术研究精神,关注经典艺术史著作的翻译出版与现当代艺术史与古典艺术史研究的学术贯通。

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