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Experience and American Art


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Join David Peters Corbett - Professor of American Art and Director, Centre for American Art, The Courtauld Institute of Art and Alexander Nemerov - Carl and Marilynn Thoma Provostial Professor in the Arts and Humanities, Department of Art and Art History, Stanford University for 'Experience and American Art'

What does it mean to experience a work of art? What does it mean for a work of art to register—even enact—an experience? Would it be possible for an art historian working now, in experiencing a work of art, to sense some aspect of lived experience from another time, another place? Although words such as Presence, Directness, and Immediacy remain in relatively low esteem among art historians—our access to the past and to works of art usually held to be a matter of severe mediation—why can we not insist on the directness and uniqueness of our own experience?

The experiences in question might be special occasions, where time seems to stand still, or they might be more like the steady-state hum of unremarkable daily life; or they might be both.

£26 (general admissions) / £16 (students and concessions). Online booking essential