Van Gogh Museum Visiting Fellow in the History of Nineteenth-Century Art
Art and Life in Belle Époque Paris:
Collectors, Decorative Artists, Esthetics
Deadline for application: December 19th, 2016.
Course load: 6 ECTS.
For RMA students from universities other than the UvA, participation for credit via the OSK is also be possible, in consultation with the supervising lecturer (see below).
From 28 May - 2 June 2017 MA students in Art History and related fields will have the opportunity to participate in the annual Van Gogh Museum Visiting Fellow in the History of Nineteenth-Century Art seminar, sponsored by the Van Gogh Museum and the University of Amsterdam.
The aim of the Van Gogh Museum Visiting Fellow in the History of Nineteenth-Century Art seminar is to provide MA students with the opportunity to study a single yet wide-ranging subject in nineteenth-century art through an intensive one-week workshop taught by a leading scholar in the field and supported by the Van Gogh Museum. The seminar will introduce students to important issues in the study of nineteenth-century art and provide an impulse for further research. Its aim is to encourage interest in various aspects of the discipline, and to provide students not only with factual information, but more importantly with new methodological and theoretical perspectives on this important period in the history of art.
This year’s Visiting Fellow is Prof. Willa Z. Silverman, Malvin E. and Lea P. Bank Professor of French and Jewish Studies (The Pennsylvania State University). Professor Silverman’s research focuses on the social and cultural history of France from approximately 1880 to 1914, with an emphasis on print and book culture. She is the author of numerous articles and books, including The New Bibliopolis: French Book Collectors and the Culture of Print, 1880-1914, and is currently working on an edition of the diaries of the Art Henri Vever, a jeweler in the vanguard of the Art Nouveau movement as well as an important collector of prints and bibliophile editions, Impressionist painting, and Japanese art objects.
Drawing in part on these private diaries, this seminar will examine selected esthetic developments, collecting practices, and social and professional networks that characterized the Parisian art market from approximately 1880 until the First World War. It will also seek to inscribe these developments into the broader social, political and cultural contexts of the period, including the emergence of new cultural institutions under the French Third Republic (such as the Union centrale des arts décoratifs); the development of forms of sociability marked by class and gender (including bibliophile societies and the so-called Dîners japonais); and the effect on the art market of political scandals such as the Dreyfus Affair. Among the themes explored with be French book and print collectors and the culture of print; the field of Japanese art collecting in fin-de-siècle Paris; and the decorative arts at the World’s Fair of 1900.
The seminar will consist of three sessions of three hours each, plus an afternoon excursion. A public introductory lecture will take place at the Van Gogh Museum on Sunday, 28 May. The seminar meetings will take place at the Van Gogh Museum (exact days and location to be announced), from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Date and time of the excursion to be announced before the start of the seminar.
Students will be supplied with the themes of the sessions and a list of readings in advance (mid-January). These will introduce the material and issues of the seminar and are required.
Auditors (students from universities other than the UvA and professionals) are welcome. For RMA students from universities other than the UvA, participation for credit via the OSK is also be possible, in consultation with the supervising lecturer.
Interested? Contact Dr. Rachel Esner: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information (please put “VGM Visiting Fellow” in the subject line). Deadline for application: December 19th, 2016. Please state clearly that you are an OSK-student.