Session Title

Material (A Roundtable)

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Material Collective

Organizer Name

Joy Partridge, Alexa Sand

Organizer Affiliation

Graduate Center, CUNY, Utah State Univ.

Presider Name

Joy Partridge

Paper Title 1

Eating Medieval Art

Presenter 1 Name

Marian Bleeke

Presenter 1 Affiliation

Cleveland State Univ.

Paper Title 2

"And the light thereof was like to a precious stone": The Heavenly Jerusalem and the Erbach Panels

Presenter 2 Name

Lora Webb

Presenter 2 Affiliation

Stanford Univ.

Paper Title 3

Motifs as Immateriality in Cappadocian Painting

Presenter 3 Name

Alice Lynn McMichael

Presenter 3 Affiliation

Michigan State Univ.

Paper Title 4

The Sculptors of Souillac and the (Im)material Virgin

Presenter 4 Name

Jennifer Lyons

Presenter 4 Affiliation

Ithaca College

Paper Title 5

Plaster Casts and the Culture of the Copy

Presenter 5 Name

Julia Finch

Presenter 5 Affiliation

Morehead State Univ.

Start Date

11-5-2017 1:30 PM

Session Location

Sangren 1730

Description

Rarity and abundance, malleability and resilience, durability and ephemerality: such polarities governed how medieval artists and audiences experienced material culture, and continue to influence how medievalists today interact with the visible and tangible traces of the past. This session investigates the limits and possibilities of materiality as a way of thinking with and about the Middle Ages.

How did limitations on materials (precious metals, pigments, textiles) affect art production? How did medieval makers creatively respond to various limits of material realities (substitution, simulation,tromp l’oeil)? How were materialist sensibilities restricted or tempered in various medieval contexts and how did art negotiate or overcome these constraints? In terms of our modern interpretation, speakers might consider challenges to studying medieval materials, or how materialist approaches intersect or interfere with other kinds of analyses, and especially, how materialist approaches may push the boundaries of traditional art history.

Joy Partridge

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May 11th, 1:30 PM

Material (A Roundtable)

Sangren 1730

Rarity and abundance, malleability and resilience, durability and ephemerality: such polarities governed how medieval artists and audiences experienced material culture, and continue to influence how medievalists today interact with the visible and tangible traces of the past. This session investigates the limits and possibilities of materiality as a way of thinking with and about the Middle Ages.

How did limitations on materials (precious metals, pigments, textiles) affect art production? How did medieval makers creatively respond to various limits of material realities (substitution, simulation,tromp l’oeil)? How were materialist sensibilities restricted or tempered in various medieval contexts and how did art negotiate or overcome these constraints? In terms of our modern interpretation, speakers might consider challenges to studying medieval materials, or how materialist approaches intersect or interfere with other kinds of analyses, and especially, how materialist approaches may push the boundaries of traditional art history.

Joy Partridge