I Take Care of History: A Tale of Two Gifts
Joan Carlisle-Irving Lecture Series
Wednesday, February 8
Frederic Lasserre Building
6333 Memorial Road, UBC
This talk considers two collections of so-presumed avant-garde art gifted by prominent Europeans to embryonic art institutions in two newly established nations: Algeria in 1964 and Israel in 1972. Beyond simple assumptions about a universal aspiration to the aesthetic, each gift bore worrying implications for the production of individualisms, nationalisms, and the very modelling of historical time in the Algerian postcolony as well as the new colonial power that Israel had already become.
Hannah Feldman is associate professor of art history at Northwestern University, where she is also core faculty in the Program of Middle Eastern and North African Studies, the Program of Comparative Literary Studies, and affiliate faculty in the Department of Art Theory and Practice. The author of From a Nation Torn: Decolonizing Art and Representation in France, 1945–1962, she is an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation New Directions Fellow for the years 2015–2017.
Event is free and open to the public.