"Instant Presence: Representing Art in Photography". An International Symposium in Honor of Josef Sudek
Prague, (Academic Conference Center, Husova 4, Prague 1), Czech Republic
December 1–2, 2016
The 120th-birthday anniversary of Josef Sudek (1896-1976), one of the most important figures in the history of Czech photography, provides an opportunity to discuss a less-known but substantial part of his oeuvre: Sudek’s photographs of works of art, which ranged from drawing, painting and sculpture to architecture and applied arts. Furthermore, this symposium affords an occasion for international academics and curators to examine questions of photographic reproductions of art in general, explore problems of intersections of photography and art, theoretical or aesthetical aspects of interpretation, as well as investigate methodological strategies analyzing the role of photographic reproduction of art in shaping the discipline of Art History.
Some questions on which the symposium invites discussion include: How has photography and its ability to preserve an "instant presence" conditioned understanding, teaching and researching of art history and visual culture? How has the invention of photography transformed our perception of artworks? How should we approach the concept of authorship, particularly regarding the scientific processing of archival material? What are the historical, theoretical, aesthetic, pedagogical and political implications of the photographer's subjectivity? Is there any sense in attempting to draw the line between an artwork and a commissioned work or should we, on the contrary, search for possible parallels? What, in this respect, makes Josef Sudek a unique photographer?
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1 December 2016
10:00 JOSEF SUDEK: ARTIST, PHOTOGRAPHER, CRAFTSMAN, Chair: Katarína Mašterová
Ann Thomas: Sudek's Choice, Between Pictorialism and Modernism
CZ Jan Mlcoch: Josef Sudek and Photographing of Works of Art – Predecessors and Contemporaries
11:00 Coffee Break
11:30 SCULPTURE AS A PHOTOGENIC OBJECT, Chair: Hana Buddeus
Hélène Pinet: Archive, documentation or work of art? The Rodin’s photographic collection
CZ Katarína Mašterová: Volume, Material and "Something Extra": Sudek's Passionate Observation of a Turning Point in Contemporary Czech Sculpture
12:30 Lunch Break
13:30 FROM SOUVENIR TO ARCHIVE DOCUMENT: PHOTOGRAPH AS OBJECT, Chair: Lubomír Kone?ný
Costanza Caraffa: Photographic Archives as Ecosystems. A Material Perspective
Stella Melbye: Photographic reproduction of art works: A tool and an argument in the history of art?
Amy Hughes: The Ambivalent Power of Reproduction: Josef Sudek’s Postcards
15:00 Coffee Break
15:30 KEYNOTE LECTURE
Geraldine Johnson: "The more photographs, the better": Sculpture as Subject and Object of the Camera's Lens
18:00 EXHIBITION OPENING "Josef Sudek: Views into Artists' Studios", Galerie V?da a um?ní
(Gallery of Science and Arts), The Czech Academy of Sciences, Národní 3, Prague 1
2 December 2016
09:30 LIGHT, DETAIL, FOCUS, Chair: Tomáš Dvorák
CZ Antonín Dufek: Josef Sudek: Reproduction as a Source of Wonder
Sarah Hamill: The Photographic Detail and Sculptural Seeing
CZ Hana Buddeus: Braun, Brokoff, Sudek and Co.: Czech Baroque Sculpture in the Light of Modern Photography
11:00 Coffee Break
11:30 MODERN ARCHITECTURE IN MODERN PHOTOGRAPHY, Chair: Rostislav Švácha
Rolf Sachsse: Josef Sudek's Work in the Context of Avantgarde Architectural Photography in the 1920s and 1930s
CZ Mariana Kubištová: Josef Sudek - Photographer of Modern Architecture
12:30 Lunch Break
13:30 REPRODUCTION AS A TOOL IN THE INTERPRETATION OF ART HISTORY, Chair: Tomáš Winter
Megan Luke: Modern Sculpture, A Photobook
CZ Vojtěch Lahoda: Photographer and Painter: Josef Sudek and the Mystery of the Image
14:30 CLOSING REMARKS AND FINAL DISCUSSION, Chair: Geraldine Johnson
All presentations including the keynote lecture, the closing remarks and the final discussion will be simultaneously interpreted into Czech or English. All the CZ lectures will be presented in Czech.
The symposium is organized by the Institute of History of Art of the Czech Academy of Sciences, v.v.i. as part of the project "Josef Sudek and Photographic Documentation of Works of Art: From a Private Art Archive to Representing a Cultural Heritage" (2016–2020) supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic within the applied program "NAKI II" (DG16P02M002).
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