The inaugural international symposium will take place in 2014 on the topic of Timely Images: How Art Survives Periodization. The programme will be published in December 2013.
Timely Images: How Art Survives Periodization explores the phenomenon of periodization anxiety, apparent in the current attempts by academics, curators and artists to bridge the gaps created by classic periodization. Timely Images: How Art Survives Periodization has been inspired by the trend for ‘interventions’ by contemporary artists in museums displays and are apparent, for example, in Jenny Saville’s intervention in the Ashmolean Museum in conjunction with her show in Modern Art Oxford; the contemporary photography interventions in the National Gallery in Seduced by Art: Photography Past and Present; and Grayson Perry artistic curatorship with The Tomb of the Unknown Craftsman (all in 2012). Running parallel with this trend is a steady stream of academic publications, including Amy Powell’s Depositions: Scenes from the Late Medieval Church and the Modern Museum (2012), Alexander Nagel’s Medieval Modern: Art Out Of Time (2012) and Bruce Holsinger’s The Premodern Condition: Medievalism and the Making of Theory (2005), that argue, among other things, that distinctions between pre- early- and post- modern are disciplinary fictions by demonstrating close affinity between early modern and contemporary art.