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Entangled Art Histories between Germany and the United States, 1960-1990: Production, Diffusion, Reception

International Conference
Du Jeudi 09 novembre 2023 au Samedi 11 novembre de 00h00 à 23h59
Wiels, Contemporary Art Centre, Brussels


THURSDAY 11.09. 2023

  • 14:00 Valérie Mavridorakis (Sorbonne Université, Paris), Alexander Streitberger (UCLouvain), Erik Verhagen (Université de Lille)
    Reception and Introduction
Session 1: Entangled Receptions
Chair: Valérie Mavridorakis (Sorbonne Université, Paris)
  • 14:30 Alexander Alberro (Columbia University, New York City):
    Artists, Critique, and the New York-Cologne Axis in the 1980s and 1990s
  • 15:15 Stefano Agresti (La Sapienza University of Rome)
    Network as an Expansion Strategy. Robert Barry and the Development of Artistic Relations of the Galerie Paul Maenz in Cologne

16:00 Coffee break

  • 16:15 Erik Verhagen (Université de Lille)
    1967-1973: Franz Erhard Walther in New York
  • 17:00 Anja Isabel Schneider (Universidad de Castilla – La Mancha)
    First exhibitions at Marian Goodman Gallery, New York: A dialogue between American and European artists
  • 17:45 End of the day

 FRIDAY, 11.10.2023

Session 2: Travel Pragmatics and Exhibition Politics
Chair: Hilde Van Gelder (KU Leuven)
  • 9:30 Gregor Stemmrich (New York University Abu Dhabi)
    Rauschenberg’s Bed (1955) and documenta 2 (1959) – Histoire Croisée of a Transatlantic Conundrum
  • 10:15 Felix Vogel (University of Kassel)
    "If it is possible, it is best if you bring your work yourself": Infrastructure, Logistics, Production at documenta

11:00 Coffee break

  • 11:15 Sabeth Buchmann (Academy of Fine Arts Vienna)
    Infrastructural economies of travel and transport in post-conceptual art of the 1970s and 1980s. The example of the neo-narrative film essay

12:00 Lunch break

  • 13:15 Visit of the exhibition at Wiels
Session 3: Artistic Strategies
Chair: Gregory H. Williams (Boston University)
  • 14:30 Alexander Streitberger (UCLouvain)
    Must Art Hang? Andrea Fraser and Exhibition Strategies in Germany
  • 15:15 Althea Ruoppo (Boston University)
    Reinhard Mucha and the Place of Industrial Transnationalism in Assemblage Sculpture: The Wirtschaftswunder, To the People of Pittsburgh

16:00 Coffee break

  • 16:15 Stefaan Vervoort (Gent University)
    Schütte’s Amerika (1975): A Nietzschean Critique of US Conceptualism in Düsseldorf
  • 17:00 Dirk Snauwaert (director of the Wiels)
    Critical Distances – Retrospective with Munich Specifics of the Post First Iraq War in German and US Art Relations 1996-2001

17:45 End of day

SATURDAY 11.11.2023

Session 4: East-West Circulations and Vice Versa
Chair: Felix Vogel (University of Kassel)
  • 9:30 Nóra Lukács (Humboldt Universität Berlin)
    Charles Simonds exhibiting at Jürgen Schweinebraden’s ‘EP Galerie’ in East Berlin 1977. The collaboration of a private art institution in the GDR with the DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Program in West Berlin
  • 10:15 Annabel Ruckdeschel (University of Giessen)
    North American Artists at the GDR’s INTERGRAFIK Exhibitions “For Peace, Friendship, and Anti-Imperialist Solidarity” (1965-1990)

11:00 Coffee break

  • 11:15 Claudia Mesch (Arizona State University)
    Charles W. White in East Berlin: Progressive Art History and the Limits of Socialist Solidarity in the German Democratic Republic, 1951-1978
  • 12:00 Gregory H. Williams (Boston University)
    Belated Recognition: US Critical Reception of East German Art in the 1980s

12:45 Final discussion