Departures, Deviations, Detours: Bridget R. Cooks and Jennifer A. González with Julie Rodrigues Widholm
What will art history look like in the wake of 2020? How must our work as historians of art change in order to meet the compounding pressures of a global pandemic, an escalating climate crisis, and widespread civil unrest? How do we build an art history that looks beyond the discipline’s current horizons—that is expansive, sustainable, and ethical?
DEPARTURES, DEVIATIONS, DETOURS is a series of conversations meant to address these urgent and timely questions. Departing from the traditional lecture format, we invite open dialogue with scholars, artists, and activists whose work challenges normative assumptions in the disciplines of art history and visual cultural studies to expand our thinking and open new avenues for critical discussion. In staging these welcome interventions into the field, we hope to build from the present crises a more equitable domain for collaborative study.
Bridget R. Cooks (African American Studies and Art History, University of California, Irvine) and Jennifer A. González (History of Art and Visual Culture, University of California, Santa Cruz)
Moderated by Julie Rodrigues Widholm (Director, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive)
Co-sponsored by the Decolonizing Museums? Working Group
Supported by the Stoddard Fund in the History of Art Department, U.C. Berkeley