History of Knowledge seminar: ’Reluctant Knowledge Actors: Art Education Reforms and the Studio Glass Movement’ 

21 woe
21 juni 2023

This month’s History of Knowledge Seminar Series will be held by Sven Dupré (Utrecht University/University of Amsterdam). The seminar is titled ‘Reluctant Knowledge Actors: Art Education Reforms and the Studio Glass Movement’.

Against the background of discussions of the scientific and scholarly personae in the history of science and the humanities, in this talk, I will argue for the importance of recognition in the history of knowledge that actors can also be reluctant knowledge actors. From the early modern period we often see a tension of artists’ self-identification and self-denial as knowledge actors. Artists self-identify with a diversity of skills and epistemologies. But artists—and sometimes the same artists—resist the identity of knowledge actor. In this talk I will investigate this tension and ask why artists self-identified and denied the knowledge actor label by discussing the case of the post-Second World War studio glass movement, which originated in the US. Protagonists of the studio glass movement self-identified as saviours of lost knowledge and prided themselves on openly sharing knowledge, but they also resisted the label of knowledge actor, being purposefully ‘experimental’.

Sven Dupré is Director of the Research Institute for History and Art History (OGK), Utrecht, and Professor of History of Art, Science and Technology at Utrecht University (History & Art History) and the University of Amsterdam (Conservation & Restoration). He is co-editor-in-chief of the Journal for the History of Knowledge. Between 2015 and 2021 Dupré was the PI of the ARTECHNE project ‘Technique in the Arts: Concepts, Practices, Expertise, 1500-1950’, supported by an ERC Consolidator Grant. Since 2018 he also heads the NWO Smart Culture Art DATIS project on the history of glass, in collaboration with the RKD Netherlands Institute for Art History, the Corning Museum of Glass and the Glasmuseum Hentrich, Dusseldorf. Previously he was Professor of History of Knowledge at the Freie Universität and Director of the Research Group ‘Art and Knowledge in Premodern Europe’ at MPIWG, Berlin.

More info
Please visit our website here. This seminar series is curated and organized by Lukas M. Verburgt and Sjang ten Hagen.

Wednesday 21 June 2023, 15:30-17:00 (CEST, Amsterdam/Brussels time)
Online (Microsoft Teams)

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