In her inaugural lecture, Christa-Maria Lerm-Hayes focuses on the field of modern and contemporary art history and the way it relates to artistic and curatorial practices and social issues.
Lerm-Hayes points to the fact that, in 1963, the chair she now holds was the first chair in modern and contemporary art history. From the start, we can see an interest in the relationship between academic and other practices and in an open attitude to art. These days this mutual interdependence can also be seen in the cultural field, with artists who write, are interested in literature and cherish analytic practices. Art historians, meanwhile, curate exhibitions and write (back) in creative ways.
Such practices point to the emergence of an expanding and ‘factifying’ form of art history that has learnt the pluriformity of its boundary transgressions from Friedrich Schiller, Aby Warburg, James Joyce and Joseph Beuys. It is a dynamic field that works with artists and institutions in a critical way and takes up an active position within society, both directly and indirectly and in a multiplicity of voices.
C.M.K.E Lerm-Hayes, professor of Contemporary Art History: Writing Art and Creating Back: What Can We Do with Art (History)?
This event is open to the public.