Art History in the Wake of the Global Turn

Art History in the Wake of the Global Turn


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With globalization steadily reshaping the cultural landscape, scholars have long called for a full-scale reassessment of art history's largely Eurocentric framework. This collection of case studies and essays, the latest in the Clark Studies in the Visual Arts series, brings together voices from various disciplinary and theoretical backgrounds, each proposing ways to remap, decenter, and reorient what is often assumed to be a unified field. Rather than devise a one-size-fits-all strategy for what has long been a divided and disjointed terrain, these authors and artists reframe the inherent challenges of the global—most notably geographic, political, aesthetic, and linguistic differences—as productive starting points for study. As the book demonstrates, approaching art history from such alternative perspectives rewrites some of the most basic narratives, from the origins of representation to the beginnings of the “modern” to the very history of globalization and its effects.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780300196856
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 02/11/2014
Series: Clark Studies in the Visual Arts
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Jill H. Casid is professor of visual studies in the department of art history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Aruna D'Souza is the former associate director of the Research and Academic Program at the Clark, and a scholar of modern and contemporary European visual culture and feminist theory.

Table of Contents

Introduction Aruna D'Souza vii

Part 1 Remapping Terrains, Retelling Time

An Ephemeris, Corrected for the Longitudes of Tomorrow: Speculations on the Orbit and Motion of Objects and Processes in Contemporary Art Today and Tomorrow Raqs Media Collective 3

De Tlacuilolli: Renaissance Artistic Theory in the Wake of the Global Turn Alessandra Russo 20

Transnational Architecture, Ethics, and the Reification of History: Park5l Islamic Community Center in New York City Kishwar Rizvi 40

Photography's Time of Dispersal and Return Kobena Mercer 61

Part 2 Decentering and Reorienting Global Art Histories

Conversation without Borders Steven Nelson 79

Art History and Its Discontents in Global Times Parul Dave-Mukherji 88

Troubles with Perspective: Case Studies in Picture-Making from Qajar Iran David J. Roxburgh 107

What Art Does: Methodological Privileging of Agency and Art History's Global Dispute in 1901 Talinn Grigor 126

Part 3 Translating, Counter-Visualization, and Practice

Channels and Items of Translation Esra Akcan 145

Globalatinization, León Ferrari, and the Situated Art Historian Todd Porterfield 160

Isaac Julien, or the Southern Question in Art History Ranjana Khanna 176

The History of the Anonymous and Horizontal Visuality Nicholas Mirzoeff 197


Turning the "Fearful Sphere": Prepositional Tactics in and for the Global Jill H. Casid 213

Contributors 228

Photography Credits 232

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