Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS)


Pedagogic Relations: Art and Art History

29 February 2020, 1:00 pm–7:00 pm


In examining the teacher-student relationship in the production and dissemination of art and art history, this conference will track art’s often overlooked intellectual histories. Within this pedagogic dynamic, what is replicated and what is changed? Where are the points of departure and do they always lead to progress? And, in the transmission of knowledge, what is lost and what is gained?

This event is free.

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Chloe Julius, Talia Kwartler


IAS Common Ground
Ground floor, South Wing, UCL
United Kingdom

Taking into account a diverse cast of pedagogues spanning from Isabel Rawsthorne to Theodor W. Adorno, and pedagogic models that range from universities to romantic relationships, this conference will look at how the relationship between teacher and student plays out in the making of art and its histories.

Please find the full programme here.

6pm - 7pm - Keynote
Elizabeth Price in Conversation with Adrian Rifkin

Elizabeth Price was born in Bradford, Yorkshire in 1966. She grew up in Luton, Bedfordshire and attended Putteridge Comprehensive Secondary School. She studied at the Ruskin School of Art, Oxford, The Royal College of Art, London, and the University of Leeds. In 2012, she was awarded the Turner Prize for her video installation THE WOOLWORTHS CHOIR OF 1979. In 2013, she won the Contemporary Art Society Annual Award with the Ashmolean and Pitt Rivers Museums, Oxford. She has exhibited in group exhibitions internationally, and has had solo exhibitions at Tate Britain, UK; Chicago Institute of Art, USA; Julia Stoschek Foundation, Dusseldorf and The Baltic, Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK. Throughout her career, Price has continued to work in academia, and is presently Professor of Film and Photography in the School of Art, Kingston University, UK.

Adrian Rifkin is a Visiting Professor at Central Saint Martins, and an Emeritus Professor of Art Writing at Goldsmiths University. Rifkin has published extensively, and his writings have been recently compiled and published in the collection Communards and Other Histories (2016) edited by Steve Edwards, and in Interdisciplinary Encounters: Hidden and Visible Explorations of the Work of Adrian Rifkin (2014) by Dana Arnold.

1pm - 5.30pm - Presentations
Speakers: Jon Davies, Danae Filioti, Louis Hartnoll, Carol Jacobi, Meret Kaufmann, Déborah Laks, Louisa Lee, Rebecca Sykes, Tobias Teutenberg, Monika Voithofer, Stefaan Vervoort

Panel One Pedagogic Interventions

  • Carol Jacobi. Pedagogical Women: Rawsthorne, The Moderns and Repairing the Record
  • Monika Voithofer. “Schönberg est mort”: Considering Teacher-Student Relationships in Twentieth Century Music History
  • Louis Hartnoll. ‘Nach der Stunde Null’: On Theodor W. Adorno’s Interventions into Education
  • Rebecca Sykes. The Paranoid Style of Second-Hand Radicalism: Second-Wave Institutional Critique and its Institutions of Education

Panel Two Alternative Models

  • Danae Filioti. The Pedagogic Prompt in Light of Love? Lijn's Puzzles, Takis' Haunt
  • Jon Davies. Teaching from the Loins: George Kuchar and Curt McDowell at the San Francisco Art Institute
  • Louisa Lee. SCHOOL: An alternative model for art pedagogy?

Panel Three: Teaching Art, Teaching Art History

  • Stefaan Vervoort, Other Uses, Other Historicities: Benjamin Buchloh and Art Students at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, c. 1977
  • Tobias Teutenberg, The Teaching of Warburg and Panofsky: Heinrich Heydenreich and the Hamburg School of Art History
  • Déborah Laks. Paul Neagu: Teaching as Art, Art as Reminiscence


Pedagogic Relations: Art and Art History is convened by Chloe Julius and Talia Kwartler (History of Art, UCL) and is supported by the Centre for the Study of Contemporary Art (CSCA) and the Institute of Advanced Studies.

Image: William Blake, Age Teaching Youth c.1785–90, Ink and watercolour on paper, 18 x 8 cm, courtesy of Tate, released under Creative Commons.

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