Nov 29, 2018, 5:30PM–8PM

Fake Friends: A Panel Discussion on Art History and Comparison


What are the possibilities and limitations offered by comparison? Within the discipline of art history, comparison as a generator of similitude has long been a standard practice, but as calls for a “global modern” increase in frequency and fervor, comparison as a methodological tool must be re-examined. Art historians Caroline Jones, Joan Kee, and Jaleh Mansoor, along with Alex Klein, Dorothy and Stephen R. Weber (CHE ’60) Curator at ICA, will discuss the role of comparison and its various uses in disciplinary, institutional, and political occasions.

The panel will be preceded by a selection of video works by Andrew Norman Wilson beginning at 5:30PM.

Organized by Mostafa Heddaya and Christopher Barrett-Lennard, Princeton University and Tausif Noor, Spiegel-Wilks Curatorial Fellow, ICA.

This event is in partnership with Princeton University Department of Art and Archaeology.

Programming at ICA has been made possible in part by the Emily and Jerry Spiegel Fund to Support Contemporary Culture and Visual Arts and the Lise Spiegel Wilks and Jeffrey Wilks Family Foundation, and by Hilarie L. & Mitchell Morgan. This event is also generously supported by the University of Pennsylvania Department of the History of Art.


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