The Display of Art

To display an object is to assert that it is worthy of inspection. The object may be considered culturally important or beautiful or the product of extraordinary skill, and its display may itself be an artful endeavor worthy of study. The creation of determined viewing conditions brings together ideas and objects, creating narratives that assign meanings, so that our experience of any object and the meaning we take from it change with its mode of display. Consider a cult statue set in an ancient temple, carried away and displayed as booty in a triumphal procession, reused as spolia, showcased in a sculpture garden, recast in plaster for artists to study, adorning the hall of a country house, exhibited in a national museum, reproduced on a postcard, and given a virtual existence on the web. The life story of a work of art requires attention to the social, political, economic, and cultural contexts of its display.

Getty Scholars

Nancy Lutkehaus is Professor of Anthropology, Gender Studies and Political Science at the University of Southern California.
From Ethnographic Artifact to Objet d'Art: Changing Contexts in the Display of Primitive Art

Sylvester Okwunodu Ogbechie (Consortium Scholar) is Associate Professor of Art History at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
The Economics of Cultural Patrimony: Politics and Poetics of Postcolonial Museum Display

Dominique Poulot is Professor of the History of Art at Université Paris I–Panthéon-Sorbonne and senior member of the Institut universitaire de France (IUF).
Museum Cultures and Experiences in Europe, 1750–1815

Alain Schnapp (Villa Professor) is Professor of Art History and Archaeology at Université Paris I–Panthéon-Sorbonne.
Towards a Comparative History of Antiquarianism

Tristan Weddigen is Professor of the History of Early Modern Art at the University of Zurich, Switzerland.
The Collection as a Visual History of Art: The Dresden Picture Gallery in the 18th and 19th Century

Visiting Scholars

Jens Baumgarten is Professor of Art History at the Universidade Federal de São Paulo.
Representation of Violence in Colonial and Contemporary Brazil

Ding Ning is Professor and Vice Dean in the School of Arts at Peking University.
Display of Art / Power of Placement

Thomas Gunning is Professor in the Department of Art History at the University of Chicago.
The Categories of Cinematic Display

Yoshie Kojima is Vice-Professor in the Department of History at Sophia University, Tokyo.
Display and Use of Italian Counter-Reformation Art in Japan

Anna Moï is a writer living alternately in France and Vietnam.
The Paternal Language

Barbara Novak is Altschul Professor Emerita of Art History at Barnard College and Columbia University.
Church, Humboldt and the Politics of Display

Brian O'Doherty is Professor Emeritus of Fine Arts and Media at Southampton College, Long Island University.

Pauline Schmitt-Pantel (Villa) is Professor in the Department of History at Université Paris I–Panthéon-Sorbonne.
The Use of "Works of Art" and the Construction of Political Image in Ancient Greece

Maria Elena Versari is Faculty Fellow in the Department of Art History at Rice University.
The Politics of Avant-Garde Display

Christiane Vorster (Villa) is Honorary Professor at the Institut für Kunstgeschichte und Archäologie, Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität, Bonn, and Research Associate in the Skulpturensammlung at the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden.
Display and Function of Mythological Sculpture in Late Antique Rome

Predoctoral Fellows

Felicity Bodenstein is a doctoral candidate in the Department of the History of Art at the Université Paris IV–Sorbonne.
Displaying Classical Antiquity in Paris (18001930)

Juan Sebastian de Vivo (Villa) is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Classics at Stanford University.
Contemplating Beauty, Collecting Ethics: Objects and the Moral Self

Stefanie Klamm is a doctoral candidate at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin / Max Planck Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte, Berlin.
Transformed Objects: Images of Classical Archaeology between Excavation and Display

Postdoctoral Fellows

Delphine Burlot (Villa) received her Thèse d'archéologie from the Université Paris IV–Sorbonne.
Fakes on Display. The Example of Forgeries of Antique Mural Painting Made by G. Guerra

Mario Epifani received his doctorate from the Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II.
The Display of Wisdom: Portraits of Ancient Philosophers in 17th-century Italian Painting

Barbara Furlotti received her doctorate from Queen Mary College, University of London.
Mobility and Display in Early Modern Italy: The Orsini Collection in Rome

Sarah Hamill received her doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley.
David Smith in Two Dimensions: Sculpture, Photography, and Space

Stephen Phillips, AIA, received his PhD from Princeton University School of Architecture in the History and Theory Program. He is Assistant Professor of Design in the Architecture Department at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.
Towards a Research Practice: Frederick Kiesler's Experiments into the Biotechniques of Display

Guest Scholars

Dawn Ades is Professor of Art History and Theory at the University of Essex.
Exhibiting Surrealism

Beatrice von Bismarck is Professor of Art History and Visual Culture at the Academy of Visual Arts, Leipzig.
Performing the Show: Exhibitions in Spatiotemporal Dynamics since the late 1960s

Alden Gordon is G. W. Smith Professor of Art History at Trinity College, Connecticut.
Images of Art Display: The Dissemination of Engraved Records of Art in Interiors

Lawrence Weschler is Director of the New York Institute for the Humanities at NYU.
All That is Solid. A Book of Further Convergences

Project Fellows

Lucy Bradnock is a doctoral candidate at the University of Essex.
Pacific Standard Time

Boris Hars-Tschachotin is a doctoral candidate in the History of Art at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.
Display and Film

Museum Guest Scholars

Edgar Peters Bowron is Audrey Jones Beck Curator of European Art at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
Host department: Paintings

Emmanuelle Brugerolles is Chief Curator in charge of the drawings collection at the Ecole nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris.
Host department: Drawings

Paula Dawson is Associate Professor in the School of Art at the University of New South Wales.
Host department: Director's Office

Anne de Mondenard is Curator of Photographs at the Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication, France.
Host department: Photographs

Helen Glanville is Visiting Lecturer at Warwick University.
Host department: Associate Director for Collections Office

Rica Madeline Jones is Conservator of Paintings at the Tate Gallery.
Host department: Paintings Conservation

Kim Kanatani is Gail Engelberg Director of Education at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.
Host department: Education

Stella Panayotova is Keeper of Manuscripts and Printed Books at The Fitzwilliam Museum.
Host department: Manuscripts

Lieve Watteeuw is a scientific collaborator at Illuminare Studiecentrum voor Miniatuurkunst/Centre for the Study of the Illuminated Manuscriptat the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven.
Host department: Paper Conservation

Anthony Wells-Cole is Retired Senior Curator at the Temple Newsam House, Leeds Museums and Galleries.
Host department: Sculpture & Decorative Arts

Dyfri J.R. Williams is Research Keeper of Greek and Roman Antiquities at the British Museum.
Host department: Antiquities