The NYU German Department and Deutsches Haus at NYU present The Cover-Up: Contributions to a Political Iconography.
This conference was organized by
, Max Weber Professor of German and European Studies, NYU and
, Department of German, NYU.
“Political Iconography” is the ongoing research project of the pioneering art historian Martin Warnke. Already in the late 1960s Warnke conceived a “new art history” alert to concealed ideological content, the historicity of aesthetic value, and the power of images. Building on his pioneering studies of the social tensions and economic realities that conditioned the construction of the Gothic cathedrals (
Bau und Überbau
, 1976) and the relation of political sovereignty to artistic creativity (
, 1985), Warnke developed a new way of reading works of art.
Political Iconography might be said to extend a basic momentum of modernity in the sense that it formalizes as an art historical hermeneutic a skeptical attitude toward the self-representation of authority, an attitude first defined by the Enlightenment critique of the insignia, triumphs, spectacles, and icons that sustained the governing institutions of the ancien régime.
This conference brings together art historians, including some who worked with Warnke, and scholars of political science and law to recognize Warnke’s achievement and mark out new paths in the hermeneutics of art and image. The rubric “cover-up,” a prompt for the participants, alludes to the basic operations of sleuthing and unmasking that drive any study of the politics of the image.
: Claire Bishop, Diane Bodart, John Curley, Dennis Curtis, Nilüfer Göle, Romy Golan, Boris Groys, Sylvia Houghteling, Evonne Levy, Judith Resnik, Marvin Trachtenberg, Monika Wagner, Ittai Weinryb
are free and open to the public. If you would like to attend this event, please send an email to
. As space at Deutsches Haus is limited, please arrive ten minutes prior to the event to ensure you get a good seat. Thank you!
Thursday, May 5th
: Welcome and introduction
The Cover-Up of Picasso’s Guernica in the United Nations
Let’s Talk a Bit about Exhibitions
4.00-4.30 coffee break
Propaganda Images, Hiding in Plain Sight
, Bard Graduate Center, New York, “
Throning: Political Iconography, Political Theology and Beyond
Red Granite in China: Reconciliation of Politics and Commerce
Friday, May 6th
The Telltale Textile in Mughal India
Visual Art and Controversies around Islam in Europe
Installation as Political Prison: Alphonse Laurencic in Barcelona
Judith Resnik and Dennis Curtis
Representations and Abstractions: Identity, Politics, and Rights
, Institute of Fine Arts, NYU, “
Unmasking Renaissance Urbanism
Triumph and Infamy: Serpotta’s monument of Charles II in Messina
4.00-4.30 coffee break
Gerhard Richter’s Cold War Conspiracies
Christoph Schlingensief and Political Undecidability
Events at Deutsches Haus are free and open to the public. If you would like to attend this event, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. As space at Deutsches Haus is limited, please arrive ten minutes prior to the event to ensure you get a good seat. Thank you!
The Cover-Up: Contributions to a Political Iconography
" is a DAAD-sponsored event.