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City of Sin: Representing the Urban Underbelly in the 19th Century
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam: 19-20 May 2016

FULL PROGRAMME

 

Day 1 – Thursday 19 May

10.00-10.30 REGISTRATION / COFFEE & TEA

10.30-10.45
Welcome by Wim Pijbes, General Director, Rijksmuseum
Introduction by Rachel Esner, University of Amsterdam | ESNA

10.45-11.15
The Van Gogh Museum Lecture – Private pleasures: Prostitution in prints
– Fleur Roos Rosa de Carvalho, Curator of prints & drawings, Van Gogh Museum

11.15-12.30
Session 1. Revealing the invisible (Chair: Jenny Reynaerts, Rijkmuseum | ESNA)

Visualizing obscenity in Paris: Manet’s Le déjeuner, Olympia and Nana as markers of pornographic commerce and censorship
– Lauren S. Weingarden, Department of Art History, Florida State University

Evidence and identity in the Register Bb3
– David Ogawa, Department of Visual Arts, Union College, Schenectady

Not to be seen: Sordid aspects of prostitution in illustrations
– Claire Dupin, Université de Tours

12.30-14.30     LUNCH + VISIT TO THE BREITNER EXHIBITION (RIJKSMUSEUM)

14.30-15.45
Session 2. Vice and illness (Chair: Jan Dirk Baetens, Radboud University | ESNA)

Gambling hells and the urban den of iniquity: Gaming, immigration, and American identity
– Andrew Haslit, University of Texas at Tyler

Blurred lines: Drugs, synaesthesia, and degeneration in fin de siècle print culture
Natalia Angeles Vieyra, Temple University, Philadelphia

Vincent van Gogh and the illnesses of his time: From venereal disease to epilepsy
– Laura Prins, Van Gogh Museum

15.45-16.15       COFFEE + TEA

16.15-17.30
Session 3. The city’s fringes (Chair: Marjan Sterckx, Ghent University)

The urban underbelly’s washboard abs: Strongman Eugen Sandow as an artist’s model in Brussels 1887-1889
– Thijs Dekeukeleire, Ghent University

The shadow side of Berlin: Max Klinger’s archetypal crime scenes
– Marsha Morton, Department of Art and Design History, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn

Depicting the unseen city: Heinrich Zille’s early photographs and drawings of proletarian Berlin
– Pay Matthis Karstens, Technische Universität Berlin / Galerie Judin, Berlin

18.00               DRINKS
                         + VISIT TO THE EASY VIRTUE EXHIBITION (VAN GOGH MUSEUM)

 

 

Day 2 – Friday 20 May

10.00-10.15
Welcome by Axel Rüger, Director Van Gogh Museum

10.15-10.45
The Rijksmuseum Lecture – ‘Women of dubious appearance and brazen pose’: Breitner’s Girls in kimono
– Suzanne Veldink, Junior curator 19th-century paintings, Rijksmuseum

10.45-12.00
Session 4. The aesthetics of prostitution (Chair: Maite van Dijk, Van Gogh Museum | ESNA)

‘L’Olympia faisandée’: Meat as metaphor for the prostitute
– Allison Deutsch, University College London

Beauty on sale: Women in the margins of urban life in 19th-century Hungarian painting
– Réka Krasznai, Hungarian National Gallery, Budapest

The prostitute as a subject in 19th-century Italian sculpture: Unexpected seeds of modernity
– Sharon Hecker, independent scholar

12.00-13.45      LUNCH

13.45-15.30
Session 5. City of Darkness (Chair: Mayken Jonkman, RKD | ESNA)

Screening of De Steeg by Jan Koelinga (Rotterdam, 1932) (Introduction by Lisa Smit, ESNA)

Touring the dark city: The Paris catacombs in 19th-century visual culture
– Isabelle Havet, University of Delaware

Dark arts: Art in the clandestine cabaret at the Parisian fin de siècle: the Cabaret de l’Enfer et du Ciel
– Juliet Simpson, Coventry University and Wolfson College, Oxford

15.30-16.00      COFFEE+TEA

16.00-16.20
Behind the scenes of Easy Virtue
– Nienke Bakker, Curator Van Gogh Museum and co-curator of Easy Virtue

16.20-17.00
Concluding lecture – Presenting prostitution now: Ruminations on the exhibitions, the conference and the ‘traffic’ in women
– Tamar Garb, Professor of the Department History of Art, University College London

17.00-17.30
Discussion (Chair: Rachel Esner, University of Amsterdam | ESNA)

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