Speaking of Art: Nancy Lin
"'That artwork doesn't exist': Productive misreadings of performance documentation and what happens when you find out the 'truth'"
Nancy Lin, PhD Candidate, Art History
Speaking of Art: Artist Interviews in Scholarship and Practice began as a series of roundtable discussions in the University of Chicago Department of Art History in winter 2018. Last spring, we hosted an intensive oral history workshop for graduate students in the humanities. This workshop provides a forum for learning practical skills and methods for interview-based research, as well as reflecting on these methods from a more theoretical perspective. Graduate students, faculty, and occasional visitors may present their projects in progress, with an emphasis on methodological approaches to working with living subjects and the translations that occur from interview to transcript to writing. This workshop is necessarily interdisciplinary, and is geared toward scholars conducting interview-based research in fields that do not necessarily privilege these modes of fieldwork, such as art history and practice, music history and theory, film and media studies, history, and literature.
Speaking of Art is supported by the University of Chicago Council on Advanced Studies. The current student coordinators are Sophie Lynch and Zsofi Valyi-Nagy. The current faculty sponsors are Rachel Cohen (Creative Writing) and Christine Mehring (Art History).