le 21 mars 2023
Publié le 19 janvier 2023 Mis à jour le 19 janvier 2023

Guest Lecture : Paul Hardin Kapp


Iconoclasm and the Historic Environment: From the French Revolution to the Russian-Ukrainian War and Beyond

Paul Hardin Kapp est professeur associé d'architecture à l'Université de l'Illinois à Urbana-Champaign. Il est actuellement Senior Fulbright Scholar et Fellow à CY AS, invité par l'UMR n°9022 Héritages.

We are experiencing a new age of iconoclasm, the premediated destruction of visual symbols because of their specific emotional or ideological content, in the public square. This public act is hardly new in Europe, the Middle East, or in Asia, but it is a new experience in post-colonial countries in Africa, South America, and North America. As a post-colonial and relatively young country, the United States is no different. Until 2000, the U.S. celebrated its built patrimony in urban squares, even when they were associated with racism and colonialism. After the murder of George Floyd, the U.S. and Canada began questioning the meanings of their civic art and the ramifications of iconoclasm.

In this talk, I will discuss my (initial) research on how France has historically enacted, institutionalized, and reacted to iconoclasm. From archaeological fragments, such as the foundation stones displayed at the Bastille Metro, to the Pantheon, Paris is an important case study on iconoclasm and the antipathetic relationship between art and power. I pose these questions: 1. Is iconoclasm art or historical record? And 2. In 2023, is iconoclasm public expression or a weapon of war?

Date: 21 mars 2023 de 12h30 à 14h00

La guest lecture hybride est organisée en présence à l'Auditorium de la MIR à Neuville-sur-Oise et à distance sur Zoom.

Pour participer à la guest lecture à distance, connectez-vous sur Zoom : https://cyu-fr.zoom.us/j/93927715971

ID réunion : 939 2771 5971

La vidéo sera publiée sur la chaîne YouTube de CY AS