Hosted by the UCLA Department of Art History, Incongruities brings together emerging scholars to discuss the roles that incongruity, disjuncture, and dissonance have played in definitions and uses of art throughout history. What role has the concept of incongruity played in the historicizing of art? When does the disjunction between method and object push us to expand the frameworks of art history? The keynote speaker is Dr. Helen Molesworth, head of the Department of Modern and Contemporary Art and the James R. and Maisie K. Houghton Curator of Contemporary Art at the Harvard Art Museums. The respondent, Dr. Ali Behdad, professor of English and comparative literature at UCLA, has published widely on Orientalism in literature and photography.
Support provided by the UCLA Friends of Art History, the UCLA Art Council, the UCLA Graduate Student Association, the Center for Student Programming, and the Department of Art History.
Public programs are made possible, in part, by a major gift from Ann and Jerry Moss.
Additional support is provided by Bronya and Andrew Galef, Good Works Foundation and Laura Donnelley, an anonymous donor, and the Hammer Programs Committee.