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Centre for Visual Culture Seminar Series: New York, Lahore: In Dialogue with Shahzia Sikander and Salman Toor

March 10, 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM.

Shahzia Sikander changed the game of the art world with her breakthrough at the Whitney Biennial in 1997. This year, Salman Toor, debuted his first solo museum exhibition at the Whitney, How Will I Know. In June, Sikander will open a career retrospective, Extraordinary Realities, at the Morgan Library & Museum co-organised with the RISD Museum. Centered on issues of gender, identity, global affiliations, appropriation, and narrative, this conversation engages the relationship between two artists on how they have navigated the shifting worlds of New York and Pakistan. In dialogue, we will pause and reflect over how we got here and anticipate where we are going.

Convened by Vivek Gupta and moderated by Amy Tobin.

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Projecting Alvar Aalto: New Perspectives in Research, Film and Curating

This event explores new perspectives on Alvar Aalto at the intersection of scholarly, artistic and curatorial practices. Widely recognised as the greatest Nordic modern architect of the twentieth century, Aalto holds a privileged place in the historiography of modernism. However, Aalto’s relationship to the moving image—a growing field of study in architectural history—has not yet been subject to extensive research.

This event launches a new collaborative project between the University of Cambridge and the Alvar Aalto Museum, which seeks to interrogate the interpretive possibilities of fiction and documentary film in the analysis of Aalto’s oeuvre and modernism more broadly.

Thursday 12 March, 3–5 pm

Old Library, Pembroke College

  • 3 pm:    3 x 20 min lectures
  • 4 pm:    Panel discussion + Q&A
  • 5 pm:    Drinks reception


  • Tommi Lindh: “Aino & Alvar Aalto: Groundbreakers of Modern Architecture & Design”
  • Virpi Suutari: “Narratives of Space: How to Make Architecture Alive and Tactile in Film”
  • Sofia Singler: “Analysing Architectural Archives on Site: The Case of Aalto’s Wolfsburg Churches”


Tommi Lindh is CEO of the Alvar Aalto Foundation, which works globally on all things concerning Alvar Aalto. He is currently working to advance the nomination of Aalto’s sites to the UNESCO World Heritage List and to widen the cooperation between the Alvar Aalto Cities of the world.

Virpi Suutari is an acclaimed Finnish documentary film director and screenwriter best known for her cinematic style and emotional narratives. Her works have been presented at several major documentary festivals.

Sofia Singler is a Gates Cambridge Scholar researching Alvar Aalto’s post-war religious architecture, and Director of Studies in Architecture at Girton College.

Maximilian Sternberg is Senior Lecturer in History and Theory of Architecture in the Department of Architecture in the University of Cambridge and Fellow of Pembroke College. Recent books include Phenomenologies of the City (Ashgate 2015) and Modern Architecture and the Sacred (Bloomsbury, forthcoming).

Nicholas Ray is Reader Emeritus in Architecture at the University of Cambridge, Emeritus Fellow of Jesus College, Cambridge, and Visiting Professor in Architectural Theory at the University of Liverpool. He is a Director of NRAP architects, and author of books on Alvar Aalto and Rafael Moneo (both Yale University Press).

Reconstruction: Methods and Practices in Research, Exhibitions, and Conservation

Centre for Visual Culture Inaugural Conference

24th– 25th February, Trinity Hall, Cambridge

Book tickets here.

24th February:

Lecture Theatre, Trinity Hall

9:00-9:20: Registration

9:20-9:30: Opening Remarks

Alexander Marr (University of Cambridge)

9:30-11:00: Session 1.

Chair: Joanna Norman (V&A)

Spike Bucklow (Hamilton Kerr Institute, Cambridge), Sharpening Perceptions: The Role of Reconstructions in Training the Mind, Eye and Hand

Tianna Uchacz and Tillmann Taape (Columbia University), Revisiting the Making and Knowing Lab

Marta Ajmar (V&A): Re-making and Mimesis: Corresponding with Renaissance Intarsia

11:00-11:30: Coffee

11:30-13:00: Session 2.

Chair: Christine Slottved Kimbriel (Hamilton Kerr Institute, Cambridge)

Donal Cooper (University of Cambridge) and Fabrizio Nevola (University of Exeter): Virtual (Un)Certainties: Reconstructing Historical Contexts for Florentine Renaissance Paintings

Daniel Pett (Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge): Digital Embellishment of the Great Shrine of Amaravati

Petra Maclot (KU Leuven): Fact and Fiction: The Reconstruction of Sixteenth-Century Houses in Antwerp

13:00-14:00: Lunch

14:00-15:30: Session 3.

Chair: Amy Tobin (University of Cambridge)

Annette Tietenberg (HBK Braunschweig): The Way Beyond Art: The Kabinett der Abstrakten in Hanover under Reconstruction 

Hélia Marçal (Tate): The Body as Source: Practices of Re-enactment in the Preservation of Performance Art

Sanneke Stigter (University of Amsterdam): Conceptual Art and Reconstruction

15:30-16:00: Coffee

16:00-17:00: Session 4.

Chair: Melissa Calaresu (University of Cambridge)

Ivan Day (Independent Scholar): Covered Cups and Hackled Dishes: The Reconstruction of a Baroque Feast in a Museum Setting

Joanna Norman (V&A): Remaking the Period Room

Deborah Krohn (Bard Graduate Center): Practicing what we Teach

17:30-18:30: Keynote Lecture

Sven Dupré (Utrecht University, University of Amsterdam), Site Matters: Histories and Designs of “Re-Methods”

18:30: Drinks reception

25th February

Lecture Theatre, Trinity Hall

9:00-10:30: Session 5.

Chair: Donal Cooper (University of Cambridge)

Ulinka Rublack (University of Cambridge): “Be-feathered Men”: Reconstructing a Renaissance Fashion

Amandine Didouan (University of Cambridge):  Real or Ideal? Re-enacting Illustrated Riding Exercises of the Seventeenth-Century

Sophie Pitman (Aalto University): Making Material: Refashioning the Clothing of Early Modern Artisans

10:30-11:00: Coffee

11:00-12:30: Session 6.

Chair: Spike Bucklow (Hamilton Kerr Institute, Cambridge)

Edward Cheese (Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge): Rebinding and the Reconstruction of Manuscripts

Charlene Vella (University of Malta): Reframing and Presenting Antonello da Messina’s Nephew’s Renaissance altarpieces

Amy Gillette (The Barnes Foundation) and Zachary Stewart (Texas A&M University): The Mancroft Font Canopy Project

12:30-13:30: Lunch

13:30-15:00: Session 7.

Chair: Sven Dupré (Utrecht University, University of Amsterdam’)

Mary-Ann Middelkoop (University of Cambridge): “Those Sumptuous Embassies”: Reconstruction Practices and German Art Exhibitions in Interwar Period

Annette Loeseke (NYU Berlin): Deconstructing Reconstructions: Berlin’s Pergamon Museum and the Panorama Exhibition by Yadegar Asisi

Nicola Foster(Solent University), Exhibition Reconstruction: When Attitudes Become Form, Bern1969/Venice2013

15:00-15:30: Coffee

16:00-17:30: Session 8.

Chair: Alexander Marr (University of Cambridge)

Elsbeth Geldhof (Blue Tortoise Conservation): The Many Faces of Reconstruction: Experiences from a Historic Paint Conservator

Georgios Artopoulos (Cyprus Institute Nicosia) and Anastasia Christophilopoulou (Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge): Immersing in Virtual Island-scapes: A Case Study in Museum Virtual Environments

Ellen Handy (CUNY): Photography as Reconstruction: Hiroshi Sugimoto and W.H.F. Talbot, A Case Study

17:30: Close

Image credit: Chris Titmus, Hamilton Kerr Institute, University of Cambridge