Old Art New Ideas: A conversation with Keith Moxey and Michael Holly

Co-presented with the Power Institute

20 March, 2012

Known as pioneers of ‘the new art history’, Keith Moxey and Michael Holly, share a commitment to the belief that “Still Art Still Matters”, and that new thinking in the visual arts can emerge from engagement with ‘historical’ art as well as from the contemporary.

Professor Michael Ann Holly

Michael Holly is Starr Director of the Research and Academic Program at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. Professor Holly's scholarly interests include art historiography and criticism; the intellectual history of the history of art; and ancient, medieval, and Renaissance art. She has written several books on these subjects, including Past Looking: Historical Imagination and the Rhetoric of the Image (1996), Iconography and Iconology (1992), Past Looking: Historical Imagination and the Rhetoric of the Image (1984) and Panofsky and the Foundations of Art History (1984). She is the editor of Visual Theory: Painting and Interpretation (1990), Visual Culture: Images and Interpretation (1994) and The Subjects of Art History: Historical Objects in Contemporary Perspectives (1998).

Professor Keith Moxey

Keith Moxey is Barbara Novak Professor and Chair of Art History at Barnard College, Columbia University, New York City. As a specialist in Northern Renaissance, the historiography and philosophy of art history, Professor Moxey has written widely on these subjects. Authored publications include Peasants, Warriors, and Wives: Popular Imagery in the Reformation (2004), The Practice of Persuasion: Paradox and Power in Art History (2001) and The Practice of Theory: Poststructuralism, Cultural Politics, and Art History (1994). He has also co-edited several anthologies: Art History, Aesthetics, Visual Culture (2002), The Subjects of Art History: Historical Objects in Contemporary Perspective (1998), Visual Culture: Images and Interpretation (1994) and Visual Theory: Painting and Interpretation (1991).