Genealogies of the Screen: Surface/Canvas/Scrim

Lecture by Noam Elcott
Thursday, May 3, 2018 - 3:30pm


The twentieth century is now clearly recognizable as the century of the screen, and Columbia University's Noam Elctott explores the emergence of the screen as an artistic force not only in film but also in painting, photography, theater, and other art forms. Elcott focuses on Bauhaus master László Moholy-Nagy (1895-1946), whose writings and multimedia artworks set the course of avant-garde screen culture for the whole of the twentieth century. As such, he traverses art history, film history, and media archaeology ranging from our present to the nineteenth century and beyond.  

Noam M. Elcott is Associate Professor of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University, an editor of the journal Grey Room, co-director of the Center for Comparative Media at Columbia University, and co-director of The August Sander Project (MoMA/Columbia). He is the author of Artificial Darkness: An Obscure History of Modern Art and Media (University of Chicago Press, 2016), winner of the 2017 Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS) Anne Friedberg Innovative Scholarship Award, as well as essays on art, film, and media, published in leading journals, anthologies, and exhibition catalogues. His current book project is Art in the First Screen Age: László Moholy-Nagy and the Cinefication of the Arts (University of Chicago Press).  

Co-presented by the Department of Cinema and Media Studies.