The symposium keynote presentation features the recent scholarship of Dr. Kristine Nielsen (see the brief biography below). According to Dr. Nielsen, This address will “look at the current reception of some East German images and the ways that these images are
saved for “art”, ironically by effacing the works’ modernist source (Ernst
Barlach).” The paper considers definitions of art and visual culture.
“What Ever Happened to Ernst Barlach? East German Monuments and
the Art of Resistance”
Kristine Nielsen received her Ph.D. in Art History from the University of
Chicago in 2010 and M.A. in Art History from the University of Copenhagen
in 2001. Her teaching and research interests are European and American
modern and contemporary art and visual culture, the historiography of art
history, and the history and theory of iconoclasm. She is currently Andrew W.
Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Illinois at Urbana-
Champaign and is working on a book manuscript entitled Confronting
Inglorious Monuments of the Past in Postwar German Cultural Politics. She
has several book chapters forthcoming in the anthologies: Art Outside the
Lines: New Perspectives on GDR Art Culture (Amsterdam: Rodopi, spring
2011); The Artwork Between Technology and Nature (London: Ashgate, fall
2011), and the paper she will present will appear in the anthology
Totalitarian Art and Modernity.