Hal Foster, Townsend Martin Class of 1917 Professor of Art and Archaeology at Princeton University, will present a public lecture on Wednesday, April 16 titled, “The Hamilton Test: On the Rapport between Painting and Photography in Pop Art.” The talk will take place at 5 p.m. in Houghton House 112; a reception will follow in the Houghton House seminar room. Foster will be on campus as the Melvin Hill Visiting Professor through April 18, as a guest of the art and architecture department.
Foster writes and teaches about modernist and contemporary art and theory. He is affiliated with Princeton’s School of Architecture, the department of German, and programs in media and modernity and European cultural studies. He previously taught in the departments of art history and comparative literature at Cornell University, and prior to that he held the position of director of critical and curatorial studies at the Whitney Museum.
He has published numerous books and articles, including “The Art-Architecture Complex” (2011), “The First Pop Age: Painting and Subjectivity in the Art of Hamilton, Lichtenstein, Warhol, Richter, and Ruscha” (2011), and “The Return of the Real: The Avant-Garde at the End of the Century” (1996). He is the editor of “The Anti-Aesthetic: Essays on Postmodern Culture” (2002) and the arts journal October.
Named for Melvin Hill, a greatly respected English Professor at the Colleges, the Visiting Professorship was started in 1973 to foster the exchange of ideas on campus with scholars and teachers from other institutions. The initial purpose was to expose students and faculty members to a variety of viewpoints within the humanities; to share research, methodologies, and ideas across the campus; and to interact with recognized scholars in the field.
This semester, the endowment will support seven week-long visiting professors in various disciplines in the humanities. While on campus, they will visit and interact with students and faculty in different departments and give a campus talk or presentation to the community.
“Our hopes are that these will be engaging opportunities for the campus to interact with important thinkers and scholars in their respective fields and that the visiting professors will build real connections with our students, faculty and campus,” explains Associate Dean of Faculty DeWayne Lucas.