Cultural Mobility and Transcultural Confrontations: Winold Reiss as a Paradigm of Transnational Studies

Cultural Mobility and Transcultural Confrontations: Winold Reiss as a Paradigm of Transnational Studies

International Symposium In Commemoration of the 125th Anniversary of the Birth of WINOLD REISS

1.-3. December 2011

Organized by Frank Mehring


Conference Program

Dec. 1: Thursday

1:30 pm

Conference opening

2:00 pm

Panel 1: Chaired by Silke Hackenesch (Graduate School, JFKI)

Julie Kennedy (München)
"From the School of Applied Arts to Franz von Stuck’s Academy Painting Class: Winold Reiss's Formative Years in Munich 1911-13"

Sydelle Rubin-Dienstfrey (New York)
"Transcultural Readings of Winold Reiss, Franz Boas, and Miguel Covarrubias: Art and Ethnography of the Harlem Renaissance"

3:30 pm

Coffee break

4:00 pm

Panel 2: Chaired by Andreas Etges (JFKI)

Karl Markus Kreis (Dortmund)
"From Fantasy to Show - Changing Images of ‘The Indian’ in German-speaking Europe at the Beginning of the 20th Century"

Jochen Wierich (Cheekwood)
"Reiss' Indians: Between Old and New West"

5:30 pm

Coffee break

6 pm

Keynote 1 / JFKI Colloquium: Introduction by Frank Mehring (JFKI)

Jeffrey Stewart (UC Santa Barbara)
"Looking Backward to Look Forward: Winold Reiss in Context"

8 pm


9:30 pm

End of conference day


Dec. 2: Friday

9 am


9:30 am

Panel 3: Chaired by MaryAnn Snyder-Koerber (JFKI)

Caroline Goeser (Cleveland Museum of Art)
"Transcultural Modernism: Winold Reiss and American Print Culture"

Martha J. Nadell (Brooklyn College)
"Covarrubias' Caricatures Meet Reiss' Portraits: Locating the Visual Modernism of the Harlem Renaissance"

11 am

Coffee break

11:30 am

Panel 4: Chaired by Ulla Haselstein (JFKI)

Winfried Fluck (JFKI Berlin)
"The Construction of Indianness"

Patricia Hills (Boston University)
"Folklorist of the Brush and Palette: Winold Reiss’s Illustrations for the New Negro, Paul Kellogg, Alain Locke, and Transcultural Modernity"

1 pm

Lunch break

2:30 pm

Panel 5: Chaired by Hannah Spahn (JFKI)

Katherine E. Manthorne (CUNY Graduate Center, JFKI)
"THINKING BIG: Winold Reiss and Muralism in America"

3:30 pm

Excerpts from Winold Reiss's Letters and Diaries
Introduction by Frank Mehring
Reading by members of the Reiss family

4:30 pm

Coffee Break

5:30 pm

Transition to the American Academy in Berlin

6:30 pm

Welcoming to the American Academy in Berlin

7:15 pm

Panel 6

Frank Mehring (JFKI)
"Weary Blues: Synaestheticism and Music in Winold Reiss’s Oeuvre between Munich and New York"

Musical Performance
Jens Barnieck (Wiesbaden)
"Winold Reiss and the German-American Music Scene; Between the Weimar Republic and the Jazz Age" (see separate program)

9:00 pm


10 pm

End of conference day


Dec. 3: Saturday

9:30 am

Panel 7: Chaired by Andrew Gross (JFKI)

Asta v. Schröder (Leuphana University Lüneburg)
"Race, Class and Gender in Winold Reiss's 'Worker Murals'"

Julie Levin Caro (Warren Wilson College)
"The Winold Reiss Studio as a Hub of Transcultural Modernism"

11:00 am

Coffee break

11:30 am

Keynote 2: Introduction by Simon Schleusener (JFKI)

Ford Peatross (Library of Congress, DC)
"Multicultural and Modern Design: The Singular Vision of Winold Reis, 1914-1952"

12:30 pm

Final discussion

13:00 pm

End of conference


Key speakers and artists include: Jens Barnieck (Wiesbaden), Julie Caro (Warren Wilson College), Winfried Fluck (JFKI), Caroline Goeser (Cleveland Museum of Art), Patricia Hills (Boston University), Julie Kennedy (Munich), Karl Markus Kreis (Dortmund University, emer.), Katherine E. Manthorne (CUNY Graduate Center, JFKI), Frank Mehring (JFKI), Martha Jane Nadell (Brooklyn College), Ford Peatross (Library of Congress), Sydelle Rubin-Dienstfrey (University of Colorado at Boulder), Asta v. Schröder (Leuphana University Lüneburg), Jeffrey Stewart (UC Santa Barbara), Jochen Wierich (Cheekwood).

Special guests: Members of the Reiss Family.