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The Nineteenth Horst Gerson Lecture

On Friday the 6th of October 2017 Dr Ivan Gaskell, Professor of Cultural History and Museum Studies at Bard Graduate Center, New York City, delivered the nineteenth Horst Gerson Lecture, entitled Everything or Nothing? What do University Museums Know?
An introductory programme, organised in conjunction with the Association of Dutch Art Historians (Vereniging van Nederlandse Kunsthistorici,, took place in the Groninger Museum, featuring two lectures on Museum and Research:
The Invisible Museum: on the Non-finito in Museum Research by Ann Demeester, director of Frans Hals Museum|De Hallen (Haarlem) and Opening up the collection – a wider approach to collection-based research by Sandra Kisters, head of collections and research of Museum Boijmans van Beuningen (Rotterdam).

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Prof. Ivan Gaskell
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About Prof. Ivan Gaskell

Ivan Gaskell is Professor of Cultural History and Museum Studies at Bard Graduate Center, New York City. He was educated at the Universities of Oxford (BA), London (MA), and Cambridge (PhD), and served successively on the faculty of the Warburg Institute (London), Cambridge, and Harvard before moving to Bard Graduate Center in 2012.

Mobilizing non-written traces of the past, Gaskell addresses intersections among history, art history, anthropology, and philosophy. As well as writing case studies ranging from seventeenth-century Dutch and Flemish paintings, Native American baskets, and Congo textiles, he works on underlying philosophical questions. While at Cambridge University, he edited the book series Cambridge Studies in Philosophy and the Arts with Salim Kemal. He organized numerous exhibitions at Harvard University, where he taught and curated between 1991 and 2011. At Bard Graduate Center, as well as teaching in the Masters and PhD programs, Gaskell heads the Focus Project, an ongoing series of experimental exhibitions and publications.

Gaskell is the author, editor, or co-editor of twelve books, including The Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection: Seventeenth-century Dutch and Flemish Painting (Philips, 1990), and Vermeer’ s Wager (Reaktion, 2000). His most recent book (with Laurel Ulrich, Sara Schechner, and Sarah Anne Carter) is Tangible Things: Making History through Objects (Oxford University Press, 2015). He has contributed to numerous scholarly journals and edited volumes in history, art history, anthropology, and philosophy.

Gaskell is Research Associate in Anthropology of both the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology at Harvard University, and of the American Museum of Natural History, New York. As a Permanent Senior Fellow of the Lichtenberg-Kolleg of the Georg-August University, Göttingen , Gaskell has spent two months each spring in Göttingen since 2014. He also writes contemporary art criticism, contributing regularly to artUS and West 86th .
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