UPDATE: Due to COVID-19 and increasing caution regarding public gatherings, we regretfully announce the cancellation of Catriona MacLeod’s lecture. We are saddened by this change of plans, but are interested above all in the safety of our visitors and the wider public. Please monitor our website and social media for further updates on Renaissance Society programs.
Catriona MacLeod, a professor at the University of Chicago, writes about the intersections of art, literature, and film, with an emphasis on 18th- and 19th-century Germany. As a scholar and as the editor of the journal Word & Image, she has delved extensively into encounters between visual and verbal languages. Here, she discusses Silke Otto-Knapp’s paintings against the backdrop of Germanic creative histories and considers how the artist’s work draws from other fields of expression. The paintings in Otto-Knapp’s Renaissance Society exhibition reveal a highly developed visual and material language, while dealing richly in referential connections that open up subtle historical echoes of their own.