What Time Is It? Teaching Thematically with Clocks, Watches,
and Related Works of Art at the Mead, January 19–20, 2012.
Guest Scholar: Kristen Lippincott, The Exhibitions Team.

What Time Is It?

Overview and Schedule

Seminar participants learned about the measurement and representation of time in the visual arts from diverse historical periods and geographic areas. Led by Dr. Kristen Lippincott, London-based museum consultant and former director of The Royal Observatory Greenwich, the seminar reviewed the history of timekeeping and timepieces and addressed broader thematic issues including differentiating between natural and artificial time; depictions of diurnal, seasonal, and geologic time; and concepts of time in world cultures as represented in the visual arts. Carefully selected works of art guided discussion about the role and effects of time and time measurement on the social fabric of human history. Participants examined the function, creation, style, and meaning of clocks and watches and made fresh connections between the study of time and a range of academic disciplines. Participants discussed strategies for incorporating original works of art from the Mead’s collection into their teaching and research.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Session 1:  Introduction: Thinking About Time

Session 2: Dividing Time, Part 1

Session 3: Dividing Time, Part 2

Session 4: Tick-Tock Time

Friday, January 20, 2012

Session 1: Lifecycles: Internal

Session 2: Lifecycles: External

Session 3: Structures and Escapes

Session 4: The End of Time


Guest Scholar: Kristen Lippincott

Kristen Lippincott received her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in the History of Art. She was a Research Fellow at the Warburg Institute, University of London, where she studied the representation of scientific information in the visual arts from antiquity to the present day. She has served as Curator of Astronomy at The Old Royal Observatory, as Director of The Royal Observatory Greenwich, and as Deputy Director of the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, England. In 2004 Dr. Lippincott was visiting professor at Harvard’s Center for Italian Renaissance Studies at the Villa I Tatti in Florence, and she has published over 55 scholarly books and articles in the fields of art history, history of science, and history of scientific instruments and cultural history. She currently is a museum consultant with the British consortium, The Exhibitions Team.