My research develops a process-based approach to art and visual material culture. In particular, I study how materials, tools, and practices partake in the meaning making of art; how images and texts represent and reflect creative practices; and how learning and teaching with making and materials engenders material literacy.

An interview with Michele Seehafer for the research blog "Materialized Identities", Department of Art History, Bern University, May 2017

An short piece on my work (in Dutch) by Monica Auch, "De zeggingskracht van materiaal", in kM Kunstenaarsmateriaal 103 (2017): 22-24.
interview asl zeggingskrachtvanmateriaal km1032017

Words on Things, on invitation by Laura White (Goldsmiths) on Tenderfoot:

Goed Gemaakt. Ode aan het Maakproces/Well Made. In Praise of the Creative Process. Kunsthal KAdE, Amersfoort, 20 January - 12 April 2017. Curated with Kunstschrift.

Object Lessons. The Story of Material Education in 8 Chapters/Die Welt begreifen in 8 Lektionen, curated with Imke Volkers. Museum der Dinge, Berlin 9 September 2016 - 16 January 2017 & Gewerbemuseum Winterthur, 9 April - 30 September 2017

research projects
Recipes & Realities. NWO & Netherlands Institute for Conservation, Art & Science (NICAS); member of research team

2015 May-July
Bottled Knowledge: Visual and Textual Transmission of the Material Properties of Oil for Painting, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Research Group Prof. Dr. Sven Dupre Art and Knowledge in Pre-modern Europe.

Coloring Life, Crafting Images: Early Hand-Colored Photographs in Japan and the West, The Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles

The Impact of Oil 1350-1550, NWO Research Project, PI prof. Jeroen Stumpel, Utrecht University, University of Amsterdam, in collaboration with the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

Navel-Body-Skin, Art & Research project, IVOK, Instituut voor Onderzoek in de Kunsten, KU Leuven and St. Lucas Academie, Gent. PI prof. B. Baert, KU Leuven, International research partner: A. Lehmann

The Brush in the Computer. A critical history of computer graphics and the 'painterly turn' in visual culture. VENI-research grant NWO (Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research)

The representation of creativity and art making in visual culture; towards an integrated perspective from media studies, anthropology and material culture studies, fellow Meertens Institute, KNAW, Amsterdam

For institutional embedding of my research see the University Staff Page

series editor
Studies in Art and Materiality (Brill Publishers)

editorial boards
Netherlands Yearbook for History of Art (Brill Publishers)

advisory boards
FKW//Zeitschrift für Geschlechterforschung und visuelle Kultur
Framing Film (Amsterdam University Press)

conferences & workshops (selection)
Thought Things. Artistic Research in the North, University of Groningen & Art Academy Minerva, 9 November 2017

4M: Matter, Materials, Materiality, Materialism, wit Iris van der Tuin, Utrecht University 3-5 June 2014

Hiding Making, Showing Creation An international conference at the Teylers Museum, Haarlem & the Rijksacadamie Amsterdam, January 7&8 2011, exploring artistic strategies from the 19th to the 21st Century.
Publication: R. Esner, S. Kisters, A. Lehmann (eds) Hiding Making, Showing Creation. The Studio from Turner to Tacita Dean Amsterdam University Press 2013

Showing Making. International conference on the representation of image making and creative practices in ritual, art, media, and science, June 18 & 19 2009, Filmmuseum, Amsterdam. Organized by Ann-Sophie Lehmann (UU), Nico de Klerk (EYE), Irene Stengs (Meertens Institute)
A selection of the papers was published in the The Journal of Modern Craft 1/5 2012

research platforms
Iconology Research Group
The IRG explores the role of iconology in relation to Visual Studies, Bildwissenschaften and Anthropology. Projects focus on the making, meaning and migration of images from the Middle Ages to the present day. The IRG organizes workshops and symposia on a yearly basis, at different locations in Europe and abroad.
Prof. Dr. Ann-Sophie Lehmann - Chair of Art History & Material Culture
University of Groningen
Department of History of Art and Architecture
Oude Boteringestraat 34, 9712 GK Groningen