CFP: From Bodies to Billboards: Alternative Sites of Display

From Bodies to Billboards: Alternative Sites of Display
History of Art Graduate Student Symposium, University of Michigan
Stern Auditorium, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
October 27, 2012
Submissions are due by April 1, 2012

Keynote speaker: Mary Coffey, Associate Professor of Art History, Dartmouth College

To greater and lesser degrees, a viewer’s engagement with works of art will always be informed by the conditions of display. This symposium will build upon recent developments in curatorial practice and museum theory by focusing attention on alternative sites and modes of display. We seek papers that critically consider how meaning is generated from specific sites, and how context changes our understanding of the work of art. We view “alternative” as an open category that might embrace unusual or overlooked spaces and display practices, or encourage new, critical approaches to traditional exhibition arenas (galleries, museums, etc.). Priority will be given to papers that demonstrate the reciprocal engagement between works of art and their original or current sites of display.

“Alternative sites,” an intentionally broad rubric, is employed so as to encourage submissions on works from all time periods, in a variety of media, and produced in a wide range of circumstances and locations. Papers might address such disparate themes as:

– Manuscripts, scrolls, albums, ‘zines, and artists’ books
– The body, fashion, and performance
– Public art (including sculpture, murals, and graffiti art)
– Landscapes and the environment
– Conceptual art and the imagination
– Architectural structures and spaces
– Religious sites
– Audience and reception

Abstracts should be no more than 300 words and must be accompanied by a CV.

Submissions are due by April 1, 2012, and should be submitted to the Symposium Committee by email. Successful candidates will be contacted by email by May 15, 2012.
History of Art Graduate Student Symposium, University of Michigan

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