CFP: College Art Association 2015 Annual Conference

At the Expositions: An Art History of National Displays of Culture, Technology, Design

February 11–14, 2015

New York, New York

From the late 19th to the early 20th centuries, expositions and world’s fairs were presented throughout Europe, North America, and elsewhere.  These multimedia events incorporated architecture, fine art, performance, design, fashion, and a variety of mass media. They were key instruments for the projection of national identities.  As extraordinarily prominent visual expressions, the fairs provide material for a wide range of art historical analysis. Proposals may address the fairs as works of art, as political statements, or as museums of culture, arts, and technology.  

  • What were the artistic impacts, intended and unintended, of these governmental celebrations?
  • How did these events use the arts to depict national identities?
  • How did their presentation of the non-Western “other” shape public opinion?
  • How did artists respond to the displays of technological and industrial advances at the expositions? 
  • What was left out of these celebrations of national achievement?

Proposal deadline: May 9, 2014

For submission guidelines, please see the 2015 Call for Participation or College Art Association site.

For questions, please email Victoria L. Rovine

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