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Download The College Art Association CAA) Call for Papers

Uploaded onWednesday 05 July 2017
AuthorHelga Marla
Publishing year2017

The College Art Association (CAA) announces a Call for Papers, which will resonate with the members especially interested in the conservation of contemporary art. The deadline is August 14th 2017.
This is part of the CAA Annual Meeting to be held in Los Angeles, in 2018.

Theme: Performance: Art, Materiality, and Continuity since the 1960s

[Send applications to:] Chair: Hanna B. Hölling, University College London,

In the 1960s, the art world and its objects began to experience a dramatic shift in what and how art can be. New modes of artistic expression articulated through Fluxus activities, happening, performance, video, experimental film and the emerging practices of media art questioned the idea of a static object that endures unchanged and might thus be subject to a singular interpretation. Different from traditional visual arts, the blending genres and media in art since the 1960s began to transform not only curatorial and museum collecting practices, but also the traditional function and mandate of conservation, now augmented to accept the inherent dynamism and changeability of artworks.
How do these artworks endure over time despite their material and conceptual changes? How do their identities unfold contingent on ruling knowledge, values, politics, and culture? Forging an examination of the physical and immaterial aspects of artworks at the intersection of art history and theory, material culture studies, and conservation, our session proposes to interrogate artworks that evade physical stability and fixity familiar from traditional works often conceived in a singular medium and meant to last “forever.” Intrinsically changeable and often short-duration, these artworks challenge art, conservation, and museological discourses. Not only do they test the standard assumptions of what, how and when an artwork is or can be, but they also put forward the notion of materiality in constant flux that plays a significant role in the creation and mediation of meaning.

The deadline for submissions is August 14, 2017. Please consult general guidelines for participants listed in the 2018 CAA Call for Participation. Selected contributions may be considered for publication.

(Categories: Modern Materials and Contemporary Art > General; Theory, History, and Ethics of Conservation > General; Non ICOM/ICOM-CC > General)

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