CFP: Exhibitions, New Nations and the Human Factor, 1873–1939

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Exhibitions, new nations and the human factor, 1873–1939

CRAACE symposium, 4–5 April 2022

Institut national d’histoire de l’art, Paris

 

Keynote speaker: Professor Mary Pepchinski, Technical University Dresden

It is widely recognised that new political entities that came to existence as nation states from the end of the nineteenth century sought to legitimise their identities externally through participation at world’s fairs and internally through consolidation of their national collections in museums and galleries of art and design. While the official motivations and presentations have been examined quite thoroughly, the agency of many individuals involved in different stages of exhibition design has been overlooked.

This symposium aims to explore the relations – including discrepancies – between the official narratives of exhibitions, as devised by the organisers, and the narratives by individuals whose participation helped to construct the meaning and content of the exhibits. By this, the discussion moves away from the focus on the state apparatus and official ideologies towards the people who designed the national presentations, worked in them and visited them. Our main focus is on how exhibitions were used to consolidate new political identities. The period covered by the symposium begins with the Vienna World Fair of 1873 and concludes with the outbreak of the Second World War. It saw important changes in political and geographical circumstances globally, with the creation and recreation of, for instance, Romania, Turkey, Egypt, Czechoslovakia, Austria and Hungary.

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CRAACE researchers at conferences in April 2021

CRAACE researchers will be taking part in online conferences in April 2021.

On 15 April, CRAACE PI Matthew Rampley will present his paper ‘The Search for Spirit and the Late Writings of Max Dvořák’ at the conference The Influence of the Vienna School of Art History II, organised on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Max Dvořák’s death by the Institute of Art History, Czech Academy of Sciences in Prague.

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CFP: The 7th Congress of Czech Art Historians 2021

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The Czech Association of Art Historians and the Faculty of Art and Design of Jan Evangelista Purkyně University in Ústí nad Labem, will host the 7th Congress of Art Historians, dedicated to the subject of Infrastructures of (the History of) Art, and announce an open call for papers. The Congress is open to all colleagues working in art history and related fields.

Infrastruktury (dějin) umění
Infrastructures of (the History of) Art

Location: Ústí nad Labem
Date: September 23–24, 2021 (conference) + September 25 (excursion)

[In the event of continued restrictions due to Covid-19 an alternative date will be set well in advance.]

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CRAACE at the 2021 CAA Annual Conference

The 109th Annual Conference of the College Art Association will take place online between 10 and 13 February 2021. The sessions have been pre-recorded and will be made available to registered participants from 5 February. Live Q&A sessions will be held in the timeframe of the conference.

CRAACE researchers are involved in two sessions:

Marta Filipová is co-chairing the session From Redevelopment to Responsibility: Environmentally (Un)Friendly Design with Vendula Hnídková. The session is sponsored by the Design History Society. Live Q&As will be held on 11 February at 20–20.30 CET.

Nóra Veszprémi is presenting a paper entitled ‘How to Look Past Isms?’ in the session A Multiplicity of Perspectives at the Museum of Modern Art (In conversation with curators at MoMA). Live Q&As will be held on 13 February at 16–16.30 CET. The session is organised in the framework of the CAA–Getty International Programme, and it is one of the five Global Conversations sponsored by the programme this year.