International conference to consider global view of art history

September 19, 2012  

An international art history conference -- possibly a first at Purdue -- will bring scholars from three interconnected fields Sept. 27-29 to discuss art in the cultural contexts of country and world.

"The Spaces of Art: Thinking the National and Transnational in a Global Perspective" will seek strategies for a history of the arts that accounts for various cultural origins. Some conference events will be of interest to a general audience, though others are designed for specialists. Program events are free and open to the public.

Catherine Dossin, assistant professor of art history and a conference organizer, says, "For our discipline, this conference is a major event. It brings together historians whose work participates in the redefinition of art history by embracing the Spatial, Global, and Digital turns that have challenged humanities over the past decades. We are thrilled to host such a significant meeting at Purdue."

Scholars at the conference will represent the fields of global art history, geography of art and spatial (digital) art history. This mix reflects an emphasis on the cartographic aspects of the conference theme and the use of an atlas model in pursuing its questions.

The conference is sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research through an Enhancing Research in the Humanities and the Arts grant. The event is a collaboration with the Ecole normale supérieure of Paris, and Artl@s.

Irwin Weiser, the Justin S. Morrill Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, will provide a welcome at 9 a.m. Sept. 27 in Purdue Memorial Union's Anniversary Drawing Room. The conference will continue through lunchtime Saturday, after which tours will be available.

Here are the lectures and exhibitions recommended for public interest: 

* Keynote address by Thomas DaCosta Kaufmann, the Frederick Marquand Professor of Art and Archaeology at Princeton University, titled "Reflections on World Art History, Theoretical and Practical." Sept. 27 (Th); 7:30 to 8:45 p.m.; Krannert Building, Krannert Auditorium (Room 140).

* Exhibition: "Indigenismo & Modernismo: A Selection from the Purdue Galleries’ Latin American Art Collection." A collaboration between the School of Management, the Purdue Galleries Permanent Collection, and the Art History program. Sept. 20-Oct. 29. Krannert Center. Hours will be limited but will include 6-7:30 p.m. Sept. 27 before the keynote address. Other hours will be posted online, or appointments can be made with Dossin at URL:

* Exhibition: "Atlas for Experimental Poiesis." By London-based artist Katherine E. Bash. Sept. 25-Oct. 5. Pao Hall, Rueff Galleries. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, plus until 7 p.m. Thursday (plus exceptions for events listed below). URL:

 The "Atlas" exhibition will have two accompanying events, both of them in the Rueff Galleries: (1) A pre-conference introduction to and reception for the exhibition by the artist on Sept. 26 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.; (2) A reception with performance by the artist of her "Laying Down Paths," a poetry/music weave, accompanied by Harry Bulow, professor of music and head of the Patti and Rusty Rueff School of Visual and Performing Arts, on Sept. 28 from 7:30 to 10 p.m.

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