"Keith Haring: Languages" Call for Papers August 15 2013 (Conference Dec 2013)

full name / name of organization: 
Fales Library and Special Collections, NYU


"Keith Haring: Languages"

12 December 2013, New York City
Organized by Andrew Blackley
Conference venue:
Fales Library and Special Collections, New York University
70 Washington Square South, Third Floor
New York, NY 10012

On Thursday, December 12, 2013 the Fales Library at New York University will host a symposium "Keith Haring: Languages." We seek proposals for papers that offer new approaches to Haring's work and that look at him not simply as a cultural icon, but as an artist engaged with, among other things, semiotics, mathematics, and language—both verbal and visual. A committee of NYU and Haring Foundation staff will select from proposals for the symposium. Successful presentations could be from a variety of academic and professional disciplines, including but not limited to: art history, theory and criticism, performance studies, literary theory, visual studies, comparative literature, philosophy, and textual studies.

Researchers may have access to Haring materials kept both at the Fales Library and the Haring Foundation by requesting appointments. The symposium will be open to both the public and the academic community. Our goal is to create a platform for the production of new scholarship – evaluative, speculative, and historical - applicable to this interesting and important moment in Haring's career.

In conjunction with the symposium, the Fales Library will mount: Keith Haring: Languages, an exhibition curated by Andrew Blackley that focus on early (1979-1981) and rarely-screened video artworks made by Keith Haring. These titles include Lick Fat Boys, Machine, Phonics, and Videotape for Two Monitors, among others. The show will explore the textual content developed behind these video artworks and their "intermediate" use in Haring's early performances and installations. Drawn from the Fales Library holdings and those of the Haring Foundation, the exhibition will display textual documents (notes, poems, scripts, and drawings) that highlight Haring's explorations of semiotics, systems, computational strategies, and literary theory.

This exhibition and programming are a collaboration between the Fales Library and Keith Haring Foundation. The exhibition will be on view November 2013 through February 2014.

Organizing Committee
Andrew Blackley
Julia Gruen, Executive Director, Keith Haring Foundation
Marvin J. Taylor, Director, Fales Library and Special Collections

Deadline for submission of abstracts: August 15, 2013
Notification of acceptance: September 15, 2013
Conference languages: English
Please send abstracts (200-500 words) and a brief CV to haringlanguages@gmail.com