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The Tenth Annual Yale University American Art Graduate Symposium Theme: Transparency abstracts due February 3
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Yale University American Art Graduate Symposium
The Tenth Annual Yale University American Art Graduate Symposium
Symposium date: Saturday, May 3, 2014
Keynote speaker: Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw, Associate Professor of American Art, University of Pennsylvania
Transparency is an increasingly charged theme in contemporary culture: from governmental transparency and freedom of information laws to the crystalline staircases at Apple retail stores. How does a notion of “transparency” animate American art and material culture of the last few hundred years? How have artists utilized transparency—or its inverse, opacity—as a visual strategy, or philosophical motivation?
The Tenth Annual Yale University American Art Graduate Symposium invites papers that engage the topic of transparency in American art and material culture. We specifically encourage submissions that address art across North, Central, and South America and the Caribbean, that engage a range of critical perspectives, and that speak to a variety of time periods and artistic practices.
Possible subjects could include, but are not limited to:
Looking through and into as visual strategies
Transparent or translucent materials (glass, plastic, crystal, water, gemstones, air)
The presumed transparency of documentation, statistics, and photography
Deceptions, illusions, and humbug
Political transparency, spying, and surveillance
Air and space in landscape painting
Lenses, optics, and vision technologies
Rhetorics of scientific accuracy
Interested participants are invited to submit an abstract of no more than 350 words along with your CV to firstname.lastname@example.org by February 3, 2014. Accepted participants will be informed by March 1, 2014. We expect to provide full travel stipends to accepted speakers.