CFP: Little Magazines and the Visual Arts in Modernism (4/20/06; MSA, 10/19/06-10/22/06)

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Blizard, Dawn
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Modernist Studies Association 8

October 19-22, 2006, Tulsa, OK


"Little Magazines and the Visual Arts"


The arrival of modernism in the visual arts, for British and American audiences alike, is often equated simply with urban spectacles that drew critical viewers en masse - in Britain, the 1910 exhibition of "Monet and the Post-Impressionists," and in America, the 1913 New York Armory Show. This panel seeks to complicate these assumptions by considering the role that visual reproductions and verbal descriptions of art have played in shaping the conception of what we have come to know as modernism.


In particular, we are interested in papers that examine how little magazines - such as The Dial, Camera Work, Rhythm, BLAST, or Roger Fry's Burlington Magazine for Connoisseurs - have disseminated the "new painting" to culturally and geographically dispersed viewing publics by reproducing artworks as well as reviewing exhibits. How, in other words, did magazines serve as (virtual) exhibition spaces for modern art? How did they function to mediate between "original" modern artworks and their audiences?


We are especially interested in papers relevant to an exhibit of art taken from the pages of The New Age magazine that will occur concurrently with the conference.


Please send abstracts of 300 words, along with a brief vita, to <> by April 20.


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