CFP: 20th Cent. Art: Bruce Nauman in Context (11/10/06; 2/1/07)

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Nauman in Context

Bruce Nauman (1941 - ) has come to be seen as ushering in an entire
generation of 20th century artists, by changing the terms of art¹s
production and spectatorship in the late 1960s and 1970s. This symposium
aims to return to that original moment to examine Nauman in his context: to
investigate how the artist altered the terms for art, by taking up new
technologies such as video or neon; by re-making the spaces of an artistic
encounter, architecturally and spatially; and by integrating elements of
performance and the auditory into his work. How have Nauman¹s practices ­
diverse in medium and affect ­ influenced and instructed art in the late
20th century?

Nauman in Context is conceived in dialogue with the Berkeley Art Museum
(BAM) exhibition A Rose Has No Teeth: Bruce Nauman in the 1960s. The
exhibition focuses on Nauman¹s early years in California (1964-1969), during
which Nauman investigated a range of techniques and practices, including
casting negative space, working in neon, and using video and surveillance in
exhibition spaces.

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We invite papers addressing work by Nauman and his contemporaries from the
1960s to the present. We encourage papers that address a single work or a
specific set of works. Graduate students and recent Ph.D.s of any discipline
are invited to apply.

Possible topics may include, but are not limited to:

California Conceptualism

Video Art

Rhetorics of Surveillance

The Sculptural Object c. 1969

New Technologies and the Gallery

The Artist¹s Body

Film, Video, and Representing the Self

Music and the Auditory in late 20th century art


³Nauman in Context² will take place February 1-2, 2007. Keynote speaker,
Anne Wagner, Professor of Modern Art, UC Berkeley, will deliver her address
the evening of Thursday, February 1st. The symposium will take place Friday,
February 2nd.

To apply: please submit an abstract of 500 words or less and a curriculum
vitae of no more than 5 pages to We may be able to
provide reimbursement for travel. Scholars and graduate students in the
United States and abroad are encouraged to apply.


Deadline for Submissions: November 10, 2006.

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