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Call for Papers: MAHS Conference in Grand Rapids

Posted in Calls for Papers by Editor on September 29, 2010

Midwest Art History Society 2011 Conference
Grand Rapids, MI, 14-16 April 2011

Proposals due by 15 October 2010

Grand Rapids Art Museum

The 2011 MAHS conference will take place in Grand Rapids, Michigan, April 14-16. The scheduled plenary speakers are Jim Dine and Rebecca Zorach. Sessions will take place at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, Grand Rapids Art Museum, and the Urban Institute of Contemporary Art. Panels on the eighteenth century are included below. Proposals of no more than 250 words and a recent CV should be submitted electronically by October 15 to the respective chairs noted at the end of each description. A full list of sessions is available here»

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European Art and Architecture, 1600-1800

This session will consider topics concerning European visual art or material culture from 1600 to 1800. Work in all media (painting, sculpture, architecture, prints, or decorative arts) is welcomed as the focal point of the topic.

Valerie Hedquist, University of Montana, Valerie.hedquist@umontana.edu

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Prints and Drawings

Papers are invited dealing with any topic addressing prints and drawings as distinct genres within art history and art criticism. A variety of methodological approaches is welcomed. This session will be hosted in the Jansma Prints and Drawings Center in the Grand Rapids Art Museum.

Cindy Buckner, Grand Rapids Art Museum, cbuckner@artmuseumgr.org

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The Body in Art

From Paleolithic sculpture to 21st C performance and film, the human form has been central to art. This session seeks papers that examine the use of the body in both historical and contemporary art production and practice. Topics may include portraiture, the body as the site of political, social or psychological identity, the glorified or abject body, the nude, the clothed body, and the role of fashion in art.

Suzanne Eberle, Kendall College of Art & Design, eberles@ferris.edu

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Conservation and Appearances of Art Objects and Art Historical Interpretations

The visual appearance of a work of art object results not only from the techniques and materials used during its creation, but also the cumulative, sometimes complex physical history which results in its present condition. How does our knowledge about the technique, materials, and state of conservation inform our particular art historical interpretation of an object? How are we challenged to reconstruct the former appearance, meaning, and even the function of an artwork based on our understanding of its current state? Topics touching on these issues from a wide diversity of objects, media, historical periods and cultures are sought for submission and discussion.

Kenneth Bé, Gerald Ford Conservation Center, kbe.lute@gmail.com

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The Garden as Ideal

Because of the way gardens foreground the complex relationship between art and nature, they typically give physical form to various ideals regarding nature and its role in the constructed environment. This panel invites papers addressing gardens throughout history as these spaces shaped visions of how the world – or at least a portion of the world – should be ordered. Presentations might address issues of paradise, the garden as a sacred space, themes of knowledge construction, notions of nature perfected, the function of geometry, or the picturesque.

Craig Hanson, Calvin College, CraigAshleyHanson@gmail.com