Call for Papers: Le Salon de l’Académie Royale de Peinture et Sculpture

Posted in Calls for Papers by Editor on January 22, 2012

From Fabula:

The Salon of the Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture: Archaeology of an Institution
National Museum of Fine Arts, Quebec, 13-15 September 2012

Proposals due by 15 March 2012

International Symposium by Centre Interuniversitaire d’étude sur la République des lettres (CIERL), under the direction of Dr Isabelle Pichet

The historiography of the Salon of the Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture in Paris is often bereft of a key part of its history: how the Salon itself became an art institution. Originally integrated into the fêtes de l’Académie, over time the Salon came to be best known in the form of a temporary, independent, and recurrent exhibition. This event developed little by little, reimagining itself through and eventually blossoming as the popular biennal exhibition. The unique character of the Salon was established through the regular repetition of the exhibition cycle, a sequence that helped to root the event’s particular characteristics in the minds of the public and in the regard of other institutions. In creating this rhythm within Parisians’ horizon of expectation, the Salon provided a habitus for their audience; moreover, the Salon inspired curiosity and desire in the provinces and nations that sought to imitate it.

This conference seeks to define and better understand the trajectory followed by the Salon from its emergence in the late 17th century to its full maturity in the second half of the 18th century. This symposium aims also to identify the diverse parameters and conditions that contributed to the development and helped to affirm the singularity of the Salon. This call for papers solicits proposals that will increase our understanding of the foundations and limits that shaped the form and content of the Salon as well as help us to survey the influence and impact of these exhibitions on various aspects of French and European society. As a multidisciplinary event, this conference is a laboratory and reflection on current research and scholarly approaches that consider the Salon and its place in the “art worlds,” as well as literature, philosophy, politics, and history.

New, unpublished papers shall not exceed the twenty minutes allocated to each participant. Proposals for papers (title and abstract of 250 words, institutional affiliation) should be sent to the committee before March 15, 2012 at the following address: colloque.salon@lit.ulaval.ca

Plenary lecture by Dr. Kim de Beaumont, Adjunct professor at Hunter College, Art Historian specialist of Gabriel de Saint-Aubin

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