Call for Papers | MAHS 2019, Cincinnati

Posted in Calls for Papers by Editor on November 11, 2018

Cincinnati Art Museum, with Pinocchio (Emotional) by Jim Dine.

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From the MAHS Fall 2018 Newsletter:

46th Annual Conference of the Midwest Art History Society
Cincinnati Art Museum and Taft Museum of Art, 21–23 March 2019

Proposals due by 14 December 2018

The Midwest Art History Society (MAHS) will hold its 46th Annual Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio 21–23 March 2019, with sessions hosted by the Cincinnati Art Museum (CAM) and Taft Museum of Art and with a reception hosted by the Contemporary Arts Center.

This year’s keynote lecture will be given by Dr. S. Hollis Clayson, Bergen Evans Professor in the Humanities at Northwestern University, in association with CAM’s exhibition Paris 1900: City of Entertainment. Special behind-the-scenes programs at partner museums will make this conference a particularly memorable experience, including tours of the newly renovated Union Terminal, an iconic Art Deco train station now home to the Cincinnati Museum Center.

The following is a selection of sessions potentially relevant for eighteenth-century studies; please see the newsletter for the full listing.

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Does Size Matter?
Chair: Marjorie Wieseman (Paul J. and Edith Ingalls Vignos Curator of European Paintings and Sculpture, 1500-1800, Cleveland Museum of Art), bwieseman@clevelandart.org
This session invites papers that consider issues of scale in a work of art. How does the relative size of a work of art impact our understanding of it and our response to it? What are the artist’s considerations in determining the scale of a particular work? Proposals from all eras, media and cultures will be considered.

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In a New Context: The Movement and Reinterpretation of South and Southeast Asian Art
Chair: Kimberly Masteller (Jeanne McCray Beals Curator of South and Southeast Asian Art, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art), kmasteller@nelson-atkins.org
This session examines shifting functions and meanings of works of art and architecture from South and Southeast Asia. Papers may address the re-contextualizing of works of art and architecture in many ways, such as explorations of works that have shifted collections or are now in museum settings, to studies of architectural structures that were repurposed to serve di erent communities and functions. Paper proposals from students as well as from junior and senior scholars and museum professionals are encouraged.

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It’s All Academic: Reassessing Academies and Their Place in the Ecology of Art
Chair: Cheryl Snay (Curator of European Art, Snite Museum, University of Notre Dame), csnay@nd.edu
This session invites papers that investigate historical, pedagogical or theoretical aspects of art academies from their inception in the Renaissance through today in an effort to further the discussion on their (continued?) relevance and role in forming artists and producing art.

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Revising Architectural History in the Age of Globalization
Chair: Edson Cabalfin (Associate Professor, University of Cincinnati), edson.cabalfin@uc.edu
This panel explores new approaches in the historiography of architecture particularly in the age of globalization and neoliberalization. The panel seeks papers that address challenges and issues brought about by recent discussions on the engagement of local and regional histories with global architecture histories especially within the context of transnational flows and exchanges. Some possible questions that can be addressed include: How are local and regional architectural histories positioned in relation to larger global stories? What are possible new approaches in addressing diversity in architectural histories? How do you incorporate interdisciplinary and transnational approaches in architecture histories? How do you teach local architecture histories in relation to larger global architectural history surveys?

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Black Visual Networks: African American and Diasporic Art
Chair: Theresa Leininger-Miller (Professor of Art History, University of Cincinnati), theresa.leininger@uc.edu
Linking to ‘Spaces of Exchange’, this session concerns art by people of African descent that expresses connectivity. Papers might examine collaboration between artists, patronage, or work inspired by specific sites, concepts, visual images, or people. In what ways are artists of the African diaspora connected to each other or places outside the spaces where they live? How does that art serve/speak to varied communities? Topics from all periods are welcome.

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Textiles and Trade
Chair: Erica Warren (Assistant Curator of Textiles, Art Institute of Chicago), ewarren2@artic.edu
This session invites papers from all areas and periods of art history and will consider textiles as objects of global trade. Presentations might examine textiles and their role in transmitting information about design and technology between cultures or the way in which imported textiles informed domestic production.

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Europe in the 17th and 18th Centuries
Chair: Emily Everhart (Assistant Professor of Art History, Art Academy of Cincinnati), eeverhart@artacademy.edu
This session seeks papers on any topic in the history of art, architecture, and visual culture in seventeenth- or eighteenth-century Europe. Papers addressing intersections and exchanges between European and global art also are welcome.

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Decorative Arts and Design
Chair: Amy Dehan (Curator of Decorative Arts and Design, Cincinnati Art Museum), amy.dehan@cincyart.org
This session invites papers on topics of American or European decorative arts and design ranging from the eighteenth century to the present.

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East Asian Art
Chair: Miki Hirayama (Associate Professor, University of Cincinnati), miki.hirayama@uc.edu
This session welcomes papers on East Asian art from any time period in any medium.

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Gender and Identity in Art and Art History
Chair: Cynthia Amneus (Chief Curator/Curator of Fashion Arts and Textiles,
Cincinnati Art Museum), cynthia.amneus@cincyart.org
Gender and identity issues are top-of-mind today but certainly relate to art of the past as well. This session invites new research that explores gender and identity in a historical context or as these concepts relate to present social discussions. Papers addressing LGBTQ concerns including dress, male/female equality, sexuality or related topics are welcome.

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New Research on Midwestern Collections
Chair: Tamera Lenz Muente (Associate Curator, Taft Museum of Art), tmuente@taftmuseum.org
This session will feature research that sheds new light on objects in Midwestern public or private collections. Papers may focus on specific works in a collection, examine a collection in its entirety, or explore the collecting habits or history of an institution or individual.

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Prints and Drawings
Chair: Kristin Spangenberg (Curator of Prints, Cincinnati Art Museum), kristin.spangenberg@cincyart.org
This session invites new research or perspectives on American and European prints and drawings from the fifteenth century to the present. A focus on Midwestern artists, collectors, or collections is welcome.

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