This conference seeks to bring together a range of scholars to open up new perspectives on public abstract sculpture. The event will be held at the University of Notre Dame on September 25-26, 2009, in conjunction with three concurrent exhibitions of the work of South Bend artist George Rickey (1907-2002), the well-known post-World War II kinetic sculptor, whose archive is the promised gift to the University of Notre Dame’s Snite Museum. We are looking to promote scholarship that initiates new approaches to post-war and contemporary abstract sculpture, particularly as it relates to a public audience and public space. While papers do not have to directly address the production of Rickey, we encourage topics that relate to, as well as challenge or probe, his sculptural practices and that of his milieu. These might include the legacy of kinetics as a sculptural language, kinetic art and audience participation, movement and mobilization, or broader themes of industry, the machine, and interactivity. We welcome papers that question abstraction as a viable public visual language as well as those that pick up on how it is often a source of controversy and civic conflict. Limited travel money may be available for eligible participants.
Please send paper abstracts of 250 words (max) to: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Deadline for abstract submission: April 25, 2009.
University of Notre Dame
Department of Art, Art History and Design
306 Riley Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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