College Art Association Annual Conference Los Angeles, CA, 22-25 February 2012 This panel, recognizing that the human body is a common reference point for artists of many periods and places and exploited for expressive purposes in a transformed state or in its absence, seeks a cross cultural and global representation of how the body has been theorized with a specific focus on calling into question certain binary oppositions that inform conventional wisdom about such contrasting relationships as mother and monster, dyads like beautiful and ugly, human and animal, female and male, man and machine, pleasure and disgust, and so on. However, we hope to go beyond the dyad to seek the space in between, an area of dialogue and negotiation that is the locus of particular creativity. It is not just the canon (who creates it, how it is transgressed, and for what purposes) that is at issue; it is ambiguity, its function in art, and its affective power in a given time and place.
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