Culture clash? Contemporary arts in historic contexts
14 February 2014
To coincide with the latest in a series of contemporary interventions, Yinka Shonibare MBE at Greenwich, Royal Museums Greenwich is organising a conference to explore the role of contemporary art outside the white cube.
In recent years it has become increasingly popular for museums and historic buildings to invite living artists to respond to their buildings or collections by curating, creating or performing on site. What has been the impact of this popular collaborative trend for artists, museums and their audiences?
Themes addressed by the conference may include (but are not restricted to): the artist as curator/the curator as artist; contemporary art, memory and commemoration; the relationship between artists, museums and the market; artists’ residencies and audience engagement.
We welcome submissions for papers and less-formal presentations from curators, artists and other specialists in the fields. Proposals from postgraduate students and early career scholars are encouraged.
Proposals of around 250 words, for presentations of around 20 minutes, should be sent to the conference conveners no later than Thursday, 31 October 2013.
About Royal Museums Greenwich
The historic buildings of Royal Museums Greenwich form one of the most significant architectural sites in Britain. At its centre lies the Queen’s House, commissioned by Queen Anna of Denmark in 1616, and seen today in its restored form, as designed under the patronage of Henrietta Maria in the 1630s as a space for contemporary art. Since 1936, the House has been part of the National Maritime Museum and currently houses part of the Museum’s art collection. The Museum has hosted a series of contemporary art installations over the years, and in 2012 a new programme of contemporary art was launched with The Garden of England, a group of site-specific works by the textile artist Alice Kettle.
Lizelle de Jager
National Maritime Museum
London SE10 9NF
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