College Art Association 2015 Association of Historians of American Art (AHAA), Scholarly Session New York, February 11 - 14, 2015 Registration deadline: May 9, 2014
CROWDS IN THE AMERICAN IMAGINATION
Chairs: James Glisson, The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens Leslie Ureña, National Gallery of Art
During the nineteenth century the United States shifted from an agrarian to an urban nation. Its population boomed as the influx of immigrants altered its demographics, pressing more people against one another in tighter spaces. In a nation that had been defined by its frontier and free spaces, the contingent social phenomena of the crowd loomed large in the nineteenth- and twentieth-century American visual imaginary and for social psychologists and reformers. If sometimes threatening and dangerous, crowds were also a sign of the massive population and economic productivity of the country. In representing crowds, artists tackled the problems of social cohesion and division in a nation of individuals that nonetheless sought to forge a stable national identity. This panel seeks papers, from any period, that explore how artists confront the problem of groups, group identity, and crowds, whether in or outside of urban contexts.
Proposals are due May 9 and should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include: 1. Completed CAA session participation proposal form. 2. Preliminary abstract of one to two double-spaced, typed pages. 3. Letter explaining speaker’s interest, expertise in the topic, and CAA membership status. 4. CV with home and office mailing addresses, email address, and phone and fax numbers. Include summer address and telephone number, if applicable. 5. Documentation of work when appropriate, especially for sessions in which artists might discuss their own work.
For additional guidelines, please see: http://www.collegeart.org/proposals/2015callforparticipation.
Notifications will be sent by June 9, 2014.
James Glisson, The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
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