Call for Papers

The Argentine critic Aldo Pellegrini called art “a living thing presuming to vanish inexorable time.” Surviving beyond its makers, and often beyond its intended use, the art object transgresses the viewer’s apperception of time. Recent scholarship has questioned periodization, the investigation of objects of the past from the perspective of the present, and the idea of multiple modernities. Considering time as both a method of inquiry and an object of analysis offers a productive entry point for analyzing ephemerality, anachronicity, and innovative approaches to visualizing time across heterogeneous spaces and cultures. Discussions of materials, value, agency, and preservation arise from thematic questions of temporality.

The symposium is inspired, in part, by the upcoming 2017 Getty initiative, Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, whose organizing principle assumes that time is a unifying factor across geographic and national borders. Latin America and Los Angeles operate “on the same time,” but what does that mean? In light of this intriguing question, we aim to bring together emerging scholars and artists whose work addresses time. Within this interpretive scope, we welcome diverse approaches and methodologies from related disciplines. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

– Reconfigurations of time and temporality

– Periodization and the construction, deconstruction, or reconstruction of histories

– Visualized time and its materiality and immateriality

– Preservation, conservation, and the life of the object

– Memory: remembering, forgetting

Interested participants should submit a CV and an abstract of no more than 250 words no later than June 27th, 2016 to arthistorygradsymposium@gmail.com. The inclusion of working titles and images is encouraged. Accepted participants will be notified by late July 2016. The symposium will take place at the Hammer Museum on October 22, 2016. Limited travel funds are available.

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