CFP: “Exhibit A: Authorship on Display” @ CUNY Graduate Center

Call for Papers: ‘Exhibit A: Authorship on Display’
The Graduate Center, CUNY, New York, NY
Organized by: Chelsea Haines, Grant Johnson and Natalie Musteata
April 7, 2014, 12pm – 7:30pm
In the last two decades, the study of exhibition history has grown exponentially: a recent surge of publications, conferences, courses, and reconstructions of historical exhibitions has fostered a new body of knowledge. However, discussions on exhibition history are conspicuously bifurcated, shuttling between a small coterie of curators on the one hand, and a select number of scholars on the other. In curatorial circles, discourse often focuses on individual practices, with little sustained reflection on broader historical and museological implications. Meanwhile, in academic circles, the history of exhibitions is often situated in terms of spectatorship, without directing attention to the various forms of authorship involved in exhibition making.
This conference seeks to sketch a typology of authorial roles in contemporary exhibition practice by assembling a range of perspectives-artists, curators, art historians, and emerging scholars-for a day-long conversation.
All relevant papers will be considered. Possible subjects may include:
– the exhibition as genre, medium or apparatus
– the retrospective or solo show
– exhibition design and rhetoric of display
– artist curated exhibitions
– ‘the curatorial turn’ in art making
– relationships between exhibition authors (artists, curators, collectors, et. al.)
Conference funding provided by the John Rewald Endowment of the Ph.D. Program in Art History, and The Center for the Humanities at The Graduate Center, CUNY.
Interested participants are invited to submit a paper no longer than 3,000 words along with a CV to by Friday, January 10, 2014.

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