Call for papers for symposium running alongside the exhibition Women in Abstraction. Another History of Abstraction in the 20th Century scheduled for 2021 at the Centre Pompidou, Paris, continuing in 2021-2022 at the Guggenheim Bilbao (curators: Christine Macel and Karolina Lewandowska in charge of photography).
The event is organized in partnership between the Musée National d’Art Moderne and the Département Culture et Création – Centre Pompidou and AWARE: Archives of Women Artists, Research and Exhibitions.
The symposium aims at a critical rereading of the canons of abstraction established by the male-dominated history of art of the 20th century as well as a re-evaluation of the geography of abstract art in order to question the hegemony of the Western model.
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It will bring together researchers from diverse backgrounds to collectively reflect on rewriting the history of abstraction by re-evaluating women artists’ contributions to the various abstract art movements. Firstly, it will make it possible to question the history of art conceived as a succession of pioneering practices. By examining the meaning of the term “abstraction” according to the various periods, geographies and media employed, the symposium will seek to demonstrate its complexity. Finally, it will be an opportunity to study the circulation of abstract practices in the world in order to open the debate on the canons established by Western modernity.
The proposals should be sent in PDF format to firstname.lastname@example.org before 19 July 2020 and must include an abstract (in French or English) of approximately one page (maximum 2,000 characters), a title, 4 to 8 images, and a Curriculum Vitae.
Accepted proposals will be communicated by the end of September 2020.
Presentations can be in French or English.
Deadline: 19 July 2020
Type of Event: Symposium
Dates: 19 and 20 May 2021
Place: Cinema 1, Centre Pompidou (Paris, France)