A Feast of Astonishments: Emerging Scholars Symposium, Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University

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Call for Papers
January 19, 2016
Illinois, United States
Subject Fields: 
Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Music and Music History, Theatre & Performance History / Studies, Fine Arts, Film and Film History

A Feast of Astonishments: Emerging Scholars Symposium
Block Museum of Art
Northwestern University
April 29, 2016
Keynote: Kristine Stiles, France Family Professor of Art, Art History and Visual Studies, Duke University

Charlotte Moorman’s innovative performance art, collaborations with other artists, and founding and coordination of the Annual Avant Garde Festival of New York from 1963 until 1980 made her a fixture in the New York art scene as well as a significantalbeit understudiedfigure in the history of contemporary art. In conjunction with the exhibition, A Feast of Astonishments: Charlotte Moorman and the Avant-Garde, 1960s–1980s, this conference invites PhD candidates and emerging scholars to submit proposals for papers that consider Moorman’s life and practice, her various collaborations (both known and as of yet unexamined), and the larger impact of her creative vision on artistic practice from the 1960s to the present. This one-day conference will consider the significance of Moorman’s contributions, and those of her contemporaries, in relation to the topics outlined below:

  • Collaborative practice
  • Friendships and creative partnerships (i.e., with John Cage, Jim McWilliams, Yoko Ono, Nam June Paik, Otto Piene, Carolee Schneemann, etc.)
  • Play and “seriousness” in contemporary art
  • Artist as lawbreaker 
  • Artist as celebrity
  • Political legibility and policing of the artist’s body  
  • Notions of indecency/decency 
  • Institutional and canonical prejudices
  • Feminism 
  • Models and theories of transdisciplinarity
  • Filmmaking
  • Challenges of documenting in real time
  • Archiving one’s practice/self-memorialization

While preference will be given to papers on Moorman and those in her circle, we would also be interested in papers that explore these themes in relation to other experimental artists of the period. We welcome participation from a wide range of academic disciplines (art history, visual culture studies, American studies, musicology, performance studies, media studies, film studies, theater, etc.).

·     Some travel support will be available
·     Opportunity to workshop your project in a collaborative setting
·     Tour of A Feast of Astonishments with curators Lisa Corrin and Corinne Granof

·     Opportunity to see the exhibition, “Don’t Throw Anything Out: Charlotte Moorman’s Archive,” curated by Scott Krafft, Curator, Charles Deering McCormick Library of Special Collections, Northwestern University Library, which draws from the University’s Charlotte Moorman Archive [acquired in 2001]

Please send the following to charlottemoormansymposium@gmail.com by January 19, 2016:
  C.V. (2 pages)
  Proposal (300 words)
  Brief bio (150 words)
4.  Short statement of interest (150 words)

This conference is co-organized by Faye Gleisser and Erin Reitz, PhD candidates in the Department of Art History at Northwestern University.