SECAC, Chattanooga, TN, October 16–19, 2019
Deadline: April 1, 2019
Session: "Radical Women," Critical Perspectives on Two Landmark Exhibitions
Two recent exhibitions, We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women, 1965-85 and Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960–1985, examined the groundbreaking contributions of Black and Latin American women to the art and political struggles of the period. However, the word “radical” present in both exhibitions’ titles has become a commonplace in recent art criticism, which may also signal the term's progressive emptying out. Has “radical” merely replaced “original” in art historians’ vocabularies as a means to contend with the significance of an artist’s practice? Or does the term respond to increasing demands for a consideration of the overlap of an artist’s work with her political engagements to measure its success? Furthermore, “radical,” despite its Latin origins linking it to the word “root,” suggests a break from convention. Does the term’s contemporary emphasis on rupture isolate the work of these women from other traditions of art-making and activism not yet written into history? This panel invites papers that deepen or expand critical discourses addressing the work of artists included in or related to either exhibition to promote a more nuanced understanding of their work and of other practices to which they may respond.
Session Chair: Sandrine Canac, PhD candidate, Stony Brook University
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