Extension deadline -- CFP: CAA 2020 Session, Radical women: the construction of Latin American women artists through exhibitions

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Call for Papers
August 10, 2019
United States
Subject Fields: 
Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Cultural History / Studies, Humanities, Latin American and Caribbean History / Studies, Women's & Gender History / Studies

Deadline extended to submit an abstract to the panel: Radical women: the construction of Latin American women artists through exhibitions

Revised deadline: 10 August 2019

Session at the College Art Association CAA2020 annual conference, 12-15 February 2020, Chicago

Chairs: Elize Mazadiego, University of Amsterdam (emazadiego@ucsd.edu) and Eve Kalyva, Independent (e.m.kalyva@gmail.com

In 2017, the exhibition Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960-1985 opened at the Hammer Museum, UCLA as part of Getty’s Pacific Standard Time initiative: LA/LA. The exhibition presented works by 120 women artists active in Latin America and the United States, claiming to be the “first survey of radical and feminist art practices in Latin America and among Latina artists in the United States.”

Working back from this exhibition, this session seeks to examine the representation and construction of “Latin America”, “Latin American art” and more specifically “Latin American women” through a survey of exhibition histories and strategies of display. In the case of Radical Women, curators Cecilia Fajardo-Hill and Andrea Giunta focused on the heterogeneity of postwar feminist artistic practices, adding specificity to the topic of global feminisms in art while countering the dominant narrative of Western and of particularly U.S. feminism. 

This panel invites discussion on how the framework of feminism can help explore, counter, complicate and (re)construct Latin American identities and art histories. What particular gaps in knowledge and access to it do shows that focus on women artists aim to fill, and how do they upset canonical readings of (Western) art history? What nuances arise from using the framework of feminism, and what alternative frames of reference and readings of Latin American women have become available? Since new perspectives should ideally avoid the pitfalls of the past, how can exhibitions negotiate and resist the objectification of genders and identities? If art exhibitions can generate critical dialogue, how is this achieved and reflected in exhibition design and public engagement, and how does curatorial research inform scholarship?

To submit a paper proposal, please send an abstract 250 words max. and a 2-page CV. Please send your proposals directly to the session chairs Elize Mazadiego (emazadiego@ucsd.edu) and Eve Kalyva (e.m.kalyva@gmail.com

Deadline to submit a paper proposal: 10 August 2019

Conference presenters must be CAA members. 


Contact Info: 

Session chairs: Elize Mazadiego, University of Amsterdam (emazadiego@ucsd.edu) and Eve Kalyva, Independent (e.m.kalyva@gmail.com