World Art | Art World: Changing Perspectives on Modern and Contemporary Art
The Museum of Modern Art's Second Annual Graduate Symposium
In the past few decades, the art world has seen unprecedented growth and globalization. These developments are apparent in a number of areas: new and larger museums and cultural institutions; a thriving market of galleries, art fairs, and biennials around the world; new press outlets for the dissemination of art criticism, marketing, and education through traditional and new media; increased attention, research, and art that addresses non-Western subject matter; and the professionalization of artists, museum administrators, and curators through emerging MA, MFA, and PhD programs.
How do critics and scholars comprehend the significance of both local and international artistic activity? What traditional and new tools for analysis do they use? Art historian James Elkins has recently written that the prospect of world art history raises questions about the discipline's limits and future. Indeed, Western art history's traditional methods, assumptions, and parameters of research have been under debate for at least the last four decades. This symposium sought papers that drew on a variety of disciplines and approaches to address histories of world art and emerging trends in the contemporary art world, while focusing on specific works or projects.
Symposium: Saturday, April 29
"In Transit: Fantasy Coffins between Ghana, the Art Market, and Museums"
Roberta Bonetti, University of Bologna and l'Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Science Sociales, Paris
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