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CONF: Art and Work, Northwestern Art History Graduate Symposium

This one-day symposium features graduate papers and a keynote lecture broadly examining the politics and aesthetics of artistic labor. Papers span geographic and chronological bounds, exploring the historical links between art and work as concepts and forms of social activity. Jasper Bernes will give a keynote lecture at 5:30 at the Block Museum.

Trienens Forum, 1515 Kresge Hall
1800 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL 60208

Introduction (9:30 – 10:00)
Laurel Garber and Brian Leahy, Northwestern University

First session (10:00 – 11:30)
Rajarshi Sengupta, University of British Columbia
"Workshops as Intermediaries: Dyed Textile Making and Early Modern Knowledge Transmissions"

Natalia Lauricella, University of Southern California
"Maurice Denis and Auguste Clot: Collaboration in Color Lithography in Fin-de-Siècle France"

J. Dakota Brown, Northwestern University
"Graphic Design in the 1990s: Deindustrialization and the Death of the Author"

Second Session (1:00 – 2:30)
Mallorie Chase, University of California, Santa Barbara
"Ceramics, Slavery, and the Bairro Mocambo in Early Modern Lisbon"

Pollyanna Rhee, Columbia University
"Industrious and Imitative Art: Manufacturing Artistic Expertise in Nineteenth-century Britain"

Vyta Baselice, George Washington University
"Abstract Art and Concrete Labor: Material Explorations of Beverly Buchanan’s Tabby Works"

Session 3 (3:00 – 4:30)
Mostafa Heddaya, Princeton University
"Labor Relations: Mierle Laderman Ukeles and the Urban Crisis in New York"

Mia Kang, Yale University
"Work/Break: Precarity, Intimacy, and the Apparatus in Alvin Baltrop’s Piers Photographs"

Leah Pires, Columbia University
"Work for Yourself / Rework Anything: Aesthetic Services circa 1980"

Keynote Lecture (5:30, Pick-Laudati Auditorium, Block Museum)
Jasper Bernes, "The End of Participation: Art, Labor, Revolution”

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