CFP: Public Sculpture in Europe after 1945 (Greensboro, 30 Oct-2 Nov 13)
Historic Greensboro North Carolina, October 30 - November 2, 2013
Deadline: Apr 20, 2013
Call for Papers
Public Sculpture in Europe after 1945
The Southeastern College Art Conference 2013
In 1964 Martin Heidegger wrote in his Remarks on Art—Sculpture—Space
that the sculptor's confrontation with their environment disrupted the
smooth functioning of its spatial plan or setting. In other words, that
sculpture challenged the very physicality of the social order and
created a place apart: a place that disturbs the "seamless field over
which proceeds the unending circulation of ersatz commodities." Public
monuments have always had a special place in Europe. However, they were
never as controversial as following the Second World War during the
reconstruction of bombed cities and the urban boom of the fifties and
sixties. Heidegger's analysis formed part of his critique of consumer
culture, now it provides a useful philosophical lens through which we
can begin to rethink and reassess the relationship between the beholder
and the work of art.
Papers that examine the role and different historical traditions of
public sculpture throughout Europe will be enthusiastically welcomed.
Together we will consider modern and contemporary sculpture from every
angle: its technical construction, its relation to monuments, as
architectural elements and components of public gardens and landscaping,
as well as its significance as sites of contemplative refuge: as sources
for renewal, literally and metaphorically.
Information about The Southeastern College Art Conference (SECAC),
abstract guidelines and submission procedures is available at:
Please use SECAC's online form and submit your abstract and CV no later
than midnight on April 20, 2013.
Catherine Dossin, Purdue University, cdossinpurdue.edu, and Victoria
H.F. Scott, EPCAF Director of Research, victoriahfscottgmail.com
European Postwar and Contemporary Art Forum
CFP: Public Sculpture in Europe after 1945 (Greensboro, 30 Oct-2 Nov 13). In: H-ArtHist, Mar 6, 2013 (accessed Mar 30, 2015), <http://arthist.net/archive/4803>.