Thursday, March 15, 2012

MAPPING MODERNISMS: Transcultural Exchange in 20th Century Global Art

Thursday May 10, 2012: 9am to 5pm
National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa

The Mapping Modernisms symposium is the first of a series of international meetings that will be held over the next four years to explore the global emergence of multiple forms of artistic modernism during the 20th century. In this launch symposium leading scholars from Africa, North America, Europe, New Zealand and Australia will present pioneering research on Maori, Australian Aboriginal, South African, West African, AfricanAmerican, Canadian Aboriginal, Pacific Islands and Papua New Guinea modern arts.
Their talks will map the ways in which the global patterns of travel and circulation of artists, mentors and ideas resulted in unique extensions, enrichments, and reinventions of the modern in art. The symposium is being convened by Ruth Phillips and Elizabeth Harney. Further program details will be provided on the conference website

Bill Anthes (Pitzer College, Los Angeles) 
Peter Brunt (Victoria University, New Zealand) 
Elizabeth Harney (University of Toronto)
Sandra Klopper (University of Cape Town, South Africa)
Ian McLean (University of Wollongong, Australia)
Kobena Mercer (Yale Univesity)
Anitra Nettleton (University of Witwatersrand, South Africa)
Chika OkekeAgulu (Princeton University)
Ruth Phillips (Carleton University)
W. Jackson Rushing III (University of Oklahoma)
Nicholas Thomas (University of Cambridge)
Susan Vogel (Columbia University)
Norman Vorano (Canadian Museum of Civilization) 

An evening reception hosted by the Canadian Museum of Civilization will follow the symposium. It will feature a roundtable discussion in which members of the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective will respond to the day's presentations from the perspective of Canadian Aboriginal modernisms. This evening event will enable attendees to meet the symposium speakers and continue discussion informally over a light supper. It is designed to encourage the formation of a network of scholars, curators, artists, cultural officers and teachers with shared interests in multiple modernisms who can generate and participate in future projects and symposia. As places for the evening event are limited, please email us at by April 10th stating your desire to attend and outlining your interest in multiple modernisms.

Registration Fees: $25 fullyemployed; $10 students or underemployed; free for NGC & CMC staff
Advance registration begins on our website Saturday March 10th 

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