SUBMISSION DEADLINE: June 5, 2015
It is my pleasure to share with you the CFP for the 1.5-hour special session at CAA 2016 in Washington DC sponsored by the Society of Historians of Eastern European, Eurasian, and Russian Art and Architecture (SHERA, www.shera-art.org).
“Collecting, Curating, Canonizing, Critiquing: The Institutionalization of Eastern European Art”
The increased presence of Eastern European art in international public and private collections has generated a multitude of responses in the forms of exhibitions, symposia, research programs, publications, as well as endowed positions for curators, professors, and graduate students. From Catherine the Great, the Tret’yakov brothers, and George Costakis to Norton Dodge, Peter Ludwig, and Dasha Zhukova, collectors along with the curators who work with their collections have framed and reframed narratives of Eastern European art for both local and global consumption. Artists, too, have participated through self-institutionalizing initiatives, including collective practices and the founding of archives and independent art spaces.
This panel seeks to engage questions regarding the institutionalization of Eastern European art both inside and outside the region. What have been some of the challenges, triumphs, and failures in the pursuit of both private and public collections? What roles have curators, collectors, dealers, critics, and artists played in this process? What strategies have been most effective in establishing and sustaining critical and constructive dialogues within and beyond this network of individuals? What legacies and lessons have more historical examples, such as Imperial and Soviet collections, left for us today? In what ways does museum programming affect scholarship and pedagogy and vice versa? This panel aims to create a space for debate around the presence and presentation of Eastern European art that will brainstorm ways for further advancing our field through institutional relationships. Continue reading