AAH 2008 - Location: The Museum, the Academy and the Studio

TrAIN Recommends (external event)

Location, the 34rd Annual Conference of the Association of Art Historians, will focus on the shifts – historical, modern and contemporary – in the location of the museum, the artist’s studio and the academy in relation to the concepts, values and practices of art history. Location is understood to embrace physical, geographical and virtual sites, social and political ideologies; values and aesthetics, academic and practice-led relationships. Deborah Cherry and Sutapa Biswas of TrAIN are convening a panel entitled Monuments and Memorials.

“Monuments and memorials are characteristic features of colonial and postcolonial cities, and they have long been located in urban as well as rural contexts. Often produced in the artist’s studio, widely studied in the academy, monuments and memorials frequently exist outside the purview of the museum. They come into being at precise locations, perhaps marking the unique site of a traumatic event or the longer historical moment of epistemic violence. This session will ask what prompts the installation, re/location and destruction of monuments and memorials. What relation do they have to current artistic practice? How have their meanings been contested, as for example during decolonisation or profound political change? We welcome papers from artists and from art historians and we aim to bring together differing approaches in research, drawing on the perspectives of the studio, the academy and the museum. Our focus will be on the trans-national, the inter-cultural and the post-colonial, on the contemporary as much as the historical, on practice alongside critical theory and art history, and on monuments and memorials in global settings outside the UK.”


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  • Professor Deborah Cherry

    TrAIN Member

    I studied in the UK (Edinburgh and London) and I have worked in the UK, the USA, and in Europe, where I am now at the University of Amsterdam. Following my PhD I have written extensively on art in Britain in the nineteenth and early twentieth century with two books, Painting Women (1994) and Beyond the Frame: Feminism and Visual Culture (2000) along with exhibitions such as ‘The Edwardian Era’ (co-curated 1987).
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