History of Art and Architecture Department at the University of Pittsburgh is pleased to announce the call for proposals for its Graduate Student Symposium, "Exhibition Complex: Displaying People, Identity, and Culture." The symposium will be held October 18-20, 2012.
This year’s symposium sets out to analyze the many modes of display, types of artistic production, and built and existing structures that constitute ephemeral exhibition spaces. Organized in collaboration with the Carnegie Museum of Art, our topic is inspired by the museum’s fall 2012 exhibition, Inventing the Modern World: Decorative Arts at the World’s Fairs, 1851–1939. We are interested in projects that explore temporary exhibitions displaying people, identity, and culture in any geographical location or time period, within and beyond the modern history of Western display. The keynote address will be delivered by Saloni Mathur, Associate Professor of Art History at UCLA and author of the book India by Design: Colonial History and Cultural Display (2007), and co-editor of the forthcoming No Touching, Spitting, Praying: Modalities of the Museum in South Asia (2012).