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Words/Works/Walls: Conceptual Architectures in Visual Culture

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Walls withstand, divide, and shape. We are interested in the discourse surrounding the physical wall, one that takes its architectural features as metaphor for the wall’s underlying, conceptual structures. How is viewership structured by walls (perceived or physical) and constructed by art historical tradition as much as museum practice? How can new theories, or the revitalization of older ones, enable us to learn about a wall as an artwork, and how can this inform our modes of art historical understanding that structure methodological practices? Can consideration of theoretical space in visual culture tell us about the way in which “wall” as a concept has grown in various socio-political landscapes? Our conference will think about walls as barriers, as modes of presentation, as frameworks for understanding, and as key components of global visual culture.


WORDS/WORKS/

WALLS: CONCEPTUAL ARCHITECTURES

IN VISUAL CULTURE

keynote address to be given by

MARY CARRUTHERS

11 MAY 2018

history of art conference at the university of oxford

ERTEGUN HOUSE FOR THE HUMANITIES

10:00-18:00

panel 1: architecture of spectacle

BRUCE BOUCHER, ANTHONY GERAGHTY

panel 2: architecture of authority

LEO SCHMIDT, LESLIE TOPP

artist talk on the architecture of memory with

DO HO SUH

the day will include lunch and a closing wine

reception. rsvp on eventbrite

by 9 may 2018. send enquiries to

wordsworkswalls@gmail.com.




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