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History of Art Symposium: 'Rethinking Regionalism: the Midwest in American Art History

Posted on Wednesday, 7th June 2017

This one-day symposium, taking place at the University of Nottingham on the 9th June, brings together key scholars and curators to consider the role that the American Midwest has played in narratives of American art history, as a place, a space, and an idea.

It aims to move beyond art histories that focus on the United States’ peripheral centres (New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco) or that stage the cultural production of the Midwest exclusively as the history of Regionalist painting.

In order to nuance these histories, the symposium proposes that narratives of American avant-gardism, modernism, conceptualism, and postmodernism are underpinned by the deployment of the Midwest as an ideologically-loaded discursive site against which normative positions are articulated.

Papers and panels explore the following questions:

Full details can be found here:

If you’d like to attend – it’s free (and includes food and wine) – please click the link to register: