CFP: What’s Love Got To Do With It?

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Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh, Writing Cabinet from 'The Rose Boudoir' (exhibited Turin 1902). Wood with gesso panels. MAK, Vienna.
Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh, Writing Cabinet from ‘The Rose Boudoir’ (exhibited Turin 1902). Wood with gesso panels. MAK, Vienna.

What`s love got to do with it? Collaboration and Intimacy in Art, Architecture and Design

UAAC/AAUC 2014 Conference, OCAD, Toronto, October 23 – 26, 2014
Deadline: Jun 18, 2014

This panel seeks to explore the complexities of collaborative creative practices between romantic partners. In her essay ‘Collaboration Amongst the Four’ (1996), Janice Helland observed that collaborative practice ‘undermine[s] attribution, an important practice that plays a large role in museums and galleries, in the art market, and most significantly, in the ideology that underlies traditional conceptions and definitions of modern art making.’ Widely accepted notions of the
‘artistic genius’ focus on art making as an individual process of self-expression often resulting in the authorship of a work attributed to the dominant (usually male) partner, and relegating the lesser-known partner to an assistant status. Building on this problem of attribution, we hope to explore varied complications of romantic creative partnerships, for example in relation to technical practice, commerce, influence, identity, and legacy. We welcome papers from across the spectrum of visual culture, and especially welcome interdisciplinary investigations (architect/artist/designer).

Session Chairs:
Dr. Robyne Erica Calvert, Glasgow School of Art
Dr. Gayle L. Goudy, College of Charleston

Submit Abstracts to:
Robyne Calvert and Gayle Goudy

Conference guidelines:

Proposals for papers shall not exceed 150 words, and are to be submitted to the individual session conveners whose sessions have been accepted for inclusion in the conference.

Proposals for papers may be submitted by current members OR non-members of UAAC. However non-members MUST become members of UAAC in order to present a paper at the conference, and all members must renew their memberships in UAAC/AAUC by 1 September 2014.

The Call for Papers is open to post-secondary faculty in all fields of the visual arts; i.e. art history, visual culture, material cultures and their histories, museum studies, art conservation, visual artists, practitioner/researchers, etc. as well as qualified independent scholars in such disciplines.

Student members of UAAC/AAUC who are pursuing a terminal degree in related disciplines (i.e. the PhD in Art History or Visual/Material Cultures, MFA, Masters of Design etc.) may submit paper proposals.  MA students in Art History or Visual Culture are not permitted to give papers at the annual conference.


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