Appel à communication : « The Art of Display: Context and Meaning, 1700-1850 » (Chicago, 12-15 Février 2014)

The Art of Display: Context and Meaning, 1700-1850
Chicago, 12-15 Février 2014

Deadline: May 6, 2013



In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, viewers encountered works of art in a variety of settings:  private homes, churches, gardens, and the first public museums.  Within these settings, colored walls, rotating pedestals, elaborate frames, well thought-out lighting, and careful juxtapositions were used to showcase objects. These displays affected the way viewers encountered and thought about the works. Display could be used to educate the eye, emphasizing the formal qualities of a work or encouraging viewers to look closely at the material nature of an object.  At the same time, display could have a significant impact on symbolic meanings as well, affecting the political, social, or cultural significance of a work of art. This panel welcomes papers that reconstruct displays that have been lost to us, and in so doing rediscover and historicize the meaning and significance of objects as they were encountered by viewers between 1700 and 1850.

Please submit abstract, cv, and participation form via email to Christina Ferando : by May 6, 2013.

For more information on submitting a proposal, see the CAA Call for Participation:

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