Call for Papers: Art of Haiti, 1940s to the Present
College Art Association Annual Conference, Los Angeles
Wednesday, February 21 – Saturday, February 24, 2018
Deadline for proposals: August 14, 2017
Chair(s): Lizabeth Paravisini-Gebert, Vassar College, firstname.lastname@example.org;
Terri Geis, Fowler Museum, University of California, Los Angeles, email@example.com
The art of Haiti and the Haitian diaspora in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries has been the subject of multiple exhibitions and accompanying publications over the last six years, including “Kafou: Haiti, Art and Vodou” (Nottingham Contemporary, 2012), “In Extremis: Death and Life in 21st Century Haitian Art” (Fowler Museum at UCLA, 2013), and “Haiti: Deux siècles de creation artistique” (Grand Palais, 2015). Significant historic works of Haitian art have been exhibited outside of a geographical framework in multiple international contexts, including Vodou flags within the Encyclopedic Palace of the Venice Biennale in 2013, and the work of André Pierre in documenta 14 in 2017. With this increased dialogue around and international exposure of Haitian art, new opportunities exist for long-needed advanced scholarship, as well as critique of display strategies and international circulation. This panel seeks proposals that deepen the genealogical work on Haitian artists from the 1940s to the present, examine their historic and contemporary connections to international art movements, and explore historic and recent exhibition strategies. Papers that examine significant themes within the art of Haiti, such as colonial and imperialist histories and environmental critique, or offer analysis of the production and consumption of religious objects within contemporary market economies are also welcome.
Submissions should follow the general guidelines for participants as detailed in the 2018 CAA Call for Participation: