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Anne McCauley

Time: October 20, 2017 to October 21, 2017
Location: McCormick Hall, Princeton University
Street: Department of Art and Archaeology
City/Town: Princeton, NJ
Phone: 609-258-0914
Event Type: call, for, papers, -, symposium
Organized By: Anne McCauley
Latest Activity: Jun 20, 2016

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Call for Papers: American Art and Photography from 1895 to 1925: Rethinking “Pictorialism”

Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, Friday – Saturday, Oct. 20-21, 2017

Symposium organized in conjunction with the exhibition at the Princeton University Art Museum, “Clarence H. White and His World: The Art and Craft of Photography, 1895-1925” (curated by Anne McCauley, Dept. of Art and Archaeology, Princeton University)

Deadline: Sept. 1, 2016. Please submit a 250-word abstract and c.v. in English to Anne McCauley, mccauley@princeton.edu 

Pictorialism,” as a loosely constituted, international movement advocating photography’s assimilation into the traditional fine arts, succeeded to the extent that it fostered widespread acceptance of the medium as “art” prior to World War I, but failed in the post-War period as its aesthetic agenda was condemned as “anti-modernist,” agrarian, bourgeois, and imitative of an outmoded, idealizing painting. The purpose of this symposium, and the retrospective exhibition of the works of Clarence H. White that it accompanies, is to reconsider and complicate the stylistic goals, methods, influences, politics, and social networks of photographers who identified as “pictorialists” and yet produced works that ranged from book and magazine illustrations, commercial portraits, fashion photos, to Salon prints, and from sharp-focus, silver bromides to multiple-gums. White’s own career serves as a model for the ways that aspiring art photographers responded to changing economic, political, and aesthetic conditions from the fin-de-siècle to the Roaring Twenties, thus straining the very definition of what “pictorialism” might mean.

Topics might include:

ŸIndividual bodies of work by American pictorialists, particularly those in the Photo-Secession

ŸEarly photographs by White’s students

ŸAmerican magazine illustration and photography

ŸPictorial photography and the Arts and Crafts movement

ŸSocialism, anarchism, progressivism: the politics of pictorialism

ŸAmerican regional or international organizations and museums/galleries that hosted pictorialist shows 

ŸPhotographic exhibition design, mounting, and framing

ŸTonalist painters and photography

ŸManual training and the teaching of art photography (the Teachers College, the Pratt Institute, Syracuse University)

ŸPictorialist printing processes and their use

ŸAdvertising and fashion photography (pre-1925)

ŸWomen in the Photo-Secession

The Simple Life; the Colonial Revival; agrarianism and pictorialist subjects

ŸRepresenting the modern child

ŸWar photography and its impact on art photography

ŸSilent cinema and pictorial photography

ŸAmateurism and photography

ŸCritics, patrons and collectors of pictorialism

ŸHistoriography of pictorialism

Although the focus of this symposium will be aspects of American art and pictorial photography, papers dealing with European photographers and artists who had an impact on or connections with American pictorialists are welcome. Papers should be ca. 30 minutes in length.

All selected participants will receive RT travel to Princeton (coach fare), hotel (1-2 nights, depending on distance), and an honorarium.

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