Georgia O'Keeffe Museum Online Symposium The 1980s: An Internet Conference

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The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum Research Center will sponsor an online symposium, “The 1980s: An Internet Conference,” from October 31 through November 13, 2005, at http://www.okeeffemuseum.org.

The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum Research Center will sponsor an online symposium, “The 1980s: An Internet Conference,” from October 31 through November 13, 2005, at http://www.okeeffemuseum.org.

During its two-week run, the dialogue will be online 24 hours a day and will explore an extraordinary period in American art and life—a time when American politics and culture underwent dramatic shifts. The Conference will address a range of questions central to this important moment in American art, politics, and ideas: Why and how did the “multiculturalism” of the 1980s emerge? To what extent did the modern-day “culture wars” begin in the 1980s, and what are their continuing effects today? Did painting die as a relevant artistic medium in the 1980s, as some critics argued at the time? To what extent did photography and other means of mechanical reproduction supplant it? How did new methodologies in criticism, art history, and cultural writing change the nature and style of cultural writing in the United States? To what extent did the center of the American art world shift from SoHo to the East Village and to other cities, such as Los Angeles, Boston, and Philadelphia? What was the impact of AIDS on the art and culture of the United States? To what extent is it problematic or inaccurate to “periodize” the 1980s—to divide history into neat historical periods and sensibilities?

The Conference will be moderated by Maurice Berger, Senior Fellow at The Vera List Center for Art and Politics, New School University, New York; and Curator, The Center for Art and Visual Culture, University of Maryland Baltimore County. More than 30 well-known individuals in the art community will participate in the two-week-long discussion, which the public can access, ask questions, and offer comments via a special e-mail address.

Participants will include Alexander Alberro, Elizabeth Alexander, George Baker, Max Becher, Maurice Berger, Judith Berry, Dan Cameron, Ondine Chavoya, Thomas Crow, Dorit Cypis, Karen Mary Davalos, RoseLee Goldberg, Mary Kelly, Christine Kim, George G. King, Wayne Koestenbaum, Simon Leung, Catherine Lord, Barbara Buhler Lynes, Kathy O’Dell, Lorraine O’Grady, Olu Oguibe, Wendy Perron, Andrea Robbins, David A. Ross, Irving Sandler, Carolee Schneemann, Franklin Sirmans, Carol Squiers, Michele Wallace, Oliver Wasow, Jonathan Weinberg, and Linda Yablonsky.

The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum is dedicated to perpetuating the artistic legacy of Georgia O’Keeffe and to the study and interpretation of American Modernism (1890–present). The 12,000-square-foot Museum houses a permanent collection of more than 130 works by O’Keeffe.

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