[Msa-discuss] Call for Papers: Edited Volume: "Reframing the Critical: Art, Theory and Instruction"

Roger Rothman rrothman at bucknell.edu
Mon Oct 14 17:15:35 EDT 2013


Dear MSA colleagues,
Pamela Fraser, Randall Szott, and I are editing a volume which seeks to
move beyond "critique" as the dominant paradigm in the visual arts. Please
consider submitting an abstract.
Best,

Roger Rothman
Associate Professor and Samuel H. Kress Chair of Art History
Bucknell University
Lewisburg, PA 17837
roger.rothman at bucknell.edu
570.577.1611

*CALL FOR PAPERS*

*Reframing the Critical: Art, Theory and Instruction*

Edited by Pamela Fraser, Roger Rothman, Randall Szott

For decades the concept of “critique” has been central to the making and
theorizing of art. Recently however it has become less and less clear that
the act of debunking deserves to be recognized as the sine qua non of
contemporary practice. The appearance of terms such as the “speculative,”
the “reparative” and the “constructive” suggests an emerging
“post-critical” paradigm. But the shape of this new paradigm is by no means
clear: is it possible to abandon critique altogether? Is it desirable?
Which of the alternatives provide the most compelling way forward?

This book aims to address both the limits of, and the alternatives to, the
critical approach to making and analyzing contemporary art. By drawing on
more than twenty diverse perspectives, Reframing the Critical will provide
new ways of thinking about the power of critique (both real and imagined)
as well as explore a range of alternative criteria, methods, and
orientations. With contributions from artists, critics, curators and
historians, this book will be a crucial tool for students of studio art and
their instructors who are seeking to think beyond the critical.

The book begins by examining the assumptions and limitations of the
critical paradigm, including its implicit assertion that, to be
significant, works of art must be engaged in acts of unmasking and
debunking. Such are the principles of Adornian critical theory and
Derridian deconstruction. But what has become of the critical gesture? To
what extent has it become a rote, ritualized and toothless act?

In addition to the reappraisal of critique (as theory and practice), the
book explores a variety of new and recently reclaimed criteria for
contemporary art and its pedagogy. Some propose “affect” as the site of
post-critical practice. Others seek to reclaim such allegedly discredited
concepts as intimacy, tenderness, spirituality, and affirmation.

The book is based on a panel discussion organized by Pamela Fraser and
Randall Szott for the 2013 conference of the College Art Association. The
book will include contributions from artists, critics, curators and
historians. Most contributions are to be 2,000 to 4,000 word essays, but
alternative forms and lengths are also welcome.

Send abstracts (150-300 words) to all three editors by *January 1, 2014*.

hellopamela at gmail.com; roger.rothman at bucknell.edu;
dilettanteventures at gmail.com
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