[Msa-discuss] CFP: 2015 CAA "The Not-So-Silent Partner: Artistic Practice and Collaboration"

Monica Jovanovich-Kelley mejovan at gmail.com
Thu Apr 3 13:16:00 EDT 2014

 2015 College Art Association CFP: "The Not-So-Silent Partner: Artistic
Practice and Collaboration"
Deadline for proposals is May 9, 2014

The use of the term collaboration today implies social engagement and
relational aesthetics to the extent that earlier instances of collaboration
are often discussed relative to these developments in contemporary art
history. This session considers how collaboration is, and has always been,
a vital part of the artistic process by including parties or relationships
previously thought to be inconsequential. Specifically, we look to explore
how collaboration is manifested in the conceptualization of a work and in
the form that work takes. Thus, we ask what an investigation that focuses
more on the conceptual and/or dialogical research process may yield? Do
seemingly inconsequential ephemeral materials help illuminate the
relationship between an artist and her collaborators? How might these
elaborations challenge hierarchical models wherein the singular artist is
credited with conceptualizing the artwork?

We welcome topics from a wide range of time periods and geographic
locations and will give preference to those that are interdisciplinary in
their approach. Possible paper topics may include: new approaches to the
study of public art wherein an interlocutor(s) play a more prominent role;
circumstances in which the collaborator is a corporation, a commercial
gallery or civic entity; case studies in which collaboration has gone
unaddressed in pre-existing scholarship; papers that rethink the role of
fabricators, photo editors, patrons, gallerists and others involved in the
artistic process; mediums in which collective work is implicit, such as
decorative arts workshops and industrial design, which may have gone
ignored in traditional art historical scholarship because multi-authorship
is inherent; and collaborations that are hierarchical and gendered, such as
those between artist and muse.

Moderator: Richard Meyer, Robert and Ruth Halperin Professor in Art
History, Stanford University

For submission guidelines and items to include in your proposal, please
see: http://www.collegeart.org/proposals/2015callforparticipation. Send
proposals to co-chairs: Monica Jovanovich-Kelley (
m.jovanovich.kelley at gmail.com) and MacKenzie Stevens (mabennet at usc.edu) by
May 9.
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