116th Annual Conference - Bellingham, Washington
Friday, November 9 - Sunday, November 11, 2018

Aesthetic Modernism

For many years, people defined modernism in ways which authorized "high modernism" as a period of wild experimentation, avant-garde commitments, difficult texts, and the shock of material considered decadent. No one was sure whether to call these gestures broadly cosmopolitan or elitist--did they produce an inaccessible, hermetic art, unreadable by the masses, or an opening up of convention and platitude to the peculiar and new? What did modernists themselves think that they were producing as members of a creative class? How did they continue and contest styles of the past? This panel proposes to explore seminal and recent work on the Figure in Modernist-style in relation to its materialisms and politics, its cross and intermedia, its global travels, and its cultural histories, and tries to come to some conclusions about the lasting effects of Modernism's crisis of representation on consciousness. Perhaps the Figure can even help us to reimagine the Subject.

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Associated Sessions

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Special Session