AC/CFP: « American Art in the 1930s: Radicalism and Its Foreign Influences », Southeastern College Art Conference (SECAC), Durham, North Carolina, 17-20 October 2012. Deadline: April 20, 2012

This panel invites proposals that assess the sources of the radical political and artistic tendencies that filtered into American art in the 1930s. During the many crises of this era, American artists sought inspiration to give new purpose to their art. While some mined the nation’s “usable past” for inspiration, a vanguard sector of artists engaged in radical sociopolitical and artistic movements, which often sprung from foreign influences. These artists reassessed their role in society, often concluding that avant-garde techniques or ideological art would engender broad change in both art and society.

In this period (perhaps more than in other moments of American art history) artistic form became an arena for political action. Important international examples of artists intimately linked with social change served as encouragement, such as the Mexican Muralists, the Russian Constructivists, and even the Italian Futurists. American artists took this inspiration to vocalize their stance within the political disputes of the day. In particular, we welcome papers examining the influences that encouraged artistic engagement with the fractious and contested social milieu of the era, in the realms of painting, sculpture, photography, dance, theater, film, and graphic design.

Daniel S. Palmer, The Graduate Center, CUNY,

Randall Edwards, The Graduate Center, CUNY,

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Source : H-ArtHist, Mar 18, 2012. <>.