Saturday, March 1, 2014

Art History and Graphic Satire

Colloquia in Montreal
Appel à communications : L'histoire de l'art aux limites du satirique
Journées d’étude, les mardi 22 et mercredi 23 avril 2014
Département d’histoire de l’art, Université du Québec à Montréal


L’intérêt que porte l’histoire de l’art pour la satire dans les arts visuels s’intensifie depuis plusieurs années. Au-delà des chantiers « traditionnels » de la caricature et de la satire graphique, on peut constater que l’histoire de l’art s’intéresse à des problématiques qui relèvent de la place qu’occupe le mode satirique dans l’art contemporain. En revanche, ces problématiques ne sont pas sans susciter de nouvelles réflexions sur des corpus plus anciens qui ont pu être délimités par les études sur l’estampe, sur les journaux illustrés ou encore sur la bande dessinée, dans des perspectives qui ont souvent été inscrites dans les typologies du « récit national » ou des « grands artistes » de l’histoire de l’art. À Montréal, les équipes qui se sont constituées depuis dix ans ont cherché à placer les corpus et problématiques des arts visuels satiriques sur des bases pluridisciplinaires. Tout foisonnant soit-il, le domaine appelle néanmoins à des efforts de définition et d’organisation de la recherche. Si d’une part on cherche à comprendre comment et dans quels interstices s’ancre l’étude du « visuel » de la satire (dans les arts visuels, mais aussi dans le champ culturel plus large du satirique), depuis la caricature des XVIe-XVIIe siècles jusqu’aux démarches de l’art contemporain, les travaux en cours signalent d’autre part toute l’urgence qu’il y a de réfléchir sur la patrimonialisation et la muséalisation des corpus d’art visuel satirique. En effet, ces derniers sont souvent convoqués pour agir en tant que traces mémorielles des engagements polémiques que connaît une société tout au long de sa trajectoire.

C’est ainsi que ces journées d’étude sont organisées pour encourager la formulation de questionnements terminologiques et théoriques dans cette intrication entre satire et histoire de l’art. Les organisateurs invitent des propositions de communication dans lesquelles des études de cas seront accompagnées par des réflexions qu’on pourrait dire ‘métahistoriques’. Comment une définition de la satire visuelle serait-elle possible (ou souhaitable) afin qu’on puisse saisir sa place dans la discipline discursive qu’est l’histoire de l’art ? La satire pourrait-elle y devenir un moteur théorique ? À quoi servirait une telle réflexion sur les interactions entre l’histoire de l’art et la satire ? Comment articuler ces démarches avec les impératifs qu’énoncent les approches disciplinaires plurielles dans lesquelles s’inscrit l’histoire de l’art – notamment (mais pas uniquement) aux plans des études postcoloniales et des études féministes ? Qu’en est-il du médium institutionnel (ou des médias institutionnels), puisque les recherches sur la satire dans les arts visuels passent notamment par les archives, les musées et les universités? Nous invitons collègues et étudiant.e.s des 2e et 3e cycles à réfléchir à ces questions – ou à soulever de nouvelles interrogations – afin de construire avec nous ce laboratoire sur l'histoire de l'art aux limites du satirique.

Les propositions de communication (pour des présentations qui ne devront pas dépasser 20 minutes), accompagnées d’une courte présentation bio-bibliographique, devront être acheminées avant le 15 mars 2014 aux organisateurs de l’évènement: Dominic Hardy, professeur au département d’histoire de l’art de l’UQAM (hardy.dominic@uqam.ca) et Josée Desforges, programme de doctorat, département d’histoire de l’art de l’UQAM (josee.desforges@gmail.com). 

Ces journées d’études sont présentées avec le soutien du Département d’histoire de l’art et de l’Institut du Patrimoine (UQAM) ainsi que du Centre de recherches sur la littérature et la culture québécoises (CRILCQ-UQAM) et du Musée McCord de Montréal.

www.musee-mccord.qc.ca

Wednesday, February 26, 2014





JOURNAL OF ILLUSTRATION/ /ILLUSTRATION RESEARCH/ /INDIA 2014

The Itinerant Illustrator
Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology, Bangalore, India
18th and 19th December 2014
                                   


The 5th International Illustration Research event joins forces with the peer reviewed Journal of Illustration and is hosted by Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology in Bangalore. The symposium this year will focus on the praxis of illustration in an expanded field, including histories of local/regional illustrative practices and the traversing of diverse media platforms.

Through talks, workshops, performances and exhibited works, we will consider the illustrator in terms of the ‘habitual travelling’ that he or she undertakes. The itinerant nature of the illustrator is evident in the praxis of illustration itself- the oscillation of thought between word and image, page and screen, hand and eye, dream and reality.

Occupying many roles and moving dynamically between them, the itinerant illustrator is an interpreter, a translator, an illuminator, as well as a storyteller, enquirer, performer and a pictorial juggler of ideas. The nomadic nature of the illustrator is to wander between disciplines, search for new contexts and to make images not on one, but several different platforms within an eternal evolution of technologies.

The multi-sited nature of illustration, along with illustrators’ journeys between several positions and places, also involves images that travel. We would like to investigate the fluidity of visual codes and languages, the translations, adaptations and hybrid practices that respond to the movement of cultures within the global village. How are images made and read within shifting regional and trans national contexts? How can we use illustration itself as a methodology to shed light on the praxis of illustration in these multiple contexts?

300 word proposals for 20 minute academic papers and practice based presentations are invited including (but not limited to) the following topics:

·       Illustration within local and hybrid cultures
·       Illustrated Narratives on transnational platforms
·       Image and space – murals, installations and other site-specific images
·       The illustration as palimpsest: reinterpretations of received bodies of knowledge.
·       The itinerant storyteller – the book, the scroll, the kaavad.
·       Illustration’s relationship to technology
·       Memory and place in illustration practice
·       Illustration as performance and dialogue 
·       Local/Regional approaches to illustration practice
·       Post colonialism and illustration
·       The illustrator as tourist within global image culture

Please email abstracts along with your name, affiliation and email address to 
Sandeep Chandra Ashwath, sandeep@srishti.ac.in, DesdemonaMcCannon  d.mccannon@mmu.ac.uk
and Anna Bhushan abhushan@cardiffmet.ac.uk

Selected papers and presentations will be considered for publication in forthcoming issues of the peer reviewed Journal of Illustration, published by Intellect books.
Deadline for abstracts: Friday 4th July
Desdemona McCannon
Senior Lecturer, Contextualising Practice
Manchester School of Art

G13 Grosvenor Building

Manchester Metropolitan University

Cavendish Street, Manchester M15 6BR

mob: 07791 757 689

Principal Editor 'Journal of Illustration'

Portfolio/Research site http://cargocollective.com/lemonmerchant/

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Illustration House Collection goes to Modern Graphic History Library, St Louis

The day has finally come: Illustration House's collection has just been unveiled at the Modern Graphic History Library at Washington University.

I had a bit of a hand in making this transaction happen, and I while I am sad that the collection will no longer be at my fingertips in New York, I am THRILLED that the collection has been saved intect and will be available for all researchers, and catalogued and conserved.

The collection amalgamates many many smaller tearsheet and book collections amassed by illustrators, that were later acquired by Walt Reed, who had his own collections building since he was a young man (Walt is now in his mid-90s). Walt and son Roger then added to it for some 40 years. It is probably the most significant research collection on American illustration to exist.



Thursday, August 29, 2013

Comics critics in Canada, 1940




Well,  here you go everybody - is this the first serious criticism against comics in Canada? In case you're wondering,  Magazine Digest is a fascinating periodical.... mainly a digest of cut'n'paste from other magazines, its Jewish editor and staff slipped in some articles and journalism of their own. The magazine actually sold internationally. And, I say, it operated as a very important Jewish voice - in an almost veiled way - by carefully selecting its contents to reflect the staff's concerns during World War II. It was also a really important employer of Jewish Canadians, and several people who went on to do amazing things got their start there. No matter whether you agree with the author here, this periodical deserves far more attention than it has received - it is now thoroughly obscure.
Oh and the art direction and illustration by Oscar Cahén after the war deserves some attention too...



Tuesday, April 16, 2013





I've been way too busy moving and working on my dissertation to update this blog. But I have something worth sharing today: I will be giving a talk Thursday April 18, at the Florence Griswold Museum in CT, at 2:00pm. All are welcome; there is a slight fee for attending. I will be talking about illustrator Arthur Heming, and the motives behind his quirky depictions of the Canadian north.

http://www.flogris.org/exhibitions_13Heming.php

Monday, February 11, 2013

I'd like to invite you to this landmark panel at this week's College Art Association. This is, to my knowledge, the first time illustration as a discipline has been discussed among art historians and others as it relates to how art history does and does not serve the history of illustration. The event is free.

Each paper is 12 minutes. The short time was chosen in order to focus on discussion afterwards. I believe we can stay late in the room.


5:30pm Thursday, Feb. 14

 Association of Historians of American Art
The Art History of American Periodical Illustration
Sutton Parlor South, 2nd Floor, Hilton Hotel, Manhattan

Chairs: Jaleen Grove, State University of New York at Stony Brook; Doug B. Dowd, Washington University in St. Louis

Reading Late-Nineteenth Century Periodical Illustrations: Scribner’s Monthly as Model
Page Knox, Marymount Manhattan College

Illustration, Cartooning, and Problems of Nomenclature: Visual Matter in Collier’s Weekly, 1935–1940
Douglas B. Dowd, Washington University in St. Louis

Beyond the Auteur: The Illustration as a Word/Image Object
Jarrod Waetjen, Northern Virginia Community College

Affective Illustration
Jennifer A. Greenhill, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Discussant: Michele H. Bogart, State University of New York at Stony Brook

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Paul E. Stinson, book cover for Pillars of Salt. My good friend is trying to track Stinson down in order to talk to him about the illustration he did for early video games. His website and LinkedIn page emails are dead. You can read about Laine Nooney's ultra-awesome research on videogame history and see more of Stinson's work here.