Conference: Public Showing
April 17 - 19, 1998

The Center held the Conference Public Showing in Curtin Hall 175 on April 17 - 19, 1998. The conference explored the physical sites and structures of exhibition and the conditions of display of art, artifacts, and cultures, as well as the status of the objects of exhibition and collections. The conference was organized by Leslie Bellavance (a fellow at the Center during the year) and Marina Pérez de Mendiola (UWM).

Doug Ashford (School of Art at Cooper Union)

April 16, 1998  

1:00 - 1:00 pm

Welcome and Introduction
Kate Davy
Kathleen Woodward

Rebecca J. DeRoo (Chicago) and Deborah Willis (Smithsonian Institute)

1:15 - 3:30 pm





Exhibition and Revisionist Stagings
Recasting the Institution

Marcia Tucker
"The Contemporary Art Museum as a Site of Innovation and Resistance"
Félix Angel
"Exhibiting in Non-Traditional Cultural Institutions"
Maria Gough
"LabArchive of Revolution: Refunctioning the Museum at the End of (Art) History"
Chair: Peter Doroshenko

Félix Angel
(Curator, Cultural Center of the Inter-American Development Bank)

3:30 - 4:00 pm Coffee Break

4:00 - 5:00 pm


Doug Ashford
"Notes for a Public Artist"
Chair: Scott Zuckowski

5:00 - 6:00 pm


Herbert Blau
"'Set Me Where You Stand': Revising the Abyss"
Chair: David Crane
6:00 pm Reception
7:30 pm Pedro Meyer
"Where does the art reside in, within the Internet?"
Introduction: Richard Zauft

(l-r) Marcia Tucker (Founder and Director of the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York City), and Maria Gough (Michigan)

April 17, 1998  

9:00 - 10:30




Identity Fields
Zoning Communities: Renewing History

Loren Mayor
"Staging Suburbia: Modeling Suburban Norms on Broadway and at Disneyland in the 1950s"
Michelle Johnson
"Boundaries of the Past: Space, Race, and the Creation of Community"
Chair: Lynne Joyrich

10:30 - 11:00 am Coffee Break

11:00 - 12:30 pm




Objective Look

Deborah Willis
"Transforming the Image: The Black Female Body in Photography"
Jane Gallop
"Exposing the Family: Observations of a Photographed Mother"
Chair: Marina Pérez de Mendiola

Jane Gallop (UWM)

12:30 - 1:30 pm Lunch

1:30 - 3:15 pm




Exhibiting Memory
Memorializing Culture

James E. Young
"The Uncanny Arts of Memorial Architecture: Daniel Libeskind's Jewish Museum in Berlin"
Claire F. Fox
"Lo Classico de Mixico Moderno: Gender and Monumentality in Post Revolutionary Mexico"
Chair:Gary Weissman

3:15 - 3:45 pm Coffee Break

Marcus Bullock (UWM) and Pedro Meyer (Mexico)

3:45 - 6:00 pm





Memorializing Politics

Lawrence Hoey
"Sites of Catastrophic Cultural Memory: Reading the Physical Exhibits of the Two World Wars in France and Britain"
Mark Bradley
"Contest of Memory: War and Remembrance in Contemporary Vietnam"
Roxana Marcoci
"Brancusi in Camouflage"
Chair: Jeffrey Hayes

8:00 pm The Guerrilla Girls
Introduction: Chancellor John H. Schroeder
UWM Union Wisconsin Room

Deborah Willis
(Exhibitions Curator and Museum Specialist at the
Smithsonian's National African American Museum Project)

April 18, 1998  

9:00 - 10:30 pm




Visual Display of Public Interchange
Aestheticization of Politics: Ideologies for Sale

Arvind Rajagopal
"Emerging Markets as Image, Space, Metaphor: Visual Stagings of Consumer Goods in Rural and Urban India"
Jamie Owen Daniel
"Marketing Che: Public Iconography, Political Memory and the Return of Tourism to Contemporary Cuba"
Chair: Paul Brodwin

10:30 - 11:00 am Coffee Break

11:00 - 12:00 pm



Terminal Time: A Recombinant Historical Documentary

Paul Vanouse, Steffi Domike, and Michael Mateas
Chair: Lane Hall

12:00 - 1:00 pm Lunch

1:00 - 3:15 pm




Exhibiting Museums

Rebecca J. DeRoo
"Exhibiting the Ordinary: Memory Images in French Museums after 1968"
Jock Reynolds and Suzanne Hellmuth
Catherine Lord
"The Anthropologist's Shadow: Lesbian as Artifact in the Land of Enchantment"
Chair: Leslie Bellavance

3:15 - 3:45 pm Coffee Break

3:45 - 6:00 pm




Artifacts in the Expanded Field

Gail Dubrow
"Contested Memories: Re-Presenting Asian American and Women's History at Historic Landmarks"
Jacqueline Hayden and Carla I. Corbin
"The Fairground: A Public Landscape of Event and Representation"
Mark B. Sandberg
"Displaying the Cradle of Culture"
Chair: Dan S. Wang

(l-r) Leslie Bellavance (UWM), Arvind Rajagopal (Purdue), and
Marina Pérez de Mendiola (UWM)


1968: The Center's Founding

The 1970s: Film, Performance, Language and Technology

The 1980s: Feminism, Modernism and Culture

The 1990s: Culture, Aesthetics, Aging and Animals

2000 to present




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