Surrealism and the Americas Conference

Project: Research project

Project Details


Surrealism and the Americas Conference Surrealism and the Americas Conference Our first conference Surrealism and the American West took place in October, 2007. This conference was concerned with the subject of the sustained engagement by American and European Surrealists with Arizona, the Southwest, and the greater American West, as these artists began to look beyond the urban context that had defined and contained the practice of modern art during the first part of the twentieth century. The Journal of Surrealism and the Americas (JSA), an interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed e-journal hosted by Arizona State University, was founded as an integral component of this first conference. The success of this conference is reflected in the publication of the first issues of the JSA on the subjects of Surrealism and ethnography, and on photography. Sustained interest in the subject has allowed us to attract 400 registered readers to the e-journal. We have further been able to secure the participation of senior national and international scholars to a second conference on this subject, Surrealism and the Americas, that will take place on the Rice University campus in Houston, Texas, on November 4-6, 2010. Scholars from France, Mexico, Spain, the United Kingdom, Australia, and the United States have submitted proposals in response to our call for papers. This second JSA conference, Surrealism and the Americas, will shift its focus to the interactions and patterns of influence initiated by surrealist art, artists and collectors within the Americas who have as yet remained marginal to dominant narratives of surrealist and European exile within canonical art histories of Surrealism.
Effective start/end date5/1/101/31/12


  • Terra Foundation: $25,000.00


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