Art History Professor Presents Contemporary Conference Sessions

                                                                                          Sarah Evans (left)

At the College Art Association (CAA) conference in February 2012, Sarah Evans, Assistant Professor of Art History in the NIU School of Art, presented "No Satisfaction," an account of gender strife in the art-rock community in late-1970s Lower Manhattan. The contributions of this panel on Contemporary Art and Rock and Roll will be published by University of Chicago Press.  

That same month, Sarah gave an invited talk entitled "Live, Work, Show: Hallwalls in the 1970s" as part of a symposium coinciding with the Albright-Knox Art Gallery's retrospective, "Wish You Were Here." 

Currently, Sarah is working on a book chapter focusing on romantic and domestic themes in the early work of Sherrie Levine, Thomas Lawson and David Salle. This fall saw the launch of the stand-alone graduate seminar in contemporary art. Designed to accommodate student interests and maximize student contributions to the class, the first unit focused on the subject of space in theories and practices of contemporary art. In response to student interest in the intersection of elite and popular culture, the second unit focused on 20th century accounts of the role of art and 21st century challenges to the model of the aggressive avant-garde. Students gave three presentations: the first round explored the (unanswerable) question "What is contemporary art?" The second gave students an opportunity to follow a specific thread of classroom discussion or to present related independent research. The students' final presentations of their research essay projects generated particularly fruitful conversations. Sarah wants to vary unit topics from year-to-year, so suggestions are welcome.

In April 2013, she will give an invited talk at the Dallas Museum of Art on the occasion of the Cindy Sherman retrospective. In February 2014, she will co-chair a CAA panel called, "Studio Shots: Representations of Women as Artists."

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