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AHA Symposium Keynote Address by Nizan Shaked, PhD

Friday, April 28, 2017 at 4:30pm to 6:30pm

Lawrence Hall, Room 115
1190 Franklin Boulevard, Eugene, OR

"Conceptualism and the Political Referent"

Nizan Shaked, PhD, will deliver the keynote address for the 13th Annual Art History Association Graduate Research Symposium on Friday, April 28, 2017. Her lecture will present key ideas from her forthcoming book The Synthetic Proposition: Conceptualism and the Political Referent in Contemporary Art. She’ll examine the impact of social movements—including civil rights, Black power, student, feminist, and sexual liberation—on conceptualism and its legacies in the United States between the late 1960s and the 1990s. Shaked will discuss the turn to political reference in practices originally concerned with philosophically abstract ideas and trace key strategies in contemporary art today to the reciprocal influences of conceptualism and identity politics. 



4:30-5:30pm • Lawrence Hall

Keynote Address: Conceptualism and the Political Referent

5:30-6:30pm • 115 Lawrence Hall


Both the reception and lecture are free and open to the public.


Nizan Shaked, PhD, is associate professor of contemporary art history, museum and curatorial studies, at California State University at Long Beach. Her book The Synthetic Proposition: Conceptualism and Political Referent in Contemporary Art (Manchester University Press, 2017) is a recipient of the Wyeth Foundation for American Publication Grant award (2015). Her current project is In the Name of the Public: Museums and the Collection of Contemporary Art. Shaked has been a member of the editorial board of X-TRA: Contemporary Art Quarterly since 2008.