Border Control: On the Edges of American Art

Thursday 25 and Friday 26 May 2017
Tate Liverpool, Albert Dock, Liverpool Waterfront, Liverpool L3 4BB, UK

Convened by Julia Tatiana Bailey (Tate) and Alex J. Taylor (University of Pittsburgh)
Supported by the Terra Foundation for American Art

This major international conference led by Tate Research was a two-day event bringing together historians of art and visual culture to share new scholarship exploring the crossed boundaries and expanded limits of art from the United States. Border Control: On the Edges of American Art was presented as the culmination of the three-year Tate Research project Refiguring American Art and coincided with a related display at Tate Liverpool.

Ellsworth Kelly, 'Saint Martin Landscape' 1976–9
Ellsworth Kelly
Saint Martin Landscape 1976–9
Printed paper on printed card
388 x 557 mm
© Ellsworth Kelly and Tyler Graphics, Ltd.

SCHEDULE

Thursday 25 May

14.00 Arrival and coffee

14.30 Welcome
Caroline Collier (Director, Partnerships and Programmes, Tate)
John Davis (Executive Director for Europe and Global Academic Programs, Terra Foundation for American Art)

14.50 Introductory Remarks | Julia Bailey and Alex Taylor

15.00 Keynote

Philip Ursprung
Professor of the History of Art and Architecture, ETH Zurich
‘Most humans, it seems, still put up fences around their acts and thoughts’: The Legacy of Allan Kaprow

15.40 Break

16.00 Session 1: Performing the Political

Monica Steinberg
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Southern California
Political Re-presentation: Artist-Candidates and the Boundaries of the Electoral Process

Catherine Spencer
Lecturer, University of St Andrews
Simultaneous Experience: Performance Art and the Psychology of the Border Zone

John A. Tyson
Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellow, National Gallery of Art
On Sale at the Fondation Maeght’: Hans Haacke’s Un-American Art

Faye Gleisser
Assistant Professor, Indiana University
Artist Residency as Cultural Conduit: Sarabhai Patronage and the Stakes of Sponsorship

17.20 Discussion, chaired by Julia Bailey

18.00
Drinks reception and private view of the display Constellations: Highlights from the Nation’s Collection of Modern Art. Bernard Perlin, Orthodox Boys 1948

20.00 End

Friday 26 May

09.30 Arrival and coffee

10.00 Welcome | Alex Taylor and Julia Bailey

10.20 Session 2: Entering the Common Culture

Anthony Grudin
Associate Professor, University of Vermont
Policing Art’s Borders: Pop Art and Vulgarity in the 1960s

Marina Moskowitz
Reader, University of Glasgow and Edwin Pickstone, Lecturer, Glasgow School of Art
Interdisciplinary: A Conversation about Rudolph Ruzicka

Suzanne Hudson
Associate Professor, University of Southern California
‘Toward a Happier and More Successful Life,’ or When Veterans Made Art in the Modern Museum

Sarah Rich
Associate Professor, Penn State
Ellsworth Kelly’s Abstraction

11.40 Discussion, chaired by Alex Taylor

12.20 Lunch

13.20 Keynote

Cécile Whiting
Chancellor’s Professor, University of California, Irvine
The Panorama and the Globe: Expanding the American Landscape in World War II

14.00 Session 3: Traversing Space, Transcending Place

Fiona Curran
Senior Tutor, Royal College of Art
Between the Earth and the Sky: Planetary Borders in Vija Celmins’ ‘Untitled (Desert/Galaxy)’

Matthew Holman
PhD Candidate, University College London
‘Borders Meandering But Determined’: Becoming an ‘Apatride’ with Joan Mitchell and John Ashbery (1959–65)

Elizabeth Buhe
PhD Candidate, Institute of Fine Arts, NYU
Sam Francis’s Polycentric Abstraction

15.00 Discussion, chaired by Moran Sheleg, PhD Candidate, UCL

15.40 Response
Jo Applin, Lecturer, Courtauld Institute of Art

16.00 End