/New York City
8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
-National Symposium

– The Politics of Camouflage in Artistic Practices from the 1970s

organized by Americas Society

Americas Society, in conjunction with Columbia University, hosted on October 28 a day-long symposium exploring the development of artistic practices as a result of political oppression in Latin America and internationally during the 1960s and 1970s. Throughout this era, artists dealt with politically complex issues in their artistic production through a variety of styles and media. These aesthetic explorations include the “New Objectivity,” geometric abstraction, socially-engaged art, media-related and investigative projects, and, finally, conceptual, body, and performance art.

The first half of the symposium will explore ideas around the question: “In what ways were these new modes of expression uniquely suited to address times of political oppression?”

The latter part of the symposium discussion will investigate the question “How did artists camouflage politically salient art to comply with the constraints of an era defined by dictatorships all over Latin America and by the Vietnam War in the United States?”

Irene Small (University of Illinois)
Sergio Bessa (Bronx Museum)
Michael Asbury (Chelsea College of Art and Design, University of the Arts London)
Nicolás Guagnini (Barnard College)
Judith Rodenbeck (Sarah Lawrence College)