Schedule

Symposium on February 16-17, 2018
University of Iowa

Join us as we celebrate the history of Dada and neo-Dada/Fluxus on campus with the Dada Futures symposium, held in tandem with a UI Museum of Art exhibition. Events highlight how museums, libraries, universities, and the general public have shaped our understanding of these and other avant-gardes. Through a hybrid format of keynote addresses, themed panels, film screenings, and group discussions held on campus and downtown, we consider the power of interdisciplinary art and research evident in UI’s past, and aim to develop practices that will sustain its future. This symposium accompanies the collaboratively curated exhibition at the UIMA@IMU of the same name that runs from 28 January – 10 June 2018.

Free and open to the public 

Friday 2/16 

Sessions at Art Building West, 141 North Riverside Drive and at FilmScene, 118 E College St, Iowa City, IA 52240

8:30 am           Coffee in the Art Building West Atrium

9 am                Fluxus, Material Matters – ABW 240

Introductory remarks:

Jennifer Buckley, Assistant Professor, English, University of Iowa 

Keynote Introduction:
Stephen Voyce, Associate Professor, English, University of Iowa

Keynote: Can a Virgin Microbe Have a History?”

Jed Rasula, Helen S. Lanier Distinguished Professor of English, University of Georgia

10:30 am         Panel: Activating Dada: Archives and Exhibitions in ABW 240

Moderator: Craig Adcock, Professor, Art History, University of Iowa

Jordan Amirkhani, Assistant Professor of Art History, University of Tennessee, Chattanooga. “Francis Picabia in the Archives”
Dalia Judovitz, NEH Professor of French, Emory University. “Duchamp’s Temporal Machinations and the Postmodern”
Adina Kamien, Senior Curator of Modern Art at the Israel Museum, Jerusalem. “Replicas in Circulation: The Israel Museum’s Dada and Surrealist Collection, Display and Research”

12 pm              Lunch provided for participants in Art Building West Atrium 

1:30 pm           Panel: Engendering Dada in ABW 240 

Moderator: Jill Holaday, PhD Candidate, Art History, University of Iowa

Jenny Anger, Professor of Art History, Grinnell College. “Invisible Merzbau”
Nell Andrew, Associate Professor of Art History, University of Georgia. “Sophie Taeuber’s Dada Transformations”

3 pm                Dada film screening and discussion at FilmScene

Moderator: Ruedi Kuenzli, Emeritus Professor, English, University of Iowa

7:30 pm                Keynote in ABW 240

Keynote Introduction:

Joyce Tsai, Clinical Associate Professor, College of Education and Curator, University of Iowa Museum of Art

Keynote:  “Fluxus, Material Matters”

Christine Mehring, Professor and Chair of Art History, University of Chicago

Saturday 2/17

Sessions at Iowa Memorial Union, UI Main Library

8:30 am          Coffee at the Iowa Memorial Union, Iowa Theater

9 am               Keynote in Iowa Memorial Union, Iowa Theater, Room 166

Keynote Introduction:

Timothy Shipe, Curator, International Dada Archive, Special Collections, University of Iowa Libraries; Editor, Dada/Surrealism

Keynote: “The Dada Text and the Landscape of War”

Timothy Benson, The Robert Gore Rifkind Center for German Expressionism, LACMA

10:15 am         Panel: Dada Communities Expanded, Iowa Memorial Union, Iowa Theater, Room 166

Moderator: Anca Roncea, MFA Candidate, Iowa Writer’s Workshop, University of Iowa

Roger Rothman, Samuel H. Kress Professor in Art History, Bucknell University. “Between Fluxus and the Situationist Internationale: Jochen Gerz’s Postsachen”
Thomas Haakenson, Associate Professor of Critical Studies and Visual Studies, California College of the Arts. “Transnational Dada”
Bill Freind, Associate Professor of English, Rowan University. “Black Mask, Up Against the Wall Motherfuckers, and the Avant Garde in the 1960s”

12:00pm          Lunch on your own

1:15 pm           UI’s Dada and Fluxus Collections, Iowa Memorial Union, Iowa Theater, Room 166

Kathryn Floyd, Associate Professor of Art and Art History, Auburn University. “Dada Unshelved: Exhibiting Dada Publications in 1978”
Brett Van Hoesen, Associate Professor of Art History, University of Nevada, Reno. Dada Spectrum and Its Legacy”

The session concludes by migrating to the Richey Ballroom, third floor of the Iowa Memorial Union for the exhibition-based study session.

2 pm                Study session: ‘Dada Futures’ exhibition at the UIMA@IMU, Richey Ballroom

                        Participants will have an opportunity to discuss the Dada Futures exhibition collectively with organizers Joyce Tsai, Jen Buckley, Tim Shipe, and Stephen Voyce.

4 pm                Roundtable: From Microfilm to Digital Surrogates: Histories and futures of avant-garde repositories at the UI Main Library, Digital Scholarship and Research Studio

Ruedi Kuenzli, Emeritus Professor, English, University of Iowa
Timothy Shipe, Curator, International Dada Archive, Special Collections, University of Iowa Libraries; Editor, Dada/Surrealism
Stephen Voyce, Associate Professor, English, University of Iowa
Hannah Scates Kettler, Digital Humanities Research & Instruction Librarian in the Digital Scholarship & Publishing Studio, University of Iowa
Kurt Beals, Assistant Professor of German, Washington University, St. Louis