IAS at CAA

Our affiliation with the College Art Association (CAA) grants the privilege of hosting one 90-minute session every year. To propose a session, see our submission guidelines for eligibility requirements and submission instructions below under Upcoming Conferences. This page also includes information on current and past IAS participation at CAA.

Current Conference

106th College Art Association Annual Conference, Los Angeles, 21-24 February 2018
The IAS is sponsoring the following session at CAA 2018:

“Processi italiani: Examining Process in Postwar Italian Art, 1945-1980”

Dominant narratives in modern and contemporary art history have long positioned the 1960s Italian avant-garde Arte Povera – a movement known for ephemeral practices, informalist aesthetics, and “deskilled” procedures – as a subset of process art and post-minimalism, ascribing Italian innovations to movements better associated with British and American artists. This Anglo-Americentric reading, however, does not account for the rich experimentation in artistic process in Italian art throughout the post-WWII period or for the distinctly Italian concerns thereof. These concerns include the politics of artistic labor during the Italian labor movement, the turn to process art as a politicized response to the cultural geopolitics of object-based practices, and the significance of process-focused rather than product-focused art in the post-fascist state, to name a few. Indeed, closer examination of process in Arte Povera – and postwar Italian art, more broadly – distinguishes the work of Italian artists from that of their ostensive American and British counterparts. At a moment of renewed attention to postwar Italian art and culture, especially within American and British scholarship and institutions, this problem is particularly pressing, calling for a revisitation of process in postwar Italian art and revision of postwar art history, in turn.

To that end, this panel invites papers that examine process as a critical site of creative practice in postwar Italian art. Especially welcome are papers that consider process as a distinctive problem or politicized site of Italian artistic practice from 1945 to 1980. Topics might include, among others: the reconfiguration of design in the contro-design movement and vanguard groups such as the Gruppo N; the implementation of the artisanal and craft in the postwar Italian avant-garde; paper practices in Italian radical architecture; the reconceptualization of artistic work and the Italian labor movement; and ephemeral practices in Arte Povera.

Paper Proposals:

Abstracts of 200 to 250 words should be submitted by 14 August 2017 to session chair Tenley Bick. Applicants should submit the following with their paper proposals: completed CAA session participation proposal form, short CV, and email explaining your interest in the session, expertise in the topic, and availability during the conference.


Past IAS Sessions at CAA

2017 105th College Art Association Annual Conference, New York
2016 104th College Art Association Annual Conference, Washington, D.C.

2014 102nd College Art Association Annual Conference, Chicago

2013 101st College Art Association Annual Conference, New York
2012 100th College Art Association Annual Conference, Los Angeles
2011 99th College Art Association Annual Conference, New York
2010 98th College Art Association Annual Conference, Chicago