"The Global Work of the Prestige Exhibition," Universities Art Association of Canada Conference
Abstr. due: 01.05.2018
Dates: 25.10.18 — 27.10.18
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Organizers: Universities Art Association of Canada
The prestige exhibition of the 1970s has been called many things: the state-sponsored loan exhibition, the détente show, the foreign-policy exhibition, the treasure exhibition, and the blockbuster. In Canada, government officials argued (invariably with reference to the divergent aims of the National Gallery’s international program), that the prestige exhibition provided a means of promoting Canada’s political and cultural relations abroad. Participation in prominent international art exhibitions was important in promoting a nation's international orientation, but attention to countries that played a leading role in contemporary Western art was only one part of “the development of cultural relations on a global basis.” This session invites papers that address the prestige exhibition as an international exhibition type and explore its place in developing global cultural relations, past and present. We welcome contributions that critically assess the role of these shows in defining national patrimonies against objects of “outstanding universal value” identified by UNESCO as integral to “world cultural heritage.” Diverse geographic and disciplinary perspectives are welcome.