Seminar: the Paris Biennial on both sides of the Iron Curtain

In the framework of the seminar “1959-1985, au prisme de la Biennale de Paris”, this session aims to discuss the symbolic, cultural and political value of the Paris Biennale from the 1950s to the 1970s, and its reception in two totalitarian contexts on both sides of the Iron Curtain: Spain and Poland.

Seminar in La Plata, Argentina. 6-7 April

The seminar Transatlantic Episodes (1950-1977): Crossings between art, politics and culture during the Cold War in Spain and Latin America will be given by Paula Barreiro López at the Faculty of Fine Arts of the Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Argentina.

Doctoral workshop – Questioning the great divide(s) during the Cold War: a tool box for a transnational history of art

Taking place in Barcelona on March 6th and 7th, this workshop proposes to share and discuss methodological and theoretical resources related to the study of cultural and intellectual practices carried out during the Cold War. It is conceived as a join working session including presentations, discussions and shared readings.

Upcoming: REG|AC on “Networks and Circulations in the Cold War”

Issue 5 of REG|AC journal on “Cold War networks and circulations: Cross-cultural Dialogues and Practices throughout the Global South (1957-1991)”, will be published in spring-summer 2018. Here is a preview of the authors and topics addressed in this special issue.

Comrades in Arms against Dictatorship – Research seminar in Edinburgh

On January 25th, Paula Barreiro López’s conference at the Edinburgh College of Art will address the processes of negotiation amongst art critics, artists and cultural agents during Late Francoism (1959–1975), highlighting questionings raised by the link between art and (left-wing( ideology.

Le défi de Caliban – Encounters and debate at ENS Paris

On 18 and 19 January 2018, Artl@s project in collaboration with other organizations, organizes the encounter “Le defi de Caliban” (Caliban’s challenge) at the ENS Paris. Addressing artistic and literary debates on “the South”, this encounter will raise the question of its definitions through the lens of creation, examining the challenges and limits of such discourses.

Ongoing – A Thousand Roaring Beasts: Display Devices for a Critical Modernity

Until March 4th, the exhibition curated by Olga Fernández López at CAAC Sevilla presents artists who try to visibilize some of the silences, misunderstandings or undeveloped possibilities of writings from the past, opening a reflection on exhibitions of the 20th century as devices for producing subjectivities, experiences and discourses.

Between diplomacy and dissidence: politics of exhibition and curatorial positioning during the Cold War

This seminar (13 December 2017 in Barcelona) aims to generate a debate around the importance of exhibition policies and curatorial practices, in order to understand the cultural dynamics of a period in which the geopolitical scene needed all the means available to transmit new stories.

Through, from, to Latin America: Networks, circulations and artistic transits from the 1960s to the present

This 2-days conference in Lisbon (27-28 November 2017) aims at opening a critical space of debate to discuss the role of different forms of dislocation – such as artistic migrations, exiles, networking, circulations of ideas and theoretical articulations, artworks and exhibitions – in the shaping of contemporary art in and beyond Latin America.

Engagement in times of revolt: the political stakes of international art criticism during the Cold War

This symposium organized in Rennes by the PRISME program in collaboration with MoDe(s) addresses the multiple crossings between the practice of criticism, art and politics since 1945, contemplating the art critic as a political actor that interacted with changing historical and geographical contexts.

Seminar: Reinventing art’s faculties : dissident art and and political militancy in the seventies

On November 7th at the Fine Arts Faculty of the Universidad Complutense in Madrid, this seminar will address the crossings between artistic experiments and political commitment during the late Francoism and the first transition in Spain.

50th Congress of the AICA in Paris

In the framework of the 50th Congress of the International Association of Art Critics (AICA) in Paris, Paula Barreiro López will take part in the panel “Paradigmatic shifts in the AICA’s history” with a lecture about Spanish art criticism in the 1960s.

Symposium “Mexican/US art and artists crossing borders” at the Smithsonian

Fabiola Martínez Rodríguez will participate in the symposium “A line that birds cannot see”: Mexican/US Art and Artists Crossing Borders in the 20th Century, organized at the Smithsonian American Art Museum on November 3rd, 2017 with the lecture “Between Figuration and Abstraction: The Cultural Cold War and Tamayo’s Art in the 1950s.”

CFP International conference “Through, From, To Latin America”. Lisbon, 27-28 November 2017

Don’t hesitate to read, share and answer to the Call for Papers for the project “Through, From, To Latin America: Networks, circulations and artistic transits from the 1960s to the present”, conceived as an international conference and a set of workshops in the field of curating, artistic practice and art history.

Workshop – Mapping international circulations

Artl@s project in collaboration with MoDe(s) organizes a two-days workshop on digital and spatial methodologies at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris, focusing on issues raised by transnational history and the study of the international circulation of objects, people, linguistic expressions and artistic reputations.

Conference by Fabiola Martínez at the seminar “Biennials of the South”, ENS Paris

On Thursday May 18th, Fabiola Martínez will give the conference “The Hemispheric Politics of Mexico’s Inter-American Biennials (1958 and 1960)”, as part of the seminar “Biennales du Sud/Biennials of the South” organized by Béatrice Joyeux-Prunel at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris.

Paula Barreiro López guest researcher with Artl@s (ENS Paris)

From April to June 2017, head researcher of MoDe(s) Paula Barreiro López is invited at the École Normale Supérieure by the labex TransferS and Béatrice Joyeux-Prunel (IHMC) to contribute to Artl@s’ activities and to its annual seminar Biennials of the South.

Presentation at La Central del Museo Reina Sofía

Next Wednesday, April 5th at 7 p.m, Paula Barreiro López will introduce her book Avant-garde Art and Criticism in Francoist Spain at La Central del Museo Reina Sofía, with the participation of Lola Jiménez-Blanco and Julián Díaz Sánchez.

Doctoral seminar Expanded histories: Ways of narrating in the cultural Cold War

This doctoral seminal proposes to reflect on the practices of narration developped through the arts during the Cold War period (1947-1991) or in relation to it. On Wednesday April 19th at the Facultad de Geografía e Historia de la Universitat de Barcelona.

New release: Avant-garde Art and Criticism in Francoist Spain by Paula Barreiro López

Paula Barreiro López’s book Avant-garde Art and Criticism in Francoist Spain (Liverpool University Press) is a contribution to the history of Spanish art in the twentieth century. It surveys the shifts in the aesthetic discourse and artistic practices that decisively influenced the shaping of the avant-garde during Franco’s dictatorship (1939-1975).

Call for Papers! Expanded histories: Ways of narrating in the cultural Cold War

This doctoral seminal proposes to reflect on the practices of narration developped through the arts during the Cold War period (1947-1991) or in relation to it. We are expecting proposals from PhD candidates to participate on April 19th, 2017 at the Faculty of Geography and History of the University of Barcelona.

Videos of the IV International Meeting on Digital Art History and Artistic Culture (Málaga, Dec. 2016)

The video recordings of the IV International Meeting on Digital Art History and Artistic Culture (December 15th to 17th, 2016, Málaga) are available online! MoDe(s) participated in the session “Digital Methodologies and Epistemological Transformations in Art-Historical Scholarship.”

Conference by Julia Ramírez Blanco in Barcelona on January 18th

Researcher Julia Ramírez Blanco will give the conference “Utopias of Revolt: Reading activist aesthetics through the lens of the social dream”, Wednesday 18 January, 1 p.m at the Facultad de Geografía e Historia de la Universitat de Barcelona.

Contribution of Jaime Vindel in the journal Re-visiones

It is now possible to read online the last issue of the journal Re-visiones, “Politics of the Image, Fictions of the Common.” Jaime Vindel contributed to the main dossier with his essay “Fictions of the “As Not”: Messianic vocations of the common for a world beyond work and aesthetics.”

MoDe(s) at the IV International Meeting on Digital Art History in Malaga

This Meeting in Malaga from December 15th to 17th, 2016 develops a forum to discuss researches and projects developed at the intersection between art historical studies, computational technologies and digital media. MoDe(s) is participating with the lecture “Exploring Digital Resources to Map Art, Counterculture and Politics during the Cold War.”

Research Seminar Canon(s) in Dispute – Conclusions

A summary of MoDe(s)’ Research Seminar of November 23rd at the Facultat de Geografía e Historia of the Universitat de Barcelona, dedicated to the notion of canon and its multiple manifestations. Among the topics, Latinamerican modern art, art in the Spanish state over the 1970s, feminist and gender perspectives questioning the canon, and more!

PRISME’s first symposium in Rennes – “Between sciences and fiction”

The first symposium of the PRISME program “Entre sciences et fiction: la critique d’art à l’épreuve des mutations technologiques” (Between sciences and fiction: art criticism proofed by technological mutations), will take place on December 1st, 2016 in Rennes, France, with the participation of MODe(s) and Paula Barreiro López.

Seminar Canon(s) in dispute: The narratives of modernity and their conflicts

On November 23rd, 2016 from 9.45 till 18, Universitat de Barcelona. This seminar seeks to deepen the specific processes through which the modern canon is created, delving also into conflictive models that attempted to challenge its legitimacy. Through the contrasted study of cases, we will seek to create a common framework of reflection on the processes of construction and deconstruction of the canon.

MoDe(s) at the Symposium “One Hundred Years of Cultural Transfer: Barcelona 1888-1992”

The International Conference “One Hundred Years of Cultural Transfer: Barcelona 1888-1992” will take place on November 24, 25 and 26, 2016 at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona. MoDe(s) reseachers Paula Barreiro Lopez (IP) and Juliane Debeusscher participate in the panel “Networks and Encounters” (25 Nov.)

A presentation from Fabiola Martínez Rodríguez at Saint Louis University Madrid

Fabiola Martínez Rodríguez will present her research project developped in the framework of MoDe(s) at Saint Louis University Madrid, Thursday 17 November: “Art and politics, politics and art in the cultural battles of the Cold War.”

Disaster: art, ethics and politics – A conversation

Juan Albarrán Diego and Carles Guerra were invited to dialogue about the issue of violence and its representations in the framework of the program “Evocations of Ruin”, which questions the absences and ethical failures of the Spanish democracy when it deals with its past of war and dictatorship

A guerrilla of things? Conference by Paula Barreiro López at Sciences Po Paris, 26 October 2016

Paula Barreiro López’s conference “Une guérilla des choses ? Objet, subversion et anti-impérialisme quand le fond de l´air était rouge” will take place in the seminar Arts et Sociétés, directed by Laurence Bertrand Dorléac at the Centre d’Histoire de Sciences Po, Wednesday 26 October 26th.

MoDe(s) participates in the International Colloquium in Geohumanities (Barcelona, 19-21 October 2016)

The Annual Colloquium of the History of geographical thought group of the Association of Spanish Geographers, organized at the Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona, ​​from 19 to 21 October 2016, will include a communication by members of MoDe(s) presenting the project’s latest developments in the field of research data visualization through GIS (Geographic Information Systems).

Report and balance of the Cold Atlantic doctoral seminar in Barcelona

(Español) El seminario predoctoral Atlántico Frío ha tenido lugar los 8 y 9 Septiembre en la Universidad de Barcelona y en el MACBA. Fueron dos jornadas de presentaciones e intercambios muy fructíferos, muchas gracias a las y los participantes por compartir sus trabajos en curso y alimentar un debate que dos días nos lograron agotar!

Closing and summary of the Cold Atlantic conference

The international conference Cold Atlantic was held from September 5th to 7th, 2016 at the Reina Sofía Museum in Madrid. Check the conference’s summary and highlights, the photo gallery and videos of the lectures and debates!

Closing of the Cold Atlantic international conference

Thank you very much to all the participants to the Cold Atlantic international conference and doctoral seminar! Five days of lectures, discussions and visits in Madrid and Barcelona. The videos of the conference will be soon available.

Cold Atlantic: Follow us in streaming!

The Cold Atlantic international conference will be launched on Monday 5 September at the Museo Reina Sofía in Madrid, with a lecture by Walter Mignolo. You can all follow the event in lifestream: the three days of conferences and debates will be broadcast.

Cold Atlantic International conference, 5-7 September 2016

The Conference will examine the artistic, cultural and aesthetic exchanges produced between the USA, Europe, Africa and Latin America during the Cold War. Keynotes by Walter Mignolo, Sarah Wilson, Andrea Giunta and Jonathan Harris. See the full programme!

Global Art Challenges: Watch the lectures

The lectures presented in the framework of the international conference Global Art Challenges. Towards an “Ecology of Knowledges” online are finally available online! You can access online to the keynote lectures of Klara Kemp-Welch, Béatrice Joyeux-Prunel and Maria Hlavajova, as well as all the interventions presented in the framework of the four panels.

Multimedia Archive: last entries

Listen to the last audio files, from MoDe(s) Research Seminar Diverging Gazes: Art, Politics, Coloniality and their Transnational Networks, held at La Casa Encendida, Madrid, in April 8th, 2016. They include a keynote lecture by Julián Díaz Sánchez (Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha) “Arte y guerra fría. Cuestiones de método”, and presentations by Inés Plasencia, Pablo…

Wifredo Lam at Reina Sofía Museum: exhibition and catalogue

Until August 15, 2016, the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid presents an important exhibition of Wifredo Lam (Sagua La Grande, 1902 – Paris, 1982), covering multiple aspects of the trajectory of the Cuban artist. The exhibition catalogue includes an essay by Paula Barreiro López.

New: MoDe(s) Multimedia Archive

Have a check at our Multimedia section! Among the research tools offered by MoDe(s), this section offers audio files of lectures and debates that took place in the framework of MoDe(s)’ Activities. Available now, the keynote lecture by Prof. Jonathan Harris and the lectures by Paula Barreiro López, Fabiola Martínez, Jaime Vindel and Laia Manonelles, presented in the framework…

CFP Doctoral Seminar Cold Atlantic

The University of Barcelona, Saint Louis University (Madrid) and the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid invite doctoral students in art history or related disciplines to participate in a doctoral seminar/workshop Cold Atlantic. Cultural War, Dissident Artistic Practices, Networks and Contact Zones at the Time of the Iron Curtain.

CFP international Conference Cold Atlantic

The international conference Cold Atlantic seeks to highlight the transatlantic exchanges between North America, Europe, Africa and Latin America bringing into the fore other hubs of artistic exchange and influence, aiming not just to de-center the Paris-New York axis, but also to foster a discussion that gives a voice to cultural expressions that were generated outside the official power structures.

Colonialism, coloniality and visual sovereignty(/ies)

In relation to the exhibition L’oeil impératif by artist Maria Ruido, this round table discussion proposes a transversal reflection on the role that the visual regime acquires in colonial and neo-colonial processes, perceived not only from the perspective of economic exploitation or political interventionism, but also as a hierarchy of thought or an epistemological hegemony.…

Contract for predoctoral fellow (PhD candidate)

The application period for a contract financing a predoctoral fellowship of the Spanish MINECO [Minesterio de Economía y Competitividad] has started. The contract is conceived for financing the postgraduate education of a PhD student within the framework of the research project Decentralized Modernities: art, politics and counterculture in the transatlantic axis during the Cold War…