Circulaire 26

Dear Friends and Colleagues, 

Last month, Karen Kurczynski (Assistant Professor of Art History, University of Massachusetts, Amherst) organized the second Epcaf panel at the annual conference of the College Art Association that took place in New York. 

The panel which features Axel Heil (artist, Fluid Studio/Professor of Experimental Transfer Processes, Art Academy of Karlsruhe), Brenda Zwart (Independent Curator, Zwart Projects, Amsterdam), Steven Jacobs (Assistant Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art, Department of Art, Music, and Theater Studies, Ghent University, Belgium), and Janna Schoenberger (Core Faculty Member, Amsterdam University College/PhD Candidate, City University of New York) was, I heard, a great success. We want to thank Karen for putting together such a wonderful session. 

As already mentioned, Lily Woodruff will chair the 2016 Epcaf panel at CAA with a panel on Geometric Abstraction, Op, and Kinetic Art in Transnational Perspective (see the call for paper for this session below). The deadline for proposals of papers and presentations for the conference is Friday, May 8, 2015. 

You can access the complete call for paper for the next CAA at: 

Also note that we will soon be seeking proposals from our members for the 2017 Epcaf panel at the CAA Conference, which will take place in . So if you are interested in chairing the EPCAF panel, you may start thinking about possible topics. 

Finally, at the CAA’s Affiliated Societies Meetings last month, the need for feedback from AC Committee on rejected sessions was discussed. Many affiliated societies vet the sessions that are submitted by their associations and select those they designate as the best in relation to their field. These pre-vetted sessions should not be included in the AC Committee peer review process since there is no reason to double vet them. It was suggested that all pre-vetted sessions should just be accepted by the AC Committee thus giv- ing weight to the decisions that the affiliates make for their own associations. So we will see what happens… 

Yours sincerely, Catherine Dossin

Epcaf President : 

European Postwar and Contemporary Art Forum 

Geometric Abstraction, Op, and Kinetic Art in Transnational Perspective 

Lily Woodruff, Michigan State University; and Daniel Quiles, School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Email: and 

During the 1950s and 1960s Geometric Abstraction, Op art, and kinetic art flourished as international styles that linked artists across the globe. These practices were animated by socialist and phenomenologi- cal discourses that appealed to visual perception and interactivity as ways to democratize artistic culture. Eliminating elite cultural references, these artists aimed to train or stimulate perception as a gateway to- ward broader viewer participation. Recent scholarship has brought attention to how these rationalized visual languages became prominent outside of the North Atlantic due to the internationalization of a net- work of artists and collectives. Has the appeal to the eye been accompanied, however, by universalist as- sumptions that flatten local particularities? We encourage papers that demonstrate how Geometric, Op, and kinetic practices connect or break with the historical avant-gardes, while situating their innovations within broader social constellations such as urbanism, cybernetics, and labor. 



Proposals for participation in sessions should be sent directly to the appropriate session chair(s). If a ses- sion is cochaired, a copy should be sent to each chair, unless otherwise indicated. Every proposal should include the following five items:
1. Completed session participation proposal form, located at the end of this pdf, or an email with the re- quested information. 

2. Preliminary abstract of one to two double-spaced, typed pages.
3. Letter explaining speaker’s interest, expertise in the topic, and CAA membership status.
4. CV with home and office mailing addresses, email address, and phone and fax numbers. Include sum- mer address and telephone number, if applicable.
5. Documentation of work when appropriate, especially for sessions in which artists might discuss their own work. 

The 2016 Annual Conference will be held in Washington, DC, Wednesday–Saturday, February 3–6, 2016. Sessions are scheduled for two and a half hours. Chairs develop sessions in a manner that is appropriate to the topics and participants of their sessions. A characteristic, though certainly not standard, format in- cludes four or five presentations of twenty minutes each, amplified by audience participation or by a dis- cussant’s commentary. 

More information at: