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Peripheral Modernism in the Global Context: Art and Society in Taiwan

Join the UCLA-NTNU Annual Conference on Art and Society in Taiwan. 

April 24, 2020 9:00am to April 25, 2020 12:00pm
When modernism was considered a Western artistic movement, non-Western modernisms were considered derivative or belated. When modernism was considered a global movement, non-Western modernisms acquire meaning only through their relationship, whether historical or discursive, with Western modernism. Whether we take the “multiple modernisms” approach (that there are many different modernisms around the world), or “one modernism” approach (that there is one global modernism with multiple participants from different parts of the world), non-Western modernism is routinely peripheralized or pushed into insignificance. For a pacific island country such as Taiwan, which is a nation-state without an UN-recognized state status since 1971, peripheralization of its modernist art has been its enduring and persistent fate. This conference takes stock of Taiwan’s modernist art in the global context, not only in terms of the unique role it played in Asia historically, but in terms of its participation in the interconnected global art world as a co-producer of that world.
Friday, April 24, 2020 from 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday, April 25, 2020 from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Royce 314 Los Angeles, CA
The conference is part of the UCLA-National Taiwan Normal University Taiwan Initiative, and is supported by the UCLA Asia Pacific Center Taiwan Studies Program with funding from NTNU, and from the J. Yang and Family Foundation.


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