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Imagining Borderless Art Histories: Vagabond Tactics and the Public Good
To address the challenges of devising adequate world/global/planetary frameworks for studying art in a radically expanded field of objects and practices, in the current political situation with its accelerating climate crises, Professor Claire Farago (University of Colorado, Boulder; CMRS Associate) examines the usefulness of new borderless organizational concepts such as porosity, family resemblance, scale, topography, and topology. Focusing on links between now and the so-called medieval and early modern era (ca. 800-1800), it engages with critical efforts to rethink the history of art and material culture by studying trading networks, signifying systems, collecting practices, artisanal epistemologies, and other transcultural phenomena that emphasize the mobility of people and artifacts, and the complexity of agencies involved in their interactions.
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Funding for CMRS Roundtables is provided by the Armand Hammer Endowment for the UCLA Center for Medieval & Renaissance Studies.
Caption: Omar Victor Diop, Self-Portrait as Albert Badin, 1750-1822, Swedish court butler and formerly enslaved person whose name means “trickster”.