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Loyola University Chicago to Host Symposium Exploring Social Injustice’s Influence on Visual Arts and Dance
The Loyola University Chicago Department of Fine and Performing Arts will host Framing Justice: Modernism and Social Advocacy in American Visual Arts and Dance, 1929–1945 on October 14–15. The interdisciplinary symposium will explore the meanings of social injustice as it informed visual arts and dance from the Depression era through World War II.
Bringing together an international array of scholars in dance and art history, the event will study artists who celebrated American culture while voicing social protest and raising political consciousness. The symposium will consider the continued role of the arts in addressing social justice in a post-modern era through a series of panel discussions with art historians and dance scholars as well as a student dance performance exploring these themes.
The symposium aligns with the University’s five-year strategic plan, “Plan 2020: Building a More Just, Humane, and Sustainable World,” which encourages Loyola’s schools, institutes, and centers to create discipline-specific programming to engage and develop faculty members in social justice issues. For more information, visit LUC.edu/dfpa/framingjustice.
Andrew Hemingway, professor emeritus of art history at University College London, will deliver the symposium’s keynote address. Hemingway specializes in British landscape paintings and early 20th century American art interpreted through a Marxist lens. He is an acclaimed lecturer and author of numerous publications, including The Mysticism of Money: Precisionist Painting and Machine Age America.
Other featured participants include:
- Helen Langa, PhD, associate professor, art history, American University
- Susan Manning, PhD, professor, English and theatre & performance studies, Northwestern University
- Nancy G. Heller, PhD, professor, modern and contemporary art history, University of the Arts
- Lesley Main, PhD, department head, performing arts, Middlesex University
- Frances Pohl, PhD, chair and professor, art history department, Pomona College
- Ellen Graff, PhD, faculty advisor, Ailey/Fordham BFA Program, The Ailey School, and faculty, Martha Graham Dance Company
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