Terra Foundation-supported Events

Conference: “’Human Systems’ as Cultural Ready-mades: The Work of Douglas Huebler”

Douglas Huebler (1924–1997) is one of the key figures in American conceptual art, and yet his work has received little attention from art historians. This is largely due to the fact that the artist’s work is quite singular and, in many respects, at odds with the dominant tenets of conceptual art. This conference—to take place October 24, 2014, at Université Catholique de Louvain and on October 31, 2014, at Université Rennes II—will bring together an international group of scholars to examine the artist’s oeuvre within and beyond the context of conceptual art. By reassessing the 1960s and 1970s from the standpoint of Huebler’s work, participants will address major artistic issues rarely tackled in scholarship concerning conceptual art, such as the work’s relation to history or fiction, issues of identity and identification, and the dynamic between systematic control and chance.

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