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Warren Gerds/Critic at Large: UWGB event focuses on artists’ periodicals

The early June symposium will draw from afar.

PHOTO: This is the cover from a 1977 edition of a journal for artists, “The Dumb Ox.”

GREEN BAYWis. (WFRV) – Alert for visual artists: A symposium at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay next month will pore over magazines, journals, etc., that intrigue artists and stir imaginations and conversations – and you’re invited.

The unique event will be held June 2-4 on campus, 2420 Nicolet Drive.

According to a university news release, “The Territories of Artists’ Periodicals” is an international symposium that seeks to provide a venue for dialogue between researchers, artists, publishers, archivists, librarians and others interested in artists’ periodicals so as to bring into focus the many issues and themes that make up the contents of the publications.

According to Stephen Perkins, conference co-organizer and curator of UWGB’s Lawton Gallery, the event is the first symposium of its kind devoted to artists’ periodicals in the United States. “Artists’ periodicals are part of a larger movement in which experimental artists began seeking new venues to show their experimental and conceptual artworks, and these periodicals provided an alternative printed matter space in which to showcase these works. They can be distinguished from traditional art periodicals because rather than being sites for the reproduction of artworks, artists’ periodicals function as the primary sites for the realization and production of artworks. The periodical format itself becomes the artistic medium.”

Perkins is co-organizing the symposium with Marie Boivent, a faculty member at the Universite of Rennes, France.

Presenters and attendees include individuals from Italy, the United Kingdom and across the United States. The conference will include a Skype interview with artist Felipe Ehrenberg, who lives and works in Brazil.

Registration for the three-day conference costs $25. Perkins said that makes the event an affordable option for members of the campus and greater Green Baycommunities who wish to learn more about the medium.

Perkins said, “We hope to explore the characteristics of these periodicals and begin to sketch out a topology and history of these fascinating publications. Participants to the symposium will also have access to a substantial archive of artists’ periodicals, which will also provide a locus for discussion.”

The idea for the symposium arose last summer, the result of correspondence and collaboration between Perkins and Boivent, both of whom wrote their Ph.D. dissertations on the subject of artists’ periodicals. Perkins said the event was international in scope from the beginning, and individuals from a number of countries submitted proposals for consideration. The symposium will include presentations and panel discussions on myriad aspects of artists’ periodicals.

Perkins blogs about artists’ periodicals at artistsperiodicals.blogspot.com/.

For more information about the symposium, interested parties may contact Perkins or Boivent at symposium.artistsperiodicals@gmail.com. Registration is available online at outreach.uwgb.edu/ei/getdomo.ei?id=37&s=_3K0IF8TU.

You may email me at warren.gerds@wearegreenbay.com. Watch for my on-air features on WFRV between 6 and 8 a.m. Sundays.

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