CFP: Significant Findings: Object- And Archives-Based Assessments of US Art (Colonial-1945) (CAA Conference, NYC, 15-18 Feb 2023)

Today scholars on art created in the US from the colonial era through 1945, grapple with new theoretical and ontological inquiries—especially as we reckon anew with the nation’s history of imperialism, racism, colonization, and societal and gender inequities. However, the field continues to benefit from an object-centric and evidence-based art history.

Deadline: 31 Aug 2022

This session seeks papers that address the significance of object-based study and art documentation as a means of thinking critically about US art from this time period. In what ways can studies of object materiality and archival resources contribute to perspectives on US art and the US identity, encompassing issues such as social justice, ecocritical awareness, transparency, and cultural humility? How do concerns contended with by Americanists through World War II differ from those addressed by postwar historians?

This is an on-location live session that will take place at the 111th annual conference, in New York, NY, February 15–18, 2023

Session co-chairs:
Betty Krulik (project manager of the Willard Metcalf Catalogue Raisonné, forthcoming:
Lisa N. Peters (author of the John Henry Twachtman Catalogue Raisonné, published by the Greenwich Historical Society:

To submit, please send your proposal via email to the chairs before August 31, 2022 
Betty Krulik: Lisa N. Peters:

1. Completed proposal form (, including your Presentation Abstract (250 words maximum, single paragraph preferred) and a Statement (up to 100 words) explaining why your proposal is a good fit for this session2. A shortened CV (maximum two pages)
3. (Optional) in a single PDF, up to five images you expect to address.