CONF: Political Values, Market Values, Art Values: The Ethics of American Art in the 1980s (30-31 Oct 2020, Princeton University, online)

Ethics of American Art in the 1980s
online, October 30 – 31, 2020

“Political Values, Market Values, Art Values: The Ethics of American Art in the 1980s” will gather scholars from across the United States who are actively engaged in writing the first histories of the period.

The conference is free and open to the public and will take place on Zoom. It will center around the papers of ten speakers and also include a conversation with the artist, Hans Haacke. Papers address: artworks by David Hammons and Tehching Hsieh as provocations to legal and economic systems of value; the economics of Jean-Michel Basquiat’s canonization; the politics of canonicity in the work of Tim Rollins and K.O.S.; connections and competitions between American and Western European art markets; and postmodernist and feminist critiques of representation by Louise Lawler, Jenny Holzer and Cindy Sherman.


Friday, October 30

10:00am Welcome and Introduction
Anthony Grudin
AnnMarie Perl, Princeton University

10:15am Imminent Domains: On the Legal Utility of Art
Joan Kee, University of Michigan

10:45am After Canons: The Arts and Letters of Tim Rollins and K.O.S.
Claire Grace, Wesleyan University

11:15am Between Capital and the Canon: The Case of Jean-Michel Basquiat
Jordana Moore Saggese, University of Maryland

11:45am Discussion

12:30pm Lunch break

1:40pm Introduction
AnnMarie Perl, Princeton University

1:45pm The Fall of New York and the European Comeback of the 1980s
Catherine Dossin, Purdue University

2:15pm Szene New York, 1984
Chris Reitz, University of Louisville

2:45pm Discussion

3:25pm Introduction
AnnMarie Perl, Princeton University

3:30pm Decorating with Haim Steinbach
Alex Taylor, University of Pittsburgh

4:00pm Duck Tacos with a Side of Painting: Restaurants and the Los Angeles Art World of the 1980s
Alison Pearlman, Cal Poly Pomona

4:30pm Discussion

5:10pm Introduction
Anthony Grudin
AnnMarie Perl, Princeton University

5:15pm Hans Haacke in conversation with Anthony Grudin and AnnMarie Perl
(To Be Confirmed)

Saturday, October 31

10:00am Introduction
Anthony Grudin

10:15am Enter the Barbarians: Neo-Expressionism, Picture Theory Art, Post-Appropriation, and the Spectacle and Meta-Spectacle of the 1980s—Allan McCollum, Gretchen Bender, Sarah Charlesworth, et alia
Richard Milazzo, Independent Scholar

10:45am Call and Response
Leah Pires, Brown University

11:15am No More Fun and Games: The Censorship of Cindy Sherman’s “Centerfolds”
Sarah Evans, Northern Illinois University

11:45am Discussion

More information about the conference as well as the link for registration, can be found on the conference website:

Princeton University
Admission: Free and open to the public.
Organized by AnnMarie Perl, Princeton University and Anthony Grudin.

Sponsored by Princeton University’s Department of Art and Archaeology, University Center for Human Values, Council of Humanities and Program in American Studies.