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About the project

Generously supported by the DAAD, this conference brings together Canadian and European scholars, theorists, and curators of contemporary art who will present and debate the topic “Tainted Goods: Contemporary Sculpture and the Critique of Display Cultures in Germany and Europe.” The conference is being convened by Prof. Daniel Adler (Visual Arts/Canadian Centre for German and European Studies at York University) and Barbara Fischer (Director, Visual Studies: Curatorial Studies and Executive Director/Chief Curator of the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, University of Toronto), and will be held in Toronto, May 10-11, 2012.

The first presentation, a keynote lecture by Prof. Diedrich Diederichsen, will take place in the early evening on Thursday, May 10th at historic Hart House, located on the downtown St. George campus of the University of Toronto. The bulk of the conference will be held at York University on Friday, May 11th. The full-day program on 11 May will be divided into two sessions, in the morning and afternoon. The program at York and the keynote lecture are free and open to the public. However, advanced registration for this event is required.

Primary sponsors: German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the Centre for German and European Studies at York University, the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, and the Curatorial Studies Program at the University of Toronto

Other sponsors: Office of Research, Office of the Provost and the Faculty of Fine Arts, York University