Picturing Tomorrow: Future-directed Imagination in American Art

Posted on March 11, 2020


March 19, 2020


How do we understand the concept of the future? Is it inevitable and shaped by a long sequence of events and interconnected chance occurrences? Or do we conceive of it as something that is determined by our actions and decisions in the present day? Is it a pure potentiality, a promise of a radically different world and yet unimaginable existence? Or is it something that is forever unreachable, something that defines our experience of the present as a perpetual state of deferral and transience?

Historically, these questions have inspired a range of political, cultural, and discursive formulations that have informed different, period-specific concepts of the future. This study day explores the trajectory of future-directed imagination in American art by bringing together scholars, whose work focuses on the variety of strategies, devices, and definitions that artists used for the concept of the future.

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Location : 
Université Paris Nanterre
Salle F352
Bâtiment Simone Veil (F)
92001 Nanterre 

Organized by Tatsiana Zhurauliova

Terra Foundation for American Art Postdoctoral Research and Teaching Fellow at the Fondation de l’Université Paris Nanterre / Associate Researcher in American Art and Transatlantic Exchanges, HAR, Université Paris Nanterre and LARCA, Université de Paris




This event is free and open to the public. It will be held in French and English.