Welcome to Fall 2017


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I am deeply honored to be serving as the incoming Director of the Arts Research Center; as a long-time faculty affiliate and former Interim Director, I have personally witnessed how ARC’s varied activities stimulate conversation and collegiality across campus and beyond.

For the upcoming year, I want to emphasize the word research, and have programmed a series of events that focus on how arts research is pursued via multiple, often experimental formats. How does artistic practice itself function as a mode of research? How do curators grapple with history and make it legible through visual arguments? How does hands-on making, or dancing, or poetry writing, create new kinds of bodily archives? And how does academic scholarship on the arts account for alternative, frequently politically urgent methods of inquiry?

Throughout its talks and workshops in 2017-18, ARC will be bringing together students, scholars, curators, and artists to engage with these questions—I look forward to seeing you there!


Julia Bryan-Wilson
Director, Arts Research Center
Professor, History of Art


Upcoming Event: Movement as Research: October 18th


RawlsCursors: Undoing Bodies Moved by Language
Artist Talk with Will Rawls
Response by Tonika Sealy-Thompson (Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies)

Wednesday, October 18 at 5:30 pm
308A Doe Library (map)

What moves us, writes us, and undoes us? Rawls reflects on his research-based practice of interrogating the matter of marked bodies and the tools of language. Reflecting on his current collaboration with poet Claudia Rankine, and his practices in multiple media, Rawls speculates on the social and aesthetic dimensions of how a racial imaginary operates in his choreographic work.

To learn more, click here.


Now Online: In Terms of Performance, a keywords anthology for contemporary cultural practice


In Terms of Performance is a keywords anthology designed to provoke discovery and generate shared literacies across disciplines. It features essays and interviews from more than 50 prominent artists, curators, presenters, and scholars who reflect on common yet contested terms in contemporary cultural practice. The publication is produced by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, Philadelphia and the Arts Research Center and is co-edited by Shannon Jackson, director of the Arts Research Center, and Paula Marincola, executive director of the Pew Center. To read the free publication online, please see here.