Cold Atlantic. Cultural War, Dissident Artistic Practices, Networks and Contact Zones at the Time of the Iron Curtain

Equipo Crónica. El realismo socialista y el Pop Art en el campo de batalla (Socialist Realism and Pop Art in the Battle Field), 1969. Painting, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía collection. Long-term loan of Manuel Valdés, 2010
Equipo Crónica. El realismo socialista y el Pop Art en el campo de batalla (Socialist Realism and Pop Art in the Battle Field), 1969. Painting, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía collection. Long-term loan of Manuel Valdés, 2010

The international conference Cold Atlantic will examine the artistic, cultural and aesthetic exchanges produced between the USA, Europe, Africa and Latin America during the Cold War. The aim is to highlight the axes of alignment and artistic exchange between the geopolitically minor actors that were trapped inside the huge theatrical strategy from this period. The conference, which will be conducted through round-table discussions, lectures and dialogue, organised through an open international process, looks to recover relatively unstudied nodes of cultural influence and dissemination in its aim to decentralise the Paris-New York axis that still dominates and is ubiquitous in studies on the Cold War and its artistic incarnations, thus fostering discussion that grants a voice to the forms of cultural expression that materialised outside official power structures.

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Date:
September 5 - 7, 2016
Organized by:
Museo Reina Sofía, Saint Louis University, Universidad de Barcelona and Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
Location:
Nouvel Building, Auditorium
In collaboration with:
Terra Foundation for American Art

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