UP Vargas Museum

New Directions in Art Studies

New Directions in Art Studies

The Second Art Studies conference aims to chart emergent directions in art writing, pedagogy, criticism and production of Philippine art. The latter is broadly conceived, from the visual and literary to the architectural and performative and on to the hypermediated. While the 2002 Art Studies conference reflected on discourses that have shaped writing on Philippine art, this conference maps out new disciplinal streams and modes of studying Philippine art. As such, it is seen as a platform of inquiry situating Philippine art studies in a critically interpretive and interrogative space. While the reflexive posture that the conference takes signals the act of looking back, it also intimates possibilities and directions, and aims to form coherent signposts and productive engagements for scholars, researchers and artists alike, in the future.

The conference explores the following themes:
• Production of knowledge about Philippine art

• Systems sustaining dominant knowledge of Philippine art

• Art and the everyday – revisiting the links between art and life

• Spaces of pedagogy and spaces of critique

• Art practice as pedagogical possibility

• Tracing disciplinal orientations in art studies and humanities

• Curriculum building and textbook writing in the Humanities

Curatorial Practice
• Exhibitions as dialogical platforms

• Curatorial models that challenge the notion of an art ‘center’

• Curation and pedagogy

• Curation and aesthetic debates: Variant modes of art reception

• Collaborative curatorial practice

• Curation and the production of contemporary art history

• Curation, institutions, and art markets

Local Art Writing and Criticism

• Local art writing and their specific discourses

• Local criticism and regional, global resonances

• Knowledge production and local art writing in relation to the
question of aesthetics

• Modes of circulation and audience formation

• Is art history global?

• Theory of art in the Philippines

Disciplinal Intersections
• New studies in Philippine art and society

• Formation of disciplinal nodes and networks via
disciplinal intersections

• Mapping creative, multi-disciplinal modes of inquiry
and responses

• Interdisciplinal trajectories
• Methods in global art history or history of global art

• Art and social movements (class, gender, ecology,
ethnicity, spirituality)
Art historians, researchers, curators, artists and art administrators engaged in various art forms and whose works explore these themes and related issues are invited to send proposals for individual presentations. Proposals should include title and abstract of 250 words, contact details and institutional affiliation. Conference fee is P2, 500.00 and includes a copy of conference proceedings, light snacks and dinner. Early bird registration is P1, 800.00 until 15 December 2009.

Inquiries and registrations of interest thru artstudiesnewdirections@gmail.com or the following conference conveners:
Prof. Cecilia S. Dela Paz Prof. Patrick D. Flores, PhD Prof. Tessa Maria T. Guazon

Department of Art Studies, College of Arts and Letters Faculty Center Room 2092 University of the Philippines-Diliman 1101 Quezon City; (+632-9270581 / +632-9818500 local 2115)

15 December 2009 Deadline for submission of proposals

30 December 2009 Notification for accepted proposals

30 December 2009 Deadline for conference registration

30 January 2010 Submission of full papers


About Jorge B. Vargas Museum

It aims to preserve its collection donated by Jorge B. Vargas and conducts research, exhibitions, publications, and educational programs. The Vargas Museum and Filipiniana Research Center houses a museum, archives, and library devoted to the Philippine history, art, and culture from the late 19th century until the post-war era. Its main beneficiaries are students, faculty, researchers and scholars of the Philippines and Asia.


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Devour | Fish Talks is a roundtable discussion among humans on anything about fish, from experiential, anthropological, ecological, scientific, or philosophical perspectives. The activity is open to public participation at the 3F North Wing Gallery of Vargas Museum. Participants are enjoined to bring and sit on their own chairs during the discussion. The chairs can be received by the museum prior to the day and may be kept with the participants' consent as part of the "Fish Talks" artwork until 1 December.

For this event, we invited Dr. Rhodora Azanza, and Dr. Arnel “AA” Yaptinchay.

Dr. Rhodora Azanza (fondly known as The Red Tide Lady) is a Professor Emeritus at the Marine Science Institute, and first woman Dean of the College of Science, University of the Philippines. She is an Academician of the National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST), and she was among the eleven awardees honored by the UP Alumni Association with Lifetime Distinguished Achievements in 2013. She received the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Outstanding Research and Development Award for Applied Research/ Julian A. Banzon Medal for her projects that aimed to develop technology for the detection and mitigation of Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) or red tides in 2014. She was presented with the 2015 Pantas Award by the DOST’s Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD), and served as the former Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs (Linkages), and the director of the Office International Linkages of the university. 
Dr. AA Yaptinchay has been involved in marine biodiversity conservation in the Philippines for over twenty years. He is the director and founder of the conservation NGO, Marine Wildlife Watch of the Philippines after having worked with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Biodiversity Management Bureau as a biologist and WWF-Philippines as their Species Conservation Program Director. He has a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree from the University of the Philippines and earned his Master’s Degree in Aquatic Tropical Ecology from Bremen University, Germany. Devour | Katti Sta. Ana at the 3F Galleries runs until 1 December 2017. For tours, please send an e-mail to vargasmuseum@gmail.com. We will have two activities at the exhibition next week. Check our Facebook for more details. ADVISORY: The museum will be closed on Monday as usual, and on Tuesday and Wednesday due to the ASEAN 2017 non-working holidays. We resume operations on Thursday, 16 November. We thank Dr. Judy Taguiwalo and Renz Lee for Green Go Home: The Necessity of Protest yesterday. Lisa Ito will be moderating another conversation, Green Go Home: From Aklasan to Bungkalan with Angie Ipong and Iggy Rodriguez next Friday, 17 November. Grrrl Gang Manila joins the Green Go Home project through a Grrrl Meet #5! on 18 November. Please check the event pages for updates and resources. DEVOUR by Katti Sta Ana is on view at the 3F Galleries until 1 December 2017. We thank everyone who attended the evening reception. The exhibition at the Vargas coincides with Paglulual International Ceramic Art Project 2017 at the U.P. College of Fine Arts.

The evening reception was graced by a performance by Boyet De Mesa and Rabu Barroco based on the Sta. Ana's Dog-Eat-Dog pieces. 
Other activities for the show:

21 Nov, TUESDAY, 9am-5pm

Collaborative wall drawing session at the Dog-Eat-Dog area of North Wing Gallery with Manuel Heraña, Boyet Montejo, Ritchie Rodulfo, and Kevin Roque (selected UP College of Fine Arts freshmen)

24 Nov, FRIDAY, 2-4pm

FISH TALKS: a roundtable discussion of humans on anything about fish from experiential, anthropological, ecological, scientific, or philosophical perspectives. This is open to the public. Participants are enjoined to bring and sit on their own chairs during the discussion. The chairs can be received by the museum prior to the day and may be kept with the participants' consend as part of the Fish Talks artwork until 1 December, as symbols of persons' stakes on the issue. 

Artist Apprentices: Pam Quinto, Jezzel Lorraine Wee, Raffy Ugaddan, and Raymond Escoto Carlos

Artist Volunteers:

Rosa Mirasol Melencio, Lui Gonzales, Aileen Viñas, Zee Aquilizan, Precious Pareño, and Raha Rodriguez 
Special thanks from the artist are given to Jose Tence Ruiz, Reynel dela Rosa, Marco Rosario, Rita Badilla-Gudino, Leo Abaya, Yasmin Almonte Lantz, Rey Concepcion, Penny Bencito, Froilan Sta. Ana, and Roberto Acosta. Do We Dream Under The Same Sky?

From #TomasVu and #RirkritTiravanija's Green Go Home project at the 1F Galleries. Later at 3pm, visual artist Renz Lee and former DSWD Secretary Dr. Judy Taguiwalo initiate a conversation titled "The Necessity of Protest." Lisa Ito will moderate the activity.

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