May 2022, PRAGUE: Opening Symposium and Seminar I

The Opening symposium Divided by the Iron Curtain — Connected through Art Historical Inquiry combines a public event and closed-door internal sessions with the aim to assess the current state of research as reflected in the work of symposium speakers and project participants; forge connections and initiate networking, as well as publicize the broad topic for a wider audience.

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May 13-14, 2022, Location: Prague

Technologické centrum Mikulandská of the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design  
UMPRUM (Mikulandská 134/5, 110 00 Prague 1 – Nové Město)
Screening Hall

DAY 1: May 13 (Friday): Opening of the symposium​
5.30 pm

Coffee, tea & Welcome

6 – 7.30 pm

Roundtable discussion with contributors to the volume
Hot Art, Cold War—Southern and Eastern European Writing on American Art


Karel Císař (UMPRUM, Prague)

Stefana Djokić (University of Edinburgh)

Filip Lipiński (Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań)

Oliver Sukrow (Vienna University of Technology)


John Jay Curley (Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem)

7.30 – 9 pm

Drinks reception

DAY 2: May 14 (Saturday): “Divided by the Iron Curtain…”
12 —1.15 pm

Symposium panel 1   


Katalin Székely (Blinken OSA / Central European University, Budapest) — John Cage Behind the Iron Curtain

Magdalena Nieslony (University of Vienna) — The Problem of Language in Polish and American Time-Based Media of the 1970s

Chair: Beáta Hock (GWZO, Leipzig)

1.30—3 pm

Lunch break

1.30—3 pm

Symposium panel 2 


Angelina Lucento (Helsinki) — Eastern European Socialism and the Politics of Black Art in the 1960s and 1970s

Radina Vučetić (Belgrade) — Coca-Cola Socialism in Yugoslavia

Chair: Tomáš Pospiszyl (Academy of Fine Arts, Prague)

5—6.30 pm

Keynote talk and Q&A


Filip Lipiński (Poznań): Polish Abstract Painting in the 1950s and 1960s Revisited: The Question of the American “Influence” and Reception