CIHA 2016 in Beijing

34th World Congress of Art History

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The What and Where of “Other” in Exhibitions and Biennales in Regions and the World

Session 14 The Other and the Foreign: Contact, Curiosity, and Creative Exchange

Ringling College of Art & Design


My paper examines the creative exchange among artists and art communities at international exhibitions and biennials. It proposes that such exchanges have led to artistic and cultural expression from areas of the world considered “other” to each other and outside of the mainstream. The concept of “other” has partly evolved from three exhibitions I discuss as well as a number of biennials. Since 1895 with the beginning of the Venice Biennale, artists from divergent cultures have exhibited works to large numbers of viewers where connecting “others” has been a primary outcome. Unlike Venice, where major Western countries were the central focus for much of the 20th century, in newer biennials in Sao Paulo, Havana, Shanghai, and Sharjah, more so-called “third world” countries have participated and awareness of the “other” has been more fully realized. 


Ann Albritton (Ph.D. from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York) teaches Contemporary Issues in Art as well as Latin American art history and Visual Arts of the African Diaspora at the Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida. For two years she chaired the International Committee of the College Art Association where she worked with CAA and the Getty to bring in art history scholars from around the world to the annual meetings. She is now serving on the Committee on Diversity Practices of CAA and chairs the Contemporary Art Working Group for the Cumulus International Association of Universities and Colleges of Art, Design, and Media. Ms. Albritton writes contemporary art criticism for Sculpture Magazine and is currently writing a book on global art history with Gwen Farrelly of the Rhode Island School of Design.