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Date: Sunday April 21, 2013, 9:30 am – 5:00 pm
Venue: Museum of Modern Art

Contemporary Art in Cambodia: A Historical Inquiry is a one-day academic symposium with renowned scholars, curators, and artists. Some have argued that Cambodia has emerged from a post-conflict society into an era of social, economic, and political transformation. This symposium will focus on a dimension of its cultural transformation as it has been manifested in a burgeoning contemporary arts scene within the last decade. Through inquiries into broader artistic, cultural, and aesthetic practices, various scholars and arts practitioners will speak to historical trajectories of contemporary art practice in Cambodia and its positioning in narratives of art history. By building a critical dialogue that will interrogate the way the field is being shaped, the symposium aims to strengthen the foundation for more thorough investigations into Cambodia’s recent art historical developments.

Speakers & Discussants include: Leeza Ahmady, Independent Curator, Ahmady Arts and Director, Asian Contemporary Art Week (ACAW), Asia Society; Pamela N. Corey, Doctoral Candidate, History of Art & Visual Studies, Cornell University; Iftikhar Dadi, Department Chair, Department of Art, Cornell University; Jane DeBevoise, Chair, Asia Art Archive in America; Erin Gleeson, Curator, Artistic Director, SA SA BASSAC; Roger Nelson, PhD candidate, The University of Melbourne, independent curator; Kaja McGowan, Associate Professor, History of Art & Visual Studies, Cornell University; Lorraine Peterson, Assistant Professor, Asian Studies, Cornell University; Nora Taylor, Professor, Art History, Theory & Criticism, School of the Art Institute of Chicago; Ashley Thompson, Associate Professor, Fine Art, History of Art & Cultural Studies, University of Leeds; Vuth Lyno, Fulbright Scholar, MA Art History, 2013-2015, artist, curator, Director of Sa Sa Art Projects; Zhuang Wubin, Curator & Researcher; June Yap, Guggenheim UBS Map Curator, South & Southeast Asia, alongside participation by select IN RESIDENCE artists.

Major funding for the symposium is provided by the Center for Khmer Studies; the Lee Foundation, Singapore; Cornell University’s College of Architecture, Art, and Planning; the Minority, Indigenous, and Third World Studies Research Group; the Department of Art; the Department of the History of Art; and the Southeast Asia Program.

Contemporary Art in Cambodia: A Historical Inquiry is presented by Cornell University and the Center for Khmer Studies; co-organized by Pamela N. Corey, Doctoral Candidate, History of Art & Visual Studies, Cornell University and IN RESIDENCE co-curators Leeza Ahmady and Erin Gleeson.

Space is limited. RSVP required by April 15th with your name and organization affiliation to

Museum of Modern Art,
Celeste Bartos Theater, Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education & Research Building
4 West 54th Street
New York, NY 10019

Sunday April 21, 2013
9:30 am – 5:00 pm

For Speaker Abstracts click here to view and download as a pdf

For the complete day long Symposium Schedule click here to view & download as a pdf

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