Loyola University Chicago

Department of Fine and Performing Arts

Framing Justice

Friday, October 14 – Saturday, October 15, 2016
Loyola University Chicago

1020 W. Sheridan Road

Framing Justice: Modernism and Social Advocacy in American Visual Arts and Dance, 1929-1945 offers an inter-disciplinary platform for invited scholars from Art History and Dance History to explore the meanings of social injustice as it informed the content and execution of the visual arts and dance in the 1930s and 1940s. A Friday evening keynote address by eminent scholar Andrew Hemingway will be followed on Saturday by three consecutive sessions paring art historians and dance scholars to explore the social justice themes of racial, gender and economic inequality. 

The dialogue among scholars (and their respective disciplines) established by the format of the program will shed new light on the struggles faced by modernists who followed a social agenda for their work during the turbulent Depression era and into the World War II years. By bringing together premier scholars from these two fields, the symposium will advance the study of artists of the era who celebrated American culture while voicing social protest with the goal of raising political consciousness. Furthermore, with these issues of equality still prevalent in twenty-first century American society, this symposium will consider the continued role of the arts in address social justice in a post-modern era.  

This symposium presents a unique opportunity for scholars, educators, students, and the public to come together to examine the intersection of radical politics and innovative art making.  
Visit the online exhibition "New Masses and the 1930s Social Action" here


Registration closes October 10, 2016.

The conference will take place on Loyola's Lake Shore Campus. Please note: Friday evening’s events take place in Mundelein Center for the Fine and Performing Arts: registration at the 1st Floor Information Desk, keynote address in the 2nd Floor Newhart Family Theatre, and reception in the 4th Floor Palm Court. Saturday’s first three sessions and lunch are in the Michael and Marilyn Quinlan Life Sciences Building Auditorium and Atrium. The Saturday afternoon performance and panel discussion will take place in the Mundelein Center for the Fine and Performing Arts, 2nd Floor, Newhart Family Theatre. Mundelein Center for the Fine and Performing Arts is building 25 on the linked campus map, and Quinlan Life Sciences Building is just west of Mundelein Center -- building 24. Below are some useful links:



This project is made possible through support from
the Terra Foundation for American Art.