Fast Forward! Women in European Art, 1970-Present

The research project Feminist Emergency: Women Artists in Denmark, 1900-1960 at the University of Copenhagen, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, and European Postwar and Contemporary Art Forum invite art historians, curators, critics, and artists to propose papers for a two-day exchange of research, dialogue, and debate. Fast Forward! will take up the topic of gender and feminism in European art, from the 1970s to the present, with a special focus on the Nordic countries. Confirmed keynotes include Amelia Jones, Maura Reilly, and Angela Dimitrakaki, with more to follow.

Despite the liberal reputation of the Nordic countries, the feminist revolution did not remap the art world in this context: women remain grossly underrepresented in museum collections, exhibitions, and historical studies, and feminism has tended to be taken for granted as an already completed historical project. If feminism remains an unfinished undertaking in a region known as a bastion of gender equity, then what of the rest of Europe? Today feminist art, curation, and theory are at a crossroads that demands new approaches and visions.

The conference will be held at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in conjunction with the exhibition Pia Arke (15 July 2021 – 2 February 2022) – a comprehensive critical reckoning with the visionary oeuvre of the Greenlandic-Danish artist. Louisiana has over the past years dedicated a range of large-scale exhibitions to women artists from the period covered by the conference, many of which have become represented in the museum’s permanent collection.

The program will combine keynote lectures and panel discussions, academic papers, performative talks, and conversations. The research generated will be further disseminated in a peer-reviewed publication.

All talks will be filmed and uploaded on the Louisiana Research website as a video publication.

We invite art historians, curators, critics, and artists to propose papers for the conference. See Call for Papers.