Symposium: 'The Legacy of Cobra'
September 16, 2016
Integrative Learning Center
UMass Amherst Campus
“The Legacy of Cobra” is a one-day symposium presenting new perspectives on the history and legacy of postwar European art, the Cobra movement (Copenhagen, Brussels, Amsterdam, 1948–51), and its impact on later art from the Situationist International (1957–72) to today.
The symposium coincides with the opening of the exhibitions “Human Animals: The Art of Cobra” and the concurrent show “Cobra: Contemporary Legacy” at the UMCA. The exhibitions are curated by Karen Kurczynski, assistant professor of art history and scholar of Danish Cobra artist Asger Jorn (1914–73).
A primary aim of investigating Cobra is to connect it to the political and artistic context of today and generate new or unconventional approaches to the pedagogy of art and art history.
The Integrative Learning Center is located in the center of campus, between the campus pond and the Campus Center.