The three-day symposium will take place April 25-27, 2018, in Boise, Idaho, and offer a unique opportunity to understand James Castle’s work in the context of the distinctive rural places that were his home. Attendees will learn about the preservation and re-opening of the James Castle House, as well as efforts to preserve Castle’s famous Shed studio and Cozy Cottage Trailer. Symposium topics include curating and collecting Castle, how Castle’s work explains deafness and how deafness explains Castle’s work, next trends for artist house museums and more.
Don’t miss this dynamic gathering of curators, collectors and scholars, including a private in-depth James Castle House tour, keynote luncheon and cocktail reception with: Alexander Nemerov, Nicholas Bell, Brenda Brueggeman, William Louis-Dreyfus Foundation, National Trust for Historic Preservation and James Castle Collection & Archive. Sponsored by the City of Boise. Click to register online
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Join collectors, scholars and curators worldwide for the first symposium centered around internationally recognized Idaho artist, James Castle and his house. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to understand James Castle’s work in the context of the distinctive rural places that were his home. Attendees get an inside look at the re-opening of the James Castle House with all its magic and mystery, as well as a preview of efforts to preserve Castle’s famous Shed studio and Cozy Cottage Trailer. Symposium topics include curating and collecting Castle, how Castle’s work explains deafness and how deafness explains Castle’s work, next trends for artist house museums, and more. Experience the beautiful Pacific Northwest in the Springtime with walkable downtown Boise as your basecamp.
The James Castle House: A Place Called Home Inaugural Symposium will take place April 25-27, 2018, in Boise, Idaho, and include an optional guided overland tour to Castle’s birthplace and a private pre-opening tour of the James Castle House, the newly renovated property on which the artist lived, breathed and matured as an artist. Joining the symposium roster is keynote speaker Nicholas R. Bell, Senior Vice President for Curatorial Affairs with Mystic Seaport, formerly Curator-in-Charge at the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, DC.
Learn more about the James Castle House, opening to the public April 28, 2018.
A full speaker list and symposium schedule can be found here.
Joining the symposium roster is keynote speaker Nicholas R. Bell, who notably curated the exhibition “Untitled: The Art of James Castle” at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, DC. Bell will explore Castle’s sense of place through his body of work and share his experience curating the second largest public collection of Castle’s works.
- Alexander Nemerov, Department Chair & Carl and Marilynn Thoma Provostial Professor in the Arts and Humanities at Stanford University, California, who writes about the presence of art, the recollection of the past and the importance of the humanities in our lives today. A noted writer and speaker on the arts, he recently delivered the 66th annual Andrew W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
- Nicholas R. Bell, Senior Vice President for Curatorial Affairs with Mystic Seaport: The Museum of America and the Sea, Connecticut, previously Curator-in-Charge at the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Renwick Gallery in Washington, DC, who notably curated the exhibition “Untitled: The Art of James Castle”, will explore Castle’s sense of place through his body of work and share his experience curating the second largest public collection of Castle’s works.
- Valerie Balint, Program Manager of the Historic Artists’ Homes and Studios (HAHS), a program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Washington, D.C., is a longtime advocate for the importance of place that American artists’ homes hold within the greater context of cultural history in America. HAHS is a 40-member consortium of museums representing the preserved creative spaces of artists throughout the country, administered at Chesterwood, former Berkshire home of Daniel Chester French, sculptor of the Lincoln Memorial.
- Mary Anne Costello, curator of The William Louis-Dreyfus Foundation Inc., Mt. Kisco, New York, will provide comments on William Louis-Dreyfus, his commitment to the arts and his enthusiastic support of James Castle.
- Frank Del Deo, managing partner of the James Castle Collection and Archive, LP, and co-founder of Del Deo & Barzune, a New York gallery specializing in Post-War and Contemporary Art. Del Deo’s involvement with the work of James Castle spans a period of nearly twenty years over which he has organized gallery exhibitions and art fair presentations of the artist’s work including, James Castle: The Common Place, in 2000-2001, the first exhibition of Castle’s work to be held in a New York gallery. He will share and discuss his experience as a dealer and curator.
- Brenda Brueggemann, Professor of English and Aetna Chair of Writing at the University of Connecticut, whose research focuses on disability and deaf studies in the humanities, curated the exhibit “Constructing James Castle” at the Ohio State University Urban Arts Space.
- Jeffrey Wolf, documentary film director, producer and feature film editor made the acclaimed, James Castle: Portrait of an Artist, an award-winning film that will be screened at the Egyptian Theater. He is currently working on Bill Traylor: Chasing Ghosts, a documentary about self-taught artist Bill Traylor that will premiere at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in September 2018.
- Jennifer Correia, Associate Principal with ARG Conservation Services and former Project Manager for The David Ireland House, San Francisco, CA, which is widely considered the centerpiece of the late Bay Area conceptual artist’s career and a landmark of American art.
- Brigitte Lemaine, French sociologist, philosopher and documentary filmmaker, whose works focus on the history and culture of the deaf and hard of hearing community, is currently working on a film about James Castle.
- $100 discount for students and educators. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
- Renting a car is unnecessary. Free airport shuttle is available to the official hotel.
- For symposium-sponsored sessions and events more than a short six blocks’ distance, free shuttle transportation will be provided.
- Deaf and Hard of Hearing interpretation is planned for the symposium.
The official symposium hotel is the Hyatt Place Boise/Downtown, 1024 W. Bannock St. Boise, ID 83702, a newly built conveniently-located property offering complimentary hot breakfast, 24/7 dining, outdoor pool and spa. Hyatt Place has extended a block rate of $135/nt single or double occupancy, good through Friday March 23rd for hotel stays 4/24-4/28/18. To reserve, please call 1-800-993-4805 and mention James Castle House Symposium.
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