“The Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia will host an emerging scholars symposium, “While Silent, They Speak: Art and Diplomacy,” March 28-29. Organized by the Association of Graduate Art Students at UGA, the symposium will be held in conjunction with the exhibition “Art Interrupted: Advancing American Art and the Politics of Cultural Diplomacy.” The symposium and associated events are free and open to the public.
The theme of the symposium expands the scope of the exhibition, which focuses on a 1940s U.S. State Department project that assembled a traveling exhibition of modern American art, by addressing the broader theme of diplomacy throughout the history of visual and material culture. The visual arts have been used to promote and facilitate diplomatic agendas, yet they have also challenged or impeded diplomatic efforts. Through the process of cross-cultural exchange, an object or image may shift in value and meaning, thereby illuminating, obscuring or reinforcing cultural differences. . . . .”