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 Brueggemann, William Louis-Dreyfus Foundation, National Trust for Historic Preservation and James Castle Collection & Archive. Sponsored by the City of Boise.
The two-day symposium will take place April 26-27, 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.
Keynote Speaker - Nicholas R. Bell
James Castle's life unfolded within a markedly small area, defined by three family properties and a school. Yet this geographic isolation did nothing to limit his vision of the world. Instead, the time he invested coming to know these slivers of earth allowed him the focus to learn them to a near atomic level of detail. The result is a profound relationship to site – a sense of place indivisible from art or artist. Nicholas R. 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.
Nicholas R. Bell is Senior Vice President for Curatorial Affairs with Mystic Seaport, The Museum of America and the Sea, previously Curator-in-Charge at the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Renwick Gallery, where he oversaw the acquisition of the largest public collection of works by James Castle outside Idaho. Bell notably curated the exhibition “Untitled: The Art of James Castle” and published its companion monographic of the same title. Bell is author or editor of nine books, including The James Castle Primer, forthcoming from Marquand Books in 2018.
Valerie Balint is Program Manager of the Historic Artists’ Homes and Studios (HAHS) Program, the Washington, DC-based National Trust for Historic Preservation’s program to preserve artists’ homes and creative spaces. Balint is a longtime advocate for the importance of place that American artists’ homes hold within the greater context of cultural history in America.
Brenda Brueggemann is Professor of English and Aetna Chair of Writing at the University of Connecticut. Her specialty areas center on deaf studies and disability studies and their intersection with art, creative expression, universal design and access, and human rights. Brueggemann curated the exhibit “Constructing James Castle” at the Ohio State University Urban Arts Space.
Alexander Nemerov is Department Chair & Carl and Marilynn Thoma Provostial Professor in the Arts and Humanities at Stanford University, California. A scholar of American art, he 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.
TIPS FOR SYMPOSIUM GUESTS
- $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.
WHY SHOULD I ATTEND?
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.