The 3rd IAVC conference took place at Boston University in October 2016. Organized by artist and curator Lanfranco Aceti, it included a number of off-site live art events. The conference theme of "the social" encompassed the IAVC's mission to connect the organization to the community.
The conference also included our first ever Grad Forum event, a series of short-form presentations that invited a wide discussion about the state and future of Visual Culture Studies.
IAVC held its conference at the Brava Theater and the Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco in March 2016. The event was sponsored by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and co-organized by Julia Bryan-Wilson (UC Berkeley), Jennifer González (UC Santa Cruz), and Dominic Willsdon (SFMOMA).
NOW! Visual Culture, organized by Nicholas Mirzoeff at New York University, united the momentum of Occupy with the contemporary and historical scholarly inquiry of Visual Culture Studies. The weekend began with a series of flash presentations by leading VCS scholars and culminated in a demonstration with Occupy Education.
This was the first "official" IAVC conference.
At the start of April 2011, Michael Ann Holly, then the Starr Director of Research and Academic Programming at The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, and Marquard Smith, Founding Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Visual Culture, convened a colloquium of international scholars, museum educators, and practitioners of visual culture at The Clark to discuss further the founding of such an Association – what would be its aims and mission, and how it would function in its service to its members. Following on from this colloquium, the Clark group is moving forward with the formal founding of an International Association for Visual Culture.
The International Association for Visual Culture was formally established at ‘The 2010 Visual Culture Studies Conference’ held at University of Westminster, London. During the session, with presentations from Jeremy Gilbert (University of East London), Michael Ann Holly, and Stephen Melville (Ohio State), and convened by Marquard Smith, a motion was proposed formally by W.J.T. Mitchell (Chicago) that the Association be established. This motion was seconded by Lisa Cartwright (UC, San Diego), and the motion was passed.