28th Annual Graduate Symposium in Art History

The University of Alabama and the University of Alabama at Birmingham
Joint Program for the MA in Art History
28th Annual Graduate Symposium in Art History
Friday, March 31, 2023
In-person and virtual (all times CST)

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Venue: Camellia Room (room 2020), Gorgas Library, The University of Alabama
This page details the schedule for the symposium. Please scroll down to find links to register.
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Registration and Coffee
8:00-9:00 a.m.

Welcome Remarks
9:00-9:20 a.m.

Session 1
9:30-10:45 a.m.

Tom Wegrzynowski, The University of Alabama, “Charles Alston’s Doctor”

Jordan Kriseman, University of Texas at Austin, “Painterly Geology in Selected Filmworks of Per Kirkeby”

María Marcela López, Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary, “The Museum is the Message: A Media Studies Analysis of the National Museum of Colombia” (virtual presentation)

Session 2
11:00 AM -12:15 p.m.

Michele Taylor, The University of Alabama, “William Aiken Walker and the Lost Cause: Romanticizing Slavery, Reconstruction, and the Antebellum South”

Abigail Briney, University of Louisville, “Could Have/Should Have Been: Alexandra Bell’s ‘Counternarratives: A Teenager with Promise (Annotated)’ (2018) and Amy Sherald’s ‘Breonna Taylor’ (2020)” – awarded Third Place Paper Prize

Grace Hamilton, University of Notre Dame, “Neon Signs as Social Activism: The Work of Patrick Martinez” (virtual presentation)

Lunch and Undergraduate Poster Session
12:15-1:30 p.m.

Poster Presentations:

Amelia Beacham, The University of Alabama, “Lilly Martin Spencer’s Palimpsests”

Ivy Borden, The University of Alabama, “First Impressions of Maintenance and Care”

Jacob Gilliam, The University of Alabama, “VR Cathedral of Notre Dame de Reims”

Winston Kam, Case Western Reserve University, “Restoring the Rococo: Frame Conservation and Interpretation at the Cleveland Museum of Art” – awarded Best Poster Prize

Isabella Paredes-Radoslovich, The University of Alabama, “The Spine of the Andes: Pictorial Indigenismo Encompassed by Oswaldo Guayasamín”

Theo Williams, Columbus State University, “Peter Paul Ruben’s Four Rivers of Paradise” – awarded Honorable Mention

Session 3
1:30-2:45 p.m.

Olivia Sims, The University of Alabama, “Nazli Hanim’s Photographic Portraits of the 1880s: How Orientalist Representation Influenced an Egyptian Princess”

Julie Weber, The University of Alabama, “Female Self-Portraiture in Mid-Century Mexico: Rosa Rolanda and Her Use of Surrealism”

Sam Rushing, Southern Methodist University, “Blackness in Black and White: Sebastião Salgado and Serra Pelada” (virtual presentation)

Session 4
3:00-4:15 p.m.

Riley Balzer, The University of Alabama, “Deconstructing Nazi Visual Politics, Symbolic Representations of Power, and The Savior Complex: Notre-Dame de Paris from 1940 to 1944”

Kelsea Whaley, University of Alabama at Birmingham, “Invisible Infrastructure: Reinforcing Postwar Gender Inequality in Tokyo’s Nakagin Capsule Tower” – awarded Second Place Paper Prize

Danielle Cooke, Temple University, “Nacimiento, muerte y regeneración: A Story of Sacrifice and Revival through Justin Favela’s Piñatafication of a Disappeared Santa Cruz Mural” (virtual presentation) – awarded First Place Paper Prize

Coffee Break
4:15-4:45 p.m.

Keynote Address (online) 4:45-6:00 p.m.

Dr. Birgit Hopfener, Carleton University, Ottawa
“A Group Dance that Never Ends: A Pluriversal Approach to the Contemporary Art Exhibition ‘Continuum – Generation by Generation’”

Abstract: “How did the exhibition in the Chinese pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale entitled “Continuum – Generation by Generation (buxi 不息)” mobilize the concept of buxi, which translates literally as “endlessness” or “never ceasing”? What does it mean to conceive of art, the world, and oneself through the lens of buxi, as endlessly intrarelated? In the lecture, Dr. Hopfener will delve into this question from a multi-pronged perspective and explore how a reading of the show through buxi changes the meaning of the artworks and complicates the critical and aesthetic framework for contemporary art in the global framework.”

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The University of Alabama Department of Art and Art History
College of Arts & Sciences
The Graduate School
College of Arts and Sciences Diversity Committee
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