27th Annual Graduate Student Symposium in Art History

27th Annual Graduate Student Symposium in Art History is presented by the University of Alabama at Birmingham and the University of Alabama Joint Program for the MA in Art History. For information about registration, contact UAB DAAH before February 25, 2022.

Friday, March 4, 2022
UAB Department of Art and Art History
UAB Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts


10:30 Check in

10:45 – 12:00 Opening Remarks (Cathleen Cummings) and Session 1

Rebecca Lowery, University of Alabama, “Female Patronage at the Stuart Court: Henrietta Maria and Orazio Gentileschi”

Katherine Schumann, University of Texas at Austin, “Sacred Power, Sacred Spaces: Elite Tomb Art of Ancient Oaxaca”

Elizabeth Blackford, University of Alabama at Birmingham, “Reassessing ‘Hybridity’ in Latin American Ecclesiastical Architecture of the Colonial Period”

12:00 – 12:45 Lunch Break

12:45 – 2:00 Session 2

Olivia Sims, University of Alabama, “Bound to Bodichon: Prominent Female Networks Found in Effects of Tight Lacing”

McLean Boone, University of Alabama at Birmingham, “Pandemic and Portraiture: The Spanish Influenza and Early Modernism”

Ashleigh Junkin, University of Alabama, “Medical Visual Culture of Colonial Africa: Racial Types in the Medical Imagery of Dr. Hugh Stannus”

2:00 – 2:15 Coffee break

2:15 – 3:30 Session 3

Julie Weber, University of Alabama, “The Life and Art of Archibald Motley, Jr.: Before and After Paris”

Riley Balzer, University of Alabama, “Connoisseurs vs. Forgers: A Conversation on the Intersections of Art Forgery, Patronage, and Methodology”

Kelsea Whaley, University of Alabama at Birmingham, “Beyond Van Gogh & the Mechanical Reproduction of the Immersive Art Experience”

3:30 – 4:00 Coffee break

4:00 – 5:00 Session 4: Online Panel

Melissa Sztuk, Texas Christian University, “Postcolonial Portraiture: Constructions of Self and Society in 18th Century New Spain”

Kathryn E. Schneider, Texas Christian University, “Le Visage Véritable: Suzanne Valadon’s Paintings of the Female Model”

5:00 Best Paper Award

5:15 – 6:30 Keynote Lecture

Dr. Nada Shabout, University of North Texas, Denton
“Identities Disavowed: What and Where is Iraqi Art”

Within the last two decades in the aftermath of the 2003 invasion, destruction and ideologically forced change in Iraq, Iraqi culture, society and identity, among other facets, have dramatically changed. The calamity of the devastation of the art infrastructure (archives and objects) continues to obscure meaning and significance of the past century of Iraqi art and its role in forming the modern nation. The impact of Iraqi art of the mid-twentieth century lays in its contribution to reinventing history and tradition, as well as inventing new identities. Moreover, the perception of Iraqi art (and of Iraq and its history) has changed both globally and regionally as well. Modern Iraqi art of the mid-twentieth century has retained and enhanced its reputation through the market validation where recognition followed prices and demand, albeit without understanding the context. Contemporary production by younger artists connected with Iraq or identify as Iraqis (as the notion of an Iraqi identity is challenged today for various reasons) whether inside of Iraq or in diaspora, however, is not seen in connection to the country’s art history or in relationship to the legacy of the modern Iraqi avant-garde.

This talk explores Iraqi art of the modern (mid-to late twentieth century) and contemporary periods, their role in forming identities, as well as the role of heritage during both periods.