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Friday, March 1, 9:30am – 4pm


Unidentified artist, Indian. The Qazi of Hamadan and a Youth (detail), early 17th century with later additions. BF755. Public Domain.

About the Event

This symposium, now in its 28th year, brings together graduate students from nine mid-Atlantic colleges and universities to present current research in the field of art history. Each session includes presentations followed by a moderated discussion.

The keynote lecture, “Eli Whitney, Serial Artist” by Pamela M. Lee, takes place Thursday, February 29, at 6:30pm.


Session One

9:30 – 10:40am

Moderated by Kaelin Jewell, Senior Instructor, Barnes Foundation

Drinking with a Private Spectacle: Studying the Haptics and Utilitarian Function of the Ancient Roman Spectacle Cups
Mekayla May, University of Maryland

The Bearded Bull That Wasn’t: Ambiguities of Species, Sex, and Ontological Status in Early Dynastic Mesopotamia (c. 2500 BCE)
David Mulder, University of Pennsylvania

Session Two 

noon – 2pm

Moderated by Pamela M. Lee, Carnegie Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art, Yale University, and Alison Boyd, Director of Research and Interpretation, Barnes Foundation

Tunnel Vision: Stereoscopic Depth Effects in the Photographs of Alfred A. Hart
Meg Hankel, Bryn Mawr College

Impressionism and Extraction Ecologies on the Seine
Genevieve Westerby, University of Delaware

Remote Control in Deborah Hay’s Solo
L. Annalise Palmer, The Pennsylvania State University

Extraction in the Alleghenies: John Kane’s Naive Ecocriticism
Ali Printz, Temple University

Session Three

2:30 – 4pm

Moderated by Martha Lucy, Deputy Director for Research, Interpretation and Education, Barnes Foundation

Elephant Hunt Iconography in Early Medieval India
Sara Varanese, Rutgers University

The World within a Whale
John White, Princeton University

Early Modern Painting as Virtual Transparency: Gentile Bellini, the Bessarion Staurotheke, and the Art of Containing Relics
Ben Allsopp, Johns Hopkins University