The Department of Art History’s Graduate Student Research Symposium “The Art of Memory” kicks off today, Thursday, Nov. 17, with a keynote presentation by Dr. Steven Nelson, associate professor of African American Art History at the University of California, Los Angeles. Nelson will discuss “Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons: Memory is Feminine” at 6 p.m. in the O’Shaughnessy Educational Center auditorium. A reception will follow.

The symposium continues on Friday with sessions running from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 3:30 p.m.

Morning presenters include:

  • Nicole Conti, University of Minnesota, “The Memory of Hieronymous Bosch and Pieter Bruegel the Elder: Flemish Copying Culture and Economics of Originality”
  • Maria Guidici, Barlage Institue Rotterdam/TU Delft, The Netherlands, “Sir John Soane: Architecture From Theater of Memory to Framework for Memories”
  • Colin Nelson-Dusek, University of Delaware, “Losing, and Mourning, Their Marbles: The New Acropolis Museum and the Display of the ‘Elgin Marbles’”

Afternoon presenters include:

  • Christianna Bonin, Williams College/Clark Institute Graduate Program in the History of Art, “Preserving Losers’ History, Too.”
  • Brooke Leeton, University of Louisville, “The Dialectic of Trauma in Charolette Salomon’s Life? or Theatre?
  • Sara Muenster-Blakely, University of St. Thomas, “Exhibitions of Memory: The Photographs of Rape Victims from Somalia and Rwanda by Fazal Sheikh and Jonathan Torgovnik”
  • Beth A. Zinsli, University of Wisconsin-Madison, “Displaced Memories: The Appropriation of Vernacular Photography in Contemporary Cuban Art”

The Friday sessions take place in Room 100, McNeely Hall.

For more information contact the Department of Art History.