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Graduate Symposium 2013 - Networks


The Rutgers Art History Graduate Student Organization sponsored a one-day symposium, featuring graduate student research in art history, offering perspectives on the conception and impact of “networks” in the history of art and visual culture.


Speakers and Organizers of the 2013 Art History Graduate Student Symposium. From left to right: Caroline Riley, Josephine Rodgers, Kira Maye, Kelsey Brosnan, John Hawley, Catherine Kupiec, Saelan Twerdy, Sonja Gandert, Henry Skerritt, Ingrid Yeung, Lauren Applebaum, Dr. Tatiana Flores, and Dr. Pablo Helguera.


Participants in the Morning Session: Henry Skerrit, John Hawley, Catherine Kupiec, and Ingrid Yueng.


Speakers from the Afternoon Session: Caroline Riley, Sonja Gandert, Lauren Applebaum, and Saelan Twerdy.


Q&A following the Morning Session with Henry Skerritt, John Hawley, Catherine Kupiec, Ingrid Yueng, and moderator Melissa Yuen.

Complete Program:

Morning - Introduction
Sarah Blake McHam, Professor, Rutgers University

Morning Session
Moderator: Melissa Yuen, Ph.D. Candidate, Rutgers University

Ingrid Yeung, Yale University
“Traversals: Zhu Derun and Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368) Landscape Painting”

Catherine Kupiec, Rutgers University
“Luca della Robbia’s Glazed Terracotta Vaulted Ceilings as Material Network of Power: The Twelve Months Roundels from Piero de’ Medici’s Study”

John Hawley, University of Virginia
“Cornelis Visscher (1628/29-1658), His Haarlem Network, and the Efflorescence of Portrait Drawing in Holland, 1650-1800”

Henry Skerritt, University of Pittsburgh
“Opacity and Exchange: Rethinking Contemporary Aboriginal Art from the East Kimberley

Afternoon - Introduction
Susan Sidlauskas, Professor & Graduate Program Director , Rutgers University

Afternoon Session
Moderator: Mary Manning, Ph.D. Candidate, Rutgers University

Lauren Applebaum, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
“Decoding the Calico: A Quilting Party and the Rupture in Communication Networks in 1876”

Caroline Riley, Boston University
“American Art for French Eyes: The Landmark 1938 Exhibition at the Musée du Jeu de Paume in Paris”

Sonja Gandert, Tufts University
“Hacer the Trips Corazón: Borderlands and Thirdspace in Mexican- and Cuban-American Art of the Interstices”

Saelan Twerdy, McGill University
“Contemporary Art in/as Networks: Moments from the Post-Internet Condition”

Keynote Address
Pablo Helguera, Visual Artist
Performing Betweeness: The Social Network as a Medium

Art History Graduate Student Symposium Committee:
Meaghan Bratichak
Kelsey Brosnan
Kira Maye
Ksenia Nouril
Josephine Rodgers
Tatiana Flores – Faculty Advisor

2012 Photography and Its Origins, A Symposium convened by the Developing Room

The Developing Room, a working group at the Center for Cultural Analysis, convened the symposium Photography and Its Origins on April 27, 2012, moderated by Andres Zervigon and Tanya Sheehan. The speakers were Jordan Bear, Mirjam Brusius, Marcy Dinius, Terry Matilsky, Anne McCauley, Julia Munro, Stephen Pinson, Beth Saunders, and Shawn Michelle Smith.







2012 CAA

2012 Graduate Luncheon

2012 Undergraduate Honors Synposium

2012 Undergraduate Honor Symposium


The symposium was held on April 19, 2012 in the Plangere Room in Murray Hall.

Dr. Thuno Welcoming

Panel 1: Architecture

Entire Panel 1

Erin Sweeney, "The Campus Context: Charles Moore's Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College". advisor: Carla Yanni.
Alyson Goldman, "The Architectural Language of Remembrance: An Explosion of Three Museums". advisor: Carla Yanni.


Lavina Jathani, "Christopher Wren's Two London Hospitals within the Larger Context of Architectural history". advisor: Tod Marder.
Tonia Jagodnik, "Ratiional Eclecticism: A Study of Two cases del Fascio during the Fascist Era of Italy". advisor: Meredith Bzdak.

Panel 2: Painting Photography, and Cultural Heritage

Erica Back, "The Enclyclopedic World: A Case Study of the Metropolitan Museum of Art as a Universal Museum:. advisors: Archer St.Clair Harvey and Cynthia Jacob
Chelsea Callahan-Mendelsohn, "Modern Majesty: John Singer Sargent's Portraits of the Marlborough and Sitwell Families and the Demise of the Grand Manner". advisor: Susan Sidlaukas
Yael Gabbay, "Bringing the Baroque to Florence: Pietro da Cortona's baroque Frescoes of Palazzo Pitti". advisor: Catherine Puglisi
Kasina Kieca, "Antics in Iron: The Comedy of Tintype Portraiture in Nineteeth Century America". advisor: Tanya Sheehan








2012 Graduate Luncheon


The 2012 department luncheon was held on May 10 at The Rutgers Club on College Avenue.

Marlana and Jacob
Marlana Moore (Quigley Award) and Jacob Eisensmith (Bzdak Award)[Sarah Buccarelli was unable to attend]


Quigley Award

Marlana Moore with Quigley Famiy and Professor Susan Sidlaukas

Meredith and Michael Bzdak with Jacob Eisensmith


Art History Honors: Erica Back, Chelsea Callahan-Mendelsohn, Yael Gabbay, Alyson Goldman, Tonia Jagodnik, Lavina Jethani, Kasia Kieca and Erin Sweeney with Thesis Advisors Mary Manning and Catherinine Kupiec

MA CHAPS grads Stephanie Johnson and Randi Ragsdale
Graduate Students: Justin McCann, Natalie Fleming, Mary Manning, Allison Leigh-Perlman, Zoe Watnik and Stephen Mandrevelis
sidlauskas and thuno
Dr. Sidlauskas and Dr. Thunø Announce Awards
Geralyn Colvil and Cathy Pizzi
Graduate Students: Gianna LoScerbo, Christina Weyl, Stephen Mandravelis, Heather Commarata-Seale and Justin McCann
Catherine Kupiec, Reshma Nayyar, Geralyn Colvil, Natalie Fleming and Randi Ragsdale
Graduate Students: Kira Maye, Reshma Nayya and Nandita Punj (Facing camera)
Olena Martynyuyk, Carina Apostol, Dr. Zervigon and Dr. Sharp

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