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Mickalene Thomas, Melody: Back, 2011, diffusion transfer print (Polaroid), Charina Endowment Fund and Peter Edwards and Rose Gutfeld Fund, 2020.3.1

Middle Atlantic Symposium in the History of Art

54th Annual Sessions

Middle Atlantic Symposium in the History of Art

  • Saturday, March 2, 2024
  • 10:15 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • West Building Lecture Hall
  • Talks
  • In-person
  • Registration Required

Since 1971 the National Gallery’s Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts has partnered with the department of art history and archaeology at the University of Maryland to present this annual symposium. The event brings together museum and academic communities and provides a platform for the latest research from graduate students in our region.


Morning Session, 10:15 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Welcome by Steven Nelson, The Center
Moderated by Peter M. Lukehart, The Center

Matthew Sova, Johns Hopkins University
Pilgrimage and Performance in the Tomb of Christ Reconstructions of Mainz
Introduced by Nino Zchomelidse

Tony Cui, University of Maryland
Brueghelian Temperature: Pieter Bruegel’s Months and Ideas of Climate Temperance
Introduced by Anthony Colantuono

Emily DuVall, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Visualizing Power: François Ier’s Royal Entries
Introduced by Tania String

Courtney Middleton, George Washington University
Mickalene Thomas’s “Jet Blue” and the Complexities of Pleasure
Introduced by Bibiana Obler

Afternoon Session, 2:00–4:00 p.m. 
Welcome by Kaira M. Cabañas, The Center
Moderated by Tess Korobkin, University of Maryland

Nina Blomfield, Bryn Mawr College
Ephemeral Decorating: Japanese Paper Goods in American Domestic Space
Introduced by Lisa Saltzman

Grace McCormick, American University
Mickalene Thomas’s “A Moment’s Pleasure”: Reclaiming Black Women’s Place in the History of Black Power
Introduced by Nika Elder

Ash Duhrkoop, University of Virginia
The Painter as Geologist: Surface and Depth in the Paintings of Tshibumba Kanda-Matulu
Introduced by Giulia Paoletti

Erin Riley-Lopez, Temple University
Utopian Tomorrows
Introduced by Mariola V. Alvarez

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