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Middle Atlantic Symposium in the History of Art

Cosponsored with the University of Maryland

51st Annual Sessions | March 5–6, 2021

Since 1971, the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art has been in partnership with the department of art history and archaeology at the University of Maryland to present the Middle Atlantic Symposium in the History of Art. This is an opportunity to hear papers representing the latest research from graduate students in our region. 

Participating institutions are American University, Bryn Mawr College, Duke University, Emory University, George Washington University, Johns Hopkins University, the Pennsylvania State University, Temple University, the University of Delaware, the University of North Carolina, the University of Virginia, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Pittsburgh, and Virginia Commonwealth University. Seven of these institutions, along with the University of Maryland, form each year's cohort. The Center and the University of Maryland are pleased to continue this important tradition of bringing together the museum and academic communities.

Friday, March 5


George Levitine Lecture in Art History

Modernity, Iconoclasm, and Anticolonialism—Other Statue Histories
Friday, March 5
6:00 p.m.

Professor Finbarr Barry Flood, William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of the Humanities in the Department of Art History and the Institute of Fine Arts at NYU and director of Silsila: Center for Material Histories

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Hosted by the University of Maryland

Saturday, March 6

Morning Session

10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Steven Nelson, Dean, Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts

Therese O'Malley, moderator
Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts

Rachel Patt [Emory University]
Multum in Parvo: The Exquisite Portrait Miniature in Ancient Rome
Introduction: Professor Eric Varner 

Kaylee P. Alexander [Duke University]
Selling Eclecticism: “Trickle Round” and the Market for Funerary Monuments in Nineteenth-Century Paris
Introduction: Professor Neil McWilliam  

Kristen Nassif [University of Delaware]
Seeing Blindness: Randolph Rogers’s Nydia, the Blind Flower Girl of Pompeii 
Introduction: Professor Wendy Bellion

Brooke Wyatt [University of Pittsburgh]
Nature vivante: Material Innovation and Representational Inquiry in the Work of Séraphine Louis
Introduction: Professor Barbara McCloskey 

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Afternoon Session

2:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.

Tess Korobkin, moderator
Department of Art History and Archaeology
University of Maryland

Sarah Edith Kleinman [Virginia Commonwealth University] 
Kynaston McShine, Auteur-Curator
Introduction: Professor Margaret Lindauer 

Alyson Cluck [University of Maryland]
Zilia Sánchez’s Classical Turn: Theater, Diaspora, and Politics in Antígona (1969)
Introduction: Professor Abigail McEwen 

Tyler Shine [University of Pennsylvania]
Pictures More Than Pictures: Dawoud Bey’s Abstract Polaroids
Introduction: Professor Karen Redrobe 

Olga Zaikina-Kondur [The Pennsylvania State University] 
Speech, Discourse, Space: Conceptual Art in Late Soviet Private Apartments
Introduction: Professor Sarah Rich 

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Top Image Credit: John Marin, Middle of Atlantic (detail), 1909, watercolor. National Gallery of Art, Washington, Gift of John Marin, Jr., 1986.54.42