Tola Porter will deliver her talk: Recreating Public Meaning for Nonfunctional Abstract Public Art, at the Midwest Art HIstory Society annual conference in Cleveland, OH, April 6-8, 2027. The session is titled: Shifting Meanings, Recontextualizing Objects Through Action.
Graduate Student News
Several of our graduate students took part in the Women's March on Saturday, January 21. Click link for pictures.
PhD candidate Amanda Beresford gives a public gallery talk on "Modern Arcadias: Bathers in Cézanne, Matisse and Pechstein" at the Saint Louis Art Museum on September 23.
Lauren A. Johnson, PhD student in Art History and Archaeology, presented "La fée de Lumière: Picturing Loïe Fuller and Modernity" at the Bruce Museum's Arts and New Technologies Symposium.
Professor Elizabeth Childs and graduate students from the Department of Art History and Archaeology gather around Meg Galindo (MA/PhD student) and Max Valsamas (PhD student), the co-curators of this summer’s installment of the Teaching Gallery at the Kemper Art Museum. Meg and Max delivered a gallery talk on May 12, 2016 to discuss the larger themes of their show Battle of Ideal vs. Real: The Figure in Nineteenth-Century Art. The exhibition characterizes the nineteenth century as a transformative period in the arts, because artists increasingly experimented with alternative ways of representing the human body while questioning established conventions. The Teaching Gallery exhibition is on display until July 31, 2016 in conjunction with the course Introduction to Western Art, Architecture, and Designed offered at Washington University in summer 2016.
In conjunction with the 2015/2016 St. Louis Modern exhibition at the Saint Louis Art Museum, Mary Reid Brunstrom presented a lecture entitled "Four Decades of Modern Architecture in St. Louis, 1928-1988: An Expanded View” to capacity audiences on two occasions in the museum's auditorium. In April 2016, she represented the department at the 2016 Art Institute of Chicago Graduate Student Seminar with a paper entitled "Parabola as Metaphor in St. Louis's Midcentury Modern Sacred Buildings."
Emily Hanson, Ph.D. student, presented two conference papers in the 2015-2016 academic year. In October 2015, she presented "Michelangelo's Battle of Cascina as New Istoria" at the Sixteenth Century Society Conference in Vancouver British Columbia. She presented "Le opere non finite di Michelangelo: A New Interpretation of a Drawing for the Laurentian Library" at the South Central Renaissance in St. Louis in March 2016.
In addition, she has completed a Graduate Certificate in Film & Media Studies. Recently, she served on the committee for the inaugural Graduate Student Art History Symposium hosted by the department, where she also acted as a discussant for one of the symposium panels. In April 2016, Emily delivered a guest lecture on her dissertation research at Wright State University in Dayton, OH. She was recently awarded the Dean's Award for Teaching Excellence.
The Washington University publication Ampersand has written an excellent article detailing the success of the Graduate Art History Student Symposium that took place on April 1-2, 2016. To read the article click here.
Lindsay's wall label for the Beyond Bosch exhibit (Saint Louis Art Museum, 2015) was nominated by the institution's Department of Engagement and Interpretation for the American Alliance of Museum's Excellent in Label Writing competition. She is also currently working on her thesis entitled, "Marble Made Flesh: Michelangelo's Bruges Madonna in the Service of Devotion."
In November 2015 Amanda Beresford delivered a paper entitled "'In Audacious Lines a New Happiness': Picasso's Les Femmes d'Alger, 1955, and the Algerian Revolution" at the Western Society for French History conference in Chicago, Illinois.
Her Catalogue essay entitled "Four Decades of Modern Architecture in St. Louis, 1928-1968: An Expanded View," provides the architectural context for an exhibition entitled Saint Louis Modern scheduled to open at the Saint Louis Art Museum in November 2015.
In Summer of 2015, Max was the Marvin Gelber Prints and Drawings Intern at the Art Gallery of Ontario, in Toronto, Canada; also, Max's article "Bathing in the Heart of Paris: A Discussion of Daumier's "L'enseignement mutuel"" will be published in a forthcoming edition of MUSE.
Meg is co-authoring an article together with Dr Wallace on the identification of the Rothschild Bronzes; she also worked in the SLAM curatorial department this past summer.
Kirsten took a research trip to Paris and London, where she focused on French decorative painting at the end of the nineteenth century, specifically panels commissioned to fit particular domestic interiors; she will be interning at the Saint Louis Art Museum during fall semester.
Lindsay had a curatorial internship at SLAM this summer with Judy Mann, curator of European Art up to 1800, where she worked on the beginning stages of an exhibition on Guercino and also researching a portrait by Alessandro Allori.
In Summer 2015, Mia visited the Getty Research Library in LA with a grant from The Morris Family Foundation Fund in Jewish Studies and the Department of Jewish, Islamic and Near Eastern Languages and Cultures. Mia is on leave for the 2015-2016 academic year, working as the Zvi Grunberg Resident Fellow at the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, CT.
Orin received the Pollard-Stein award in Teaching Excellence, and was also accepted to the 2015 CCL/Mellon Foundation Seminar in Curatorial Practice, held in June in New York City. She is on leave for the 2015-16 academic year for a position as a curatorial assistant at the National Gallery in Canada.
In April 2015, Stephanie Kaplan received the Dean's Award for Graduate Student Teaching.