Graduate Symposium

We are pleased to announce that our class of 2023 Symposium will take place on Friday, June 2nd in The Clark Auditorium from 9am to 5:30. This event is free and open to the public.


Coffee & Breakfast 8:30-9:00, Manton Lobby

SESSION 1: 9:00-10:45

Introductory remarks by Marc Gotlieb, Halvorsen Director, Graduate Program

Nick Beischer “The Endless Column in the Twentieth Century” (Introduction, Elizabeth McGowan, Art Department)
Destinee Filmore “Seen and Unseen: Locating Abstraction in Nineteenth-Century Environmental Paintings” (Introduction, Kevin Murphy, Williams College Museum of Art)
Libby Kandel “The Indian Arts and Crafts Board and the Stamp of Authenticity” (Introduction, Christine DeLucia, History Department)

Discussion moderated by Lisa Dorin, Williams College Museum of Art

Coffee Break 10:45–11:05

SESSION 2: 11:05-12:35

Anthony Ortega “Consuming Ganymede at the Ancient Roman Banquet” (Introduction, Nicole Brown, Classics)
Manolis Elijah Sueuga “Erotic Fantasies in Marginalia of the Rutland Psalter” (Introduction, Elizabeth Sandoval, WCMA)
Talia Abrahams “Art from Torment: Sony Labou Tansi’s Novel A Life and a Half and a World War I Kongo Power Object” (Introduction, Michelle Apotsos, Art Department)

Discussion moderated by Michelle Apotsos

Symposium Lunch 12:35-2:00, Clark Center Lower Level

SESSION 3: 2:00-3:30

Delaney Keenan “The ‘Velázquez’ Enterprise of Guillaume Lethière and Lucien Bonaparte” (Introduction, Esther Bell, The Clark)
So Jeong Lim “Blue is the Whitest Color: Joséphine Bonaparte Between Caribbean Textiles and Imperial Style” (Introduction, Emmelyn Butterfield-Rosen, Graduate Program)
Max Gruber “Golden Extraction: The Legacy of the United Fruit Company in Contemporary Latin American Art” (Introduction, Robert Wiesenberger, The Clark)

Discussion moderated by Esther Bell

Coffee Break 3:30–3:50

SESSION 4: 3:50-5:20

Meghan Considine “Mohamed Melehi’s Print Media and the Futility of Importing Modernism” (Introduction, Mari Binnie, Art Department)
Luiza Repsold França “Threads of Trauma: Rosana Paulino, Sonia Gomes, and Arthur Bispo do Rosário” (Introduction, Caitlin Woolsey, The Clark)
Jordan Horton “QueerCode: Lucas LaRochelle and Artificial Intelligence” (Introduction, Robert Wiesenberger, The Clark)

Discussion moderated by Caitlin Woolsey

Reception 5:30-6:30
Williams College Museum of Art

The Annual Graduate Symposium is the culminating academic event of the Williams MA course of study. Every year, 2nd-year MA students present their research publicly in 20-minute conference papers. Presentations are based on a Qualifying Paper (QP) undertaken during a student’s course of study in the Program and further developed over an intense sequence of practice runs before a joint faculty-student committee, with additional training in public speaking and other skills pertinent to the critical debate and the arts of persuasion. The Symposium takes place in the Clark Auditorium on graduation weekend and constitutes a significant event for the art history community in Williamstown.