Graduate Symposium

We are pleased to announce that our class of 2022 Symposium will take place on Friday, June 3rd in The Clark Auditorium from 9am to 4:45pm. This event is free and open to the public, although it is recommended that you look to the Clark’s website for evolving COVID-19 protocols.

SESSION 1: 9-10:50

Introductory Remarks by Emmelyn Butterfield-Rosen

Mason Cummings “The ‘Illusion’ in Art and Illusion: Gombrich and the Nineteenth-Century Medicalization of Misperception” (Introduction, Emmelyn Butterfield-Rosen, Graduate Program)

Chris Fernald “Stockholm Syndrome: Acne Studios and the Prison of Luxury Minimalism” (Introduction, Michelle Apotsos, Art Department)

Christal Pérez “Firelei Baez’s Ciguapa: Mythical Creature of Resistance” (Introduction, Elizabeth Sandoval, WCMA and Graduate Program)

Discussion moderated by Michelle Apotsos

Coffee Break 10:50–11:05

SESSION 2: 11:05-12:45

McClain Groff “Dancing Resistance: Experimental Movement in nibia pastrana santiago’s NO MORE EFFORTS” (Introduction, Alena Williams, Art Department)

Ade Omotosho “On Marlon Riggs’s Tongues Untied” (Introduction, Will Schmenner, The Clark)

Claire L’Heureux “Memorializing Revolt, Suppressing Dissent: Curaçao’s Monuments to Slave Uprising” (Introduction, Caroline Fowler, Research and Academic Program, The Clark)

Discussion moderated by Caroline Fowler

Symposium Lunch 12:45-2:00

Clark Center Lower Level

SESSION 3 2:15-4:45 

Yuefeng Wu “Ambivalent Antiquity: Qing Geography and the Greco-Roman World” (Introduction, Guy Hedreen, Art Department)

Byron Otis “America at the Court of Rudolf II: Bartholomeus Spranger’s ‘Recumbent Diana’” (Introduction, Caroline Fowler, Research and Academic Program, The Clark)

Amber Orosco “Colonial Commodities: Blackness in an Eighteenth Century Mexican Cabinet” (Introduction, Anne Lafont, Graduate Program)

Emil Corb “Ashley Elkman to Wendy Red Star: Following the Lives of Ledger Drawings for a More Ethical Collection” (Introduction, Christine DeLucia, History Department)

Discussion moderated by Elizabeth Sandoval

Reception 5:30-6:30pm

Williams College Museum of Art

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.