Skip to Content

History of Art Graduate Symposium: “On Absence: Loss and Immateriality in Art and Architecture”

Saturday, October 25, 2014
12:00 AM
Helmut Stern Auditorium, University of Michigan Museum of Art

Titled “On Absence: Loss and Immateriality in Art and Architecture,” the symposium examines the role of ephemerality and invisibility in articulating communal, religious, and cultural identities. The event will feature distinguished Chinese art historian Wu Hung (University of Chicago) as keynote speaker.

Titled “On Absence: Loss and Immateriality in Art and Architecture,” the symposium examines the role of ephemerality and invisibility in articulating communal, religious, and cultural identities. The event will feature distinguished Chinese art historian Wu Hung (University of Chicago) as keynote speaker. Wu, whose research ranges from antiquity to the present, has dedicated his scholarship to the reconceptualization of Chinese art from a global perspective (http://arthistory.uchicago.edu/faculty/wu). His lecture “The Invisible Miniature: Framing the Soul in Chinese Art and Architecture” will explore the socio-political functions served by defacement of images in Chinese funerary culture. The symposium furthermore invites eight graduate students whose papers address a variety of time periods, geographical areas and artistic media to share their work in four thematically organized panels concerning the issues of iconoclasm, immateriality, the value of monuments, and the politics of absence under imperialism.

Morning Panels
9:00-9:30am Welcome Reception (UMMA Common Room)
9:30-9:45am Welcome Speech by Christiane Gruber, Associate Professor and
Director of Graduate Studies, Department of the History of Art
9:45-10:00am Introduction, Tappan Association, Department of the History of Art
Panel One: Censorship and Iconoclasm __--
10:00-10:20am Anna Khachiyan, Institute of Fine Arts, NYU
Discipline and Publish: Censorship and Falsification in Aleksandar
Rodchenko’s 10 Years of Uzbekistan
10:20-10:40am Sara Frier, Yale University
‘You are Here’: Points of Departure in Marcus Gheeraerts’ The Image
Breakers”
10:40-11:00am Q&A Discussion
11:00-11:10am Coffee Break (UMMA Common Room)
Panel Two: Immateriality and Invisibility __
11:10-11:30am Erin Giffin, University of Washington
Sonal Sculpture: Humanist Devotion at Orsanmichele
11:30-11:50am Ginger Elliott Smith, Boston University
Post-Studio Sublime: Art and Technology after Earthrise
11:50-12:10am Q&A Discussion
12:10-1:30pm Lunch BreakDepartment of Anthropology - Student Organization Funding Application (Fall 2014)
Event Proposal
3
Afternoon Panels
Panel Three: Monuments and Memory __
1:30-1:50pm Chun Wa Chan, University of Michigan
When Does an Icon Refuse Our Gaze?: On Absence in Domon Ken’s
Pilgrimage to Old Temples (Koji junrei), 1963-75
1:50-2:10pm Nancy Thebaut, University of Chicago
Architectures of Absence: Building Christ’s Tomb in Twelfth-Century
France
2:10-2:30pm Q&A Discussion
2:30-2:40pm Coffee Break (UMMA Common Room)
Panel Four: Absence and Imperialism __
2:40-3:00pm Eowyn Mays, University of Maryland
Absence and Imperial Desire in Felix Resurrection Hidalgo’s Per Pacem
at Liberatem
3:00-3:20pm Tess Korobkin, Yale University
Erasure, Displacement and Discord at Victoria Memorial Hall, 1901-
1921
3:20-3:40pm Q&A Discussion
3:40-4:00pm Coffee Break (UMMA Common Room)
4:00-5:00pm Keynote Lecture __
Wu Hung, Harrie A. Vanderstappen Distinguished Service Professor of
Art History, University of Chicago
The Invisible Miniature: Framing the Soul in Chinese Art and
Architecture
5:00-6:00pm Q&A Discussion and Closing Remarks