2020 Art and Art History CAA reception and sessions

The Department of Art and Art History invites all alumni, faculty, and students attending the College Art Association's (CAA) annual conference to a department reception. Connect with fellow alumni, faculty, and students.

Thursday, February 13, 5:30 – 7 pm
Hilton Chicago, 4th floor, Room 4J 
720 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago

Wednesday, February 12

10:30 am – Session: Aesthetics of the Spiritual in Contemporary Art

  • Jessamine Batario, Art History alumna (MA, 2012; PhD, 2018), Simulations at the Byzantine Fresco Chapel
  • Donato Loia, PhD Candidate, Art History, Political Spirituality in Theaster Gates's and Danh Vo's Work

10:30 am – Session: Afterlives and Different Futures for Latin American Art

  • George Flaherty, Associate Professor of Art History, co-chair
  • Adele Nelson, Assistant Professor of Art History, co-chair

2 pm – Session: Documenting Urban Change

  • Deirdre M Smith, PhD Candidate, Art History, Socialism in and out of Time in the Photographic Culture of Zagreb

4 pm – Session: Embodied Perception in a Time of War

  • Francesca Balboni, PhD Candidate, Art History, “the desire and pursuit of the whole is called love:” the figural delights of Geography of the Body (1943)
  • Elizabeth Welch, PhD Candidate, Art History, “The blaze of his bones,” Pavel Tchelitchew’s The Cave of Sleep

Thursday, February 13

10:30 am – Session: Women and Experimental Art Education in Latin America

  • Julia Detchon, PhD Candidate, Art History, “Con la participación del público”: Participation and Pedagogy in the Work of Mirtha Dermisache and Margarita Paksa

2 pm – Session: Critical and Liberatory Pedagogies in African American Art

  • Julia Elizabeth Neal, PhD Candidate, Art History, co-chair

2 pm – Session: Hidden Realities: Abstract Art from Latin American Women Artists

  • Dorota Biczel, Art History alumna (PhD, 2019), Palimpsests of Violence: Geologies of Diaspora and Colonialism in the Work of Esther Vainstein

2 pm – Session: Beyond the Tropics: Art and Visual Culture to and from the Caribbean

  • George Flaherty, Associate Professor of Art History, Commitment and Correspondence: The San Juan Print Biennial and Solidarity with Cuba

4 pm – Session: The Challenge of Mobile Images/Objects in Mesoamerica

  • Julia Guernsey, Professor of Art History, Figuration and Fragmentation: Observations on the Life Histories of Figurines and Other Sculpture in Mesoamerica

Friday, February 14

10:30 am – Session: The Longest March: Feminisim, Institutions, and Art

  • Ariel Evans, Art History alumna (MA in 2008, PhD in 2018), ‘Let Us At Least Begin:’ Institutional Politics in American Feminist Photography, 1980-1984

Saturday, February 15

8:30 am – Session: Postmodern Margins

  • Jana Lee La Brasca​​​​​​​, PhD Candidate, Art History, “Image-Sick”: Gretchen Bender, Susan Meiselas, and a Picture from the Salvadoran Civil War

2 pm – Session: The Present of the Future: Indigenous Futurisms in the Visual Arts

  • Kaila T. Schedeen​​​​​​​, PhD Candidate, Art History, Turning Back, Looking Forward: Manifesting Futures in Will Wilson’s Auto Immune Response​​​​​​​
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