Saturday, April 12 | 10:00 am to 2:30 pm
Minneapolis Institute of Arts | Pillsbury Auditorium
Free & open to the public.

This symposium showcases the efforts of emerging art historians in the Twin Cities and highlights key works of art in the Minneapolis Institute of Arts collection. Each participating college or university has nominated an undergraduate and/or graduate student to present on an artwork or collection of works in the permanent collection of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts that relates to her/his ongoing research project.

10:00 a.m. Session I

  • Chakrasamvara Embracing Vajravarahi – The Sacred Visual Semantics of a Buddhist Icon” by Sreekishen Nair, Minneapolis College of Art and Design.
  • “Subalternity and the Representation of Gender in Kalighat Pats” by Samantha Wisneski, University of St. Thomas.
  • “A Frustrated Scholar as the Melancholic Angel: Giorgio de Chirico’s The Scholar’s Playthings as a Biographical Allegory” by Emma Flood, St. Catherine University.
  • “Sensation through Abstraction:  The Place Saint-Augustin Paintings of Edouard Vuillard” by Gretchen Burau, University of St. Thomas

11:45 a.m. Break


12:30 p.m. Session II

  • “Transgressive Beauty: Harriet Hosmer’s Medusa by Shannon Flaherty, University of Minnesota.
  • “The Self as Subject: Minor White’s Expressive Landscape and Inner Reality at Point Lobos, California” by Zoe Bartholomew, University of Minnesota.
  • “Searching for Utopia in Catherine Opie’s Icehouses” by Camille Erickson, Macalester College.
  • “Projection as Simulacrum: Jennifer Steinkamp’s Hurdy Gurdy Man by Johana Brubeck-Martinez, Minneapolis College of Art and Design.
  • “A Bridge Between Two Worlds: Negotiating Cultural Identity” by Alexandra Mickle, St. Olaf College


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