2015-2016

12th Annual Art History Association Student Research Symposium
April 14–15, 2016

Symposium Schedule
Thursday April, 14
4:30-5:30 p.m.
Reception at the Papé Reception Hall, Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art
1430 Johnson Lane, University of Oregon

Welcome and Keynote Introduction
Diana Engel and Rachel Smith, Symposium Co-chairs

Keynote Presentation
5:30-7:30pm

Bronwen Wilson
Professor, Department of Art History, UCLA

Bio for Keynote Speaker
Bronwen Wilson is a professor of Renaissance and Early Modern art in the Department of Art History at University of California at Los Angeles. Her current book project, The Horizon and Inscription in Early Modern Mediterranean Travel Imagery, brings to light innovative uses of media and formats through which diverse temporal experiences were materialized. She also writes on the history of Venetian art, the subject of her book The World in Venice: Print, the City, and Early Modern Identity (winner of the Roland H. Bainton Prize for Art History in 2006), and she has published several articles on European images of Ottoman Turks and Turkish costume, which informs her current research. Northern Italian portraiture and physiognomy are the focus of her book manuscript The Face of Uncertainty (under consideration), from which her talk comes.

Presentation Abstract: Blindness, Uncertainty, and Sensation
Fuelled by religious conflict and scientific inquiry, debates
about the authority of the eye over the ear intensified in 16th-century Europe.
Philosophical skepticism, mobilized by the Counter-Reformation, raised doubts about how anything can be known with certainty. Artistic experimentation participated in these debates in Bologna, particularly around the limits of vision and touch. This lecture explores how artistic engagement in blindness activated sensation and probed understandings of exteriority and inwardness, knowledge and doubt.

Friday April, 15
All events on Friday will be held in the Ford Lecture Hall at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art.

Student Presentations
Student presentations will each last 20–25 minutes and will each be followed
by a 5–10 minute question-and-answer period. Presenters are listed in order of
appearance. UO students, members of the UO faculty and staff, and the public are
welcome to attend.

MORNING SESSION:
10:00 a.m.
Welcome
Diana Engel and Rachel Smith, Symposium Co-chairs

10:15-10:45 a.m.
Sensory Engagement and Audience Participation
10:15: Eduardo Vivanco, “Beyond the Screen: Frankenstein in the ‘Audible and
Pictorial Field,’” PhD Candidate, Department of Art and Art History,
Stanford University

10:45: Samantha Lyons, “Radical Edibles: Food, Fashion, and the Senses in
Robert Kushner and Friends Eat Their Clothes,” PhD Candidate, Department
of Art History, University of Kansas

11:15: Antonia Schreier, “MFA Houston Rothko Retrospective: On Encouraging
Contemplation,” BA Candidate, Department of Art, Art History, and
Design, University of Notre Dame

LUNCH BREAK
Noon-1:00 p.m.

AFTERNOON SESSION
1:00 p.m.
Welcome
Diana Engel and Rachel Smith, Symposium Co-chairs

1:15-2:15 p.m.
Touch and Materiality
1:15: Theresa Downing, “Touching Sound: Somatic Sensation in Ann
Hamilton’s Tropos,” PhD Student, Department of Art History,
University of Minnesota

2:15: Sophie Ong, “Mining for Memory: The Materiality and Intermediality of
the Reliquary Pendant of the Holy Thorn,” PhD Student, Department of Art
History, Rutgers University

2:15-3:45 p.m.
Speech and Sounds
2:15: Lisa Wilcut, “The Sounds of Tea: Embodied Experience of the Soundscape of the Japanese Tea Ceremony,” MA Student of Japanese Literature and
Culture, Stanford University

2:45: Vanessa Reubendale, “Outburst! Real Noise in the Telephone
Workers’ Strike of 1947,” PhD Student, Department of Art History,
University of Minnesota

3:15: Molly Phelps, “The Textual Body: Late Medieval Birthing Amulets and
Speech Scrolls in Annunciation Scenes,” MA Student, Department of Art
History and Art, Case Western Reserve University

3:45-4:00 p.m.
CLOSING REMARKS
Diana Engel and Rachel Smith, Symposium Co-chairs


ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
We would like to thank the Department of the History of Art and Architecture at the University of Oregon, especially Charles Lachman, our department head, and Assistant Professor Maile Hutterer, both of whom have offered their invaluable time and expertise in cultivating the symposium. We would also like to thank Shaun Haskins for his assistance in organizing the keynote speaker’s stay; Karen Johnson and Kelly Copeland for their help with creating the advertisements; Jamie Leaf for securing the symposium’s venues; and Jen Bailey for developing the catering menus. In addition, we would like to thank our sponsors, the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, the Oregon Humanities Center, and the Department of the History of Art and Architecture, for their generous support of the symposium.

Thank you to our fellow undergraduate and graduate student members of the Art History Association. We express our sincerest gratitude to the cop-residents, Kaitie Garvin and Madeline Jenkins, and to the association’s treasurer, Megan Pounds. Their support and assistance helped make the symposium possible. We would also like to thank the members of the Student Submissions Committee, Amelia Anderson, Kaitie Garvin, and Claire Sabitt, for reading numerous submissions and offering their feedback.

Finally, we extend our deepest thanks to our keynote speaker, Bronwen Wilson, and to our student presenters. Their deep enthusiasm on the topic of art and the senses have made this symposium a success.

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