2023 Symposium

In/Out of Place

19th Annual University of Oregon Graduate Symposium in the History of Art & Architecture

March 17 and 18, 2023


Friday, March 17

2-4pm PST

Tour of the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art followed by social with conference guests and department graduate students

Saturday, March 18

Coffee: 9:00 – 9:30 am

Opening Remarks: 9:30 am

Panel 1: 9:45am – 11am: Object Histories

Margaret Culuris-Harp, UC Davis

“Beth Alpha Zodiac Mosaic: Jewish Diasporic Reaction to Roman Rule and Pagan Motifs”

Sienna Weldon, UC Davis

“Corporeal Conclusions: Reframing the History of the Fijian ‘Cannibal’ Fork”

Lauren Gonzales, Hunter College

“Making and Taking: Evaluating the Ethnographic Gaze in Graciela Iturbide’s Los Que Viven en la Arena

Panel 2: 11:10am – 12:30pm: Peripheries-as-Centers

Jessica Braum, Temple University

“Cultural Hybridity and Cosmopolitan Iconography”

Weronika Malek-Lubawski, University of Southern California

“Between Moscow and Paris: Katarzyna Kobro, Władysław Strzemiński, and the development of modern art institutions in Łódź, 1921-1939”

Avani Sastry, University of Texas, Austin

“‘To belong to a disaspora…’: Crossing the Kala Pani and Theorizing Migrant’s Time Within Suchitra Mattai’s Hermeneutics

Lunch: 12:30-2:00pm

Panel 3: 2:00-3:15pm: Rewriting Boundaries

Alejandra López-Oliveros, Rutgers University

“Whose Monument is This?: Iconoclast Inventory of the Chilean Insurrection”

Anika Zempleni, Hunter College

“29 Days that Shook the Black World: FESTAC Through the Lens of Ebony Magazine

Alberta Madrid, University of Utah

“Reframing Borders and Boundaries: Appropriating the Florentine Codex as a U.S./Mexico Map”

Keynote: 3:30-4:30pm

Yuyang Zhang, “The Mirrorball in Westview”

Closing remarks: 4:30pm


Yuyang Zhang (he/him) (b.1993 Wuhan, China) is a multi-disciplinary artist living and working in Portland, Oregon. His painting, photographic, and multi-media works investigate personal and cultural identities. His studio practice primarily navigates the experience of the Chinese diasporas and social-political issues through pop culture references, internet landscape, and temporal iconography. 

Zhang holds a BS in Hospitality and Tourism Management from Purdue University and an MFA in Visual Studies from Pacific Northwest College of Art. He has exhibited nationally and internationally, including in Portland, Oregon; Lafayette, Indiana, New Harmony, Indiana; Shenzhen, China; and Berlin, Germany. Zhang has been featured in publications, including Buckmxn JournalBOOOOOOOM, The Drawers 2021AINT-BADThe Hand, and My View Only: A Monologue of Mobile Photography. Zhang’s work is part of the Regional Arts & Cultural Council 2022 Public Arts Collections.