Panelist: Emilie Hobert

Emilie Hobert of Bowling Green State University will present “Darren Almond and Time in Altermodernism and Postmodernism” during Panel #2.


Panelist: Yasmine Van Pee

Yasmine Van Pee is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of California, Berkeley, where she studies modern and contemporary art, with a particular interest in colonial and post-colonial Africa. Somewhat to her own surprise, her native Belgium has come to dominate her work these past years. Her dissertation is tentatively titled “Phantom Africa: Imagining Territory in Belgium and Congo, 1885-1975” and focuses on the work of Herzekiah Andrew Shanu, Gaston-Denys Périer, and Marcel Broodthaers. In her free time she enjoys tinkering with translations and vintage motorcycles.

Ms. Van Pee will present “Mining Katanga: Sammy Baloji’s “Mémoires” during Panel #3.

Panelist: Kjell Wangensteen

Kjell WangensteenKjell Wangensteen will present “On Vasari’s Vite and Kano Einō’s Honchō gashi: An Historiographical Experiment” during Panel #1.

Are there aspects of an history of art that might be considered “universal” (i.e., shared across cultures), or is each tradition necessarily distinct and culturally-specific?  This paper concentrates on two foundational art texts–one from Renaissance Italy, the other from Edo-period Japan–and addresses the basic question of how (art) historical narratives are constructed and interpreted, both within and across very different cultural contexts.

Kjell Wangensteen is a second-year graduate student at Princeton focusing on Northern European Renaissance and Baroque art.

Panelist: Shira Backer

Shira BackerShira Backer is a third-year M.A. candidate in History of Art at Bryn Mawr College, completing a thesis on the ceramics of Sterling Ruby, a contemporary, Los Angeles-based artist who also works in collage and video, along with other sculptural media. The thesis explores the relationship of a recent series of sculptures, “Basin Theology,” to parts of Ruby’s oeuvre that function as social critique in more obvious ways. Shira received her B.A. in Philosophy from Barnard College, and spent a year working in the education department of the Hudson River Museum in Yonkers, New York. In 2011-2012, she is serving as a Graduate  Assistant in Special Collections at Bryn Mawr.

She will present “Discipline Slip: Art Therapy and the Ceramics of Sterling Ruby” during Panel #3.

Panelist: Eva Gratta

Eva Gratta is a Ph.D. student in Art History at the Graduate Center, City University of New York, specializing in American Art pre-1945.  Additionally, she is a research assistant at the New-York Historical Society.  Her paper explores maritime imagery in the colonial Americas as a means to express global relationships during the long eighteenth century.

Ms. Gratta will present “Maritime Imagery in the American Colonial Experience: A Transnational Approach” during Panel #1.

Panelist: Pierluigi Serraino

Pierluigi Serraino by Rondal Partridge

photo: Rondal Partridge

Pierluigi Serraino is an architect, author, and educator. He holds multiple professional and research degrees in architecture from Italy and the United States. Prior to opening his independent design practice, Pierluigi worked at Mark Mack architects, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, and Anshen+Allen working on a variety of residential and institutional projects in the United States and overseas. His work and writing have been published in professional and scholarly journals, among them Architectural Record, Architecture California, Journal of Architectural Education, and Architectural Design (UK). He has authored four books, among them “Modernism Rediscovered” (Taschen 2000) and “NorCalMod: Icons of Northern California Modernism” (Chronicle Books). He has written numerous essays, the latest appeared in “Solid States: Concrete in Transition” (Princeton Architectural Press, 2010) on the pioneering modeling methods of Eero Saarinen & Associates and in “California Houses of Gordon Drake” (Stout Publishers, 2011) on the experimental designs of Gordon Drake. He has lectured widely on the subject of Mid-century modern, Architectural Photography, and Digital Design. Current research interests are the work of California architect Donald Olsen (forthcoming book, 2012), the 1958 ground-breaking creativity study on 40 architects very recently resurfaced, and changes in professional practice models brought about through the digital age.

Mr. Serraino will present “UNIVERSALITY BEATS PARTICULARITY: Sameness and Placemaking beyond Geography and Time in Twentieth Century Architecture” during Panel #2.