Wrapping Up

Thank you to all involved for an extremely successful conference, great papers, invigorating conversations, and new connections. We hope that the conversation about the future of art history will continue with the same vibrancy that it did during the two days of the conference.

The 2013 Princeton Art & Archaeology Graduate Student conference is already in the initial planning stages, so look out for the call for papers for that event. In the meantime, please enjoy these photographs from the 2012 event.

Signing off,
Kristen D. Windmuller, 2012 Conference Organizer

Conference Slideshow

Princeton Art & Archaeology Graduate Student Conference 2012

Princeton Art & Archaeology Graduate Student Conference 2012

Panelist: Jessamine Batario

Jessamine BatarioJessamine Batario’s presentation, “Screams and Sunday Afternoons: The Occupy Art History Movement,” centers around an Internet meme that occurred in November 2011. Through close readings of two particular doctored images – Edvard Munch’s The Scream and Georges Seurat’s Dimanche Après-Midi sur l’île de la Grande Jatte – Jessamine analyzes how incongruous humor leads to a phenomenological and structural inversion of power that fulfills the ideology not only of the 99%ers of the Occupy Movement, but their detractors as well. Ultimately, her paper posits a rethinking of the traditional spatial binaries of public vs. private through a discussion of the Internet as a viable stage for the performance of pluralistic identities.

Jessamine received her B.A. in art history from the University of California, Berkeley and is currently an M.A. candidate at the University of Texas at Austin. Broadly speaking, her interests lie in nineteenth-century European painting, history of art history, phenomenology and hermeneutics. Jessamine’s thesis is on Francisco de Goya’s Untitled (Saturn Devouring one of his Children) and its “afterlife.”

Ms. Batario will present “Screams and Sunday Afternoons: The Occupy Art History Movement” during Panel #3.

Ditching the jargon

Should we ditch the jargon at the door as well? Check out Met Museum director Thomas Campbell’s recent TED talk on breaking down boundaries at the museum and in art history

TED Blog

Photo: James Duncan Davidson

Thomas P. Campbell, director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, starts his TEDTalk by telling a story of the first time he took an art course. It was taught by Pietro, an “irrascible Italian, who drank and swore much too much.” At one point he projected a very graphic image on a wall, with many figures of wine and cavorting, and asked them what it was. Campbell said it was a “bacchanal.” His teacher responded, “You fucking bookworm. It’s a fucking orgy.” He’s tried to bring that sense to his curation.

His own eureka moment came when he was studying the art of the courts of modern Europe, which was generally discussed in terms of the paintings. But in everything he read, there were descriptions of the tapestries, and for good reason: They were portable. “You could transform a cold, dank interior into…

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