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.