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Middle Atlantic Symposium

Since 1971, the department and the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (CASVA) at the National Gallery of Art have jointly sponsored the Middle Atlantic Symposium in the History of Art.

Held annually over two days in March, the Middle Atlantic Symposium in the History of Art (MAS) offers an opportunity for advanced graduate students from universities in the mid-Atlantic region to present their original research to the public, and brings together academic and museum communities in the greater Washington area. Each year a student from the department is among those who present their work at the symposium.

    Middle Atlantic Symposium, March 1-2, 2024

    George Levitine Lecture: Stephanie Porras, "How not to do Global Art History"

    Stephanie Porras
    Stephanie Porras

    The 54th Annual Sessions of the Symposium will be held on Friday and Saturday, March 1st and 2nd, 2024. The symposium will begin on Friday evening, March 1st, when Stephanie Porras, Professor of Art History and Chair of the Newcomb Art Department at Tulane University, will deliver this year’s George Levitine Lecture at the University of Maryland. The title of her talk, which she will deliver at 6 pm in the Lecture Hall (ASY 2203) of Parren J. Mitchell Art-Sociology Building, is "How not to do Global Art History."

    Stephanie Porras's research and teaching encompasses the visual and material cultures of Northern Europe, Spanish and Dutch colonial holdings in Asia and the Americas. Her recent books include The First Viral Images: Maerten de Vos, Antwerp print and the early modern world and, with co-editor Stephen Campbell, The Routledge Companion to the Global Renaissance. She is outgoing Reviews Editor for the Art Bulletin and serves on the editorial board for the Netherlands Yearbook for the History of Art.

    The talk will be preceded by a tea at 5 pm in the Atrium of the same building. A dinner, by subscription, will follow Professor Porras's talk. For this, please register here.


    Student Papers, Saturday March 2nd

    Registration required. Please register here


    Morning Session, 10:15 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
    Welcome by Steven Nelson, The Center
    Moderated by Peter M. Lukehart, The Center

    Matthew Sova, Johns Hopkins University
    Pilgrimage and Performance in the Tomb of Christ Reconstructions of Mainz
    Introduced by Nino Zchomelidse

    Tony Cui, University of Maryland
    Brueghelian Temperature: Pieter Bruegel’s Months and Ideas of Climate Temperance
    Introduced by Anthony Colantuono

    Emily DuVall, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    Visualizing Power: François Ier’s Royal Entries
    Introduced by Tania String

    Courtney Middleton, George Washington University
    Mickalene Thomas’s “Jet Blue” and the Complexities of Pleasure
    Introduced by Bibiana Obler

    Afternoon Session, 2:00–4:00 p.m. 
    Welcome by Kaira M. Cabañas, The Center
    Moderated by Tess Korobkin, University of Maryland

    Nina Blomfield, Bryn Mawr College
    Ephemeral Decorating: Japanese Paper Goods in American Domestic Space
    Introduced by Lisa Saltzman

    Grace McCormick, American University
    Mickalene Thomas’s “A Moment’s Pleasure”: Reclaiming Black Women’s Place in the History of Black Power
    Introduced by Nika Elder

    Ash Duhrkoop, University of Virginia
    The Painter as Geologist: Surface and Depth in the Paintings of Tshibumba Kanda-Matulu
    Introduced by Henry Skerrit

    Erin Riley-Lopez, Temple University
    Utopian Tomorrows
    Introduced by Mariola V. Alvarez



    Previous Middle Atlantic Symposia



    Paul Chaat Smith
    Paul Chaat Smith

    Friday, March 3rd, 6 pm

    The 53rd Annual Sessions of the Symposium will be held on Friday and Saturday, March 3rd and 4th, 2023. The symposium will begin on Friday evening, March 3rd, when Paul Chaat Smith, citizen of the Comanche Nation and Curator at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian, will deliver this year’s George Levitine Lecture at the University of Maryland. The title of his talk, which he will deliver at 6 pm, is "Weaponizing Nostalgia: Notes on the Absence and Presence of Indians in American Life."

    53rd Annual Sessions
    Saturday, March 4, 2023
    10:15 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    West Building Lecture Hall
    National Gallery of Art

    Morning Session, 10:15 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

    Introduction and session moderated by Steven Nelson, Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts

    Annie Maloney, Emory University
    “Saving Roman Painting: The Antiquarian Reproductions of Pietro Santi Bartoli (1635–1700)”
    Introducer: Sarah McPhee

    Jordan Hillman, University of Delaware
    “Jules-Alexandre Grün: ‘An Enemy of the Authorities’?”
    Introducer: Margaret Werth

    Maria Puzyreva, University of Pennsylvania
    “Hidden in the Landscape: Imperial Propaganda in Tokuriki Tomikichirō’s Wartime Prints”
    Introducer: Julie Nelson Davis

    Marco Polo Juarez Cruz, University of Maryland
    “Entering Muralist Abstraction: Reimaging the Mexican Pavilion at the Osaka World’s Fair (1970)”
    Introducer: Abigail McEwen

    Afternoon Session, 2:00–4:00 p.m.

    Session moderated by Emily Catherine Egan, University of Maryland

    Kyle Marini, Penn State University
    “Two-Ply Art History: Parsing Threads of Iconographic Continuity and Rupture in Colonial Inca Embroidery”
    Introducer: Amara Solari

    Kate Sunderlin, Virginia Commonwealth University
    “Medium and Myth in a Southern City: Plaster in the Studio of Edward Virginius Valentine and the Valentine Museum”
    Introducer: Tobias Wofford

    Kathryn Carney, University of Pittsburgh
    “Modernizing the Body at German Hygiene Exhibitions, 1911–1930”
    Introducer: Barbara McCloskey

    Jessica Orzulak, Duke University
    “Transcendent Futurisms: The Photography of Cara Romero”
    Introducer: Kristine Stiles


    MAS 2022: Fifty-Second Annual Sessions



    MAS 2020: Fiftieth Annual Sessions

    MAS 2019: Forty-Ninth Annual Sessions

    MAS 2017: Forty-Seventh Annual Sessions

    MAS 2016: Forty-Sixth Annual Sessions

    MAS 2015: Forty-Fifth Annual Sessions

    MAS 2014: Forty-Forth Annual Sessions

    MAS 2013: Forty-Third Annual Sessions

    MAS 2012: Forty-Second Annual Sessions

    MAS 2011: Forty-First Annual Sessions

    MAS 2010: Fortieth Annual Sessions

    MAS 2008: Thirty-Eighth Annual Sessions

    MAS 2007: Thirty-Seventh Annual Sessions