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The IFA - Frick Symposium

For more than half a century, The Frick CollectionOpen link in new window and the Institute of Fine Arts have hosted a symposium for graduate students in art history. Students at all stages of their degree program are encouraged to submit papers that demonstrate the breadth and depth of research carried out at their institution. The symposium offers candidates the opportunity to deliver original research papers in a public forum and to engage with colleagues in the field — novice and expert.

Friday's proceedings, which are held at the Institute of Fine Arts, will be broadcast live on this webpage.

A Symposium on the History of Art

Friday, April 17, 2015, 2:30 – 5:30 PM at the Institute of Fine Arts

Saturday, April 18, 2015 at The Frick Collection.

All graduate students in the history of art, faculty members, and museum staff members are cordially invited to attend. Click hereOpen link in new window to R.S.V.P. for the portion of the symposium at the Institute of Fine Arts on Friday.

No one will be seated once a lecture has begun.

Friday Afternoon

Institute of Fine Arts
1 East 78th Street, New York

Katie Zoni presiding

Welcome: Patricia Rubin, Judy and Michael Steinhardt Director, Institute of Fine Arts,
New York University

“From Medieval to Modern: Rediscovering Art Dealer Joseph Brummer in New York”
Christine Brennan, Bard Graduate CenterOpen link in new window
“The Child-like Eye: John Szarkowski Curates Jacques Henri Lartigue at MoMA”
Alexandra Mathwig, Brown UniversityOpen link in new window

“Celestial Mechanics: Harvey Fletcher and the ‘Gospel of Modern Science’”
Amanda Beardsley, Binghamton UniversityOpen link in new window

“Jack Burnham’s Real Time: Sculpture as System, 1967–69”
Courtney Fiske, Columbia UniversityOpen link in new window


Hannah Turpin presiding

“Unraveling Masculinities: Domestic Ambivalence in Lucas Samaras’s Reconstructions”
Sarah Parrish, Boston UniversityOpen link in new window

“Making Cage Pop: Charlotte Moorman and John Cage’s 26’1.1499””
 Saisha Grayson, The Graduate Center, City University of New YorkOpen link in new window

“Thresholds of Being: Phenomenology and the Art of Francesca Woodman”
Kelly Long, University of RochesterOpen link in new window
“Narrative Tales and Motivic Transmission: The Formation of Buddhist Hell Imagery
in Medieval Japan”
Miriam Chusid, Princeton UniversityOpen link in new window

Refreshments will be served after the lectures.

Saturday Morning

The Frick Collection
1 East 70th Street, New York

Adam Eaker presiding

Coffee will be served in the Garden Court.

Welcome: Ian Wardropper, Director, The Frick Collection

“Spoils for the New Pyrrhus: Alternative Claims to Antiquity in Ottoman Greece”
Emily Neumeier, University of PennsylvaniaOpen link in new window

“Mischief Night in Florence: Botticelli’s Nightmares of Love”
Henrike Lange, Yale UniversityOpen link in new window

“A Female Body of Christ: Sebastiano del Piombo’s Martyrdom of St. Agatha
Meaghan Bratichak, Rutgers, The State University of New JerseyOpen link in new window


Aaron Wile presiding

“Breastmilk and the Invention of Race in Colonial Mexican Casta Paintings”
Hannah Ryan, Cornell UniversityOpen link in new window

“A Curious Assembly: Frans Francken the Younger and the Art of Witchcraft”
Jamie Richardson, Bryn Mawr CollegeOpen link in new window

“Regicide in the Bedroom: Jean Le Pautre’s 1667 Folio”
Sam Omans, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University

“Watteau, through the Cracks”
Oliver Wunsch, Harvard UniversityOpen link in new window

Video from the 2014 Symposium

IFA-Frick sympoisum Part 1 of 2

IFA-Frick sympoisum Part 2 of 2

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