Emerging Scholars Symposium

10-22-2016-emerging-scholars-200x200.jpgOrganized by the Association of Graduate Art Students in conjunction with the Georgia Museum of Art, the biennial Emerging Scholars Symposium invites art historians who are engaged in, or have recently concluded, graduate studies to share their research with their peers and the UGA community. The symposium often aligns its topic with the Georgia Museum of Art's programming, offering participants the chance to expand upon the themes highlighted
in a current exhibition. In addition to the panel of scholarly presentations, the symposium’s events include a keynote speaker whose work ties together the theme of the exhibition and symposium topic.

2016 Emerging Scholars Symposium 
Modernism Made Monumental

Saturday, October 22
Georgia Museum of Art Auditorium

“Modernism Made Monumental” expands the scope of the exhibition Icon of Modernism: Representing the Brooklyn Bridge, 1883–1950 by addressing the broader implications of symbolically saturated constructions in nineteenth- and twentieth-century visual and material culture. Conventional notions of modernization emphasize innovation and progress and seem opposed to monumental commemorations of the past. Yet, monuments also mark inaugural events or cataclysmic changes, and the materials and techniques employed in their making are often wholly original—at times, even scandalous. Contradictions between permanence and ephemerality, tradition and ingenuity, and public and personal can be examined in iconic structures that complicate fixed definitions of both modernity and monumentality. The symposium is co-sponsored by the Association of Graduate Art Students, Georgia Museum of Art and the National Endowment for the Arts.


9:30 – 11:30am

“The Spanish Pavilion at the 1937 Paris World’s Fair and the Birth of the New Monumentality”
Giovanna Bassi Cendra, PhD Student in Art History, Rice University, TX

“Temples of the Secular State: Opera Designs in Early Republican Turkey”
Ayça Sancar, PhD Candidate in Architectural Theory, RWTH Aachen University, GR

“Visibility and the Monumental in Mies van der Rohe”
Jessica Schouela, PhD Student in the History of Art, University of York, UK

“Just What Is It That Makes Tate Modern So Different, So Appealing? A Study of the Changing Function of Architecture”
Emily Sack, MA in Art History, Richmond, The American International University in London, UK

1:30 – 3:30pm

“The Necessity of Ruin: Monuments of Rupture and Redemption in Utopian Literature”
Nathaniel R. Walker, PhD in the History of Art and Architecture, Brown University

“Monumental Ephemera: The 1939 Smithsonian Gallery of Art Competition”
Zoë Samels, MA in the History of Art, Williams College

“Mainly for Photographic Purposes: Running Fence and, or as, Documentation"
D. Jacob Rabinowitz, PhD in Art History, Institute of Fine Arts at New York University

“Persistent Iconoclasm: Leninist Monument Culture and Its Documentation”
Julian Francolino, PhD Student in Visual Studies, University of California at Irvin

2014 Emerging Scholars Symposium
While Silent, They Speak: Art and Diplomacy

March 29, 2014
Georgia Museum of Art Auditorium 

“While Silent, They Speak: Art and Diplomacy” was scheduled in conjunction with the exhibition, Art Interrupted: Advancing American Art and the Politics of Cultural Diplomacy and coincided with the exhibition’s fourth and final installation at the Georgia Museum of Art, January 25-April 20, 2014. The symposium expanded upon the topic of the exhibition to address the broader theme of diplomacy throughout the history of visual and material culture worldwide.The visual arts can and have been used to promote and facilitate diplomatic agendas across cultures and time, and yet the arts have also challenged or impeded diplomatic efforts. Through the process of cross-cultural exchange, an object or image may shift in value and meaning, thereby illuminating, obscuring, or reinforcing cultural differences. 



“Mobilizing Fear of the “Other” to Inspire Empathy: Delacroix’s Greece on the Ruins of Missolonghi as Artistic Diplomacy”
Katherine Calvin, PhD Candidate, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 

“¿España?  Anarchism, Revolution and the Fight for International Support During the Spanish Civil War”
Michael Otayek, PhD Student, New York University

“Music Interrupted: A Source for Nascent U.S. Musical Diplomacy in the Ill-Fated Pan-American Association of Composers”
Stephanie Stallings, Research Consultant, Initiativa Ciudadana para la Promoción de la Cultura del Diálogo in New Mexico


“Robert Smithson and the Indigenous Landscape: An Historiographic Inquiry into Yucatán Mirror Displacements and Hotel Palenque”
Elizabeth Miller, PhD Student, University of California at San Diego

“Diplomatic Failure: The Body of Nefertiti”
Linnea West, Masters Student, University of Georgia

“Aestheticizing Internationalism: Mathias Goeritz and the Route of Friendship”
Erika Nelson, PhD Student, City University of New York 


“À la recherche de Yankee Art: Franco-American 'Exhibition Diplomacy' on the Eve of WWII”
Dimitrios Latsis, PhD Candidate, University of Iowa

“Aligning Regional and Pan-American Visions In The 1950s: Exhibitions Of Latin American Art at The Museum Of Fine Arts, Houston and Dallas Museum of Art”
Sarah Foltz, Gallery Director and Fine Art Appraiser, William Reaves Fine Art in Houston, Texas 

“‘Cleaner Than An Atomic Bomb’: Soviet-American Cultural Exchange in 1959”
Julia Bailey, PhD Candidate, University College London