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Midwest Art History Society Program
Annual Conference, Grand Rapids, April 14 – 16, 2011


Thursday, April 14, 2011
Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park

10:30 am – 12:00 pm

The Body in Art
Session Chair: Suzanne Eberle, Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University
Hauenstein Room

  • From Flesh to Ashes: Negation and Monumentalization of Corporeality
    Nogin Chung, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania
  • When a Boy Says Goodbye to His Mother and She Gives Him to Uncle Sam: Mothers in Illustrated Sheet Music During World War I
    Theresa Leininger-Miller, University of Cincinnati
  • The Dancer’s Body at the Salon: Cleo de Merode and Alexandre Flaguiere’s La Danseuse
    Susan Waller, University of Missouri
  • The Tomioka Silk Mill: Factory Women, the Nation, and Meiji Period Visual Culture
    Alison Miller, University of Kansas

Late Medieval and Northern Renaissance Art
Session Chair: Anne Heath, Hope College
Pfeiffer Room

  • Hybridity of Spaces: St. William’s College, The College of Chantry Priests at York
    Megan K. Young, University of Kansas
  • From Legend to History: The Altarpiece of the Holy Cross (Blesa, Spain) by Martin Bernat and Miguel Jimenez, ca. 1487
    Leslie Ann Blacksberg, Eastern Kentucky University
  • The Stations of the Cross and ‘Spiritual Pilgrimage’ in early modern Brabant
    Mitzi Kirkland-Ives, Missouri State University

1:00 pm — 2:30 pm

Contemporary Art
Session Chair: Leesa Fanning, Nelson-Atkins Museum, Kansas City
Hauenstein Room

  • Criticism and Catharsis in Two Recent Sculptures of Mao Zedong by the Gao Brothers
    David Cateforis, University of Kansas
  • Speaking Out of Time: The Relevance of Contemporary Art
    Elizabeth Kauffman, Bradley University
  • Tino Seghal at the Guggenheim: Relational Aesthetics and the Obduracy of Art
    Levi Smith, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

European Art and Architecture 1600-1800
Session Chair: Valerie Hedquist, University of Montana
Pfeiffer Room

  • Albert Eckhout's Copenhagen Series: Imagined Narratives of Colonial Exchange
    Carrie Anderson, Boston University
  • What's Old is New Again: Jan van de Velde's Twelve Months and the Assimilation of Visual and Literary Precedent
    Megan Blocksom, University of Kansas
  • The Drunken Silenus: Myth and Style at the French Royal Academy
    Anna Buxton, University of Montana
  • Theater and Pomp[adour]: A Suggested Source of Inspiration for François Boucher's Fountain of Venus
    Allison Morgan, Case Western Reserve University

2:45 pm – 4:15 pm

Nineteenth-Century European Art
Session Chair: Phylis Floyd, Michigan State University
Hauenstein Room

  • Degas’s Portrait of Mlle Fiocre and the Orientalism of Modern Life
    Mary Manning, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
  • New Approaches to the Study of Paul Cézanne’s Landscapes: The Use of Site Photographs for Art Historical Research
    Jorgelina Orfila, Texas Tech University
  • Nature Denatured: Ingenious Artifice in Émile Gallé’s Glass
    Jane Vahlkamp Andrus, University of Kentucky

Gardens as Ideal
Session Chair: Craig Hanson, Calvin College
Pfeiffer Room

  • The Secret Garden of Isabella d'Este
    Caitlin Sweeney, Syracuse University in Florence
  • Garden Visions of Free Labor in the 1860 Republican Presidential Election Propaganda
    Rebecca Preiss Odom, Saint Louis University
  • The Kansas City Sculpture Park: Whose Ideal?
    Jan Schall, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City

4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Conservation and the Meaning of Art Objects
Session Chair: Kenneth Bé, Ford Conservation Center, Omaha NE
Hauenstein Room

  • Grand Wood's Corn Room Mural in Council Bluffs, Iowa, 1926-7
    Kenneth Bé, Ford Conservation Center, Omaha
  • Francisco de Zurbarán’s Paintings as Primary Sources: Why Pigments and Grounds Matter
    Lori Kata, Montgomery County Community College, Blue Bell PA
  • (Re)constructing the Monument: The Tropaeum Traiani in the Modern Age
    Ana Mitrovici, University of California at Santa Barbara

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Friday, April 15, 2011
Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park

8:45 am – 10:15 am

Session Chair: Elizabeth Van Arragon, Calvin College
Hauenstein Room

  • Repetition and Remembrance: The Re-Photographic Survey Project
    Navjotika Kumar, Kent State University
  • Robert Rauschenberg's Photography
    Christina Chang, Weisman Art Museum, University of Minnesota
  • Kindred Lenses: The ‘Poetic Mundane’ of Twentieth Century American Landscape Photography in the work of Walker Evans, Joel Sternfeld, and Stephen Shore
    Michael Freeman, Western Oregon University

Sixteenth- and Seventeenth- Century Rome
Session Chair: Megan Walker, Grand Rapids Community College
Pfeiffer Room

  • Pilgrim, Warrior and Apostle: The Spanish Presentation of Saint James in S. Giacomo degli Spagnoli in Rome
    Rosie Marie May, Temple University
  • Reverie in Nature: Ascending to God through the Tangible in Clementine Rome
    Anne Muraoka, Independent Scholar
  • Bernini’s Cornaro Chapel: Visualizing Mysticism in the Age of Reformation
    Adam Ladd, Kent State University

10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Envisioning the Medieval
Session Chair: Sigrid Danielson, Grand Valley State University
Hauenstein Room

  • Altering the Traditio[n]: The Traditio legis at the Monastery of Saint John
    Kirsten Ataoguz, Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne
  • The Bishop’s Two Bodies and the Image in Between
    Evan Gatti, Elon University
  • A Portrait of Power: Don Ugo’s Biccherna Book Cover and Social Closure in Thirteenth Century Siena
    Laura Dobrynin, Ohio University, Athens OH

Twentieth-Century Art: Détournement and Appropriation
Session Chairs: Kim Overdevest, Grand Rapids Community College; and Tamara Fox, Hope College
Pfeiffer Room

  • Walking the rue Surréaliste: The Mannequins of the 1938 International Exhibition of Surrealism
    Acacia Warwick, Bradley University
  • “Let Me Entertain You:” Popular Culture and Black Liberation in the Work of Betye Saar
    Phoebe Wolfskill, Indiana University
  • The Detourned Monument: Moving Beyond Situationist Space in Jane and Louise Wilsons’ A Free and Anonymous Monument
    Helena Shaskevich, State University of New York at Stony Brook

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2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Grand Rapids Art Museum, Print Room

Prints and Drawings
Session Chair: Cindy Buckner, Grand Rapids Art Museum

  • Herman Webster’s France: A Love Story in Prints
    Reed Anderson, Kansas City Art Institute
  • A Large-Format Passion Series by Nicolas de Bruyn
    James R. Wehn, Thrivent Financial Collection of Religious Art, Minneapolis, MN
  • The Poor Man’s Art Gallery: Posters, Politics and the Boundaries of Art in Late Nineteenth-Century Paris
    Karen L. Carter, Kendall College of Art and Design
  • A Newly Found Compositional Design by Carlo Maratti
    Robert Randolf Coleman, University of Notre Dame

Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, Haldane Room

Public Sculpture
Session Chair: Paula Wisotzki, Loyola University at Chicago

  • “The Cinderella of the Arts”: The Success and Failure of Public Sculpture at the Festival of Britain
    Catherine Jolivette, Missouri State University
  • Disinterested Utopianism and Collaborative Patronage: Art, Industry, and Sculture nella citta
    Marin Sullivan, University of Michigan
  • Collecting Practices of the Krasl Art Center
    Tami Miller, Case Western Reserve University

4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Grand Rapids Art Museum, Print Room

Design and Decorative Arts
Session Chair: Eric Gollannek, Grand Valley State University
Carolyn Tillman, University of St. Thomas

  • Heirloom or Throwaway: The Conflicted Purpose of British Tableware for the American Market
    Jeanne Morgan Zarucchi, University of Missouri-St. Louis
  • The Aging Studio: Vienna's Ringstrasse and Hans Makart
    Eric Anderson, Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University
  • Georgian Mercantilist Architecture and the Afterlife of Empire
    Eric Gollannek, Grand Valley State University

Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, Haldane Room

Where is Asia?
Session Chair: Christine Hahn, Kalamazoo College

  • Mao’s Ideology and Artistic Form of The Legend of the Red Lantern
    Qing Chang, Washington University in St. Louis
  • “I’m into Anime!”: Meeting the Challenges of a Globalized World at a Fine Arts College
    Jan M. Kennedy, Kansas City Art Institute
  • Imagining Asia: Perceptions of China in Renaissance Florence
    Irene Backus, The University of Chicago

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Saturday, April 16, 2011
Amway Grand Plaza Hotel

9:00 am – 10:30 am

African and Oceanic Art
Session Chair: Fred T. Smith, Kent State University
Haldane Room

  • Moving Beyond Dichotomous Constructs: The case of Masquerade Societies in Calabar, Cross River State, Nigeria
    Jordan Fenton, University of Florida
  • Custom—then and now: Papua New Guinea Contemporary and Traditional Art
    Jacquelyn Lewis-Harris, University of Missouri at Saint Louis
  • Igbo Uli Art: Male and Female, Traditional and Contemporary?
    Fred T. Smith, Kent State University

Recent Acquisitionsin Midwest Museums
Session Chair: Susan Bandes, Michigan State University
Grand View Room

  • Tweaking the American Wing: Recent Acquisitions of American Art at the DIA
    Kenneth Myers, Detroit Institute of Arts
  • Two Souls in One Body: The Art of Annabel Livermore and James Magee
    Jane Connell, Muskegon Museum of Art
  • Intimate Images of Love and Loss: Portrait Miniatures at the Milwaukee Art Museum
    Catherine Sawinski, Milwaukee Art Museum
  • Divas, Sailing Ships and Bears, Oh My: Glamming Up the AAM Galleries
    Ellen Rudolph, Akron Art Museum

10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Crossing Boundaries
Session Chair: Kirstin Strom, Grand Valley State University
Haldane Room

  • Original Roto-reliefs? The Secret History of Marcel Duchamp’s Disks Bearing Spirals
    Grant Mandarino, University of Michi
  • Hale Woodruff's Talladega College Murals: Democratic and Pedagogical Equity
    Amy Nygaard, University of St. Thomas
  • Weaving the Murray: Overcoming the Boundaries Between Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Cultural Identities in Contemporary AustraliaAmy Dunham, University of Cincinnati

Italian Renaissance Art
Session Chair: Judith Mann, Saint Louis Art Museum
Grand View Room

  • Iconographical Integrity in Ghiberti’s Gates of Paradise
    William Levin, Centre College, Danville KY
  • On Birth and Purgatory: Influences from Dante’s Commedia and Cristoforo Landino’s Comento on Ghirlandaio’s Tornabuoni Chapel Frescoes
    Lisa B. Safford, Hiram College
  • The Art and Rituals of Execution and Comforting in the Italian Renaissance
    Susan McCarthy, University of Kansas
  • The Martinengo Mausoleum in Brescia
    Rebecca Norris, Cambridge University

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