2012 Annual Conference

2012 Annual Conference

Mar 29 – 31, 2012

The Midwest Art History Society held its 39th annual conference in Wichita, Kansas March 29-31, 2012. Host institutions were Wichita State University and the Wichita Art Museum.

Conference sessions on Thursday, March 29 were held on the Wichita State University campus. WSU’s Martin H. Bush Outdoor Sculpture Collection at the Ulrich Museum of Art, named one of the top ten university sculpture collections by Public Art Review, contains works by Andy Goldsworthy, Henry Moore, Claes Oldenburg, Auguste Rodin, Joan Miro and Salvador Dali. The Lowell D. Holmes Museum of Anthropology at Wichita State houses one of only three significant collections of Asmat art in the United States and Wichita State is the only university to have conducted extensive anthropological research in Southwestern New Guinea in the past 40 years. The Ablah Library Special Collections department at Wichita State University is the new home of the collected papers of LIFE photographer and filmmaker Gordon Parks.

Thursday evening’s keynote address was delivered by Marilyn Stokstad, Judith Harris Murphy Distinguished Professor of Art History at the University of Kansas. Dr. Stokstad’s address was titled “Art Patronage in a Civil Society”

Wishita Art Museum

Conference sessions on Friday, March 30 were held at the Wichita Art Museum.

Wishita Art Museum

Conference sessions on Friday, March 30 were held at the Wichita Art Museum. The Wichita Art Museum is the largest art museum in the state of Kansas and contains one of the nation’s finest collections of American art with works by Mary Cassatt, Winslow Homer and Edward Hopper. The museum has recently focused on expanding its already impressive collection of works in glass through the acquisition of historic pieces by Steuben. In 2003 the museum completed an extensive remodeling and expansion project bringing its size to 115,000 square feet for the display of over 7,000 works of art. Dale Chihuly’s first Persian Seaform Ceiling was installed as part of this 2003 project.

Final Fridays

Traditionally mark the openings or closings of local, regional and national exhibitions and galleries provide food, drinks and musical entertainment as part of the festivities.

Final Fridays

Final Fridays are the hallmark of the Wichita area arts scene and conference attendees had the opportunity to spend the evening of Friday, March 30 gallery-hopping throughout downtown Wichita. Wichita State University’s ShiftSpace student gallery is housed in the Old Town district amidst artisan shops and bistro-style eateries. The Commerce Street arts district houses artists’ co-operatives such as Fisch Haus Studios and The Fiber Studio dedicated to showcasing multi-media and multi-disciplinary arts. Final Fridays in Wichita traditionally mark the openings or closings of local, regional and national exhibitions and galleries provide food, drinks and musical entertainment as part of the festivities.


Wichita is the largest city in the state of Kansas.


Wichita is the largest city in the state of Kansas with a population of approximately 500,000. Blackbear Bosin’s monumental statue The Keeper of the Plains located on the banks of the Little Arkansas River overlooks the city’s museum district and arts and cultural institutions such as the Wichita Art Museum, the headquarters of the International Society of Decorative Painters, Exploration Place, Botanica, and the Old Cowtown Museum, the Mid-America All Indian Center and the Kansas African-American Museum.

Conference Program

Conference Program

Midwest Art History Society Program
Annual Conference, Wichita State University & Wichita Art Museum
March 29 – 31, 2012

Reservations at the Conference Hotel

The conference hotel is the Best Western Airport Inn and Conference Center. The special MAHS rate is $77.99 per night. Please call the hotel at 888-942-5666 to make reservations and be sure to specify you are with the Midwest Art History Society Conference as the entire hotel is reserved for our conference.

Transportation from the Airport to the Conference Hotel

The Best Western Airport Inn provides a FREE 24 hour shuttle service to and from Wichita’s Mid-Continent Airport. Upon arrival at the airport proceed to the Courtesy Phone Board located in the baggage claim area and select the Best Western Airport Inn to have the shuttle come get you.

Complimentary Breakfast

The Best Western Airport Inn provides a complimentary breakfast to all hotel guests. You will be provided with a yellow meal card upon check-in. Breakfast is served from 6:00–10:00 am in Sola’s Restaurant located inside the Best Western Airport Inn. Coffee and pastries will also be available at Wichita State University and at the Wichita Art Museum during the morning sessions.

Shuttle Service

Included in your registration fee is complimentary shuttle service from the airport to and from the Wichita State University campus on Thursday, to and from the Wichita Art Museum on Friday and to and from the Final Friday Gallery Crawl events on Friday evening. Carpool arrangements will be made for those wishing to participate in the optional tours of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Allen-Lambe House on Wednesday afternoon and Saturday afternoon.


Wednesday, March 28, 2012

3:30 pm
Optional Tour of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Allen-Lambe House.
Conference participants interested in the tour should contact Pat Graham at pgraham@ku.edu to make arrangements.

4:00 to 10:00 pm
Registration in the Best Western Airport Inn Lobby


Thursday, March 29, 2012
Wichita State University

8:00 am – 3:00 pm

Registration and Hospitality Tables
Outside of 210 McKnight Art Center

8:00 am – 9:45 am

Issues of Patronage and Collecting in Asian Art I: Formation of Museum Collections
Session Chair: Patricia J. Graham, University of Kansas
211 McKnight Art Center

  • Separating Sheep from Goats: Sherman Lee’s Collecting, Connoisseurship, and Canon of Chinese Painting in the 1950s-60s
    Noelle Giuffrida, Case Western Reserve University
  • Morning Calm Over Salem: The Korean Collection of the Peabody Essex Museum
    Kristine Zickuhr, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • A Celebration of Craftsmanship: Early Acquisitions of Japanese Art at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
    Patricia J. Graham, University of Kansas
  • (Re)Constructing Femininity: Portraits of the Meiji Empress at the Meiji Memorial Picture Gallery
    Alison Miller, University of Kansas

8:00 am – 9:45 am

Weimar Germany
Session Chair: Rachel Epp Buller
210 McKnight Art Center

  • Save the Women! Alice Lex and the Communist Fight Against Paragraph 218
    Rachel Epp Buller
  • Erasure and Jewishness in Otto Dix’s Portrait of the Lawyer Hugo Simons
    James A. van Dyke, University of Missouri – Columbia
  • The ‘Death’ of Expressionism and its ‘Rebirth’ as a Jewish Form: Notions of Jewish Art in Weimar Germany
    Celka Straughn, University of Kansas

10:00 am – 11:45 am

Issues of Patronage and Collecting in Asian Art II: Cross-Cultural Interactions with Japan
Session Chair: Jan Kennedy, Kansas City Art Institute
211 McKnight Art Center

  • Religion, Cultural Bias and Geography: Collecting Netherlandish Maps in Japan and Their Adaptation in a World Map Screen
    Jan Kennedy, Kansas City Art Institute
  • Everything Is Not As It Seems: Reconstructing Felice Beato’s Japan
    Julia C. Fischer, Georgia Southern University
  • Edward Morse (1838-1925), Maria Longworth Storer (1849-1932), and the Rookwood Pottery Company’s Collections of Asian Art: Finding Inspiration and Forging a New Japanese Aesthetic in America
    Lindsay Hagen, University of Cincinnati
  • Kitagawa Tamiji’s “Mural-like” Painting
    Takaaki Kumagai, University of Kansas

10:00 am – 11:45 am

Renaissance and Baroque Art
Session Chair: Sally Cornelison, University of Kansas
211 McKnight Art Center

  • The Cassone Panels of the Continence of Scipio and the Rape of the Sabines and their Connection to Renaissance Marriage Laws
    Rachael L. Mundie
  • Political Significance in the Frescoes of the Salone Riario: Pope Julius II
    Caroline Larson, Florida State University
  • Image and Pilgrimage: The Visual Ideology of Elector Frederick the Wise of Saxony
    Paul M. Bacon, Dominican University

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Lunch, generously been provided for MAHS conference registrants by the Ulrich Museum of Art
McKnight Art Center Atrium

Complaints Choir Performance
Optional tour of the restoration of the Miro Mosaic exhibition at Ulrich Museum
Optional tour of Outdoor Sculpture Collection
Optional tour of Holmes Museum of Anthropology

1:30 pm – 2:45 pm

Pop Art
Session Chair: Emily Stamey, Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita State University
210 McKnight Art Center

  • Andy Warhol’s Raphael I-6.99 (1985)
    Linda Rosefsky, Independent Scholar
  • Jean-Michel Basquiat’s Minor Literature
    Natalie E. Phillips, Ball State University
  • Batteries Not Included: The Toys of Randy Regier
    Bill North, Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art, Kansas State University

1:30 pm – 2:45 pm

Signaling the Sacred and Referencing the Holy Land in Western Medieval Art
Session Chair: Mary Shepard, Friends University
211 McKnight Art Center

  • Space/Time: Mapping the Now, Then, and When in the Middle Ages
    April Jehan Morris, The University of Texas at Austin
  • The Round Church Movement in Twelfth-Century England: Parishioners, Pilgrims, and the Holy Sepulchre
    Catherine E. Hundley, University of Virginia
  • Signs of Power in Twelfth-century Sculpture
    Janet Snyder, West Virginia University

3:00 pm – 4:15 pm

Issues of Gender and Sexuality
Session Chair: Randy Coleman, Notre Dame University
210 McKnight Art Center

  • Creating a Queer Aesthetic: The Portraits of Wolfgang Tilmans
    Jospeh Festa, New York Historical Society
  • Facing the Fat Body in the Early Works of Jenny Saville
    Brittany Lockard, University of Kansas
  • Kate Gilmore: Old Themes, New Variations
    Harry Jacob Weil, Stony Brook University

3:00 pm – 4:15 pm

African and Oceanic Art
Session Chair: Jordan Fenton, Kendall College of Art and Design at Ferris State University
211 McKnight Art Center

  • Culture, Distance and Influence: the Asmat Art Festival
    Julie Risser, American Museum of Asmat Art, University of St. Thomas
  • Expulsion from Eden: The Effects of Patronage from Outsiders on Contemporary Asmat Art
    Rachel Simmons, University of St. Thomas
  • Making the Connection: J.B. Murray and Scripts and Forms of Africa
    Licia Clifton-James

7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Keynote Address: Marilyn Stokstad
Best Western Regency Ballroom
Open to the general public with suggested $10 donation in honor of Marilyn Stokstad


Friday, March 30, 2012
Wichita Art Museum

10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Registration Table
Wichita Art Museum Foyer

10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Coffee Hospitality Suite
WAM Staff Lounge next to Howard Wooden Lecture Hall

10:00 am – 11:45 am

Art and Patronage
Session Chair: David Cateforis, University of Kansas
Howard Wooden Lecture Hall

  • Harvard’s Memorial Hall: An Architect’s Vision and Patron’s Wishes
    Mary R. Springer, University of Iowa
  • Edmonia Lewis vs. James Peck Thomas
    Susan Crowe, University of Missouri – Saint Louis
  • Representing Modernity within the Italian Fascist Patronage of Sculpture
    Antje Gamble, University of Michigan
  • Embracing the Now: Contemporary Art Patronage at the Nelson-Atkins
    Jan Schall, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

10:00 am – 11:45 am

American Art
Session Chair: Anne Norcross, Kendall College of Art and Design at Ferris State Univ.
Beren Room

  • Elihu Vedder: Transforming the East into a Western Type in the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam
    Sarah Kuenzler, University of St. Thomas
  • Ya-tin-ee-ah-witz: Memorializing and Salvaging a Native American Ally
    Alyssa Wolfman, University of Missouri - Columbia
  • Three Nineteenth-Century Icons of Kansas
    Susan McCarthy, Independent Scholar
  • George Catlin and the Pipestone Quarry: Paradise of the Red Gods
    Denise Mundy, University of Missouri – Kansas City

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

MAHS Business Lunch included in conference fee

1:30 pm – 3:15 pm

Out of Flanders
Session Chair: Leslie Blacksberg, Eastern Kentucky University
Beren Room

  • Intimacy on a Grand Scale: Schongauer's Last Judgment in Breisach
    Debra Lamm, Kent State University
  • Making the Immaterial Matter: Using Arts Nova to Construct the Kingdom of France
    Jennifer Courts, Skidmore College
  • Collecting, Displaying, and Theorizing the Anti-Pastoral Landscape in Renaissance Venice
    James R.Jewitt, University of Pittsburgh
  • Reflections on an Eyckian Commemorative: Diego and Frieda and the Arnolfini's
    Diane Scillia

1:30 pm – 3:15 pm

18th and 19th Century Art
Session Chairs: Jorgelina Orfila, Texas Tech University
Wichita Art Museum Lecture Auditorium

  • Wichita Art Museum Lecture Auditorium
    Shana Cooperstein, Temple University
  • The Dangerous Deserts of Space and the Heroism of Modern Life
    Reed Anderson, Kansas City Art Institute
  • Salvation or Seduction? Understanding Marcus Mote's Shipwreck at Sea, 1883
    Julia Stephens May, Earlham College

3:30 pm – 4:45 pm

Art in Midwest Collections
Session Chairs: Leesa Fanning, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
Wichita Art Museum Lecture Auditorium

  • Highlights: New Acquisitions at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
    Leesa Fanning, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
  • The Ulrich Museum of Art’s Collection Plan: Making Strategic Acquisitions for a University Museum
    Emily Stamey, Ulrich Museum of Art
  • Liberal Arts through the AGES: Community Collaboration through Interdisciplinary Art Historical Inquiry
    Catherine Carter Goebel, Augustana College

The Wichita Art Museum will remain open from 5:00 until 8:00 as part of Wichita’s Final Friday Gallery Crawl. The Muse Café will be open for dinner during this time.

Final Friday Gallery Crawl
Shuttle service will loop from the Best Western around to various Final Friday Gallery locations from 6:00-10:00 pm. Maps will be available in the conference program and the hospitality suite.


Saturday, March 31, 2012
Best Western Hotel and Conference Center

9:00 am – 10:45 am

Modern and Contemporary Art
Session Chair: Paula Wisotzki, Loyola University

  • Painting with the Help of God: The Influence of Judaism on the Art of Abraham Rattner
    Rachael DiFrancisco, Case Western Reserve University
  • As Taste and Length of Purse Determined: F.W. Putnam and his Lost Vision for the Midway Plaisance
    Stuart Robinson, University of Arizona
  • Momento Mori: The Late Photomontages of Barbara Morgan
    Brett Knappe, Baker University
  • Liz Magic Laser’s Chase
    Patrick Lee Jones, Fairmont State University

9:00 am – 10:45 am

Baroque Art
Session Chair: Judy Mann, St. Louis Art Museum

  • Jupiter, Pluto and Neptune: A New Reading of Caravaggio’s only Ceiling Painting
    Nicole Wankel, University of St. Thomas
  • Bearing Standards: Frans Pourbus the Younger and Royal Child Portraiture
    Michele Frederick, Case Western Reserve University
  • Artemisia Gentileschi’s Biography Revisited: A Newly Discovered Picture from her Neapolitan Period
    Judith W. Mann, Saint Louis Art Museum
  • Seventeenth Century International Exchanges and Preconceptions Revealed by Stefano della Bella’s A Polish Hussar with Wings Attached to his Back
    Aneta Biesiadecka, The Graduate Center at the City University of New York

3:00 pm

Tour of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Allen-Lambe House
Conference participants interested in the tour should contact Annette LeZotte at annette.lezotte@wichita.edu to make arrangements.