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2018 Symposium—Twin Cities, MN

The AHAA Fifth Biennial Symposium took place in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, October 4-6, 2018.  Sessions were held at the University of Minnesota, the Minneapolis Institute of Art, and the Minnesota Museum of American Art.

Online registration is now closed.

To learn more about this event, please see the full schedule below. To read the official invitation for submissions, please see the 2018 Symposium Call for Papers. (The submission deadline was Friday, April 13, 2018; the submission window is now closed.)


NEW: Parking and Transportation Information

TPT Street Space: 172 4th St E, St. Paul, MN
Minnesota Museum of American Art: Pioneer Endicott Building, 141 4th St E, St Paul, MN

Parking ramps.

Visit MetroTransit “Plan My Trip” for rail and bus info.
*** Note: Budget approx. 45 minutes for light rail transit between UMN campus to downtown St. Paul.

Minneapolis Institute of Art: 2400 3rd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55404

Street parking, surface lots, and parking ramp.

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Weisman Art Museum: 333 E River Pkwy, Minneapolis, MN 55455

There is a parking garage attached to WAM, accessed from River Road. $12 for the day.

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The Association of Historians of American Art Fifth Biennial Symposium
October 4–6, 2018
Twin Cities, Minnesota



Thursday, October 4

TPT Street Space
72 4th St E
St. Paul, MN 55101

4:00-4:15 – Registration

Roundtable Conversation: "New Practices/ New Perspectives"

Emily Clare Casey, Saint Mary’s College of Maryland
“Woke Colonial American Art Histories”

M. Elizabeth Boone, John Bowles, and Lauren Lessing, Panorama: Journal of the Association of Historians of American Art
“How Might the Digital Lead to New Hierarchies in the Research and Publishing of American Art History?

Karen Mary Davalos, University of Minnesota
“Mexican American Art Since 1848: A Digital Aggregating Portal for Our Future”

Anna O. MarleyPennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
"Making History: The Challenges of Curating 'American Art' in a Hemispheric Context"

Darienne Turner, Baltimore Museum of Art
“Expanding the ‘American’ Frontier in Museums: Subversive Patriotism in Lakota Beadwork”

Kristin Makholm, Minnesota Museum of American Art
“A New American Art Museum: Practices and Perspectives”

Opening Reception – The Minnesota Museum of American Art
141 4th St E #101
St. Paul, MN 55101

Friday, October 5

Minneapolis Institute of Art 
2300 3rd Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55404

9:00-9:15am - Registration

9:15-9:30am: Welcome 

Session #1: "Sacred Places”
Session Moderator: Victoria Young, University of St. Thomas

Melanee C. Harvey, Howard University
"Patterns of African Methodist Episcopal Permanence: The Influence of Metropolitan AME Church, Washington, DC (1881-1886)"

Jeff Richmond-Moll, University of Delaware
"Complete Cut-off-ness: Religion and Refuge in John Singer Sargent’s Tyrolean Sojourn (1914)”

Emma Silverman, Smith College
"Roadside Attraction as Nexus: Mapping Mobility through the Dickeyville Grotto"

10:45-11:15am - Break

Session #2: “Lightning Talks / Local Collections”
Session Moderator: Diane Mullin, Weisman Art Museum

Mengyang Zhang, Tsinghua University
"Black City within Cities: the Metropolitan Life Depicted by African-American Artists during 1920-1930s"

Jayme Yahr, University of St. Thomas
"Structuring Viewership: Charles Willson Peale, Living Rooms, and Museum Experience"

Karli Wurzelbacher, University of Delaware
"Glass Painting Goes the Distance: Rebecca Salsbury James in 1930s New Mexico”

Elizabeth McGoey, Art Institute of Chicago
“Modern Pioneers: The American Union of Decorative Artists and Craftsmen”

Jonathan Frederick Walz, The Columbus Museum, Georgia
"Hieroglyphics: Marsden Hartley's Egyptomania"

Peter Han-Chih Wang, Butler University
"In Search of Asian-ness in America: Situating Wing Young Huie's Photographic Road Trip"

12:45-2:15pm - Lunch on Your Own

Session #3: “Reproducing Identities” 
Session Moderator: Michael Gaudio, University of Minnesota

Juliet Sperling, Colby College 
"David Claypoole Johnston and the Art of Interrupted Circulation" 

Laura Smith , Michigan State University 
"Disobedience in Three Dimensions: Decolonizing Keystone View Company Stereographs of Diné Peoples" 

Phoebe Wolfskill, Indiana University
"Photographic Appropriation in the Early Work of Romare Bearden"

Rachel Allen, Peabody Essex Museum 
"T.C. Cannon and the American Printmaking Renaissance"

3:45-4:15pm - Break

Session #4: “Movement/ Migrations”
Session Moderator: Heather Shirey, University of St. Thomas

Whitney Thompson, Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York
"‘The Last Embraces were Terrible to See:’ Thomas Hovenden's Breaking Home Ties in the Context of Irish Immigration"

Emily Burns, Auburn University
"Siŋté Máza (Iron Tail): Transatlantic Lakota Celebrity"

Sarah Chasse, Peabody Essex Museum
"Quintessentially American: The Navajo Lounge on the Ocean Liner SS United States"

Florencia San Martin Riutort, Rutgers University
"Alfredo Jaar’s Art Vis-à-vis the Solidarity Movement with Latin and Central American in New York, 1973-1992”

Saturday, October 6

Weisman Art Museum
333 E River Pkwy
Minneapolis, MN 55455

8:45-9:15am - Registration

Session #5: “Type/ Portrait”
Session Moderator: Baird Jarman, Carleton College

Monica Bravo, California College of the Arts
"The Portrait and the Type: Tony Luhan Through the Lenses of Ansel Adams and Edward S. Curtis”

Ellery Foutch, Middlebury College
"Painting Pin-Ups and Calendar Girls"

Emily L. Voelker, Vassar College
“Local Exchanges / National Diplomacies: Charles Bird King’s Portrait of On’patonga (Big Elk)”

10:30-11:00am - Break

Session #6: “Forensic Anatomies”
Session Moderator: Jane Blocker, University of Minnesota

Anne Cross, University of Delaware
"'Features of Cruelty Which Could Not Well be Described by the Pen': The Media of Atrocity in Harper's Weekly, c. 1865"

Julia Rosenbaum, Bard College
"A Tale in Bones: Curating Sentiment at the Army Medical Museum"

Benjamin Clifford, New York University 
"The Art of Detection: Expression, Crime, and Punishment"

12:15-2:30pm - Lunch on Your Own 
Lunch Workshop with the Archives of American Art: 
"Case Studies: Teaching the History of American Art with Primary Sources"

Session Chair: Liza Kirwin, Archives of American Art
This workshop will feature short presentations followed by discussion with the audience. 

Erika Doss, University of Notre Dame
“Letters to Lucy Lippard: Using the Archives to Talk About Feminism and the Art World in the 1970s”

Janice Simon, University of Georgia
"Artistic Journeys using the Archives of American Art" 
Akela Reason, University of Georgia
“Heritage and Hate: Teaching Confederate Monuments with Archives”
Andrew Wasserman, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
"Looking for What's Not There in the Marcel Breuer Papers"
Miriam Kienle, University of Kentucky
“Pushing the Envelope: Teaching the Mail Art Movement with Primary Sources”

Session #7: “Politics in Circulation”
Session Moderator: Amy Hamlin, St. Catherine University

Margaret Innes, Harvard University
"Producing a Working-Class Spectator: Political Photomontage in Labor Defender Magazine, 1929-1932"

Jennifer Sichel, University of Chicago
"On the Possibilities and Problems of Gregory Battcock's Queer Criticism, from The New York Review of Sex to GAY"

Louise Siddons, Oklahoma State University
"Red Power in the Black Panther: Illustrating Intersectional Politics at Wounded Knee"

3:45-4:15pm - Break

Session #8: “Material Landscapes”
Session Moderator: Victoria Sung, Walker Art Center

Andrea Pappas, Santa Clara University
"An Ecology of Vision: Eighteenth-Century Needlework, Globally-Sourced Artifacts, and Representational Systems” 

Naomi Slipp, Auburn University
"Planting, Eating, and Picturing Shad: Gilded Age Fisheries Management and the Hayes Presidential Dinner Service (1879-1880)"

Laura Sivert, Grinnell College
"Visualizing the Politics of Ecology in American Art from the 19th century to the Present"

Angelica J. Maier, University of Minnesota
"Toxic Matter: The Very Short History of Lead as a Contemporary Artistic Material”

5:45-7:00pm - Reception


A limited number of rooms have been set aside at the hotels listed below. These discounted rates are only valid through the dates indicated.

Courtyard Marriott, Minneapolis Downtown - CONFERENCE BLOCK SOLD OUT
1500 Washington Ave South, Minneapolis, MN 55454
Book via phone or the link below:
Book your group rate for AHAA - Assn of Historians of American Art 
Rate available until September 13.

DoubleTree by Hilton, Minneapolis - University Area, $169/night (min. 2-night stay required)
511 Huron Blvd, Minneapolis, MN 55414
Book via phone (using code AC5) or the link below:
Book your group rate for AHAA here
Rate available until September 4.



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