Radical Ephemperalities: 41st Annual Art History Graduate Student Association Symposium

Radical Ephemperalities: 41st Annual Art History Graduate Student Association Symposium

Keynote Speaker: Homay King (History of Art, Bryn Mawr College )
Friday, April 22, 2016 / 9:00 AM-5:00 PM
Davidson Library, Instruction & Training Room 1312

This daylong conference will examine concepts related to loss and recuperation across varying time periods and disciplines, with particular emphasis on ephemerality as a site of contestation against dominant cultures and privileged material forms.

Dr. Homay King, History of Art Professor at Bryn Mawr College will deliver the keynote address from 1:30 – 3:30pm. Dr. King’s fields of specialization include American cinema, film theory, psychoanalytic theory, and feminist film theory and criticism. Her recent work on contemporary time-based art investigates tensions between notions of the digital and the analog, and identifies within the virtual a unique generative potential. In her address entitled “Notes on Some Forms of Repetition”, she will present new research on a project that considers, among other subjects, video game scripts as they appear in artist videos.

Radical Ephemeralities

Friday, April 22nd, 2016


Welcome and Coffee




Panel: The Body / Performativity

Moderator/Respondent: Ginny Reynolds, University of California Santa Barbara


Andrew Johnson, The George Washington University, “Read My Lips: Potentiality in Gran Fury’s Same-Sex Kiss Graphics”


Emily Baker, University of California Santa Barbara, “Re-homing Athleticism: Channeling Muscle Memory into Traces, Sculpture, and Performance”


Misty De Berry, Northwestern University, “Zombie Affects: Ephemeral Temporalities and the Breaking and Remaking of Felt Gesture” 




Coffee Break




Panel: Hidden Transcripts / Recuperation

Moderator/Respondent: Maggie Mansfield, University of California, Santa Barbara


J.V. Decemvirale, University of California, Santa Barbara, “Because Night Time Is the Right Time: Tactics, Popular Resistance and the Formation of the Black Arts Council”

Anastasia Amrhein, University of Pennsylvania, “Mapping Resistance Across the Neo-Assyrian Empire: Clay Figurines as Indices of Subaltern ‘Hidden Transcripts’”

crystal am nelson, University of California Santa Cruz, “ ‘Black Is, Black Ain’t’: Racecraft and the Production and Distribution of Blackness”







Keynote Address

Dr. Homay King, Bryn Mawr College, “Notes on Some Forms of Repetition”

Moderator/Respondent: Dr. Jenni Sorkin, University of California, Santa Barbara



Coffee Break



Panel: Media / Materiality

Moderator/Respondent: Sarah Bane, University of California, Santa Barbara


Fabian Offert, University of California, Santa Barbara, “Re-enactment as Pre-enactment: The State of Emergency and the Theatrical Contract in Artistic Practices of Reenactment”


Matthias Pfaller, University of Edinburgh, “Versions of Ephemerality in Digital Photography”


Charlotte Healy, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, “Material Change as Materialgerecht: The Manifestations of Josef Albers’ Teaching in Robert Rauschenberg’s Elemental Paintings”