Graduate Symposium



The 29th Annual Boston University Graduate Symposium on the History of Art & Architecture

March 1-2, 2013

The In/Accessible symposium seeks to examine those works of art, design, and architecture that make accessibility part of their interpretive structure.


Dr. Maria Loh, Willis F. Doney Member, The Institute for Advanced Study
Still Lives: The Dead Man, the Blind Man, and the Ghost in the Portrait

Friday, March 1, 2012, 5:00pm
Boston University Art Gallery at the Stone Gallery
855 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215


Saturday, March 2, 2013, 10am – 3pm
Riley Seminar Room, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
465 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115

10:00am Coffee in Riley Seminar Room

10:30am Morning Session    Discussant: Caitlin Dalton, Boston University

Erin McKellar, Boston University
‘Well-Designed Yet Moderate in Price’: MoMA’s International Competition for Low-Cost Furniture Design
Evangelos Kotsioris, Princeton University
“Communicating collectiveness: the omnipresent ‘Kunst am Bau’ (and its other) in the former GDR”
Amy A. DaPonte, Stanford University
Inaccessible Public Space: Candida Höfer’s interior photographs 2000-present

12:00pm Break for lunch

1:00pm Coffee in Riley Seminar Room

1:30pm Afternoon Session     Discussant: Ariel Green, Boston University

Daniel Borengasser, University of Oregon
Ryūhonji’s Jeweled Pagoda Mandala: Visualizing the Lotus Sutra in 13th Century Japan
Lindsay Alberts, Boston University
Shifting the Self: Subjectivity and the Studiolo of Francesco I de’ Medici
John Hawley, University of Virginia
An Inaccessible Image: Reinterpreting Meaning in Thomas de Keyser’s ‘Portrait of Constantijn Huygens and His Clerk (1627)’



This event was generously sponsored by The Boston University Center for the Humanities; the Boston University Department of History of Art & Architecture; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Boston University Graduate Student History of Art & Architecture Association; and the Boston University Art Gallery at the Stone Gallery. Additional appreciation is extended to the Hotel Commonwealth, the Bertram and Samuel Sewall Inns, and the Visual Culture Consortium, Boston.

For more information, please contact Margaret Shortle, 2012/2013 Symposium Coordinator,  Department of Art and Architecture History, Boston University

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