See the Light: Feb 28- Mar 1

The 30th Annual Boston University Graduate Symposium on the History of Art and Architecture

February 28th & March 1st, 2014

The “See the Light” symposium considers the employment and reception of light in the history of art and visual culture.



Friday, February 28, 2014, 5:30 pm
Boston University Art Gallery at the Stone Gallery
855 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215

S. Hollis Clayson is the Samuel H. Kress Professor at the National Gallery of Art’s Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, 2013-2014. She is Bergen Evans Professor in the Humanities and Professor of Art History and History at Northwestern University. She has published widely on nineteenth-century French art and culture including two monographs, Painted Love and Paris in Despair. Her forthcoming book is entitled Electric Paris: The Visual Cultures of the City of Light in the Era of Thomas Edison.



Saturday, March 1, 2014
Riley Seminar Room, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
465 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115


Elisabeth Berry Drago, PhD Candidate, University of Delaware
Shadowed Spectatorship in the Photographic Nocturne, 1895-1910

Sarah Rovang, PhD Candidate, Brown University
“A Light in Every Heart”: Electric Lighting and the Modernization of the American Farmstead

Tina Rivers, PhD Candidate, Columbia University
Tripping the Light Fantastic: “TV as a Creative Medium”


Jung E. Choi, PhD Candidate, Duke University
Temporalizing the Space of Light: Your Atmospheric Colour Atlas

Brendan McMahon, PhD Candidate, University of Southern California
Tricks of the Light: Representing Iridescence in the Seventeenth-Century Spanish World

Betsy Stepina Zinn, PhD Student, Rice University
Waiting for Ganzfeld: James Turrell’s End Around and the New Landscape


For more information, please contact Caitlin Dalton, 2013/2014 Symposium Coordinator, Department of History of Art & Architecture,
Click here to download a current schedule of events.

This event is 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.


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