The Graduate Student Symposium

The 34th Annual Boston University Graduate Symposium in the History of Art & Architecture 

Symposium Dates: March 2-3, 2018


020518_BUSymposiumFlyer_Page_1Excess conjures the idea of the extractable, left over, too much, or “extra.” Looking closely at perceptions of the extraneous reveals excess to be a historically constructed category that marks shifting notions of cultural values. Deemed peripheral, abject, deviant, and tertiary due to factors such as geographic relationships or conceptions of power at a particular moment, excess is the focal point of the 34th Annual Boston University Graduate Symposium in the History of Art & Architecture.

The Symposium will be held Friday, March 2 – Saturday, March 3, 2018, with keynote lecture,  “The (De)Civilizing Process: Paul McCarthy’s Regressive Routines”  by Dr. Cary Levine, Associate Professor of Contemporary Art and Director of Undergraduate Studies at UNC Chapel Hill on Friday evening at the Boston University Art Gallery at the Stone Gallery and graduate presentations on Saturday at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.


Friday, March 2, 2018, 5:30 Boston University Art Gallery at the Stone Gallery
855 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215
“The (De)Civilizing Process: Paul McCarthy’s Regressive Routines” by Dr. Cary Levine


Full Symposium Schedule

10:00am – Coffee in the Trustees Room


Discussant: Alexandria Yen, PhD Candidate, Boston University

Kearstin Jacobson, MA Student, Montana State University
“Luxuria in the Shadow of Vesuvius: Personal Decoration as a Means of Constructing Feminine Personae at Oplontis”

Caroline Murphy, PhD Student, MIT
“Taming Excess: Antonio Bosio’s Roma Sotterranea (1632) and the Problematic Evidence of Catacomb Paintings in Counter-Reformation Rome”

Anna Ficek, PhD Student, CUNY
“Artifice and Excess in Urban Images: Picturing the Decline of Potosi in the Eighteenth Century”

12:00PM – Break for Lunch

1 :00pm – Coffee in the Trustees Room


Discussant: Kimber Chewning, PhD Student, Boston University

Noel Albertsen, MA Student, University of California, Davis
“Gilding the Grave: The Lavish Aesthetics of Death in a Picturesque Cemetery”

Amanda Lett, PhD Candidate, Boston University,
“Too Handsome” for Use: Bank Note Vignettes in the Antebellum Era”

Ashley E. Duffey, MA Candidate, Penn State,
“Glut on the Market: Robert Rauschenberg·s Rome Flea Market and Post-War Italy”


For more information, contact Kiernan Acquisto and Rachel Hofer, Symposium Co-Coordinators, at