Barnes 24th Annual Graduate Student Symposium

Co-organized by Temple University with Bryn Mawr College and the University of Pennsylvania Free tickets required for keynote lecture and symposium. Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.

All events held in Comcast Auditorium at the Barnes Foundation.

Keynote Lecture

Thursday, March 28, 6:30–8 pm

The Palace of Sans-Souci in Milot, Haiti (c. 1806–1813): The Untold Story of the Potsdam of the Rainforest

Gauvin Alexander Bailey, Professor and Bader Chair in Southern Baroque Art at Queen’s University

One of the least-studied neoclassical buildings in the Western Hemisphere, Haiti’s opulent Sans-Souci palace towers over the agricultural town of Milot. Construction began around 1806, a few years after Haitian independence, under Henry I, the Americas’ first black king. The massive structure, built to demonstrate Haiti’s importance on the world stage, has been the subject of much mythmaking and speculation. Using unpublished archival sources and a 2017 photographic survey, this lecture will examine the circumstances, influences, and builders of this extraordinary monument, showing its central position at the dawn of Caribbean and Latin American independence.


Friday, March 29, 10 am–4:30 pm

This symposium brings together graduate students from nine mid-Atlantic colleges and universities to present current research in the field of art history. Each session includes presentations followed by a moderated discussion.

Session One, 10–11:45 am
Moderated by Gauvin Alexander Bailey, Professor and Bader Chair in Southern Baroque Art, Queen’s University

  • Extending Cultural Capital: Gregory XIII’s Project for the Apostolic Stairs
    Tiffany Lynn Hunt, Temple University
  • Rig Herenn and Christus Rex: The High Cross as Expression of Christian and Irish Kingship
    Caitlin Hutchison, University of Delaware
  • “My eye glances at nothing unless it gives my heart delight”: Physiological Poetics in a Late Medieval Coffret
    Lauren Maceross, Johns Hopkins University
  • Form Is Function in Roman Retrospective Statuary
    Daniel Healey, Princeton University

Lunch break

Session Two, 1:15–2:20 pm
Moderated by Martha Lucy, Deputy Director for Research, Interpretation and Education, Barnes Foundation

  • On Duels and Designs: French and German Modernism at the Deutscher Werkbund Exhibition, Paris 1930
    Alisa Chiles, University of Pennsylvania
  • Reflections for Sale: Making Sense of Eugène Atget’s Bon Marché Photographs, 1926–27
    Keri Mongelluzzo, Penn State University

Coffee break

Session Three, 3–4:30 pm
Moderated by William Perthes, Bernard C. Watson Director of Adult Education, Barnes Foundation

  • The Stranded Spectator of Douglas Gordon’s 5 Year Drive-By
    Taylor Hobson, Bryn Mawr College
  • Alfredo Jaar’s The Geometry of Conscience (2010) in the Context of the Chilean “Memory Boom”
    Florencia San Martín, Rutgers University
  • Earth/Body: Corporeal Connection to the Natural World in Ana Mendieta’s Tree of Life (1976)
    Melanie Nguyen, University of Maryland