SYMP: Women in American Art @ PAFA

Saturday, February 23rd, 2013

In conjunction with The Female Gaze: Women Artists Making Their World │ November 17, 2012 – April 7, 2013

PAFA Graduate Student  Symposium: Women in American Art

10:00 am – 4:00 pm, Auditorium in the Historic Landmark Building

This graduate symposium offers an opportunity for area graduate students to present new research on a particular artist or group of artists in American Art. Featuring original papers presented by graduate-level students at the University of Delaware, University of Pennsylvania, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, Princeton University, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and Temple University, the program will conclude with a panel discussion by illustrious scholars of American Art. (Act 48 credit available for educators.)

Registration: $15 (includes admission). Free for members.

Register online



10:00 a.m.       Welcome and Opening Remarks, Dr. Robert Cozzolino

10:30 a.m.       Interior Exposures:Women and the Practice of Home Portraiture, 1885-1920 (Marina Isgro, University of Pennsylvania)

10:55 a.m.       Super Housekeeping? Dorothy C. Miller’s Curatorial Career at MoMA (Karli Wurzelbacher, University of Delaware)

11:20 a.m.       Circulating Abstraction: The Portability and Commercial Success of Women Artists’ Abstract Expressionist Prints (Christina Weyl, Rutgers University)

11:45 a.m.       Q & A, Moderated by Curator of Historical American Art at PAFA, Dr. Anna O. Marley

12:15 p.m.       Lunch Break

1:00 p.m.         Curators and Educators available for conversation in PAFA’s Historic Cast Hall, the Permanent Collection, and The Female Gaze exhibition


2:00 p.m.         The ‘Dumb’ Objects of Vija Celmins (Frances Jacobus-Parker, Princeton University)

2:25 p.m.         Where It Was, I Shall Come To Be: Shadows and Absences in The Female Gaze Show (Abby King, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts)

2:50 p.m.         She Works Hard for the Money: Flashy Patterns and Glittering Surfaces by Mickalene Thomas (Sophie Sanders, Tyler School of Art, Temple University)

3:15 p.m.         Q & A, moderated by Senior Curator and Curator of Modern Art at PAFA, Dr. Robert Cozzolino


3:45 p.m.         Faculty Roundtable Response  including Michael Leja (University of Pennsylvania), Camara Holloway (University of Delaware), Joan Marter (Rutgers University), Rachael DeLue (Princeton University), Jennifer Zwilling (Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts) and Susanna Gold (Tyler School of Art, Temple University).


Author: Camara Dia Holloway

I am an art historian specializing in early twentieth century American art with particular focus on the history of photography, race and representation, and transatlantic modernist networks. I earned my PhD at Yale University in the History of Art Department. Besides my leadership role as the Founding Co-Director of the Association for Critical Race Art History (ACRAH), I am recognized for my expertise on African American Art, particularly African American Photography, and as a seasoned consultant for exhibitions, museum collections, and symposia/lectures planning.

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