Past Conferences


How Long is Now?
Locating Time in Art, History, and Practice
April 1, 2017


Lily Brewer: From Dust to Dust: Toward a Geo- Historiography of Contemporary Art

Hannah Soltys: Archiving the Artist: Documentation of Transient Art

Christoph Schreiber: Stumbling Blocks for a Nation: The Holocaust Memorial in Berlin

Keynote Speaker: Dennita Sewell: Yeohlee|Serra

Lisa Heinis: Silvia Kolbowksi’s An inadequate history of conceptual art (2000)

Christy Ann Wahl: Temporality and Historical Distance: Hannah Höch and German Art of the 1930s




The Council of Graduate Art Historians at Arizona State University is pleased to announce the 11th annual art history graduate symposium. This interdisciplinary symposium will explore concepts of time and contemporaneity within the past, present, and future of visual and material culture. The symposium will be held on April 1, 2017, at the Phoenix Art Museum, which is currently reinventing itself with a growing emphasis on Contemporary art. To provide a look into the business with the future, Philip Fimmano from the trend forecasting firm, Trend Union, will be our keynote speaker.

We invite students of all disciplines, not just art history, including art education, museum studies, and others. We also accept MFA students who would want to propose a visual analysis or performance based on the topic. Possible themes and questions for investigation include but are not limited to:


  • Historical Distance: When does art become history?
  • Methods of Memory: How to approach and display the past?
  • Defining the Canon: How did the canon change?
  • Beyond Time: Is timelessness possible or even desirable?
  • Empathetic Viewing: How do we become contemporaries of the past?


  • Questions of Taste: When do things fall out of fashion?
  • Defining the Present: How to grasp the present Zeitgeist?
  • Creating Atmosphere: How do museums present the past?
  • Missed Moments: What is the role of forgetting?
  • Subject to Circumstances: Can art be autonomous today?


  • After Post-Contemporary: What comes next?
  • News from Tomorrow: What can artists learn from the business with the future?
  • Collecting the Future: What to collect of the present for the future museum?
  • Anticipated Avant-Garde: How to predict the next trend?
  • Digitalizing the World: Are museums still necessary?


10th Annual symposium: R(ECO)NNECT: Bridging Art and Sustainability

The Council of Graduate Art Historians at Arizona State University is collaborating with affiliates of ASU’s well-distinguished Global Institute of Sustainability (GIoS) to host its 10th Annual Art History Symposium on March 18, 2016 at ASU Art Museum. This year’s theme is art, ecology, and sustainability, and we invite graduate students from all disciplines to submit abstract proposals for consideration.

In celebration of our tenth year as an organization, we are proud to announce an outstanding line-up of keynote speakers: Dr. Ron Broglio, Dr. Meredith Hoy, internationally-renowned photographer Mark Klett, and Dr. Ben Minteer.

Edgar Cardenas, Arizona State University, PhD, School of Sustainability – “R(eco)nnecting to a Sustainability Aesthetic”

Flint Collins, University of Louisville, PhD Candidate, Contemporary Art – “Documentary Eco-Art and Site Responsibility in the Anthropocene”

Kev Nemelka, Arizona State University, MA Candidate, Art History – “LAGI: Toward Sustainable Art and Energy”

Michelle Sullivan, Arizona State University, PhD Candidate, Life Sciences – “Untitled (Role of Aesthetics in Depictions of National Parks)”

Joseph Sussi, University of Utah, MA Candidate, Art History – “Living with Our Toxic Legacy: Parafictional Practice and the National Toxic Land/Labor Conservation Service”

Carter Zufelt, artist and industrial designer, Rocklin, CA – “Müll: Optics of Recycling in Contemporary Art and Life”


9th Annual CoGAH Symposium Presenters

CoGAH is proud to announce the presenters at this year’s symposium, The Past Is Present: Nostalgia and Visual Culture:

Kaylee Alexander – “Life, Death, and Spectacle in the Romantic Ossuary in Paris”
Lindsey Baker – “Curating the Nostalgic Image”
Andrew Ballstaedt – “Post-Calamity Nostalgia in Contemporary Faux-Naïve Art”
Elnaz Bokharachi – “Gender and Iranian Identity in Shirin Neshat’s Women of Allah”
Amelia Miholca – “Remnants: Socialist Realism in Contemporary Romanian Painting”
Kev Nemelka – “Nostalgia in the Art of a Hungarian Revolutionary”
Nicole Vance – “Sculpting Bombay under the British Raj: Decorative Sculpture and the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus”

Dr. Meredith Hoy (keynote speaker) – “Temporal Blur: Imprinted Memories of Forgotten Lives”

The symposium will take place at the ASU Art Museum’s Ceramics Research Center (Brickyard Museum) on March 6, 2015.

The Past Is Present: Nostalgia and Visual Culture

(Click here for Official PDF – 2015 CoGAH Call for Papers)

The Council of Graduate Art Historians at Arizona State University will be hosting its 9th Annual Art History Symposium on March 6, 2015.

Possible topics for paper submissions may include, but are not limited to:

  • Nostalgia, innocence, sentiment, youth, longing, homesickness
  • Ideas of appropriation and reference points
  • Looking back from the present / looking further back from the past
  • Critique / purpose of nostalgia in visual culture
  • The notion of the present across cultures and time
  • Reification of time, past or present
  • Tradition, narration, melancholy
  • The simultaneity of time

CoGAH invites graduate students from all disciplines to submit abstracts for consideration.  Abstracts should be no longer than 350 words for presentations of up to twenty minutes in duration.  Please include a CV and submit your materials to by November 30, 2014.

Announcement of the keynote speaker is forthcoming.


#ART: Science, Technology, & Experimentation 
in Art History & Practice

Friday, April 11, 2014 – ASU Art Museum

9:00 – 9:30 “Meet and Greet” Breakfast at the Museum
9:35 – 9:45 Opening of the Symposium
9:45 – 10:15 Heather Bowyer, Arizona State University

Hellenistic Alexandria:
The Study of Medicine and Its Tie to the ‘Grotesque’ Figurine

10:15 – 10:45 Noé Badillo, University of Arizona

A Polymorphic Deconstruction of the Bishop’s Eye of Lincoln Cathedral According to the Optical Theory of Robert Grosseteste

10:50 – 11:50 Keynote: Dr. Renzo Baldasso

The Visual Turn of Early Modern Science:
Graphic Marks and Historiographic Remarks

11:50 – 12:30 Lunch at the Museum
12:35 – 12:45 Opening of the Afternoon Sessions
12:45 – 1:15 Akeem Flavors, University of Arizona

Titillating Science:
Sex, Botany, and Gender in Eighteenth-Century France

1:15 – 1:45 Danya Epstein, Arizona State University

Passionate Attitudes:
Charcot and Hysteria at the Salpêtrière

1:50 – 2:20 Jessica Y. Man, New York University

James Turrell and Technology:
An Exploration of Biography

2:20 – 2:50 Heather Cammarata-Seale, Rutgers University

Return to Disorder:
Mark Dion and Taxidermy

2:55 – 3:25 Aubrey Hawks, University of Utah

The Digital Grotesque:
Trecartin and His World

3:25 – 3:55 Closing Remarks by Dr. Arthur J. Sabatini


Courting Controversy: Dissent, Contention, and Shock
in Art History and Practice

March 22, 2013 – ASU Art Museum

9:00 – 9:40 “Meet and Greet” Breakfast at the Museum
9:45 – 9:55 Opening of the Symposium
10:00 – 10:30 Elyse Nelson, New York University, “Degas’ Trip to the Racetrack: Arena of Modern Masculinity?”
10:30 – 11:00 Hillary Carman, Brigham Young University, “Deborah Turbeville’s ‘Unseen Versailles’
11:00 – 11:30 Lauren Jimerson, Rutgers University, “Defying Gender: Suzanne Valadon’s Male Nudes”
11:30 – 12:00 Philip Kelleher, Binghamton University, “Refashioning Graffiti: Art/ Vandalism and the Politics of Spray Paint”
12:00 – 12:45 Lunch Provided at the Museum
12:50 – 1:00 Introduction of the Afternoon Sessions
1:00 – 2:00 Keynote Speaker: Dr. Richard Toon, “Shock and Awe in the Museum at the End of the Universe”
2:00 – 2:30 Jessamine Batario, UT Austin, “Screams, Memes, and Sunday Afternoons: Mitigating the Shocks of the Occupy Movement”
2:30 – 3:00 Rudy Navarro, Stanford University, “Monitoring Conflict Between Film and Video in Ira Schneider and Frank Gillette’s ‘Wipe Cycle'”
3:00 – 3:30 Closing Remarks by Dr. Sara Cochran


Ritualistic Experience: The Making and Viewing of Art and Art History

March 30, 2012 – ASU Art Museum

We approach this topic from a broad perspective.  We are interested in how cultural rituals not only influence the creation of art but how viewing and studying that art has become a ritual of itself.  With a topic like this, we hope to approach all facets of art history as well as studio art and anthropology.  Additionally, we are interested in how the museum and other public spaces have become locations where the ritual of viewing art has become commonplace in today’s society.

This year we are excited to welcome Dr. Sarah Moore, the University of Arizona’s tenured expert on 19th century American and European art, as our keynote speaker.  Her discussion, “The Thirteenth Labor of Hercules: Celebrating Manliness and the New American Empire at the 1915 San Francisco Panama-Pacific Exposition,” will be a brilliant addition to this year’s theme and celebrates her upcoming book entitled Celebrating the Panama Canal at the Panama-Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco, 1915.

Related topics include:

-The museum as a public space for viewing art

-Specific works/projects that are centered on cultural rituals and celebrations

-Art movements and works that are focused on the creation process

-Intermedia and the modern rituals of making art

-The display of ritual in art over time

-How the meaning of ritual has been transformed in the art world today


Re-Visioning Art History: The Use and Abuse of Art in Pop Culture

 April 16, 2011 – ASU COOR Hall L1-74

The Council of Graduate Art Historians presents their 5th annual graduate student symposium. This symposium will explore how art and art history are represented in popular culture. Keynote speaker Dr. Sandra Zalman from the University of Houston will be presenting her work Surreal Advertising/Advertising Surrealism. The symposium will also feature:

-Wolverine v. the Canon: Art Historical Mash-ups in Marvel Wolverine Art Appreciation Month

-The Constructed Fiction of Agnes Merlet’s film Artemisia

-Pop Chalee, Bambi, and Nature: Primitive Myths of Native American Modern Painting

-L’Art Noir: The Perfidy of Images in Film Noir

-Spectacular Maneuvers: Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec’s Negotiation of Art and Popular Culture

All art history students, both graduate and undergraduate, are invited to attend a breakfast reception, to be held prior to the symposium at 10:00am at COOR L1-74.

This symposium is sponsored by the Art History Faculty, the Herberger Institute School of Art, and GPSA.


“X”scape: Interaction, Art, and Sustainability

 March 6, 2010 – ASU Art Museum


Convergence, Divergence, and Intersection: Movements and Encounters of Cultural Constructions

March 28, 2009 – ASU Art Museum

Coinciding with ASU Art Museum’s exhibition of Japanese-American-Vietnamese artist Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba’s Breathing is Free: 12,756.3 – The Beginning, New Work by Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba, this interdisciplinary symposium will explore and expand upon the artist’s interest in presenting the effects of globalization, transnationalism, and the construction of identity. Dr. Nora Taylor, Alsdorf Chair of South and Southeast Asian Art at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, will be our keynote speaker, followed by addresses by panelists of graduate students from a variety of universities in North America.

This all-day event is free and open to the public.

This event is sponsored by the Graduate and Professional Student Association (GPSA), the ASU Art Museum, the Herberger School of Art, and the Institute for Humanities Research (IHR).


ASU Art Museum

Symposium Flyer (word)

Symposium Schedule (word)

Symposium Schedule with Presentation Abstracts (word)

Keynote Speaker:  Dr. Nora Taylor

Travel and Lodging Information


Multiplicity and Modernity: Perspectives on Nineteenth
and Early Twentieth-Century Art in France

March 7, 2008 – ASU and Phoenix Art Museums

This interdisciplinary symposium will coincide with the Phoenix Art Museum’s major exhibition “Masterpiece Replayed:  Monet, Matisse and More” (January 20-May 4, 2008) and will explore the various roles of the copy, series, and repetition in the works of artists working in France in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century.

Themes for investigation include but are not limited to the roles of the French Academy and the avant-garde in defining the boundaries of imitation, the increasing autonomy of the copy for the artist and viewer, as well as pertinent issues such as originality, print media and visual

culture, gender, politics and urban space.

Our keynote speaker this year is Dr. Susan Sidlauskas of Rutgers University.

This all-day event is free and open to the public.

For inquiries, please contact ( or Jennifer Chao (

This event is sponsored by GPSA, the School of Art, the Herberger College of the Arts, Friends of European Art and the Phoenix Art Museum.


Phoenix Art Museum

“Masterpiece Replayed” Phoenix Art Museum Exhibition Checklist (word)

Multiplicity and Modernity Call for Papers flyer (pdf)

Conference Schedule (word)

Presentation Abstracts

Keynote Speaker:  Dr. Susan Sidlauskas, Rutgers University

Travel and Lodging Information


Crisis and Convergence: Explorations in 17th and 18th Century Art

March 2, 2007 – ASU and Phoenix Art Museums

The Council of Graduate Art Historians (COGAH) at Arizona State University is pleased to announce “Crisis and Convergence: Explorations in 17th and 18th Century Art.” As an interdisciplinary examination, this symposium will consider how individuals and societies around the world interacted and reacted during these two hundred pivotal years. Possible themes for investigation may include conflict, identity, nationalism, imperialism, colonialism, religion, gender, class, politics, and science, among others. Participants in disciplines other than art history are especially encouraged to present relevant material.

This symposium will be held in association with the Phoenix Art Museum, and will coincide with two major concurrent exhibitions: “Fierce Reality: Italian Masters from 17th Century Naples,” and “Rembrandt and the Golden Age of Dutch Art: Treasures from the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.” Admission to the symposium is free and open to the public.  This year’s keynote speaker is Dr. Ann Jensen Adams.

Phoenix Art Museum

“Rembrandt and the Golden Age of Dutch Art” Exhibition Checklist (pdf)

“Fierce Reality” Exhibition Checklist (pdf)

Crisis & Convergence Conference Flyer (pdf)

Revised Schedule

Presentation Abstracts

Keynote Speaker:  Dr. Ann Jensen Adams

Travel and Lodging Information

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