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Mark Roskill Graduate Symposium: In the City: Identity and Urban Spaces

The MA candidates in the Department of the History of Art and Architecture at the University of Massachusetts Amherst are pleased to host the 15th Annual Mark Roskill Symposium, In the City: Identity and Urban Spaces

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Carmenita Higginbotham, University of Virginia, McIntire Department of Art

From the ancient Roman city-states to the 21st century globalized metropolis, the urban citizen has been both an individual entity and part of a larger civic collective. The city has served as both home and inspiration for a multitude of artists and designers, who use the setting as a lens through which to wrestle with the complicated ideas of personal identity. IN THE CITY seeks to ask: how does one's work or place within the city affect his artistic representation? How do separate identities of public citizen and private individual conflict with one another? How do these identities also work together through artistic and architectural representation to inform ideas of both civic and personal relationships?


Symposium Itinerary 

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Carmenita Higginbotham  will present a keynote address on the representation of black urban labor by American realist painters of the 1930s.


Hercules and David:

Heroes as Civic Symbolism in Quattrocento Florence

Amanda Wood, University of Massachusetts Amherst


Walt Kuhn the Showman:

Emily Mecwan-Upright, San Jose State University


Panoramas and Progeny:

Intersections of Virtue and Civic Pride in 17th Century Dutch Family Portraits

Denise Digiannino, University of Kansas


Remembrance and Erasure: 

The Problems of Memorializing the End of the Cold War in Berlin, Warsaw and Gdansk

Ewa Matycyzk, Boston University


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