AAHVS Alumni Centennial Symposium


Department of Art, Art History & Visual Studies

Alumni Centennial Symposium


100 Years of History, Practice, and Theory:

Celebrating Art, Art History, and Visual Studies at Duke University


Friday, April 12, 2024

2:00 – 6:00 PM

Room A266, Bay 10, Smith Warehouse


This symposium seeks to present a critical discussion by some of our alumni about art and visual culture in their life/at Duke/in the world. What was the art world they came into, i.e. before Duke or as they were turning to the arts at Duke? What was the art world for them at Duke? After Duke, what changed in their art world and/or their participation in the arts?


As part of these reflections, we asked the speakers to focus on critical themes related to questions of justice and equity, and to discuss experiences/work/histories related to bias and the arts, environment and resources, art and the Anthropocene, digital accessibility and divides, globalization and de-colonization, patriarchy, and class inequality.


2:00 PM                     Opening Remarks

Soohyun Yoon, Instructor (Art History Ph.D., ’23)


Paul B. Jaskot, Professor and Chair

2:15–3:45                    Panel I – Possibilities and Priorities in Contemporary Visual Culture

Moderator: Stephen Hayes, Esbenshade Assistant Professor of the Practice

Shifting Priorities in a Contested Europe: Contemporary Art in the Former Yugoslav Space and its Diasporas
Jasmina Tumbas (Art History Ph.D., ’13; University at Buffalo)

My Art History
Bishop Ortega (Master of Fine Arts in Experimental & Documentary Arts, ’20; independent artist)

Advocating for Artful Photography in Editorial and Advertising.
Maya Robinson (Visual & Media Studies B.A., ’11; Apple)

Machine Learning and Deep Remixability
Quran Karriem (Computational Media, Arts & Cultures Ph.D., ’23; Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity at Duke University)

3:45–4:05                    Discussion

Respondent: Shambhavi Kaul, Associate Professor of the Practice

4:05–4:25                    Coffee Break

4:25–5:25                    Panel II – Environment, Community, and Art

Moderator: John J. Taormina, Curator of Visual Resources

IntersectionsArt History and Interdisciplinarity in the Classroom
Elizabeth Baltes (Art History Ph.D., ’16; Coastal Carolina University)

Muddy Boots
Charles Sparkman (Art History B.A., ’09; Quinn Evans)

Presente: Finding Community in the Art World
Susanna V. Temkin (Art History B.A., ’07; El Museo del Barrio)

5:25­–5:45                    Discussion

Respondent: Mark Olson, Associate Professor of the Practice

5:45–5:50                    Closing Remarks

Soohyun Yoon, Instructor (Art History Ph.D., ’23)

5:50–                           Reception

Organized by the Department of Art, Art History & Visual Studies. Co-sponsored by the Ph.D. in Computational Media, Arts & Cultures, the Master of Fine Arts in Experimental & Documentary Arts, Trinity College of Arts & Sciences, Duke Arts/Vice Provost, and the Franklin Humanities Institute.