The FSU Department of Art History was once again well represented at the College Art Association (CAA) Annual Conference, as Art History professors, graduate students and alumni presented papers and chaired sessions. The conference was held February 12–15 in Chicago, IL. CAA is the primary professional association of artists and art historians in the United States. This year’s conference featured more than 300 sessions, a Book and Trade Fair, walking tours, gallery openings, and numerous workshops and professional networking opportunities.
Thursday, Feb. 13
Emily Thames presented the paper “Jose Campeche, the 1797 British Attack on the San Juan, and Portraiture in late Eighteenth-Century Puerto Rico,” on the panel “Black Artists in the Early Modern Americas.”
Jennifer Baez presented “Visual Histories of the Spanish Caribbean in the Age of the Enlightenment,” on the panel “Shifting Tides: Visual Semantics in the Atlantic World, 1600-1900.”
Gabriela Germana presented “Changing Gender Roles and New Agencies in Contemporary Andean Peruvian Art: The Women Painters of Sara, Peru,” on the panel “Gender and Cultural Translation in Latin American Art: Diverse Approaches, Geographies and Artistic Agents.”
Professor Paul Niell chaired the panel “Havana: New Research and Critical Reflections on an Urban Palimpsest after Five Centuries.”
Professor Tenley Bick presented “Ghosts for the Present: Interventionist Practices and Postcoloniality in Contemporary Italian Art” in the panel “Social Practice and the Politics of Artistic Intervention Today.”
Saturday, Feb. 15
Amy J. Bowman-McElhone and Jennifer Baez co-chaired the panel “ROLE CALL: Gender Roles, Performative Imaginaries, and Decolonial Feminist Critiques,” for which Jennifer Baez presented “To the Illustrious Columbus, from Anacaona,” Gabriela Germana, “Disrupting Bodies: Contemporary Peruvian Women Artists’ Discourses on the Body,” and Amy Bowman-McElhone, “‘Unnatural Cousin’: Mike Kelley’s Incomplete Drag and Feminist Pedagogies.” Lesley Wolff served as discussant for this panel.
Professor Adam Jolles co-chaired the panel “Postwar Photography’s Institutional Histories” with Josh Ellenbogen from the University of Pittsburgh.
Lesley Wolff (PhD ’18) presented “Considering Anxiety and Abjection in Rufina Tamayo’s Watermelons,” on the panel Art, Transnationalism, and Conflict in the Americas since 1950.”