Doctoral candidate Julia Kershaw presented a paper at the 35th annual Comité International d’Histoire de l’Art (CIHA) World Congress “Motion: Migrations,” hosted by the Goethe-Institut in São Paulo, Brazil, in January 2022. The conference, organized around the theme of motion, was divided into two locations: Florence, Italy (“Motion: Transformation, September 1–6 2019) and São Paulo, Brazil. This year marked the first time that the CIHA included Emerging Scholar Sessions, in which Julia participated. Julia presented “Crossing Borders and Boundaries: The Many Homes of Lygia Clark,” in the session, “Home and Hospitality,” moderated by Dr. Todd Porterfield (New York University) and Dr. Fernanda Pitta (Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo).
While in São Paulo for the congress, Julia also conducted on-site research for her dissertation on artist Lygia Clark, which she is writing under the direction of Dr. Tenley Bick. Julia attended a solo exhibition of Clark’s works at the Pinakotheke Cultural. The exhibition “Lygia Clark (1920–1988) 100 anos,” hosted in collaboration with the Associação Cultural Lygia Clark at its headquarters in São Paulo, commemorated the centenary of Clark’s birth. Curated by Max Perlingeiro, the exhibition included unpublished documents and works ranging from throughout the artist’s career. Julia also attended the exhibition “Constelação Clarice,” curated by Eucanaã Ferraz and Veronica Stigger, at the Instituto Moreira Salles in São Paulo. This exhibition brings a series of Clark’s works into dialogue with texts by Clarice Lispector. These two exhibitions provided fundamental opportunities for Julia to closely examine certain details of Clark’s varied and multi-faceted artistic production.