Cleveland Symposium 2016–Collections: Celebration

Cleveland symposium

Collections: Celebration

42nd Annual Cleveland Symposium

The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio

Friday, October 28, 2016

The Case Western Reserve University/Cleveland Museum of Art Joint Graduate Program in Art History and Museum Studies is proud to announce its 2016 Annual Symposium: Collections: Celebration. Dealing broadly with topics of patronage, art as a commodity, historical narrative, cross-cultural exchange, monuments, and of course collecting and celebrating, this year’s event is in honor of the Cleveland Museum of Art’s Centennial Anniversary. The daylong symposium will take place on Friday, October 28th in the CMA Recital Hall. We welcome Dr. Dena Woodall, Associate Curator of Prints & Drawings from the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston  and  2008 CWRU doctoral alumna, as the keynote speaker for the event.


2016 Cleveland Symposium (October 28, 2016)

Recital Hall, Cleveland Museum of Art


10:10 am Opening Remarks: Dr. Holly Witchey, Adjunct Professor of Art History, CWRU

10:30 am Session 1: Collecting, Redefined

Casey Trittipo: “Current Events and Popular Culture: Collecting the Dreyfus Affair”

Rebecca Szantyr: “Collecting New York: Nicolino Calyo’s Street Scenes”

Hannah Kahng: “Collecting Desire: Commodifying the Male Nude in Physique Pictorial”


11:50 am Break


12:00 pm Session 2: Relocation and Translation


Claire Morgan: “Global Encounters Between East and West: Gem Trading and Jewelry in

the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries”

Tao Tao: “Making a Spectacle: The Golden Pavilion at the 1933-1934 World’s Fair”

Christa Adams: “Collecting ‘China’ for Cleveland: Evaluating the Cleveland Museum of

Art’s ‘Oriental Expedition’ of 1916”


1:20 pm Lunch


2:30 pm Session 3: Cultivating Identity, Celebrating Identity


Julie Dansereau-Tackett: “Nationalism and New Markets: Monet’s Jardin de l’Infante and

the 1867 Paris Exposition universelle

Claire Spadafora: “John Evelyn and the ‘Collector Earl’: Collections as Conduits for

Cultural Authority in Seventeenth-Century Britain”

Lilit Sadoyan: “Patronage, Production, and Performance:The Tapestry of ‘Louis XIV Visiting the Gobelins'”


3:50 pm Break


4:00 pm The Collectors’ Milieu


Yunchen Lu: “Political Motivation and Art Criticism: Yue Ke’s Calligraphy Collection in the

Southern Song China”

Lea Stephenson: “The Ambiguous Dress: Gilded Age Female Collectors and Aesthetic


Brian Seymour: “The ‘Prehistory’ of Dr. Albert C. Barnes: Learning to Collect”


5:20 pm Break


5:30 pm Presentations of Awards: Friends of Art


5:40 pm Closing Remarks: Dr. Catherine Scallen, Andrew W. Mellon Professor of the Humanities, Associate Professor and Chair of Art History, CWRU


5:50 pm Keynote Lecture: Dr. Dena Woodall, Associate Curator of Prints & Drawings, Museum of Fine Arts Houston


7:00 pm Reception at Linsalata Alumni Center