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2015 Undergraduate Conference

Art History 4th Annual Undergraduate Symposium 2015

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Fusing the Past and Present: Art and Art History in the 21st Century April 2, 2015

We are in a very exciting time, where old and new are in constant flux. Artists have a chance to work with multiple types of mediums form physical to virtual, traditional and contemporary and have an extensive history of art to learn from and work with. This vortex of traditional and change allows artists a vast amount of creative freedom, but raises questions about the future of art, how we categorize it and study its history. Must curation take heed of this rapidly fluctuating culture? What development in exhibition art crucial now that art resides in an amalgam of media?

The future of art, its creation, history and preservation is then not about Old vs. New but the collaboration between the two. Looking into the past is necessary in the process of building the future and new technologies and media are pivotal to preserve the past.

Keynote Speaker: Aerial View and Virtual Sites in French Colonial Urbanism

Dr. Min Kyung Lee (Assistant Professor of Art History, Department of Visual Arts, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester)

Panel 1: Disparate Fields of Visual Culture

Speakers: Drew Zeiba (Tufts University),Daphne Taranto (MICA), Olivia Stanislas (University of Massachusetts Lowell), and Diane Vasquez (University of Massachusetts Lowell) (link to youtube video)

Panel 2: Evolving Museum Spaces

Speaker: Katherine Carlotto (University of Massachusetts Amherst), Bay Lauris ByrneSim (Dartmouth College), Allison Geremia (Parsons New School of Design), and Lauren Scharf (intern at the Peabody Essex Museum)

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