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8th Annual ASGO Symposium – Matters of Art: Materiality, Functionality and the Agency of Art Objects

September 16, 2022 @ 5:00 pm - September 17, 2022 @ 5:00 pm

UNC’s Art Student Graduate Organization is excited to welcome you to our 8th Annual Symposium, “Matters of Art: Materiality, Functionality & the Agency of Art Objects.” This year’s symposium is hosted by the Ackland Museum of Art and will explore materiality with an emphasis on raw materials, cross-cultural exchange, sensory interactions, and the translation of raw materials into artistic products. Our keynote speaker, Dr. Mónica Domínguez Torres from the University of Delaware, will be presenting a chapter entitled “Precious Critters: Pearls, Natural History, and Artistic Practice in the Early Modern Spanish World” from her upcoming book Pearls for the Crown: European Courtly Art and the Atlantic Pearl Trade, 1498-1728 on Friday evening. We are also happy to invite 8 speakers from both UNC and other universities across the country who will be presenting their research on Saturday in two panels: “Transference: Material Products of Global Exchange” and “Materials in Decline: Displacing, Degrading, Decaying.” We hope to see you there!

The symposium is free, but space at the venue is limited. Please register to attend using the ASGO Symposium RSVP Form.


Friday, September 16th

  • 5:00 PM: Keynote speaker, Mónica Domínguez Torres (University of Delaware), with questions to follow in Ackland Art& Space
  • 6:00 – 7:30 PM: Reception with wine and hors d’œuvres in Ackland lobby

Saturday, September 17th

  • 9:00 AM: Reception in Ackland lobby with coffee and pastries
  • 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM: Panel 1 with 4 speakers in Art& Space: Amy Orner (Pennsylvania State University): “Why this waste?”: Cochineal in Artemisia Gentileschi’s Mary Magdalene in Ecstasy; Brantly Moore (The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill): “Worms, Fire,” and other Half-Truths: Reassessing Wood in the Renaissance”; Hoyon Mephokee (Washington University in St. Louis): Into the Sensorium: (Im)Materiality and Coloniality in Paul Gauguin’s Paintings on Burlap; So Jeong Lim (Williams College): Laughing in the Face of Taste: Subverting the Grammar of Fashion
  • 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM: Lunch break (lunch not provided)
  • 1:15 PM – 3:45 PM: Panel 2 with 4 speakers in Art& Space: James McCrea (Manchester Metropolitan University): Marrow Mnemonics: Anatomical Art, Memento Mori, and Satire in Reaction to the Exhumed Human Skeleton; Claire Rostov (Duke University): The Cathedral of Junk and the Sacralization of Trash; Tyler Rockey (Temple University): “Ancient” Marble as Natural Resource: The Materiality and Reuse of Sculpture Fragments in Early Modern Rome; Phoebe Herland (New York University): Material Degradation in Punk Aesthetics: The Lithographs of Jamie Reid
  • 4:00 PM: END

Please address all inquiries to symposium organizers via

Image: Giuseppe Arcimboldo, Allegory of Water, 1566, oil on wood


September 16, 2022 @ 5:00 pm
September 17, 2022 @ 5:00 pm
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