Thesis Symposium

The Public and Private Dimensions of Art

Keynote Speaker: Hasan Elahi

The 2014 Critical Studies Symposium will address questions raised by the conflicts and distinctions between public and private forms of contemporary art. Presentations will include six graduate student papers from the M.A. in Critical Studies class of 2013-2014, plus a selection of peer-reviewed student guest lectures. This year’s Keynote Address will be given by interdisciplinary media artist Hasan Elahi, Director of the Digital Cultures and Creativity Honors program at the University of Maryland, College Park. The Symposium is free and open to the public.

Critical Studies MA

  • Cheng Cao

    “Qi Baishi: An Unknown Twentieth-century Chinese Landscape Painter.”

  • Zachary Franklin

    “net.aesthetic: A Redefinition of the Theoretical and Art-Historical Genealogy for the Emergence of the Internet as a Medium in Contemporary Art Practice.”

  • Bryan Hempel

    “Ghost Station.”

  • Emmanuel Thomas

    “Aesthetics of the Wall: An Examination of the Function of the Wall in Graffiti Art.”

  • Megan Weikel

    “Written Word Versus Visual Image: Unraveling the Binary.”

  • Yiran Zheng

    “Between Figurative and Minimalist: Three Holocaust Memorials in Berlin.”