Art History Symposium to be held April 10, with Barnes Foundation Keynote Speaker

April 8th 2014

For the 13th year, DCAD is excited to host its annual Art History Symposium, this year titled “Idea Nouveau.” 

The student presenters for the April 10 Symposium, held in the Delaware History Museum's Copeland Room, are:

Alex Souders- Halos: The Enlightened Conscious

Aliyah Pair- Wharton Esherick: Genuiness in a Genius

Brian Madonna- Giacometti's Iconic Expression of Modern Man

Emma Sweeney- The Psychological Portraits of Alice Neel

Jeremy Wrenn- Minor White: The Alchemist of Transcendence

Leilah Stone- Philip Johnson: Two Visions in One

Sam O'Neill- Avant-Garde: Is it Re-progression or De-progression?

Seemin Shahid- Arabesque: Design as Divine

Student speakers are selected to give papers to the DCAD community and make a full presentation with visuals. Speakers are selected based on papers they completed for their Art History III course in the previous fall.

The keynote speaker will be Ms. Judith F. Dolkart of the Barnes Foundation.  

As the Barnes Foundation’s Deputy Director of Art and Archival Collections and Gund Family Chief Curator, Judith F. Dolkart supervises the Curatorial, Conservation, Publications, Registration, and Visual Resources departments, as well the Archives and Art Library. She planned the relocation of the collections from Merion to Philadelphia and launched the exhibitions program with Ensemble: Albert C. Barnes and the Experiment in Education (2012) and Ellsworth Kelly: Sculpture on the Wall (2013). She is currently at work on exhibitions on Yinka Shonibare, Paul Cézanne, and William Glackens.

She spearheaded a new multilingual, multimedia audio guide of the Foundation’s diverse holdings. Under her stewardship, the Barnes published three books in 2012: The Barnes Foundation: Masterworks, Renoir in the Barnes Foundation, and The Barnes Foundation: Two Buildings, One Mission.

Before joining the Barnes, Ms. Dolkart spent nine years at the Brooklyn Museum in New York, organizing major reinstallations of European paintings in 2003 and 2008. Her exhibitions included ‘Michelangelo of the Menagerie’: Bronzes by Antoine-Louis Barye (2005) and James Tissot: The Life of Christ (2009). She also coordinated Gustave Caillebotte: Impressionist Paintings from Paris to the Sea (2009).

Ms. Dolkart received her B.A. from Harvard-Radcliffe Colleges and M.A. from the University of Pennsylvania. She taught the realism, impressionism, and post-impressionism survey at Hunter College in New York from 2008–2009. She is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Association of Art Museum Curators. She has served on the AAMC’s finance, governance, prize, strategic planning, and website committees. In 2013, she was a fellow in the Center for Curatorial Leadership.