Symposium / Striking Resemblance: The Changing Art of Portraiture

Friday, March 7    Saturday, March 8    Getting Here 

All are invited to the two-day symposium, which features a keynote address by Dr. Eric R. Kandel and lively talks by eight scholars and artists. The event complements the exhibition Striking Resemblance: The Changing Art of Portraiture and offers opportunities to probe, interpret, and discuss the enduring subject of the portrait from multiple perspectives. 

Friday, March 7

Keynote Address by Dr. Eric R. Kandel, Nobel Laureate
The Age of Insight: The Quest to Understand the Unconscious in Art, Mind, and Brain from Vienna to the Present
6 to 7pm / Voorhees Hall, adjacent to the Zimmerli

Dr. Robert L. Barchi, the 20th President of Rutgers University and a distinguished neuroscientist and academic innovator, opens the symposium and introduces his colleague Dr. Eric R. Kandel. A Nobel Laureate and Professor of Brain Science at Columbia Unviersity, Dr. Kandel speaks on the convergence of the worlds of art, science, and medicine in turn-of-the-20th-century Vienna and how it led to new understandings of the workings of the human mind—in particular, how the brain relates to art.  

Exhibition Viewing and Reception
4:30 to 5:30pm and 7 to 8pm

Before and after Kandel's keynote address, attendees enjoy a private after-hours viewing of the exhibition, with refreshments.

Saturday, March 8

Check-in and Continental Breakfast
9 to 10am

Symposium and Lunch
10am to 3:30pm

3:30 to 4:30pm

The scholars and artists in this interdisciplinary symposium examine the role that portraits play in history and everyday life within the context of historical and contemporary art and material culture. The topics include the phenomenology of faces, the balance between the universal and the specific, the place of portraiture in incarceration and surveillance, the dissemination of portraits in time and history, and contemporary views on portraiture.

Enjoy light refreshments, conversations with the speakers, the self-portrait photo booth, and another chance to visit the exhibition, following the symposium. 

Symposium Speakers 

Carol Armstrong, Yale University: Professor of History of Art, specializing in 19th-century French painting, history of photography, history and practice of art criticism, feminist theory, and representation of women and gender in art and visual culture. Topic: The Phenomenology of Faces

Dora Ching, Princeton University: Associate Director of Tang Center for East Asian Art and specialist in Chinese Imperial portraiture. Topic: Unique (or Not)? The Universal and Specific in Chinese Portraiture

Willie Cole, artist known for assembling and transforming ordinary domestic objects into imaginative and powerful works of art and installations. Topic: Me or Your Lying Eyes

James Delbourgo, Rutgers University: Associate Professor of History of Science and Atlantic World and Project Co-Director of Center for Historical Analysis. Topic: The Return of the Sloane Ranger

Nicole Fleetwood, Rutgers University: Associate Professor of American Studies, specializing in visual culture and media studies, black cultural studies, gender theory, and culture and technology studies. Topic: Imaging Carceral Subjects: Prison Portraiture and the Penal Scene

Louis Kaplan, University of Toronto: Professor of History and Theory of Photography and New Media, and Chair of Department of Visual Studies. Topic: Patriotic Portraits in Troop Formation: Exposing Arthur Mole's (Living) Photographic Secret

Larry Silver, University of Pennsylvania: Farquhar Professor of Art History, specializing in painting and graphics of Northern Europe, particularly Germany and the Netherlands, during the era of Renaissance and Reformation. Topic: Sharing and Caring in the Sixteenth-Century Social Network

Martha Wilson, artist who creates innovative photographic and video works that explore her female subjectivity. Topic: Martha Wilson: Staging the Self

Symposium and Exhibition Organizers

Donna Gustafson, Andrew W. Mellon Liaison for Academic Programs and Curator, Zimmerli Art Museum

Susan Sidlauskas, Professor of Art History and Director of the Graduate Program, Rutgers University

Getting Here

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