Williams College to Honor Art History Graduate Students

Media contact: Noelle Lemoine, executive assistant; tele: 413-597-4277; email: [email protected]

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., May 31, 2018—The Williams Graduate Program in the History of Art, offered in collaboration with the Clark Art Institute, will host activities and events in conjunction with Commencement Weekend. On Friday, June 1, the program’s 14 graduates will present papers at its Graduate Symposium. On Saturday, June 2, they will participate in the annual Hooding Ceremony to celebrate their achievements. The events are free and open to the public.


Friday, June 1, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. in the auditorium of the Manton Research Center, The Clark, 225 South St.

Graduate students will speak for 20 minutes each, with a discussion period following each group of two or three.

Megan Baker will present “Boucher and the Limits of Vulgarity.”

Rachel Burke will discuss Henry ‘Box’ Brown’s Mirror of Slavery.

Elise Chagas will explore “El Enigma del Huevo.”

In “Moving Freely in Los Angeles,” Elizabeth Fortune will examine Maren Hassinger and modern dance.

In “The Italy of America in a Primitive Condition,” Michael Hartman will explore Albert Bierstadt’s American West.

In “Malfunctioning Mugshots,” Johnna Henry will interpret photographs of the Mississippi Freedom Riders.

Lucas Matheson will discuss Agnes Martin’s cinema in “The Exact Thing as My Paintings.”

Michael Pratt will explore Charles Sheeler in “Renaissance by Telecast.”

In “The Consumption of Empire,” Eve Rosekind will examine Charles Cordier’s Paris.

Jessica Rosenthal will look at “Photography and Therapy in the 1970s: Who Are You?”

Rebecca Singerman will present “Myth and Science: A Cockfight in Whistler’s Peacock Room.”

Ewan Wallace will explore art history “on Hand and Foot.”

In “On the Un/Seeable in Wassily Kandinsky’s Klänge,” Elissa Watters will examine this famous early example of an artist’s book, which contains both poems and woodcuts by Kandinsky.

Rachel Wilson will present “Thinking through Arches in the Twelfth Century.”


About the Graduate Program in Art History

Williams College, in cooperation with the Clark Art Institute, offers a two-year course of study leading to a degree of master of arts in the history of art. The program provides a thorough professional preparation for academic and museum careers and equips graduates of the program to pursue further study and research.


Founded in 1793, Williams College is the second-oldest institution of higher learning in Massachusetts. The college’s 2,000 students are taught by a faculty noted for the quality of their teaching and research, and the achievement of academic goals includes active participation of students with faculty in their research. Students’ educational experience is enriched by the residential campus environment in Williamstown, Mass., which provides a host of opportunities for interaction with one another and with faculty beyond the classroom. Admission decisions on U.S. applicants are made regardless of a student’s financial ability, and the college provides grants and other assistance to meet the demonstrated needs of all who are admitted.