Getty Graduate Symposium


Saturday, January 26, 2019, from 9 am – 6 pm

Museum Lecture Hall

Free | Advance ticket required:

The Getty Research Institute hosts the first annual Getty Graduate Symposium, showcasing the work of emerging scholars from art history graduate programs across California. Organized into three sessions, the symposium will include nine individual presentations, panel discussions moderated by faculty mentors, and question-and-answer sessions with the audience.

Participating universities include Stanford University; University of California, Berkeley; University of California, Irvine; University of California, Los Angeles; University of California, Riverside; University of California, San Diego; University of California, Santa Barbara; University of California, Santa Cruz; and the University of Southern California.


Dan Abbe, University of California, Los Angeles
Laura diZerega, University of California, Santa Barbara
Sharrissa Iqbal, University of California, Irvine
Yiqing Li, University of California, San Diego
LuLing Osofsky, University of California, Santa Cruz
Camilla Querin, University of California, Riverside
Ambra Spinelli, University of Southern California
Patricia J. Yu, University of California Berkeley
Yechen Zhao, Stanford University

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Stone Face: The psychology of the face, the phenomenology of the bust

The seminar explores the portrait from a phenomenological and psychological approach, looking at how it affects the viewer and what kinds of reactions it prompts. We will be discussing the significance of the bust format, primary sources describing encounters with portraits and busts as well as the significance of the face and the psychology of face perception. The seminar is a preparatory work for understanding the Neoclassical artist Bertel Thorvaldsen as a portrait sculptor within a broader context of sculpture theory and art history.

Helen Ackers (University of Warwick), Josefine Baark (University of Warwick), Malcolm Baker (University of California Riverside), Whitney Davis (University of California Berkeley), Joris van Gastel (University of Zurich), Andreas Grüner (Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg), Jeanette Kohl (University of California Riverside), Tomas Macsotay (Universitat Pompeu Fabra), Lejla Mrgan (Univeristy of Copenhagen), Melissa Percival (University of Exeter), Rubina Raja (Aarhus University), Rolf Schneider (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München), Alexander Todorov (Princeton University), Anna Schram Vejlby (The Hirschsprung Collection), Michael Yonan (University of Missouri)

The seminar is funded by the Velux Foundation’s Museums Programme and is the second in a series of seminars under the cross-disciplinary research and dissemination project Powerful Presences. The sculptural portrait between absence and presence, group and individual.

Stone Face poster

Visiting Lecture – Chiara Seidl, Communication and Innovation: Alfred Stieglitz and his European Heritage

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November 15, 2018
5:15 pm – 6:30 pm
ARTS 333

Art History Undergraduate Welcome 2018

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

3:40-5:00pm INTS 1111

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