Michigan State 2021 Art History and Visual Culture Undergraduate Symposium



KAC ROOM 108, 1:00-4:00 PM

Transformations of Sites and Symbols: New Undergraduate Research in Art History recognizes the scholarly achievements of senior undergraduate students studying Art History and Visual Culture in the Department of Art, Art History and Design at Michigan State University. 

The 2021 Symposium features six independent research projects by students enrolled in HA 499, Senior Research and Professional Development Seminar. As the capstone experience for Art History and Visual Culture majors, the course addresses career planning as well as engages students in the production of a substantial scholarly paper under the guidance of an art history faculty mentor.


1:00 – 1:10 Welcome Remarks

Dr. Laura E. Smith, Department of Art, Art History and Design

Presentation Schedule:

1:10 – 1:35 Alyssa DeTorrice

Snakes, Tunnels, and Changes in Greek Religion

1:35 – 2:00 Jill Muraski

Burning Culture: How Climate Change is Impacting Archaeology

2:00 – 2:25 Katie Sullivan

Decolonizing the Female Body: An Examination of Photographer Marta María Pérez Bravo’s Recent Work

2:20 – 2:30 Break

2:30 – 2:55 Danielle Pfannes

An Analysis of Mexican Indigenous Featherwork Through its Art Historical Perception

2:55 – 3:20 Saebren Stevens

Closeness: An Examination of Motherhood Through Berthe Morisot’s Paintings 

3:20 – 3:45 Hunter Davis

Bearing Witness: An Analysis of Ron Athey’s Use of Self Mutilation in Performance Art 

3:45 – 4:00 Comments from Dr. T. J. Demos

University of California, Santa Cruz

IMAGE CREDITS (top to bottom):

Snake Vase Fragment (IPR_70-080), Late Roman, Terracotta, Est. Rim Diameter .231 m, Isthmia, Greece, Photographed by: Dan Trego

Marta María Pérez Bravo (Cuban, born 1959), De “Tres Coronas”, 2002, Photographic impression in silver gelatin., 20 × 16 in, Editions 2-15 of 15, Lucy García Arte Contemporáneo

Juan Bautisa and/or Juan Cuiris, (Indigenous Mexican), Weeping Virgin, Michoacán, Mexico, 1599-1600, feathers on copper, 10×7 1/8 in.  Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna

Berthe Morisot. 1872. Le Berceau (The Cradle). Place: Musée d’Orsay. https://library-artstor-org.proxy2.cl.msu.edu/asset/LESSING_ART_1039490309