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American Culture Expert To Give Keynote Address At U.Va. Art History Symposium

October 31, 2003 --

WHO: Erika Doss, professor of art history at the University of Colorado

WHAT: “Memorial Mania: Monuments and Memory in Contemporary America”

WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 15, 4-4:45 p.m.

WHERE: Campbell Hall, Room 160

Erika Doss, an expert on American material and visual culture, will give the keynote address at the University of Virginia’s art history graduate students’ 12th annual symposium, “Memory and Art.” Doss’ 4 p.m. talk, “Memorial Mania: Monuments and Memory in Contemporary America,” draws on her teaching and research interests in American culture and the arts.

Doss, professor of art history at the University of Colorado, is the author of “Spirit Poles and Flying Pigs: Public Art and Cultural Democracy in American Communities,” “Elvis Culture: Fans, Faith and Image” and “Twentieth-Century American Art.”

Talks by art history graduate students include: “Remembering Zion, the Function of Early Christian Pilgrim Ampullae as Loci of Memory” by Heather T. Awan of the Institute of Fine Arts; “Giovanni Battista Piranesi and the Vedute di Roma: Transforming the Memory of Rome” by Kelly Goodman of Virginia Commonwealth University; “Louis Kahn in India: Negotiating an Iconography of Memory” by Stephen James of the University of Virginia; “Memory, History and Instantaneity in Degas’ ‘Place de la Concorde’” by Andre Dombrowski of the University of California at Berkeley; “Structures Disassembled: Dinh Q. Le’s ‘Cambodia Series’” by Kate Palmer of Boston University; and “Sculpting a Relevant Past: Henry Kirke Brown’s ‘De Witt Clinton’ Monument’” by Karen Lemmey of the City University of New York.

Anthropologist Richard Handler and historian Alon Confino, both professors at U.Va., will provide comments on the presentations.

The symposium, which is free and open to the public, runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Campbell Hall, Room 160, and will be followed by a reception at the University of Virginia Art Museum.

For details, contact Jennifer Van Horn at jcv2a@virginia.edu or call the McIntire Department of Art at (434) 924-6123.

Contact: Jane Ford, (434) 924-4298

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Contact the Office of University Relations at (434) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (434) 924-7550.

SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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