MA Thesis Symposium 2013

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From the thesis of Regina Velasco Gómez, Mobile Mexico: Street-Level Citizenship Condesa Lifestyle , 2012 Photographed By Fernando Velasco © Image courtesy of Fernando Velasco
MA Thesis Symposium 2013

800 Chestnut Street
San Francisco , CA 94133
May 13th, 2013 - May 14th, 2013
Opening: May 13th, 2013 9:45 PM - 10:15 AM

Financial District/Wharf
415 749 4500
Tue 11-7; Wed-Sat 11-6; Open until 7:30 pm on lecture nights
Lecture Hall. Free and open to the public


History and Theory of Contemporary Art, Urban Studies, and the Dual Degree MA/MFA will present selections of their completed Master’s theses in a two-day-long public event. Engaging a diverse and interdisciplinary range of topics across global contemporary art practices, the MA Thesis Symposium represents the capstone of a two-year process of research, critical inquiry, and writing.


Monday, May 13

9:45–10:00 am             Welcome; Coffee/Light Breakfast

10:00–10:15 am           Opening Remarks and Introductions – Claire Daigle, Faculty Director of MA Programs

10:15 am–12:00 pm     Presentations

  • Joël Frudden, The Grounds of War
  • Zach Mitlas, Performative Pictures: Experience in Still Life Painting as a Product of Bedeviled Temporality
  • Orlando Lacro, Structurally American, Foreign in Detail: The Context of Contemporary Filipino-American Art
  • Saher Sohail, Chorr Dau Jidhwal: Permeating the Boundaries of Pakistan through the Neo Miniature

12:00–1:00 pm              Lunch

1:00–2:15 pm                Presentations

  • Christina Elliott, Cracked Aura: The Delegation of Relics
  • Suzanne Minatra, The Articulated Book: Discovering a New Book Medium Based on the Interplay between Page- and Screen-Based Reading
  • Sarah Nantais, Thomas Kinkade and “The Village” in Vallejo, CA: Revitalizing Contemporary Suburbs through Branding Strategies and the Visual Arts

2:15–2:30 pm                Break

2:30–4:00 pm                Presentations

  • Malic Amalya, Divine Abjection: Queer Bodily Tactics in Experimental Film, John Waters, George Kuchar, Jennifer Reeder, & Zackary Drucker
  • Ariel Zaccheo, In the Temple of the Screen: Religiosity and Ritual in Cult Cinema
  • Aimee B. Harlib, Incendiary Images: A Reading of Radical AIDS Activism through Punk Aesthetics, San Francisco, 1979-Present
  • Angelica Jardini, The Rhetorical Slut: Politics of Sexuality and Gender in Feminist Performance

Tuesday, May 14

9:45–10:00 am              Welcome; Coffee/Light Breakfast

10:00 am–12:00 pm      Presentations

  • Regina Velasco Gómez, Mobile Mexico: Street-Level Citizenship
  • Martin Jay Strickland, The Conversation Continues: Dialogue Created through Digital Technology and Media within Museums
  • Stephanie Tran, The Ubiquitous Apple Product: Negotiating Curatorial Strategies in Exhibitions of Architecture and Design
  • Carolyn Jean Martin, Negro Expositions: Portrait Photography in the Nineteenth and Twenty-First Centuries

12:00–1:00 pm              Lunch

1:00–2:30 pm                Presentations

  • Zoë Martell, Brass Monkey-Wrench in the Gears: Steampunk’s Trickster
  • Danielle Gravon, Playing with Text: Tactility and Wonder in The Cabinet of Jan Švankmajer
  • Amy Mutza, Unruly Threads, Queer Handicrafts

2:30–3:00 pm                Break

3:00–4:00 pm                Presentations

  • Carlos Garcia-Montero, The Myth/The Ghost: The Spectral Presence of Tino Sehgal
  • Manuela Ochoa Ronderos, The Uninhabited Stages/Los Escenarios Inhabitados: Stepping into Feliza Bursztyn’s House
  • Kira A. Dralle, My Body Knows Unheard-of Songs: The Sexed Body in New Music Performance Practice

4:00–5:00 pm               Reception in the Café Courtyard