2011 Graduate Symposium - Anatomy/Academy

Anatomy/Academy: Graduate Symposium

March 26, 2011
10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts hosted a graduate symposium in conjunction with the exhibition Anatomy/Academy: Nexus of Art and Science. In tribute to Philadelphia’s historical importance as a center for the artistic and anatomical study of the human body, this symposium examined the body in relation to the material and visual culture of American art, focusing on how Philadelphia’s dynamic art and science communities fostered knowledge of the human body from the early nineteenth century to the present.

Students presented new research in twenty-minute papers and the program concluded with a round-table discussion moderated by Kathy Foster, the Robert L. McNeil, Jr., Curator of American Art and Director of the Center for American Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Discussion featured faculty responses from each university, including Alan Braddock, Wendy Bellion, Tanya Sheehan, Michael Leja, Patrick Connors and Rachael DeLue.

Morning Presentations (Click to Listen)

Marble Cheeks and Breast Work: Charles Willson Peale’s Embodied Fireplace Designs
Laura Igoe, Temple University


Durand’s Two Ariadnes: Pleasure and Anxiety in a Time of Choldera
Catherine Holochwost, University of Delaware


Objectified: The Human Body in an Early Drawing by William Harnett
Nika Elder, Princeton University


Afternoon Presentations (Click to Listen)

Remembering the Civil War Body: Photographs of Dr. Addinell Hewson’s Earth Cure in Postbellum Philadelphia
Gianna Loscerbo , Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey


Bodybuilder Eugen Sandow and ‘Artistic Anatomy’
Ellery Foutch, University of Pennsylvania


David Lynch: The Body 'In Extremis'
Ana María Gómez López and Anna Moblard Meier, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts