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Expansive Realities: A Longer History of the “Virtual” in Art, Architecture, and Visual Culture

September 29, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Keynote speaker: Kristina Kleutghen, David. W. Mesker Associate Professor of Art History and Archaeology, Chinese Art and Architecture, Washington University in St. Louis

The History of Art Department at the University of Michigan presents graduate student presentations for its biannual Graduate Symposium, Expansive Realities: A Longer History of the “Virtual” in Art, Architecture, and Visual Culture.

As artistic practice increasingly engages with digital media and the virtual, our symposium aims to foster discussions of the theoretical, social, and cultural nature of this phenomenon. While often linked to the digital age, the virtual implies imagined and immersive spaces that defy material and physical boundaries.  Presentations will examine intersections between art and the virtual in a variety of historical and cultural contexts, investigating the virtual not only in relation to contemporary visual culture, but also as a phenomenon extending to the pre-modern periods of the history of art.

Co-sponsored by UM Museum Studies Program, UM Museum of Art, Department of Classical Studies, Medieval and Early Modern Studies, Department of American Culture, Comparative Literature, Confucius Institute, Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies, Slavic Languages & Literatures, Interdepartmental Program in Classical Art and Archaeology


September 29, 2018
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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U-M Museum of Art, Helmut Stern Auditorium
525 S. State St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109 United States
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