Graduate students from around the world present scholarly work on a host of questions and topics related to 2020/21 Nasher Prize Laureate Michael Rakowitz. Moderated by Dr. Nada Shabout, Director of the Contemporary Arab and Muslim Cultural Studies Initiative (CAMCSI) at the University of North Texas, the digital symposium culminated in a roundtable discussion, with remarks from keynote Speaker Carolyn Christov-Bargargiev, Director of Castello di Rivoli, Italy.
The annual Nasher Prize Graduate Symposium offers master’s and doctoral students from any academic discipline the opportunity to present scholarly work on a host of questions and topics related to each year’s new Laureate. Addressing a broad audience of art historians and museum professionals, participants will receive feedback from fellow presenters, an invited keynote speaker, and audience members. Students selected to present papers will also have their work published in the annual symposium compendium, together with the paper delivered by the keynote speaker.
Watch Day One
Read the Compendium
- Austin Bailey, University of Texas at Dallas: "A Cartesian Theater of Western Imperialism: The Politics and Poetics of Michael Rakowitz"
- Brandon Sward, University of Chicago: "The Politics of Translation"
Watch Day Two
- Eliza Harrison, Williams College: "The Culture of Loss in the Digital Age: Michael Rakowtiz's The invisible enemy should not exist and the Politics of Reconstruction"
- Ava Hess, University of California, Los Angeles: "'They Destroy, We Rebuild' Resettling Syrian Art in the American Museum"
Watch Day Three
- Sarah Bernhardt, University of Oxford: "Participation and Promise, the Culinary Interventions of Michael Rakowitz"
- Amalia Nangeroni, Ca' Foscari University of Venice, Italy: "Michael Rakowitz's Projects of Reappearing"
Watch the Roundtable & Keynote
- Keynote Speaker / Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, Director of Castello di Rivoli, Italy
- Moderator / Dr. Nada Shabout, Director of the Contemporary Arab and Muslim Cultural Studies Initiative (CAMCSI) at the University of North Texas
About Nasher Prize
The Nasher Prize is awarded annually to an artist whose body of work has had an extraordinary impact on our understanding of sculpture. Each year’s Nasher Prize Laureate is selected by an international jury of esteemed museum directors, curators, scholars, and artists. A full season of diverse programming inspired by the Laureate—discussions and lectures, family and student programs, community partnerships, and more—engage thousands of art-lovers in Dallas and far beyond.
Marguerite Hoffman and Thomas Lentz, Elizabeth Redleaf, Alan and Adrian Sada, Albertina Cisneros and Juan Pascual, and Lisa Dawson and Thomas Maurstad are the Graduate Symposium sponsors of the Nasher Prize.