Graduate Symposium: Nairy Baghramian

2022 Nasher Prize Dialogues

Graduate students from around the world present scholarly work on a host of questions and topics related to 2022 Nasher Prize Laureate Nairy Baghramian. Moderated by Dr. Catherine Craft, curator at the Nasher Sculpture Center, the virutal symposium culminated in a roundtable discussion and remarks from keynote speaker, Miwon Kwon, the Walter Hopps Chair in Modern and Contemporary Art, Department of Art History, UCLA.


The 2022 Nasher Prize Graduate Symposium took place virtually from January 18–21, 2022. A weeklong virtual event, the symposium is one of the key ways that the Nasher Sculpture Center encourages the creation of new research on the practice of contemporary sculpture. Graduate student participants receive feedback from fellow presenters, the moderator, the 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

  • Inji Kim, University of Washington. "Nairy Baghramian: Stretching Beyond the Material"

Watch Day Two

  • Camilla Mattola, University of Sassari. “Sculpture, bodies, and social conflict. Nairy Baghramian between institutional critique and activism”
  • India Picton, Central Saint Martins, Granary Square, London. “Becoming Misfits

Watch Day Three

  • Jana La Brasca, University of Texas at Austin. “Rest, Resistance, Suspension: Nairy Baghramian's Object Lessons”
  • Frederick Cruz Nowell, Cornell University. “Nairy Baghramian’s “Misfits” Against a Higher Harmony”

Watch the Roundtable & Keynote

  • Keynote speaker, Miwon Kwon, the Walter Hopps Chair in Modern and Contemporary Art, Department of Art History, UCLA
  • Moderator / Dr. Catherine Craft, curator at the Nasher Sculpture Center

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, both in-person and virtually. Then, the celebration culminates with the Nasher Prize Award Gala, held at the Nasher Sculpture Center each April.


Lisa Dawson and Thomas Maurstad / Lucilo Peña and Lee Cobb; Locke Lord LLP are the Graduate Symposium Sponsors of the Nasher Prize.

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