Program Schedule

Tools for Working/Tools for Thinking | Saturday, May 18th at UCR ARTS | Schedule
2024 Art History Graduate Student Association Conference, Department of Art History, UC Riverside


9:00–9:30AM PT  Coffee & Check-In | UCR ARTS Lobby


9:30–9:45AM PT Remarks | Screening Room


9:45–10:45AM PT Panel 1: Technique & Relation | Moderated by Dr. Fatima Quraishi | Screening Room

Courtney Thomas, Beyond Cut and Paste: Technique, Material, Gesture, and (de)constructing Identity in Contemporary U.S. American Collage Art  [in-person]

Teddy Perkins, Meaning as a Function of Temporospatial Precarities in John Baldessari’s Nine Feet (of Victim and Crowd) Arranged by Position in Scene (1976) [virtual]

Alexis White, Hand as tool, handmade as ideological tool in the work of Henry Chapman Mercer [virtual]

10:45–11:00AM PT Break

11:00AM–12:00PM PT
Panel 2: Rule & Method | Moderated by Dr. Johannes Endres | Screening Room

Ehsan Behbahani-Nia, Dating Ancient Buildings Using Tool Marks [virtual]

Xiaoyan Bi, Materiality, Sociality and Agency: A Study of Tool Making and Utilization in Traditional Handicrafts [virtual]

Sam Shin, Harmonizing Innovation and Ethics: Navigating the AI Revolution in Music Creation and Production [in-person]


12:00–1:30PM PT Lunch | UCR ARTS Second Floor


1:30–2:30PM PT Panel 3: Lens & Matter | Moderated by Dr. Kris Neville | Screening Room

Alicia Gallant, The City as Site: Wendy Red Star’s Travels Pretty (2022) [virtual]

Colton Klein, Tools for Reconstruction: Recast Metal and Civil War Memory [virtual]

Christina Marks, Eye Of The Storm: Nancy Holt and Robert Smithson’s use of the camera in constructing the natural [in-person]


2:30–2:45PM PT  Break


2:45–3:45PM PT Panel 4: Space & Labor | Moderated by Dr. Yong Cho | Screening Room

Carla Burkert, Like Clockwork: Art History’s Institutionalization Through Standardized Time [virtual]

Yixin (Star) Song, Utilizing the Pavilion as a Tool: A case study on the function of an architectural structure in Fang Congyi’s High, High Pavilion [in-person]

Michael VanHartingsveldt, Sacred Labor in Retrospect: A Fourteenth-Century Reimagining of Seventh-Century Buddhist Image Production in Japan [in-person]


3:45–4:00PM PT Break


4:00–4:45PM PT Against Japanese Video: Process, Discourse, and Translation in 1970s Tokyo

Keynote Address by Dr. Nina Horisaki-Christens | Screening Room


4:45–5:00PM PT Closing Remarks | Screening Room

5:00–6:00PM PT
UCR ARTS Opening (Optional)


The conference will be held in person on Saturday, May 18, 2023 at UCR ARTS in downtown Riverside [3834 Main Street, Riverside, CA 92501] from 9:00AM to 5:00PM PT. The conference is free and open to the public. To join the conference virtually, please register for a Zoom link here


The UCR ARTS complex serves the vibrant and diverse UCR community as well as Riverside and the larger Inland Empire. Trained service animals are welcome. The entrances, galleries, theater, screening room, and restrooms are wheelchair accessible. The Culver Center Screening Room, within which the conference will be held, includes wheelchair locations and companion seats and has a vertical platform lift as an alternative entrance into the screening room. Elevators are located throughout the building. If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact UCR ARTS Visitor Services at (951) 827-3755 or

We at UCR would like to respectfully acknowledge and recognize our responsibility to the original and current caretakers of this land, water, and air: the Cahuilla, Tongva, Luiseño, and Serrano peoples as well as their ancestors and descendants, past, present, and future. Today, this meeting place is home to many Indigenous peoples from all over the world, including UCR faculty, students, and staff, and we are grateful to have the opportunity to live and work on these homelands.