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Schedule of Events

Friday, April 11
The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts
3716 Washington Boulevard (between Grand Boulevard and Spring Avenue)
St. Louis, MO 63108
phone: 314.754.1850
Map and Directions
3:00 - 3:30 PM Welcome, Opening Remarks
3:30 - 4:00 PM Dan Flavin: "Constructed Light" exhibition at the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts
4:00 - 4:30 PM Matthias Waschek, Director, The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts "Installing in the Absence of Flavin at the Pulitzer"
4:30 - 5:30 PM

Saturday, April 12
The Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis
3750 Washington Boulevard
St. Louis, MO 63108
phone: 314.535.4660
9:00 - 10:30 AM Panel I: Material Cultures of Light Across Boundaries: From the Midwest to France and Back
  • PANEL CHAIR: Dr. Susanne Wiedemann, Assistant Professor, Department of American Studies, Saint Louis University
  • Brandy Swift, Saint Louis University: "The Gateway Arch As Artifact"
  • Julie Chun, San Jose State University School of Art and Design: "Colors of the Night – Signaling in Modernity Through the Effects of Gaslight"
  • Katie Moon, Saint Louis University: “Longing for Home: The Ideology of Domestic Stained Glass in the Early Twentieth Century”
10:45-11:45 PM Panel II: Configurations of Light: Techniques and Technologies
  • PANEL CHAIR: Michelle Cordone, Department of American Studies, Saint Louis University
  • Ari Lee Laskin, University of California, Irvine: "Nocturnal Omissions: Obscenity and the Historiography of Imaging Illumination"
  • Patty Rooney, Saint Louis University: “An Art of Pure Light: The Constant Aesthetic of Daniel Flavin”
11:45 - 1:15 PM Lunch at the Contemporary Art Museum
1:30 - 3:00 PM Panel III: From Twilight to Sunlight to White Light: Constructing Meanings, Constructing Identities
  • PANEL CHAIR: Eva Navarijo, Department of American Studies, Saint Louis University
  • Jamie Schmidt, Saint Louis University: "Finding ‘A Place in the Sun’:How Crisis Photographs Shaped Public Opinion about Race and Reproductive Rights"
  • Nicola Mann, University of Rochester: "Tripping the Light Fantastic: Representing the Teenage Twilight in Sofia Coppola’s The Virgin Suicides (1999) and Gregory Crewdson’s Twilight (1998-2002)"
  • Maurice Tracy, Saint Louis University: "A Light to the World: Matthew Shepard’s Image and the Politics of Gay Visibility"
3:15 - 4:45 PM Panel IV: The Production of Lighted Space: Design and Its Consequences
  • PANEL CHAIR: Dr. Cindy Ott, Assistant Professor, Department of American Studies, Saint Louis University
  • Laura Shields, Saint Louis University: “Finding Light in Darkness: Prisons, Nature, Containment and the Environment”
  • Ian Garrett, California Institute of the Arts: "The Ecological Sustainability of Theatrical Lighting"
  • Brian Greening, Saint Louis University: "Spectacular Disaster: The Louisiana Superdome and Subsumed Blackness in Post-Katrina New Orleans"
5:00 - 6:00 PM Keynote Speech
7:00 PM Dinner with group at Duff's Restaurant, 392 North Euclid
9:00 - 11:00 PM Optional trip to the City Museum

Sunday, April 13
Saint Louis University Museum of Art
3663 Lindell Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63108
Map and Directions
9:00 - 10:00 AM Panel V: Contesting Scopic Regimes: Discourses of Race in Visual Culture
  • PANEL CHAIR: Greg Taylor, Department of American Studies, Saint Louis University
  • Emmett McKenna, Saint Louis University: "March on Harlem: Marcus Garvey and the Vision of a Black Empire"
  • Nanette Boileau, Saint Louis University: "I am the 'N' Word: An Interdisciplinary Look at Images and Words of Epithets and Euphemisms"
10:15 - 11:15 AM


  • Dr. Angie Dietz: Working with “Found” Photography: A Catalyst for Creativity
11:15 - 12:00 PM Closing Remarks
12:30 - 2:00 PM Optional tour of St. Louis