The Tenth Annual Yale University American Art Graduate Symposium
Symposium date: Saturday, May 3, 2014
Keynote speaker: Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw, Associate Professor of American Art, University of Pennsylvania
Transparency is an increasingly charged theme in contemporary culture: from governmental transparency and freedom of information laws to the crystalline staircases at Apple retail stores. How does a notion of "transparency" animate American art and material culture of the last few hundred years? How have artists utilized transparency—or its inverse, opacity—as a visual strategy, or philosophical motivation?