Symposium honoring Dr. Ellen G. Landau

October 25, 2014 / 9:30am3:30pm

Free + open to all

Symposium honoring Dr. Ellen G. Landau
Andrew W. Mellon Professor Emerita of the Humanities, Department of Art History and Art
Case Western Reserve University
In partnership with Case Western Reserve University, this special symposium honors Ellen G. Landau, the Andrew W. Mellon Professor Emerita of the Humanities, Department of Art History and Art at Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Landau taught modern and contemporary art in the Joint Program from 1982-2013, including supervision of thirteen doctoral dissertations. In honor of her work as an advisor and scholar, this symposium features presentations by six of her doctoral students, and remarks by an additional two, on topics relating to modern and contemporary art. The presentations range from reconstructions of the history and mythology of Marcel Duchamp’s famed Fountain (1916) to an exploration of the home as a common subject matter in contemporary art. 
Symposium Welcome and Opening Comments: 9:30 - 9:45 AM
Megan Lykins Reich
Cyrus Taylor, PhD
Dr. Catherine Scallen
Session I / 9:45 - 11:00 AM
Bradley Bailey, PhD: The Unknown Masterpiece: Marcel Duchamp’s Mysterious Fountain
Frank G. Spicer III, PhD:  Jackson Pollock: Myths, Misconceptions and Innovations of an American Icon
Morning Break / 11:00  - 11:15 AM
Session II / 11:15 AM - 12:30 PM
Anne Swartz, PhD: The Home in Contemporary Art
Indra K. Lacis, PhD: "Shooting Pictures": Women and Guns in Art Since 1960
Lunch Break / 12:30  - 1:45 PM
Session III / 1:45 - 3:00 PM
Virginia B. Spivey, PhD: The Role Of The Real In Technology-Enhanced Learning
Amy Gilman, PhD: Institutionalizing Innovation
Closing Comments / 3:00 PM
Michael R. Weil, PhD
Megan Lykins Reich 
Dr. Ellen Landau
About Ellen Landau
Dr. Landau is the author of Jackson Pollock (Abrams, 1989); Lee Krasner: A Catalogue Raisonné (Abrams, 1995); Reading Abstract Expressionism: Context and Critique (Yale, 2005); and Mexico and American Modernism (Yale, 2013) supported by NEH and Terra Foundation grants. She won the Cleveland Arts Prize in 1990 for Jackson Pollock, still in print. Dr. Landau has held numerous prestigious fellowships and won additional awards including CWRU’s Diekhoff Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching (1993).  She organized the print exhibition America in the War (Library of Congress, 1983), co-curated a joint retrospective of Pollock and Krasner (Kunstmuseum Bern,1989), and guest-curated Pollock Matters (McMullen Museum of Art, Boston College, 2007) and Mercedes Matter: A Retrospective (Sidney Mishkin Gallery, Baruch College, 2010), both of which traveled. Dr. Landau has also published numerous essays for a variety of American and international journals and museum catalogs, most recently Jackson Pollock: The Transitional Moment (J. Paul Getty Museum, 2014). Now an independent art historian and curator in Pasadena CA, she is very proud of her former students’ many accomplishments.