Visual Art

UNC Chapel Hill Department of Art and Art History: 7th Annual Symposium of the UNC-Chapel Hill Art Student Graduate Organization, "Letting it Burn: Art Worlds Ablaze"

( Fri., Sep. 17, 2021 - Sat., Sep. 18, 2021 )

Online, , , NC


For the seventh annual ASGO symposium, “Letting it Burn: Art Worlds Ablaze,” we’ve invited participants to think about fires literally and figuratively: from the devastating loss of cultural heritage at the hands of flames, to recent calls from classicists and anthropologists to let their disciplines burn. Our own discipline is finally engaging with long-overdue conversations surrounding the nationalist, sexist, and racist origins of art history, the way art historical knowledge is (mis)appropriated by white supremacists and leveraged in culture wars, and the institutional racism embedded within museum and academic culture. While many art institutions have taken steps toward greater inclusion of artists of color and work about social inequity in their exhibitions and collections, as  Seph Rodney  reminds us, museums and other art institutions prefer symbolic action over structural change. In light of these calls for action, we pose the following questions: Is it time to let art history and its institutions burn? Is anything worth salvaging from the flames? And what (if anything) should emerge from the ashes?


Registration required. Links will be sent 9/16. 



  • Friday, September 17, 2021
  • Saturday, September 18, 2021