The Visual Arts Center presents Strange Pilgrims Symposium

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The Visual Arts Center presents Opening Reception: Strange Pilgrims
Photo Courtesy of The Visual Arts Center

The Visual Arts Center will host a symposium that brings together scholars and critics, as well as The University of Texas at Austin faculty and students, to discuss a variety of themes connected to the multi-venue exhibition Strange Pilgrims. Speakers include Andrea Lissoni, senior curator of International Art (Film) at Tate Modern; Valerie Smith, freelance curator and writer; Ann Reynolds, associate professor of Art History in the Department of Art and Art History and the Center for Women’s & Gender Studies in the College of Liberal Arts; Michael Smith, professor of Studio Art in Transmedia in the Department of Art and Art History; Rachel Stuckey, MFA candidate in Studio Art; and Department of Art and Art History PhD candidates in Art History Dorota Biczel, Kate Green, and Robin Williams.

The symposium will be organized around the exhibition’s three thematic sections - Environment & Place, Performance & Process, and Technology & Information - and utilize the 250-page, full-color catalogue for Strange Pilgrims distributed by the University of Texas Press as a launching point for discussion. This academic gathering provides a forum for viewers of the exhibition and scholars in the field to unpack and develop new ideas around the exhibiting and historicizing of time-based media and ephemeral art and to discuss the redefinition of “experiential art” as work that is immersive, participatory, performative, or kinetic.

Event Details



The Visual Arts Center in The University of Texas at Austin Art Building
2301 Trinity St.
Austin, TX 78712


Ticket Info

Admission is free.