Pearlie Baluyut, students present at international symposium

During the one-week academic and cultural exchange between the State University of New York (SUNY) at Oneonta and the University of the Witwatersrand (or Wits University), Dr. Pearlie Rose S. Baluyut (Art Department) and her four students presented their art history research papers at the one-day “Thinking through Material Practices” International Symposium organized by Dr. Alison Kearney at the Wits Art Museum in Johannesburg, South Africa on March 5, 2019.

Made possible by the generous support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the SUNY at Oneonta Global Exchange Travel Grant, and the Wits Art Museum, this international symposium brought together Drs. Baluyut and Kearney and their American and South African students to broaden students’ global perspectives, increase student engagement, strengthen student-faculty international research and creative activities, and promote and support global connectedness. The program included presentations by other Wits University faculty members and students and was followed by an artist studio visit where robust conversations about art-making and the (im)material continued.

“Reconsidering Parody and Appropriation in Wayne Barker’s Beadworks” Alison Kearney, Ph.D., Wits University

“Creative Pedagogy in Art History: Exploring the Global through the Immaterial”

Pearlie Rose S. Baluyut, Ph.D. SUNY Oneonta

“Yves Tanguy: A Look Into the Materialization of the Subconscious”

Xavier Neal-Carson, SUNY Oneonta

“Anslem Kiefer and A Dialogue with Germany”

Quwabe Rose, SUNY Oneonta

“On Materiality: Dressed Not To Kill”

Kaitlin Scott, SUNY Oneonta

“Royally Entombed, Extravagantly Golden”

Laressa Tuch, SUNY Oneonta

“The Art of Visual Storytelling”

Boitumelo Molalugi, Wits University

“Photography and the Family Archive”

Lesole Tauatswala, Wits University

“Stranger Studies, Performed Identities, and Tinder as a Virtual Exhibition Space”

Kundai Moyo, Wits University

“The ‘Object Biographies’ Project Explained through One Object: A Pot Full of People—Piecing Together King Mandume ya Ndemufayo’s Pot”

Justine Wintjes, Ph.D., Wits University

“Over and Again: Sitters, Skulls, and Bellies … Pots and Beads, Too”

Studio Visit and Discussion with Artist Joni Brenner, Wits University



Lesley Spiro Cohen (Wits Art Museum), Joni Brenner (Wits University), Justine Wintjes (Wits University), Alison Kearney (Wits University), and Pearlie Rose S. Baluyut (SUNY Oneonta) at Brenner’s art studio in Johannesburg, South Africa (March 5, 2019). © Pearlie Rose S. Baluyut (2019)