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Free Admission
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Houston, TX 77006
713-525-9400

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Vivian L. Smith Foundation Symposium

How does the definition of transgression shift from the physical act of crossing boundaries to the conceptual territory of moral violations? As artworks accumulate different meanings over time, some interpretations vary radically from the artwork’s original context. Scholars Keith Moxey (Barnard College/Columbia University), Amy Knight Powell (University of California, Irvine), and Karen Overbey (Tufts University) consider the balance between interpretive freedom and historical responsibility. Symposium moderator Jessamine Batario is a doctoral candidate in art history at The University of Texas at Austin, and this year’s Vivian L. Smith Foundation Fellow.