Melina Gooray Presented Paper at the UCR History of Art Graduate Student Conference

Melina Gooray, first-year Ph.D. student, presented her paper "Developing/Development: Concrete as the Desire for Modernity in Post-Colonial Guyana” at the 5th Annual UC Riverside History of Art Graduate Student Conference: Material Experience: Thinking with Objects (Culver Center for the Arts, Riverside, CA, May 21). The talk looked at the mid-twentieth century shift from national hardwoods to concrete as primary building materials in Guyana, South America. She argued that the dominance of concrete in the construction of new residential architecture in Guyana is not only representative of economic scarcity, but also a desire for modernity.