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On November 10 in NYC a Symposium “Framing American Art


Six leading scholars in the field of American Art History present their current research, discuss their methodologies, and interrogate the state of the field.

November 10, 20102

Taylor 203

Vassar College

Poughkeepsie, NY


10:00  Welcome & Introductory Remarks

10:20  ERIKA DOSS, Professor of American Studies, University of Notre Dame

Memorial Mania:  Commemoration and Affect in Contemporary America

11:00  MICHAEL LEJA, Professor of History of Art, University of Pennsylvania

Issues in Early Mass Visual Culture

11:40  JENNIFER ROBERTS, Professor of History of Art and Architecture, Harvard University

The Currency of Ornament:  Machine-engraved Banknotes and the Dynamics of Value in Nineteenth-Century America

12:20  Discussion

1:00  Break for lunch

2:00  ALEXANDER NEMEROV, Professor of Art and Art History, Stanford University

Swimming:  JFK, Thomas Eakins, and November 22, 1963

2:40  MARC SIMPSON, Associate Director, Graduate Program in the History of Art, Williams College

“You Must Wait, and Wait Patiently”:  Winslow Homer’s Prout’s Neck Marines

3:20  BRYAN WOLF, Professor of Art and Art History, Stanford University

Between the Lines:  Philip Guston, the Holocaust, and “Bad Painting”

4:00  Discussion

4:45  Reception

Organized by Wendy Ikemoto, Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in American Art, Vassar College


Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation


Should you have any questions, please email weikemoto@vassar.edu


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