Lectures shed light on the arts in the time of Jefferson
Artists played various roles in shaping our nation in the early years of the republic including Patience Wright, America’s first native born sculptor, who secreted messages in wax figures she sent from England to America during the Revolution, and Gilbert Stuart’s portraiture, including his painting of George Washington with which we are all familiar from the dollar bill and U.S postage stamps.
The 2006 Thomas Jefferson Foundation Distinguished Lecture Series will bring together eight top scholars in American art history to discuss the arts in the early days of our country’s republic. “Envisioning America: Arts in the Jeffersonian Republic,” will be held on April 21 and 22, at the Harrison Institute, Small Special Collections Library. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Sylvia Strawn at 924-6122 or email@example.com.
Contesting the Feminine 3-5 p.m.
- “Interplays: Staging a Conceit of Civil War on the British Periphery”
David Steinberg, Batten Fellow at the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies
- “Patience Wright’s Transatlantic Bodies”
Wendy Bellion, University of Delaware
Shaping National Identity 9:30-11:30 a.m.
- “John Vanderlyn’s Ariadne and Transatlantic Cultural Politics”
Katherine Woltz, doctoral fellow, The Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies
- “The Invention of a British Landscape for the Early Republic”
John Crowley, Dalhousie University, Canada
The Everyday 1-3 p.m.
- “Art and Humor During the Early Republic: Expanding on Gilbert Stuart”
Susan Rather, University of Texas at Austin
- “Ideologies of the Ordinary and the Urban Domestic Landscape”
Bernard Herman, University of Delaware
Presidential Visions 3:30-5:30 p.m.
- “Gilbert Stuart’s National Imaginary”
Paul Staiti, Mount Holyoke College
- “Mr. Jefferson as Museum-Maker” Roger Stein, Professor Emeritus, University of Virginia