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“Creating an American Style: Art & Architecture, 1600-1900”
U.Va. Symposium Explores How The Fine And Decorative Arts Produced An American Style

September 19, 2005 --

What:         Symposium — “Creating an American Style: Art & Architecture, 1600-1900”

When:         Friday and Saturday, Oct. 7-8

Where:        University of Virginia

Campbell Hall, Room 153

Art and architecture in America from 1600 to 1900 contributed to the creation of an American style. On Friday, Oct. 7, and Saturday, Oct. 8, the University of Virginia Art Museum, in collaboration with the McIntire Department of Art and the School of Architecture, will present the American Studies symposium “Creating an American Style: Art & Architecture, 1600-1900.”

‘Creating an American Style’ is organized in conjunction withthe special exhibitionA Jeffersonian Ideal: Selections from the Dr. and Mrs. Henry C. Landon III Collection of American Fine and Decorative Arts,” on view at the U.Va. Art Museum through Nov. 23. The exhibition features paintings by, among others, Albert Bierstadt, John Singleton Copley, Childe Hassam, Winslow Homer, Thomas Moran, John Singer Sargent, Gilbert Stuart and Benjamin West. The exhibit also features high chests, desks, chairs and tables from the collection that represent such important centers of manufacture as Philadelphia, New York, Boston and Newport, R.I. 

The symposium, organized by Maurie McInnis, associate professor of art, and Richard Guy Wilson, Commonwealth Professor of Architectural History, brings professional scholars together with graduate students in the fields of art history and architectural history, to explore how the fine and decorative arts of the first three centuries of our nation defined an American style.

U.Va. alumna Eleanor Jones Harvey, chief curator at the Smithsonian American Art Museum will open the symposium on Friday afternoon at 5 p.m. with her lecture “Living with American Art.” A reception will follow in the University of Virginia Art Museum.

Saturday’s sessions begin at 9 a.m. 

Session one features the following:

  • “Reading the Clues on Canvas: Early American Portraits” by Anne Verplanck, curator of prints and paintings and interim director of museum collections at the Winterthur Museum;
  • “Painting Civility: The Portraiture of John Wollaston” by Jennifer Van Horn, U.Va. art history doctoral student; and “Vanderlyn’s ‘Ariadne,’ Transatlantic Political Intrigue, and the Specter of the Minotaur in the Wake of the Louisiana Purchase” by Katherine Woltz, U.Va. art history doctoral student.

Session two features:

  • “The Wonders of Reflection: Early American Furniture, Portraits and Silver” by Ann Smart Martin, Chipstone Professor of American Decorative Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Madison;
  • “Painting Fruit, Picturing Women: The Peaches of Raphaelle Peale” by Catherine Malone, U.Va. art history doctoral student; and
  • “Recreated Domesticity: The Virginia Building at the World’s Columbian Exposition” by Lydia Mattice Brandt, U.Va. graduate architecture student.

The third session, following lunch, begins at 2:30 p.m. and features:

  • “Spike Marks and Props: The Theatrics of Architectural Gentility” by Barbara Burlison Mooney, assistant professor of art and art history at the University of Iowa;
  • “Yeomanry as a Means of Acceptance: Jewish and African-American Rural Communities in Nineteenth Century America” by Elizabeth Milnarik, U.Va. graduate architecture student; and
  • “Building a House of God: Defining a Jewish Presence in Thomas Jefferson’s World” by Daniel Kurt Ackermann, U.Va. graduate architecture student.

The symposium, which is free and open to the public, is made possible by the museum, the McIntire Department of Art, the School of Architecture, and the University of Virginia Council for the Arts.

Attendees may order a box lunch at a cost of $20 by calling Lucinda Riley at (434) 924-7458 by Sept. 29.

Contact: Jane Ford, (434) 924-4298

 

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Contact the Office of University Relations at (434) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (434) 924-7550.

SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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