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Upcoming Lecture Series

The Sixty-Sixth A. W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts, 2017
The Forest: America in the 1830s

Alexander Nemerov, Stanford University
Sundays, 2:00 pm
East Building Auditorium

Announcement (PDF 413 KB)

March 26 Herodotus among the Trees
April 2 The Tavern to the Traveler: On the Appearance of John Quidor's Art
April 9 The Aesthetics of Superstition
April 23 Animals Are Where They Are
April 30 Emerson, Raphael, and Light Filtering through the Woods
May 7 The Forest of Thought: On the Roof with Robert Montgomery Bird 

Herr Chapuis

New Video

The Lost Museum: The Berlin Painting and Sculpture Collections 70 Years after World War II
Julien Chapuis, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
October 6, 2016

This lecture, presented in association with the seventy-fifth anniversary of the National Gallery of Art, is now available as an online video


Recent Symposium

The African American Art World in Twentieth-Century Washington, DC
March 16–17, 2017
East Building Auditorium

Speakers included Rhea L. Combs, Gwendolyn H. Everett, Paul Gardullo, Tuliza Fleming, Jacqueline Francis, Lauren Haynes, Amy Kirschke, Robert G. O'Meally, Richard J. Powell,  Jacquelyn D. Serwer, Elsa Smithgall, Jeffrey C. Stewart, John A. Tyson, and Tobias Wofford. Session moderators were Kinshasha Holman Conwill, Charles Brock, and Huey Copeland. The symposium also featured a panel of artists moderated by Ruth Fine including Lilian Thomas Burwell, Floyd Coleman, David C. Driskell, Sam Gilliam, Keith A. Morrison, Martin Puryear, Sylvia Snowden, and Lou Stovall. Program (PDF 433 KB)

Image: Alma Thomas, Red Rose Cantata, 1973. National Gallery of Art, Washington, Gift of Vincent Melzac


Recent Symposium

Forty-Seventh Annual Middle Atlantic Symposium in the History of Art
March 4, 2017
West Building Lecture Hall

Jointly sponsored by CASVA and the University of Maryland Department of Art History and Archaeology. Program (PDF 442 KB)


New Video

Hubert Robert at the Flower-Strewn Abyss
Nina Dubin, University of Illinois at Chicago
September 26, 2016

This lecture, presented in association with the exhibition Hubert Robert, 1733–1808 at the National Gallery of Art, is now available as an online video


New Publication

A Generous Vision II: Samuel H. Kress Professors, 1995–2016 (PDF 15MB)
Edited by Therese O'Malley, with an introduction by Elizabeth Cropper, 2016

Published on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the National Gallery of Art, this volume updates A Generous Vision: Samuel H. Kress Professors, 1965–1995. This new record of achievement for the years 1995–2016 is intended to reflect the previous volume in spirit and structure, with a short reminiscence about each Kress Professor by someone who was in residence as a young scholar at CASVA during the professor's term.  


From the Bulletin

Shared Assets: The Search for Knowledge (PDF 3.9MB)

As the quest for knowledge endures and deepens, research institutions strive to respond to the increasingly complex needs of scholars. An article by Dean Elizabeth Cropper in the fall 2016 Bulletin explores the progressive expansion of the National Gallery of Art Library in conjunction with the establishment of the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts. Working in tandem to fulfill the mission of the Gallery, the Library and the Center have sustained over the past decades a dedication to foster study, develop both physical and virtual collections, and connect global communities of scholarship.


New Publication

Center 36: Record of Activities and Research Reports, June 2015–May 2016 (PDF 16.1MB)

This year, in which the National Gallery of Art celebrates its seventy-fifth anniversary, the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts welcomed fellows from China, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The topics of their research ranged from gold disks of Chichen Itza in the reign of K'ak'upcal to Italian Renaissance fountain sculpture, from the relationship between Edgar Degas and Mary Cassatt to fashion and costume in Yuan dynasty China, and from American modernist photography and the Mexican cultural renaissance to the prints of Jan van de Velde II. Read more


New Audio and Video

The Sixty-Fifth A. W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts, 2016
The Thief Who Stole My Heart: The Material Life of Chola Bronzes from South India, c. 855‒1280
Vidya Dehejia, Columbia University

The 2016 A. W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts are now available in audio and video.  


New Publication

The Civil War in Art and Memory
Studies in the History of Art, Volume 81
Edited by Kirk Savage, 2016

Reflecting on the sesquicentennial of the American Civil War, this book brings together a range of media and perspectives that show how the conflict has been recorded and remembered over time. Fifteen essays by scholars in a variety of disciplines explore visual representations of the war and its remembrance from the mid-nineteenth century to the present.


New Accademia Website Now Live

The History of the Accademia di San Luca, c. 1590–1635: Documents from the Archivio di Stato di Roma

The CASVA digital project The History of the Accademia di San Luca, c. 1590–1635: Documents from the Archivio di Stato di Roma has been redesigned and migrated to a new platform. The site’s original features have been completely updated to incorporate new information and significant enhancements, including faceted search. Read more.