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Top Row: Lauren Haynes (left), Catherine Morris (center), Asma Naeem (right); Bottom Row: Christine Sciacca (left), Christina Yu Yu (center), Mikka Gee Conway (right)

Feminist Issues in Art Museums

John Wilmerding Symposium on American Art and Community Celebration

  • Sunday, September 26, 2021
  • 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Virtual

The final session of American University’s Feminist Art History Conference, cohosted by the National Gallery, brings together distinguished curators to discuss contemporary issues in museum practice.

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Lauren Haynes, Patsy R. and Raymond D. Nasher Senior Curator of Contemporary Art, Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University; Catherine Morris, Sackler Senior Curator for the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum; Asma Naeem, chief curator of the Baltimore Museum of Art; Christine Sciacca, associate curator, European art 300–1400 CE, Walters Art Museum; and Christina Yu Yu, Matsutaro Shoriki Chair, Art of Asia, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Moderated by Mikka Gee Conway, chief, diversity, inclusion, and belonging officer and EEO director, National Gallery of Art.

Held in collaboration with the National Gallery’s John Wilmerding Symposium on America Art and the traveling exhibition Alma W. Thomas: Everything is Beautiful.

In 1952, at age sixty-one, Thomas enrolled in graduate-level art history and painting coursework at American University to pursue “creative painting.” American University offers the Alma Thomas Award to an outstanding student studying painting.

For the Feminist Art History Conference, Melanee Harvey will chair a session titled ACTIVISM: MAKING SPACE and Jonathan Frederick Walz will present a lecture titled "Alma W. Thomas’s Moving Pictures."

Image Credit - Lauren Haynes: Photograph by Rana Young; Catherine Morris: Photograph by the Brooklyn Museum; Asma Naeem: Photograph by Christopher Myers; Christine Sciacca: Photograph courtesy of the speaker; Christina Yu Yu: Photograph by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Mikka Gee Conway: Photograph courtesy of the speaker