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Cover of The Forest: A Fable of America in the 1830s

The Forest with Alexander Nemerov and Philip Kennicott

Lectures and Book Signings

  • Friday, March 31, 2023
  • 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • West Building Lecture Hall and Virtual
  • Talks
  • Hybrid
  • Registration Required

Registration is required and opens at noon on Friday, March 24.

Alexander Nemerov, Stanford University, and Philip Kennicott, The Washington Post, will discuss Nemerov’s newest book The Forest: A Fable of America in the 1830s. A book signing will follow the discussion.

This program is organized by the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery. Nemerov’s 2017 Mellon Lectures formed the basis for The Forest.

Alexander Nemerov, Photo: Suszi Luri McFadden

Alexander Nemerov is the Carl and Marilynn Thoma Provostial Professor in the Arts and Humanities at Stanford University. A scholar of American art, Nemerov writes about the presence of art, the recollection of the past, and the importance of the humanities in our lives today. His many books include Fierce Poise: Helen Frankenthaler and 1950s New York and Soulmaker: The Times of Lewis Hine.

Philip Kennicott

Philip Kennicott is the Pulitzer Prize-winning Senior Art and Architecture Critic of The Washington Post. He is also a two-time Pulitzer finalist (for editorial writing in 2000 and criticism in 2012), a former contributing editor to The New Republic, and a regular contributor to Opera News and Gramophone. His memoir, “Counterpoint: A Memoir of Bach and Mourning,” was published by Norton in 2020. His 2015 essay, “Smuggler” was a finalist for the National Magazine Award and anthologized in that year’s volume of “Best American Essays.” He lives in Washington, DC.