Release Date: January 9, 2009
National Gallery of Art Begins 2009 Lecture Program with Robert Frank, Jonathan Lopez, Paul Sanderson, and More
Washington, DC—The National Gallery of Art opens 2009 with an engaging array of public lecture programs. Legendary photographer Robert Frank appears in connection with the exhibition Looking In: Robert Frank's "The Americans," while Viccy Coltman, senior lecturer in the history of art at the University of Edinburgh, discusses the rediscovery of Herculaneum and Pompeii in relation to the exhibition Pompeii and the Roman Villa: Art and Culture around the Bay of Naples. Two public symposia featuring noted scholars provide deeper insights on both of these special exhibitions.
In addition to lectures by many of the Gallery's own curators and experts, the Gallery presents Jonathan Lopez, historian and author of The Man Who Made Vermeers: Unvarnishing the Legend of Master Forger Han van Meegeren, and Paul Sanderson, producer and director ofAugustus Saint-Gaudens: Master of American Sculpture. Later in the spring, Timothy James Clark, George C. and Helen N. Pardee Chair and professor of the history of art at University of California, Berkeley, will deliver the Fifty-eighth A. W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts in a series entitled "Picasso and Truth."
All lecture programs are free and take place on Sundays at 2:00 p.m. in the East Building Auditorium unless otherwise noted. Seating is on a first-come, first-seated basis.
Robert Frank and the Photographic Book, 1930–1960
Saturday, January 24, 1:00–5:00 p.m.
Illustrated lectures by noted scholars, including Stephen Brooke, Martin Gasser, Olivier Lugon, and Alan Trachtenberg
Roman Art and Culture on the Bay of Naples
Friday, March 20, 11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 21, 1:00–5:00 p.m.
Illustrated lectures by noted scholars, including John Bodel, Lucilla Burn, Faya Causey, John R. Clarke, Bjoern Ewald, Nathalie Kampen, Barbara Kellum, Miranda Marvin, Rebecca Molholt, John Pollini and Hérica Valladares
A Conversation with Robert Frank
Thursday, March 26 at 3:30 p.m.
Robert Frank, photographer, in conversation with Sarah Greenough, senior curator and head of the department of photographs, National Gallery of Art
The Collecting of African American Art
Sundays at 2:00 pm, East Building Auditorium
A Historical Overview
Jacqueline Francis, independent scholar
Collecting as a Way of Life
Juliette Bethea, collector, in conversation with Ruth Fine, curator of special projects in modern art, National Gallery of Art
The Art of Collecting
Harmon and Harriet Kelley, collectors, in conversation with Deborah Willis, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University
The Fifty-eighth A. W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts
Picasso and Truth
Sundays, 2:00 p.m.
The Fifty-eighth A. W. Mellon Lecture series will be presented by Timothy James Clark, George C. and Helen N. Pardee Chair and professor of the history of art, University of California, Berkeley
March 22: Object
March 29: Room
April 5: Window
April 19: Monster
April 26: Monument
May 3: Mural
Works in Progress: Mondays
East Building Small Auditorium, 12:10 and 1:10 p.m.
Who was Edgar Wind—and Why Does It Matter?
Debra Pincus, independent scholar
Maria Sibylla Merian Flipped
Peter Parshall, curator and head of the department of old master prints, National Gallery of Art
Italian Futurism and the Legacy of the Milanese Scapigliatura
David Gariff, lecturer, National Gallery of Art
"The Fall of Phaeton": Exploring Rubens' Creative Process through an Interactive Web Feature
Melanie Gifford, research conservator, and John Gordy, Web manager, National Gallery of Art
Tempests on Metal: Tornado Paintings on Copper by Jeff Wilson
Jeff Wilson, graphics designer, design department, National Gallery of Art
Alma Thomas' "Red Rose Cantata"
Lea-Ann Bigelow, financial manager, office of the treasurer, National Gallery of Art
Old Topographics: Charles Marville in Haussmann's Paris
Sarah Kennel, assistant curator of photographs, National Gallery of Art
The Man Who Made Vermeers: Han van Meegeren's Life in Forgery
Jonathan Lopez, writer and historian
Followed by book signing of The Man Who Made Vermeers: Unvarnishing the Legend of Master Forger Han van Meegeren
Transforming Destiny into Awareness: Robert Frank's "The Americans"
Sarah Greenough, senior curator and head of the department of photographs, National Gallery of Art
Conversations with Authors: Michael Fried on Photography, Modernism, and the Importance of Not Losing Faith in the Dialectic
Michael Fried, J. R. Herbert Boone Professor of Humanities, The Johns Hopkins University, in conversation with Harry Cooper, curator and of head the department of modern and contemporary art, National Gallery of Art
Book signing of Why Photography Matters as Art as Never Before follows
City Views: Pride and Prosperity in the Dutch Golden Age
Arthur K. Wheelock Jr., curator of northern baroque paintings, National Gallery of Art
Augustus Saint-Gaudens: Master of American Sculpture
February 15 at 12:00 noon
Introduction to the film by Paul Sanderson, producer and director
Is Anything New Under the Sun? Environmental Quality around the Bay of Naples in AD 79 and the Present Day
Mark Walters, environmental consultant and write
The Society of Dilettanti: Grecian Taste and Roman Spirit
Bruce Redford, professor of art history and English, Boston University
Followed by book signing of Dilettanti: The Antic and the Antique in Eighteenth-Century England
Art and Nature in Eighteenth-Century Naples: From the Rediscovery of Herculaneum and Pompeii to Emma Hamilton's Attitudes
Viccy Coltman, senior lecturer in the history of art, School of Arts, Culture, and Environment, University of Edinburgh
Images of Friendship from Renaissance Florence: From Dante to Michelangelo
Dale Kent, professor of history, University of California, Riverside
Painting the Poor: Manet's "Old Musician" in Context
John House, Samuel H. Kress Professor, Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, National Gallery of Art
Luis Meléndez: Marvelous Works of Nature Revealed
Gretchen A. Hirschauer, associate curator of Italian and Spanish paintings, and Catherine A. Metzger, senior conservator of paintings, National Gallery of Art
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