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Recent and Upcoming Meetings

Recent Meetings


The Sixty-Eighth A. W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts, 2019

End as Beginning: Chinese Art and Dynastic Time
Wu Hung, University of Chicago

March 31 - The Emergence of Dynastic Time in Chinese Art
April 7 - Reconfiguring the World: The First Emperor’s Art Projects
April 14 - Conflicting Temporalities: Heaven’s Mandate and Its Antitheses
April 28 - Miraculous Icons and Dynastic Time: Narrating Buddhist Art in Medieval China
May 5 - Art of Absence: Voices of the Leftover Subject
May 12 - End as Beginning: Dynastic Time and Revolution

Announcement (PDF 411KB)

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Middle Atlantic Symposium in the History of Art
49th Annual Sessions

University of Maryland
March 1, 2019

National Gallery of Art

March 2, 2019

Program (PDF 61KB)


Sydney J. Freedberg Lecture on Italian Art

Against Titian
Stephen J. Campbell, Johns Hopkins University
November 4, 2018

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Wyeth Conference in American Art

The American Still Life
October 19, 2018

This conference will consider the genre of still life in American art in various media including painting, sculpture, photography, and printmaking. Papers will address works that range in time from the colonial period to the present day. Speakers include Maggie Cao, Nika Elder, Ellery Foutch, Diana Greenwald, Shana Klein, Ashley Lazevnick, Mark Mitchell, and Amy Werbel. Program (PDF 421KB)


The Sixty-Seventh A. W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts, 2018

Positive Barbarism: Brutal Aesthetics in the Postwar Period

Hal Foster, Princeton University

April 8 - Walter Benjamin and His Barbarians
April 15 - Jean Dubuffet and His Brutes
April 22 - Georges Bataille and His Caves
April 29 - Asger Jorn and His Creatures
May 6 - Eduardo Paolozzi and His Hollow Gods
May 13 - Claes Oldenburg and His Ray Guns

Announcement (PDF 422KB)

Image by Sandy Tait


Boundary Trouble: The Self-Taught Artist and American Avant-Gardes
February 16–17, 2018
East Building Auditorium
Program (PDF 428KB)

Title: Portrait of Clarissa Strozzi at two years of age [Clarissa Strozzi im Alter von 2 Jahren]; Image ID: BERLIN_DB_10313748491

Sydney J. Freedberg Lecture on Italian Art

Sugar and Spice and All Things Nice? Titian’s Portrait of Clarice Strozzi
Beverly Louise Brown, The Warburg Institute
November 19, 2017

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Wyeth Lecture in American Art

The Panorama and the Globe: Expanding the American Landscape in World War II
Cécile Whiting, University of California, Irvine
October 25, 2017

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Alma Thomas, Red Rose Cantata, 19731973

Wyeth Foundation for American Art Symposium

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

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 and including Lilian Thomas Burwell, Floyd Coleman, David C. Driskell, Sam Gilliam, Keith A. Morrison, Martin Puryear, Sylvia Snowden, and Lou Stovall. Program (PDF 433KB)

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