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Recent and Upcoming Meetings

Recent Meetings


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

Watch or listen online.


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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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)

Watch or listen to the artists panel online.

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