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Upcoming and Recent Meetings at the Center

View upcoming and recent meetings of the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, including lectures, symposia, conferences, and colloquia.

Upcoming Meetings

Woven with copper wire against a muted dusky-pink background, this tapestry replicates an early computer circuit board. Long, thin rectangles in two columns take up most of the height of the composition. A few rows of smaller rectangles are in three columns below and larger shapes are above. Numbers and letters, like serial numbers, including “INTEL,” can be made out on the rectangles. The copper gleams, creating a shimmering effect.

Braided Histories: Modernist Abstraction and Woven Textiles
Friday, May 31
1:00–4:45 p.m.
East Building Auditorium and virtual

Join us for an afternoon in celebration of the exhibition Woven Histories: Textiles and Modern Abstraction. Presenters include Jenni Sorkin, Horacio Ramos, Fernanda Pitta, and Candice Hopkins, plus a conversation between artist Analia Saban and curator Lynne Cooke.


Recent Meetings

Chasing That Which Is Not Me / Chasing That Which Is Me
Anna Deavere Smith, Writer/Actress
73rd A. W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts
Sundays, April 28–May 19, 2024

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Middle Atlantic Symposium in the History of Art
54th Annual Sessions
Friday and Saturday, March 1–2

In partnership with the Department of Art History and Archaeology at the University of Maryland

Stephanie Porras presented the George Levitine Lecture “How Not to Do Global Art History” at the University of Maryland on March 1. Presentations by graduate students from the mid-Atlantic region were held at the National Gallery on March 2.

Latinx Art and the Intimacy of Dislocation
Roberto Tejada, University of Houston
Wyeth Lecture in American Art
Saturday, December 2


Sofonisba Anguissola: Recent Discoveries and Debates
Michael Cole, Columbia University
Sydney J. Freedberg Lecture on Italian Art
Sunday, November 12


Women in Art and Music: An Early Modern Global Conference
Friday and Saturday, October 20–21

“Women in Art and Music” was a two-part conference hosted jointly by the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts and the Juilliard School in New York. Part 1 was on October 18 at Juilliard in New York, NY, and Part 2 was October 20–21 at the National Gallery of Art.

Black Modernisms in the Translatlantic World
Saturday, September 30

A discussion about Black Modernisms in the Transatlantic World with co-editor Huey Copeland and contributing author Kellie Jones, moderated by Steven Nelson. A book signing followed.

Shaping Space: African American Artists in Public Art and Private Collections
James A. Porter Colloquium on African American Art and Art of the African Diaspora
Friday, April 14

Participants include Renée Ater, Sandy Bellamy, Camille Brown, Curtis Clay, Melvin Edwards, Doug Harris, Martha Jackson Jarvis, Njena Jarvis, Nea Maloo, Ronnie McGhee, Keith Morrison, Uzikee Nelson, Mabel O. Wilson, and Tobias Wofford.

Vital Signs: The Visual Cultures of Maya Writing
Stephen D. Houston, Brown University
The 72nd A. W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts

Sundays between April 16 and May 21, 2023

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The Forest with Alexander Nemerov and Philip Kennicott
Friday, March 31

Alexander Nemerov, Carl and Marilynn Thoma Provostial Professor in the Arts and Humanities at Stanford University, and Philip Kennicott, Pulitzer Prize–winning senior art and architecture critic of The Washington Post discussed Nemerov’s newest book The Forest: A Fable of America in the 1830s. A book signing followed the discussion. Nemerov’s 2017 Mellon Lectures formed the basis for The Forest.

The Work in the World: Thinking through Called to Create
Friday, March 10

An afternoon of presentations, conversations, and performances featuring artists and scholars whose practice is in dialogue with the exhibition Called to Create: Black Artists of the American South

Presenters included Sanford Biggers, Lisa Gail Collins, vanessa german, Lonnie Holley, Tau Lewis, Christopher Myers, and Renée Stout.

Middle Atlantic Symposium in the History of Art
53rd Annual Sessions
Saturday, March 4

Along with the University of Maryland (UMD), the Center cohosted presentations by graduate students of the region. 

Staking Claim: Latinx Art and US American Experiences
Wyeth Foundation for American Art Symposium
Friday, January 20, 2023

This year’s symposium highlighted the complexities of Latinx art in the United States. It was organized by the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts in close collaboration with E. Carmen Ramos, Chief Curatorial and Conservation Officer at the National Gallery of Art, and Adriana Zavala, Andrew W. Mellon Professor at the Center and Associate Professor of History of Art and Architecture and Studies in Race, Colonialism, and Diaspora at Tufts University.

Presentations and discussions included Taína Caragol, Kency Cornejo, Deborah Cullen-Morales, Robb Hernández, Yasmin Ramirez, Tere Romo, Juan Sánchez, Susanna Temkin, and Adriana Zavala. 

Celebrating Conservation
A Series of Conversations on Its Past, Present, and Future
November 15–December 5, 2022

The National Gallery’s conservation division and the Center cohosted a series of virtual moderated discussions on the depth and breadth of art conservation, its history and myriad collaborations, and its role in preserving tangible and intangible heritage. 

Postponed Meetings


Transparence and Ambiguity: The Modern Space of Axonometry
The 69th A. W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts
Yve-Alain Bois, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, NJ

Dates to be announced.

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