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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

Black Modernisms in the Translatlantic World
Saturday, September 30
2:00–3:00 p.m.
West Building Lecture Hall

Join us for a discussion about Black Modernisms in the Transatlantic World with coeditor Huey Copeland and contributing author Kellie Jones, moderated by Steven Nelson. A book signing will follow.


Women in Art and Music: An Early Modern Global Conference
Friday and Saturday, October 20–21
10:00 a.m.–4:45 p.m.
East Building Auditorium

“Women in Art and Music” is 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 is October 18 at Juilliard in New York, NY, and Part 2 is October 20–21 at the National Gallery of Art.

Register for Part 2 at the National Gallery

Chasing That Which Is Me and That Which Is Not Me
Anna Deavere Smith, Writer/Actress
73rd A. W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts
Sundays, April 28–May 19, 2024, 2:00 p.m.
East Building Auditorium

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Recent Meetings

Keith Morrison, Gymnopedies, 19831983

James A. Porter Colloquium on African American Art and Art of the African Diaspora
Shaping Space: African American Artists in Public Art and Private Collections
10:15 a.m.–4:15 p.m.
East Building Auditorium

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.

Mary Lee Bendolph, Blocks and Strips, 20022002

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.

John Marin, Middle of Atlantic, 19091909

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. 

Freddy Rodríguez, Paradise for a Tourist Brochure, 19901990

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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