The Newberry Seminar in American Art and Visual Culture | Newberry

The Newberry Seminar in American Art and Visual Culture

George P.A. Healy. Self Portrait, Done in Paris. c. 1880.

George P.A. Healy. Self Portrait, Done in Paris. c. 1880.

Seminar sessions are held on Fridays from 2–5 pm at the Newberry, 60 West Walton Street, Chicago, Illinois.

This seminar provides a forum for presenting current research, as well as a venue that brings together a diverse community of local and regional Americanists for intellectual exchange, collegial conversation, and debate. We construe art history and visual culture in broad terms, embracing painting, sculpture, graphic art, architecture, and material culture as well as commercial and mass-mediated art, including illustration, reportage, advertising, caricature, comic art, photography, video, film, and other visual forms. We invite papers that cross and challenge borders both within and outside the discipline, that engage questions of methodology and ideology, probe the categories of race, ethnicity, class, and gender, and reflect critically on the state and outlook of the field.

The seminar’s co-sponsors are the Terra Foundation for American Art, the Department of History and Political Science at Purdue University Calumet, The Karla Scherer Center for the Study of American Culture at the University of Chicago, and the Department of American Studies at the University of Notre Dame.

The AAVC 2017-2018 Call for Proposals is now CLOSED. Proposals for 2018-2019 will be accepted beginning March 1, 2018. To submit a proposal, please visit our webform and upload a one-page proposal, a statement explaining the relationship of the paper to your other work, and a brief CV. Applications will not be accepted via email or in hard copy.

The Chicago: City of Commerce and Design, 1890-1990 Seminar is part of Art Design Chicago, an exploration of Chicago’s art and design legacy, an initiative of the Terra Foundation for American Art with presenting partner The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation.

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Seminar Schedule 2017-2018

Friday, September 29, 2017
American Art and Visual Culture Seminar
Kim Bobier: Bringing the Movement Home: Kerry James Marshall’s Souvenir & Its Immanent Critique Elizabeth Buhe: Sam Francis: Painting for the Jet Age
Friday, November 3, 2017
American Art and Visual Culture Seminar
Gwendolyn Owens: The Will to Change: The Artistic Evolution of Marian Scott Noga Bernstein: Mayan Modern: Ruth Reeves’s Cross-Cultural Practice
Friday, January 26, 2018
American Art and Visual Culture Seminar
John Murphy: Flesh: Ivan Albright and Antihumanism Kelsey Malone: Enid Yandell and the White Rabbits: Crafting a Career in Sculpture in the White City
Friday, March 30, 2018
American Art and Visual Culture Seminar
Ellen Handy: Picturing the World in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction: Chicago’s Image Factories at the Center of the Continent Amy Mooney: Photos of Style and Dignity: Woodard’s Studio and the Delivery of Black Modern Subjectivity