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, School of Fine and Performing Arts at Columbia College Chicago, 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.

Sarah Burns, Indiana University; Jennifer Greenhill, University of Illinois, and Diane Dillon, The Newberry are the coordinators for the 2014-2015 seminar.

Each year, the seminar accepts proposals for papers from March until May 1. To propose a paper, please review our proposal instructions and submit all materials via webform.

To attend, please read our Registration Information. View our flyer for a PDF version of this schedule.

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Seminar Schedule 2014-2015

Friday, October 24, 2014
American Art and Visual Culture Seminar
“Bierstadt’s Butterflies and the End of Landscape” Maggie Cao, Columbia University “Sarony, Muybridge and the Art of Motion Photography, 1865-1895” Erin Pauwels, Indiana University Respondent: Jennifer Greenhill, The University of Illinois
Friday, December 5, 2014
American Art and Visual Culture Seminar
“Louis Curtiss and his Patrons: Architecture Culture in Kansas City, ca. 1900” Keith Eggener, University of Oregon “Art and American Memory: Former GIs visit the Normany American Cemetery during the Seventieth Anniversary of D-Day” Kate C. Lemay, Auburn University at Montgomery
Friday, March 6, 2015
American Art and Visual Culture Seminar
“The Nicaragua Media Project and the Politics of Representation in the 1980s” Erina Duganne, Texas State University “Whose Memories? Imagining the Vietnam War in An-My Lê’s Small Wars” Karen Huang, University of Southern California
Friday, April 3, 2015
American Art and Visual Culture Seminar
Workshop with Gillian O’Brien on Thomas Nast’s illustrations in the periodical, America
Friday, May 1, 2015
American Art and Visual Culture Seminar
“ ‘Like a girl in a bikini suit’ and other stories: Herman Miller, Gender, and Race at Mid-Century” Kristina Wilson, Clark University “From Cockpits to Cubicles: Ergonomic Design and Difficult Positions in the late Twentieth-century American Office” Bess Williamson, School of the Art Institute, Chicago