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 2016-2017 Call for Proposals is now closed. Proposals for 2017-2018 will be accepted on February 1, 2017 through June 1, 2017. 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.

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Seminar Schedule 2015-2016

Friday, October 21, 2016
American Art and Visual Culture Seminar
Friday, December 2, 2016
American Art and Visual Culture Seminar
Between Action and Object: Jay DeFeo’s Myths of The Rose Elizabeth Ferrell, Arcadia University Art in the Age of Atomic Anxiety: Alison Knowles’s The Big Book (1966-69) Nicole Woods, University of Notre Dame
Friday, March 10, 2017
American Art and Visual Culture Seminar
The Modern Remodeled: MoMA and the Modern Brand Sandra Zalman, University of Houston Better for the Making Suzanne Hudson, University of Southern California
Friday, April 21, 2017
American Art and Visual Culture Seminar
William Edmondson: Life and Work Jennifer Marshall,University of Minnesota A “Museum of Merchandise:” Art and Commerce at Wanamaker’s Department Stores Kristin Schwain, University of Missouri