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.

Sarah Burns, Indiana University; Erika Doss, University of Notre Dame; and Diane Dillon, Newberry Library, are the coordinators for the 2015-2016 seminar.

Each year, the seminar accepts proposals for papers from March until May 1. Proposal instructions for 2016-2017 will be posted March 1, 2016.

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

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Seminar Schedule 2015-2016

Friday, October 2, 2015
American Art and Visual Culture Seminar
(Re)configuring Commerce: American Slavery, British Manufacture, and the Sculpture of John Bell Caitlin Beach, Columbia University Christian Eschatology in Cemetery Monuments, a Case Study Dr. Annette Stott, University of Denver
Friday, November 13, 2015
American Art and Visual Culture Seminar
Close Enough to Be Kept at Bay: Harriet Cany Peale’s Her Mistress’s Clothes Dana E. Byrd, Bowdoin College ‘Painting Freely’: Elizabeth Sparhawk-Jones’ Portrayal of Shopgirls Elizabeth Carlson, Lawrence University
Friday, February 19, 2016
American Art and Visual Culture Seminar
Irving’s Medium Christopher J. Lukasic, Purdue University
Friday, April 22, 2016
American Art and Visual Culture Seminar
Better for The Making Suzanne Hudson, University of Southern California Secret: George Herms and Clandestine Operations Monica Steinberg, The Graduate Center of the City University of New York
Friday, May 20, 2016
American Art and Visual Culture Seminar
Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Helen Levitt, and the Surrealism of the Streets Monica Bravo, Brown University Islands in the Inset: Representations of the Territory of Hawai’i in Carto-Caricatures (Map Cartoons), 1893-2011 Amanda Murphyao, Carleton University