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 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.

Click here for the 2019-2020 Call for Proposals! Proposals are due June 3, 2019. 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 2018-2019

Friday, September 28, 2018
This seminar will be held at the Art Institute of Chicago
The Uncanny Design of the Thorne Miniature Rooms
Saturday, December 8, 2018
American Art and Visual Culture Seminar
A Symposium in Conjunction with the Newberry Exhibition "Pictures from an Exposition: Visualizing the 1893 World’s Fair"
10am: Lisa Snyder, “Behind the Model: Reconstruction the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition” * Please note: this presentation by Lisa Snyder is a public program requiring a reservation.
Friday, February 22, 2019
Delia Solomons – Chicago’s Panamerican Projections in 1959 / Austin Porter – Bankrolling Bombs: How Art Museums Helped Finance World War II
Friday, March 22, 2019
A Seminar in Conjunction with the Newberry Exhibition "Melville: Finding America at Sea"
The current Newberry exhibition, “Melville: Finding America at Sea,” includes 16 works by Matt Kish, a visual artist currently living in Ohio. At this seminar, Kish will discuss the objects on display in the exhibition as well as his other Melville-related illustrations.
Friday, April 5, 2019
Lauren Lessing: Dramatic Spectacle in Thomas Cole’s Early Landscapes / Lisa Dorrill: Albert Abramovitz’s Death Series: A Danse Macabre for the Great Depression
Friday, May 17, 2019
Elyse Speaks: “Housewife Beads the World!” Liza Lou and the Domestic Politics of the Bead / Christina Michelon: Making the Scrapbook and Other Printcrafts