From the premise that the history of America’s art is inseparable from the history of the nation, David Lubin, Charlotte C. Weber Professor of Art at Wake Forest University (North Carolina) and Terra Foundation Visiting Professor at the University of Oxford (2016-2017), has demonstrated throughout his career how events of national import have tested the resolve and creativity of American artists. David Lubin has developed this argument most notably in the following publications: Picturing a Nation (Yale, 1994), Shooting Kennedy (California, 2003), and Grand Illusions: American Art and the First World War (Oxford, 2016), the research of which informed the exhibition he co-curated World War I and American Art (Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, New-York Historical Society, and Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, 2016–2018).
In the context of his graduate course at the University of Oxford, he will give a series of public lectures on four successive Wednesdays in May, at the Taylor Institution Library, Oxford, at 5:00 pm. These lectures will consider the interplay of the fine arts and popular culture in iconic works of American art produced in memorial sculpture, book illustration, propaganda imagery, and photojournalism during a period stretching from the 1890s to the 1960s.
“Riding into History, Marching into Oblivion: The Civil War, Racial Justice, and the Shaw Memorial”
“Buried Treasure: America’s Great Book Illustrator Howard Pyle and the Silver Screen”
“The Ashcan Goes to War: George Bellows, Belligerence, and the Rape of Belgium”
“Frozen in History: The Arrival of the Kennedys at Love Field”