Terra Foundation-supported Events

Virtual Lecture Series: “Regarding the Portrait”

In this virtual lecture series, Amy M. Mooney, 2019–20 Terra Foundation Visiting Professor at the University of Oxford, examines the central role portraiture played in fostering social change in the United States from the 1890s to the 1950s. Drawing from her forthcoming book, Portraits of Noteworthy Character, Professor Mooney considers the strategic visual campaigns generated by individuals and social institutions that used the portrait to advance their progressive political ideologies. From the etiquette texts used at historically black colleges to the post cards produced by Hull House to the Harmon Foundation’s exhibition of “Portraits of Outstanding Americans of Negro Origin,” this series explores the ways in which the portrait was employed to build social relationships and negotiate modern subjectivity.

May 25
“The Primers”
For more information: https://www.torch.ox.ac.uk/event/the-terra-lectures-in-american-art-regarding-the-portrait

June 1
“The Photographers”
For more information: https://www.torch.ox.ac.uk/event/the-terra-lectures-in-american-art-regarding-the-portrait-0

June 8
“The Progressives”
For more information: https://www.torch.ox.ac.uk/event/the-terra-lectures-in-american-art-regarding-the-portrait-1

June 15
“The Pragmatists”
For more information: https://www.torch.ox.ac.uk/event/the-terra-lectures-in-american-art-regarding-the-portrait-the-pragmatics

Lectures will begin at 5:00 pm in Oxford (GMT +1) and be livestreamed on YouTube (links available above).