To support “Posing Modernity: The Black Muse from Manet to Matisse, Bearden and Beyond,” a symposium held at Columbia University’s Wallach Art Gallery. This symposium offers presentations and discussions to build awareness of the black presence in the social and artistic circles of French artists and explores how African American artists associated with the Harlem Renaissance were in close dialogue with their European and white American peers.
University of Kent
To support “The Cartographic Imagination: Art, Literature and Mapping in United States, 1945–1980,” a conference co-organized by the University of Kent and the University of Strasbourg. This two-day conference provides a forum for interdisciplinary dialogue between the fields of art history and literary studies, focusing on how space is constructed, imagined, reconfigured, displaced, and questioned in various artistic forms.
University of Nottingham
To support “Rethinking Regionalism: The Midwest in American Art History,” a two-day intensive workshop and symposium that aims to investigate the ways in which accounts of American cultural production have been informed by an unacknowledged “invisible middle” from the late 19th century to the present.
University of Sydney
To support “Transatlantic Gardens and Enlightenment Ideas in American Art,” a two-day international symposium co-organized by the University of Sydney and the University of Southampton. Ten speakers will investigate how ideas about, and representations of, landscapes developed and were transmitted across the Atlantic in the 18th century. It will be hosted at the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies at Monticello, Thomas Jefferson’s Virginia estate.
The University of Texas at Dallas
To support “György Kepes’s Vision + Value Series and the History of Cybernetic Art,” presented by the Edith O’Donnell Institute for Art History. The program seeks to better understand the role that Hungarian-American artist and writer György Kepes played in the development of digital and cybernetic art internationally.
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
To support a planning convening of approximately 24 educators and American art curators from 12–15 museums around the US as the initial step in the development of Seeing America, an ambitious interdisciplinary online resource on the history of American art to be developed by Smarthistory, non-profit producer of online essays and videos on art and cultural history.
Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art
To support a free online curriculum resource for middle- and high-school teachers about Chicago outsider artist Henry Darger, released in conjunction with a year-long series of programs and exhibitions at Intuit commemorating the 125th anniversary of the artist’s birth.
The Newberry Library
To support a new teacher and student program focused on the art and visual culture of World War II. Chicago Public Schools high-school teachers attending a one-day seminar, led by an art historian, will explore a range of primary and secondary sources from the Newberry’s collection of WWII material and learn techniques for teaching with and about these primary sources in the classroom. The program includes student field trips to the Newberry Library as well.
To support Seeing America, a multi-year program focused on creating a free, comprehensive, web-based learning resource on the history of American art, developed and distributed by Smarthistory in partnership with a consortium of museums. Smarthistory is a widely-used resource for the study of art and cultural heritage, with a growing collection of object-centered videos and essays available on smarthistory.org, YouTube, and Khan Academy.
To support a free public panel discussion and video screening with artist and graphic novelist Chris Ware, exploring the role of comics in American art at the Art Institute of Chicago. The panel discussion is organized in conjunction with the organization’s PBS series Art in the Twenty-First Century.