“The Body of a Nation” Lecture Series at University of Oxford

May 2–23, 2018
Worcester College, University of Oxford

Miguel de Baca, Associate Professor of Art History at Lake Forest College, joined the History of Art Department at the University of Oxford during the 2017–18 academic year as the Terra Foundation Visiting Professor of American Art.

De Baca’s research interests include modern and contemporary American art history, with an emphasis on cultural history and American studies, memory studies, photography, and the history or imaging practices in new media. He is the author of Memory Work: Anne Truitt and Sculpture (University of California Press, 2015).

Within the context of the Terra Foundation visiting professorship, de Baca delivered the public lecture series “The Body of a Nation” in May 2018, at Worcester College, University of Oxford. Recordings of each of the four lectures are available at the links below:

May 2
Suicide in White and Black: Thomas Cole’s Destruction and the American Empire

May 9
Skin and Absence: the Radical Ceramics and Poetry of the Enslaved Dave the Potter

May 16
Modernism Disfigured: Cult and Illicit Ritual in New Mexico in the Works of Georgia O’Keeffe and Martha Graham

May 23
The Great Disappearing George Washington: History and the Head of State in Contemporary American Art


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