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American Art and the Global Context

September 28-30, 2006

Session I: Looking for the Big Picture (2 hours 17 minutes)

Keynote Lecture by Adam Gopnik (1 hours 04 minutes)

Session II: Crossing the Seas (1 hour 29 minutes)

Session III: Artistic Havens Abroad (1 hour 22 minutes)

Session IV: Modernism and Anti-Modernism (1 hour 32 minutes)

Session V: North American Crosscurrents (1 hour 30 minutes)

Session VI: Photography as a Global Medium (1 hour 30 minutes)


Session VII: Culture, Commerence, and Propaganda (1 hour 38 minutes)

The Terra Foundation for American Art supported this international dialogue in celebration of the Smithsonian American Art Museum's opening on July 1, 2006, after extensive renovations. The symposium also highlighted the Foundation's initial five-year grant to the museum's distinguished fellowship program. The Terra Foundation for American Art is dedicated to fostering exploration, understanding, and enjoyment of the visual arts of the United States for national and international audiences. Recognizing the importance of experiencing original works of art, the foundation provides opportunities for interaction and study, beginning with the presentation and growth of its own art collection in Chicago. To further cross-cultural dialogue on American art, the foundation supports and collaborates on innovative exhibitions, research, and educational programs. Implicit in such activities is the belief that art has the potential both to distinguish cultures and to unite them. This symposium also received federal support from the Smithsonian Latino Center as well as support for related events from the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program and the Goethe-Institut of Washington, D.C.

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