We Are Made of Stories: Selfhood and Experience in Art The Margaret Z. Robson Symposium Series

Friday, October 7, 2022, 1 – 6pm EDT
This half-day symposium addresses recent scholarship centering on the critical role of content and culture in the field of self-taught American art. Artists Joseph Yoakum, Henry Darger, Nellie Mae Rowe, Sam Doyle, Judith Scott, and Dan Miller are highlighted for their creative abilities while challenging the notions of invisibility and historical hierarchies. Co-moderated by SAAM curator Leslie Umberger and Tom di Maria, director emeritus of Creative Growth Art Center, a five-speaker panel addresses these six artists’ contributions to American art. This program is presented both in person and online. We Are Made of Stories: Selfhood and Experience in Art is the second program in the Margaret Z. Robson Symposium Series. Support for the series is provided by Douglas O. Robson. Doors open at 12:30 p.m.

Program Schedule

12:30 p.m. Doors open 
1 p.m. Welcome, Jane Carpenter-Rock, Deputy Director of Museum Content and Outreach, Smithsonian American Art Museum 
1:15 p.m. Introduction, Leslie Umberger, co-moderator, Curator of Folk and Self-Taught Art, Smithsonian American Art Museum  
1:30 p.m. Mark Pascale, the Janet and Craig Duchossois Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Art Institute of Chicago, speaking on Joseph E. Yoakum (1891–1972)  
2:10 p.m. Leisa Rundquist, Professor of Art History at the University of North Carolina, Asheville, speaking on Henry Darger (1892–1973)  
2:50 p.m. Katherine Jentleson, the Merrie and Dan Boone Curator of Folk and Self-Taught Art at the High Museum of Art, speaking on Nellie Mae Rowe (1900–1982)  
3:30 p.m. Break  
3:50 p.m. Sharon P. Holland, the Townsend Ludington Distinguished Professor and Chair, Department of American Studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, speaking on Sam Doyle (1906–1985)  
4:30 p.m. Matthew Higgs, Director and Chief Curator at White Columns, speaking on Judith Scott (1943–2005) and Dan Miller (b. 1961)  
5:05 p.m. Break 
5:15 p.m. Conversation co-moderated by Tom di Maria, Director Emeritus, Creative Growth Art Center, and Leslie Umberger  

Image: Sister Gertrude Morgan, Fan, ca. 1970, paint and ink on card, Smithsonian American Art Museum, The Margaret Z. Robson Collection, Gift of John E. and Douglas O. Robson, 2016.38.43R-V
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Webcasts & Online
Event Location
Basement, McEvoy Auditorium

Free | Registration required via EventbriteOnline on YouTube and In Person in McEvoy Auditorium

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