2019 Fellows' Lectures

Wednesday, May 22,–Friday, May 24, 2019

McEvoy Auditorium

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The Smithsonian American Art Museum and its Renwick Gallery cordially invite you to attend three afternoons of lectures delivered by our residential research fellows. The talks will be held in SAAM’s McEvoy Auditorium, located at 8th and G Streets NW, Washington, D.C. This event is open to the public, and no reservations are required. The talks will be available through a simultaneous webcast. Coffee will be served during intermission, and a wine reception will conclude the series on Friday evening. For further information, please e-mail SAAMFellowships@si.edu

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Moderator: Eleanor Harvey, Senior Curator, Smithsonian American Art Museum

Phillip Troutman, Smithsonian Institution Senior Fellow, The George Washington University
“‘Incendiary Pictures’: The Radical Visual Rhetoric of American Abolition in the 1830s”

Jillian Vaum, Patricia and Phillip Frost Predoctoral Fellow, University of Pennsylvania
“Free Here: Contingent Emancipation in Thomas Waterman Wood’s Baltimore Paintings”

James Brookes, Smithsonian Institution Predoctoral Fellow, University of Nottingham
“Embattled Pictures: Union Soldier-Artists and the Depiction of Battle”


3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Moderator: Karen Lemmey, Curator of Sculpture, Smithsonian American Art Museum

Eva McGraw, Smithsonian Institution Predoctoral Fellow at the Archives of American Art, The Graduate Center, City University of New York
“‘Free on Carolina’s Shore’: Xanthus Smith’s Picturesque Reconstruction in the Sea Islands”

Sarah Beetham, Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan Fellow Awarded through the James Smithson Fellowship Program, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
“Set in Stone: Civil War Monuments and the Paradox of Permanence”

Renée Ater, Smithsonian Institution Senior Fellow, University of Maryland, Emerita
“Healing, Forgiveness, and Reconciliation: Remembering Slavery in the Republic of Benin, Richmond, and Liverpool”

Thursday, May 23, 2019

1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Moderator: Crawford Alexander Mann III, Curator of Prints and Drawings, Smithsonian American Art Museum

Kimia Shahi, Wyeth Foundation Predoctoral Fellow, Princeton University
“Line and Its Limits: The United States Coast Survey and the ‘Uncertain Contours’ of Nineteenth-Century America”

David Park Curry, Smithsonian Senior Fellow, Independent Scholar
“A Discouraging Word: Theodore Davis and His Buffalo Dinner Plate” from Courses of Empire: The Hayes Presidential State Service, 1879–1880

Clarisse Fava-Piz, Terra Foundation Predoctoral Fellow in American Art, University of Pittsburgh
“Spoiled for Choice: George Grey Barnard and the Paris Salons”


3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Moderator: Robin Veder, Executive Editor of American Art Journal, Smithsonian American Art Museum

Yinshi Lerman-Tan, Douglass Foundation Predoctoral Fellow, Stanford University
“Frankenstein’s Twins: John F. Peto and William Harnett”

Talia Shabtay, Big Ten Academic Alliance Smithsonian Institution Predoctoral Fellow, Northwestern University
“To Photograph a World: Berenice Abbott’s Science of Light”

Alison Boyd, Terra Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow in American Art, Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz–Max-Planck-Institut
“Song of the Soil: Horace Pippin’s I’s Comin

Friday, May 24, 2019

1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Moderator: E. Carmen Ramos, Deputy Chief Curator and Curator of Latinx Art, Smithsonian American Art Museum

Christopher Green, Smithsonian Institution Predoctoral Fellow, The Graduate Center, City University of New York
“Masked Moderns: Northwest Coast Native Art Beyond Revival”

J. V. Decemvirale, Smithsonian American Art Museum Predoctoral Fellow in Latinx Art, University of California, Santa Barbara
“A Brief History of Social Practice in East Los Angeles, ca. 1975”

Sarah-Neel Smith, Terra Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow in American Art, Maryland Institute College of Art
“Islamic Art in the ‘Pattern and Decoration’ Movement, 1972–78”


3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Moderator: Saisha Grayson, Curator of Time-Based Media, Smithsonian American Art Museum

Paisid Aramphongphan, Terra Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow in American Art, Independent Scholar
“An Open Vessel: Paul Thek / Kiki Smith”

Helena Vilalta, Terra Foundation Predoctoral Fellow in American Art, University College London
“Here and Now: Adrian Piper on Hester Street”

Shu-Wen Lin, Lunder Fellow for Time-Based Media Conservation, Independent Conservator
“Jim Campbell: Caring for Hardware in Time-Based Media Art”

McEvoy Lobby