2021 Fellows Lectures


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Join the 2020–2021 class of Smithsonian American Art Museum research fellows as they present new scholarship on a range of topics and time periods, media, and messages. This series of lectures presented entirely online highlights a new generation of scholars who are pushing boundaries and helping us understand the importance of examining and re-examining American art through new perspectives. 

Wednesday, May 12, 2:30–5 p.m. ET 
Moderated by Crawford Alexander Mann III, curator of prints and drawings, Smithsonian American Art Museum

  • Sirpa Salenius, Terra Foundation for American Art Senior Fellow, University of Eastern Finland
    Otium et Negotium: Edmonia Lewis, Sallie Mercer, and Sarah Parker Remond in Italy”
  • Serena Qiu, predoctoral fellow, Smithsonian Institution, University of Pennsylvania
    “An Audience with the Empress Dowager: The Placement of Cixi’s Portrait in the 1904 St. Louis Exposition”
  • Allison Robinson predoctoral fellow, Smithsonian Institution, University of Chicago
    “‘Certain fields must be excluded in this first project’: Defining the American Craftsman in the Index of American Design”

Watch Session 1

Thursday, May 13, 2:30–5 p.m. ET
Moderated by Saisha Grayson, curator of time-based media, Smithsonian American Art Museum

  • Pierre-Jacques Pernuit, Terra Foundation for American Art Predoctoral Fellow, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne
    “Phantasmagoric Abstract Painting: Thomas Wilfred’s Mobile Color Theatre 1918–1925”
  • Ana Gabriela Rodriguez, predoctoral fellow in Latinx art, Smithsonian American Art Museum, The Courtauld Institute of Art
    "Alternative Perspectives: Puerto Rico's Generación del 50 between the Graphic, Photographic, and Cinematographic”
  • Lauren van Haaften-Schick, predoctoral fellow, Smithsonian Institution, Cornell University
    "‘Use the system as a pipeline’: Artists' Resale Royalties to the Redistribution of Wealth"

Watch Session 2


Friday, May 14, 2:30–5 p.m. ET
Moderated by Mary Savig, the Lloyd Herman Curator of Craft, Smithsonian American Art Museum

  •  Janine DeFeo, predoctoral fellow, Smithsonian Institution, City University of New York, The Graduate Center
    “‘All the things that happen’: Alison Knowles’s Proposition #2 as Total Social Phenomenon”
  • Theo Gordon, predoctoral fellow, Smithsonian Institution, The Courtauld Institute of Art
    "Coming Out with a Camera: Sunil Gupta and Hinda Schuman"
  • Cyle Metzger, predoctoral fellow, Smithsonian Institution, Stanford University
    "It’s all about ME, Not You: Greer Lankton and Transgender Embodiment"

Watch Session 3