2022 Smithsonian American Art Museum Fellows Lectures – May 4, 2022 (Day 1)

  • On Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, May 4, 5, and 6, 2022, the Smithsonian American Art Museum presented a series of virtual lectures by the museum’s 2021–2022 research fellows. This recording captures the first two sessions on the first day.

    The first session is devoted to figurative sculpture and features talks by two predoctoral fellows, Kelvin Parnell and Giuseppe Rizzo, and postdoctoral scholar Fábio D'Almeida. Their presentations consider how sculptures by Thomas Ball, Henry Kirke Brown, Ferdinand Pettrich, George Blackall Simonds, and John Quincy Adams Ward reflect nineteenth-century histories of Western expansion, the racialization of Black Americans, and global networks of interchange.

    The second session explores artists’ engagement with cultural identity through stereotype, resistance, affinity-building, and aesthetic speculation. Presentations by doctoral candidates Ali Printz and Rebecca Giordano and senior scholars Samantha Noël and Robb Hernández reveal the nineteenth-century origins of the Appalachian stereotype; the influence of cultural anthropology on modernist painter Hale Woodruff; the Third World aesthetic present in 1970s works by David Hammons; and the impact of sci-fi on late 20th-century Latinx muralists.

    Session I: 1:00–2:45 p.m. ET
    Moderator: Karen Lemmey, the Lucy S. Rhame Curator of Sculpture
    Fábio D'Almeida, Terra Foundation of American Art Postdoctoral Fellow, Forum für Kunstgeschichte, Paris
    “Forging the Fallen Shawnee Chief: Ferdinand Pettrich’s ‘The Dying Tecumseh’"
    Kelvin Parnell, Wyeth Foundation Predoctoral Fellow (deferred from 2020–2021), University of Virginia
    “Black Bronze”
    Giuseppe Rizzo, predoctoral fellow, Smithsonian Institution (deferred from 2020–2021), Ruprecht Karl Universität
    “The Art of Bronze: Transmission of Taste and Techniques for Public Statues from Florence to the US in the Nineteenth Century”
    Session II: 3:00–5:15 p.m. ET
    Moderator: Virginia Mecklenburg, Senior Curator
    Ali Printz, William H. Truettner Predoctoral Fellow (deferred from 2020–2021), Tyler School of Art, Temple
    "Progress and Regress: The Creation of the Appalachian Stereotype in Mass Visual Culture"
    Rebecca Giordano, Patricia and Philip Frost Predoctoral Fellow, University of Pittsburgh
    "Formal Relations: African Art and Cultural Anthropology in Hale Woodruff’s ‘The Art of the Negro’"  
    Samantha Noël, Terra Foundation of American Art Senior Fellow, Wayne State University
    "The Diasporic Dimensions of David Hammons's Dreadlock Series"
    Robb Hernández, senior fellow in Latinx Art, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Fordham University
    "Transplanetary: Speculative Aesthetics in Art of the Americas"