The Art of Memory and Mourning Symposium

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    This symposium program presents recent scholarship that addresses the subjects of mourning, loss, remembrance, and memorialization as they have manifest in a variety of art forms in the United States over the past three centuries. Speakers include Miguel de Baca of Lake Forest College; Erika Doss of Notre Dame University, James Meyer of the National Gallery of Art, Lisa Saltzman of Bryn Mawr College, Jennifer Van Horn of George Mason University, and independent scholar Sarah Beetham, as well as Smithsonian American Art Museum Curator of Sculpture Karen Lemmey, Fellowship and Academic Programs Coordinator Amelia Goerlitz, and Executive Editor (American Art journal) Emily Shapiro.

    This program is dedicated to art historian Cynthia J. Mills (1947-2014), former Executive Editor of the journal American Art and Smithsonian American Art Museum Academic Programs Advisor, and recognizes the release of her book Beyond Grief: Sculpture and Wonder in the Gilded Age Cemetery (Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press, 2014).