Charles C. Eldredge Prize Virtual Lecture with Linda Kim

  • On Tuesday, February 17, 2021, the Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM) presented an online lecture examining the intersections of art, science, and race with Linda Kim, associate professor of American and modern art history at Drexel University. In this engaging online lecture, Kim discusses her prize-winning book, “Race Experts: Sculpture, Anthropology, and the American Public in Malvina Hoffman’s Races of Mankind” (2018). Awarded SAAM’s 32nd annual Charles C. Eldredge Prize for Distinguished Scholarship in American Art, Kim explores how Malvina Hoffman, an American who studied under the French sculptor Auguste Rodin, was commissioned in 1930 by the Field Museum in Chicago to create the more than 100 life-size bronze sculptures for the museum’s now widely discredited 1933 exhibition “Races of Mankind.”