New Writings in American Art: Virtual Conversation with Alexander Nemerov

  • On April 8, 2021, the Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM) presented a virtual conversation featuring author and professor Alexander Nemerov in conversation with Virginia M. Mecklenburg, senior curator at SAAM. Learn more about Nemerov’s most recent publication, “Fierce Poise: Helen Frankenthaler and 1950s New York” (2021). This publication chronicles the early career of artist Helen Frankenthaler. Go on back in time to the creative boom of 1950’s New York City and learn more about the boundary-breaking early life of Frankenthaler and discover how she succeeded in establishing herself as an important American artist of the postwar period. 

    Alexander Nemerov is the Carl and Marilynn Thomas Provostial Professor in the Arts and Humanities and department chair of art and art history at Stanford University. In 2019, he received the Lawrence A. Fleischman Award for Scholarly Excellence in the Field of American Art History from the Smithsonian Institution’s Archives of American Art. He is also the author of several books, including “Soulmaker: The Times of Lewis Hine” (2016) and “Summoning Pearl Harbor” (2017).

    This program is part of SAAM’s ongoing series New Writings in American Art, highlighting new scholarship and publications in the field of American Art.