SAAM Fellows’ Lectures in American Art, 2017

The Smithsonian American Art Museum held three afternoons of lectures by its research fellows on May 3-5, 2017.

For further information, please contact Amelia Goerlitz at (202) 633-8353 or email

Wednesday, May 3

2:00 p.m., Welcome - Stephanie Stebich, The Margaret and Terry Stent Director, Smithsonian American Art Museum

2:10 p.m. to 3:40 p.m. - Moderator: William H. Truettner, Curator Emeritus, Smithsonian American Art Museum

Emily Thames, Joe and Wanda Corn Predoctoral Fellow, Florida State University
“Rendering Reform in Late Eighteenth-Century Puerto Rico: José Campeche’s Portrait of Gobernador Don Miguel Antonio de Ustáriz, 1792”

Jennifer Chuong, Predoctoral Fellow, Harvard University
“Banking on Surfaces: Benjamin Franklin’s Marbled Bills”

Patricia Johnston, Terra Foundation Senior Fellow in American Art, College of the Holy Cross
“The China Trade and the Classical Tradition in Federal America”

Intermission - 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Moderator: Virginia Mecklenburg, Chief Curator, Smithsonian American Art Museum

Corey Piper, Wyeth Foundation Predoctoral Fellow, University of Virginia
“Winslow Homer and the Rise of an American Sporting Ideal”

Margarita Karasoulas, Douglass Foundation Predoctoral Fellow in American Art, University of Delaware
“Tasting the Sights: John Sloan’s Chinese Restaurant and Immigrant New York”

Thursday, May 4

2:00 p.m. to 3:40 p.m. - Moderator: Eleanor Harvey, Senior Curator, Smithsonian American Art Museum

Michele Amedei, Terra Foundation Predoctoral Fellow in American Art, Pegasus Program of the Universities of Florence, Siena, and Pisa
“Romanticism in the Grand Duchy of Tuscany, 1820-1848: Mutual Exchange Between American and Florentine Artists”

Annika Johnson, Predoctoral Fellow, University of Pittsburgh
“George Catlin, Pipestone, and Artistic Prospecting in the Dakota Homeland”

Christina Michelon, CIC-Smithsonian Predoctoral Fellow, University of Minnesota
“Capturing a Likeness: Labor, Loss, and Recuperation in Antebellum Maryland”


4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. - Moderator: Melissa Ho, Curator of Twentieth-Century Art, Smithsonian American Art Museum

Hannah Yohalem, Predoctoral Fellow, Princeton University
“The Johns Device: Articulating the Body”

Jennifer Sichel, Predoctoral Fellow (at the Archives of American Art), University of Chicago
“‘Do You Think Pop Art’s Queer?’: Gene Swenson, Andy Warhol, and the Other Tradition”

Friday, May 5

2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. - Moderator: Karen Lemmey, Curator of Sculpture, Smithsonian American Art Museum

Laurette McCarthy, George Gurney Senior Fellow, Independent Scholar
“An Anarchist, a Mormon, and Several ‘Blue Bloods’: Sculpture and Patronage in the American Section of the Armory Show”

Paula Murphy, Terra Foundation Senior Fellow in American Art, University College Dublin, Emerita
“’Suitable Sculptural Enrichment’: The Empty Pediments of the National Gallery of Art”


3:20 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. - Moderator: John Jacob, McEvoy Family Curator for Photography, Smithsonian American Art Museum

James Rosenow, Predoctoral Fellow, University of Chicago
“How to: Be Avant-Garde in the Thirties”

R. Tess Korobkin, Predoctoral Fellow, Yale University
“‘So Real As to Seem Alive’: Augusta Savage’s Sculpture in Photography and Film, 1929-1940”

Margaret Innes, Patricia and Phillip Frost Predoctoral Fellow, Harvard University
“Photography’s Vital Center: Nancy Newhall and Photo Notes, 1946-1949”