SAAM Fellows’ Lectures in American Art, 2018

  • The Smithsonian American Art Museum held three afternoons of lectures by its research fellows on May 2-4, 2018.

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


    WEDNESDAY, MAY 2, 2018 2:00 P.M. TO 3:40 P.M. 

    Moderator: Eleanor Harvey, Senior Curator, Smithsonian American Art Museum 

    • Christian Cloke, Smithsonian Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Cincinnati 

      “‘AM I NOT A ROMAN?’: Kneeling Barbarians and Enslaved Supplicants from the Mediterranean to the Atlantic”  

    • David Park Curry, Smithsonian Senior Fellow, Independent Scholar 

      “Soup & Fish: Reconstruction on the President’s Table, 1879–1880”  

    • Alexander Jackson, Terra Foundation Predoctoral Fellow in American Art, University of East Anglia 

      “The Social Context: Professional and Personal Networks at Century Magazine, ca. 1877–1913” 

    INTERMISSION 4:00 P.M. TO 5:00 P.M. 

    Moderator: Melissa Ho, Curator of Twentieth-Century Art, Smithsonian American Art Museum 

    • Lauren Richman, Terra Foundation Predoctoral Fellow in American Art, Southern Methodist University 

      “Coded Histories: The Family of Man’s Legacy in Divided Germany”

    • Jennifer Noonan, Terra Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow in American Art, Caldwell University 

      “Printmaking in Action: The International Art Program’s Graphic Arts Workshop at the 1970 Venice Biennale and Beyond”


    THURSDAY, MAY 3, 2018 2:00 P.M. TO 3:40 P.M. 

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

    • Spencer Wigmore, Wyeth Foundation Predoctoral Fellow, University of Delaware 

      “Albert Bierstadt’s Landscapes and California Mining Speculation, 1872–1880” 

    • Jeffrey Richmond-Moll, Joshua C. Taylor Predoctoral Fellow, University of Delaware

      “‘Dance, Domingo, Dance!’: Marsden Hartley’s New Mexican Santos”

    • Michaela Rife, Joe and Wanda Corn Predoctoral Fellow, University of Toronto

      “Oil Imaginaries and New Deal Murals on the Great Plains”

    INTERMISSION 4:00 P.M. TO 5:00 P.M.            

    Moderator: E. Carmen Ramos, Deputy Chief Curator & Curator of Latino Art, Smithsonian American Art Museum 

    • Susana “Xuxa” Rodriguez, Smithsonian Predoctoral Fellow, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

      “Ana Mendieta: Citizenship and Diaspora in Exile”

    • Florencia San Martín, Patricia and Phillip Frost Predoctoral Fellow, Rutgers University 

      “America, Americanity: Alfredo Jaar’s Art in 1980s New York”


    FRIDAY, MAY 4, 2018 2:00 P.M. TO 3:40 P.M. 

    Moderator: Karen Lemmey, Curator of Sculpture, Smithsonian American Art Museum 

    • Lorinda Roorda Bradley, William H. Truettner Predoctoral Fellow, University of Missouri 

      “Information Machines: Corporate Collaboration and Visual Communication Strategies in the Work of Charles and Ray Eames”

    • Marin R. Sullivan, George Gurney Postdoctoral Fellow, Keene State College

      “The Limits of Artistic Integration: Harry Bertoia’s Dallas Library Commission”

    • Danielle O’Steen, Big Ten Academic Alliance Smithsonian Institution Predoctoral Fellow, University of Maryland 

      “Engineered Aesthetics: Frederick Eversley’s Cast Plastic in the 1970s”

    INTERMISSION 4:00 P.M. TO 5:00 P.M. 

    Moderator: Erin J. Gilbert, Curator of African-American Manuscripts, Archives of American Art 

    • Sarah Cowan, Smithsonian Predoctoral Fellow, University of California, Berkeley

      “Moving in Modernism: Howardena Pindell’s Early Abstract Paintings”

    • Abbe Schriber, Douglass Foundation Predoctoral Fellow, Columbia University

      “Word on the Street: David Hammons’s Negotiation of Rumor, ca. 1981”


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