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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