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American Art and Internationalism in the Gilded Age

August 15, 2020
11 am (CT)
In Conversation series, online

Join us for the first program in our new "In Conversation" series, a live online conversation about the importance of international travel and exchange to American art in the Gilded Age. Nicole Williams, honorary guest scholar and postdoctoral teaching fellow (2019–2020) in the Department of Art History & Archaeology in Arts & Sciences, will be joined by Angela Miller, professor in the Department of Art History & Archaeology, for this discussion on American art of the late nineteenth century and how its modern, multicultural spirit also announced the country’s emerging status as a global power. The conversation will be moderated by Meredith Malone, associate curator at the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum.

Williams is the curator of the Museum’s online Teaching Gallery exhibition Global Vistas: American Art and Internationalism in the Gilded Age, which further explores this theme through a selection of paintings, prints, photographs, and decorative arts that reflect how Americans increasingly defined their nation by looking to the foreign landscapes and cultures of Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and the Caribbean basin. The artworks discussed are from the collection of the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum and other holdings at Washington University in St. Louis, including the Russell Sturgis Photograph Collection in University Archives, and Special Collections in Washington University Libraries. 

The program is free, but registration is required. 

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In Conversation

"In Conversation" is a series of live online talks with artists, art historians, and scholars, exploring the intersections of art, history, and contemporary life. Bring your own questions and insights to these lively discussions from wherever you are.

Image credits

Homepage: Thomas Wilmer Dewing (American, 1851–1938), detail of Brocart de Venise (Venetian Brocade), c. 1904–5. Oil on panel, 19 1/2 x 25 1/2". University purchase, Bixby Fund, 1906.

Above: Sanford Robinson Gifford (American, 1823–1880), Venetian Sails: A Study, 1873. Oil on canvas, 13 x 24". Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Washington University in St. Louis. Bequest of Charles Parsons, 1905.