Speaking & Lectures
LECTURES AND PANELS
2015. Lectures on new book, The Nation’s First Monument and the Origins of the American Memorial Tradition given at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.; St. Paul’s Chapel, New York; The Society of the Cincinnati, Washington, D.C.; St. Ann’s Church, Brooklyn.
Respondent, Redefining Memorials: The Conflation of Heroes and Victims, Sculpture City Saint Louis, 2014, April 10, 2014.
“Kindred Spirits, the New York Public Library, and the Deaccessioning of New York City’s Patrimony,” Panel: Maintaining the Past: Collecting and Collectors in Twenty-First-Century Museums, Part I, College Art Association Conference, February 12, 2013.
“Mary Cassatt, Women’s Suffrage and Chicago’s 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition.” Talk at the New York Public Library, March, 14, 2013.
Panel Chair, “Reconsidering Mural Painting: New Methodologies,” College Art Association Conference, February 15, 2013.
“James Lenox and the Origins of the New York Public Library,” Talk at the New York Public Library, December 6, 2012
“The Lenox Library and the Art of Display in Gilded Age New York,” November 12, 2011, Berger Forum, New York Public Library.
Talk on Larry Rivers and Frank O’Hara, Will we ever get? from “Stones” Portfolio, October 10, 2011, Berger Forum, New York Public Library
“Art History Carved in Stone: Delaroche’s Hemicycle for the façade of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts,” Annual Conference, College Art Association, New York, February 10, 2011.
“Moguls, Mansions and Murals: Art and Culture in America’s First Gilded Age: The Huntington Family, A Case Study,” symposium “Art Museum, Private Collectors and the Public,” New Museum, New York, March 13, 2010.
“Finding Gilded Age Treasure: The Collis P. Huntington Murals at Yale,” Art in the Stacks, series, New York Public Library, February 13, 2010.
Chair of panel, “Moguls, Mansions and Museums: Art and Culture in America’s “First Gilded Age,” Annual Conference, College Art Association, Chicago, IL, February 11, 2010.
“Engaging the Figure/Structuring Space: The Body’s Authority in Nineteenth-Century Art,” Durand Society Lecture, National Academy of Design, November 13, 2009.
“Pierre L’Enfant, New York City and the Siting of America’s First Monument,” Wertheim Study Talk, New York Public Library, April 3, 2009.
“William Morris Hunt’s Collection of Millet Paintings and the Formation of a New American Aesthetic,” symposium, “The American Artist as Collector,” Center for the History of Collecting in America, Frick Collection, New York, March 7, 2009.
Panel Respondent,” Agents of Civilization: Civic Art and the National Body at the Turn of the Century,” College Art Association Annual Meeting, Los Angeles, CA, February 28, 2009.
Research Seminar, “American Monuments/ European Sculptors: New York City and the Atlantic World in the Eighteenth Century,” Program in Art History, Graduate Center, November 11, 2008
“Column or Obelisk: Choosing a Design for the Bunker Hill Monument,” National Park Service Conference: “The History of Park Planning & Design, Part I,” Charlottesville, Virginia, May 20, 2008.
“Hidden in Plain Sight: Pierre-Charles L’Enfant’s Frame for Jean-Jacques Caffiéri’s Monument to General Richard Montgomery,” The American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Annual Meeting, Montreal, Quebec, April 1, 2006.
“Gardens, Nurseries and the French Avant-Garde: The Art of Mary Cassatt,” symposium, “Radical Representations: A New Look at the 19th-Century New Woman,” Newark Museum, March 25, 2006.
“The Monument to Richard Montgomery and The Origins of the Heroic Tradition in American Memorials,” National Women’s Caucus on Art Conference, Boston, February 21, 2006.
“Evolution and Civilization: Foundations of the Decorative Program for the Library of Congress,” American Studies Association Conference, November 5, 2005.
“Beyond Sentimentality: Mary Cassatt as Modern Artist,” Allegheny City Society, Community College of Allegheny County, May 22, 2005.
“Ceres and Persephone in Connecticut: H. Siddons Mowbray’s Mural for the Gunn Memorial Library,” Col Gunn Memorial Library, Washington, CN, June 21, 2005.
“The Origins of the American Memorial Tradition,” College Art Association Annual Conference, Seattle, WA, February 20, 2004.
“Signs of Civilization: Cass Gilbert and the Decorative Program of the Minnesota State Capitol”, Cass Gilbert Society, St. Paul, MN, October 14, 2003.
“The Significance and Meaning of H. Siddons Mowbray’s Mural for the University Club,” University Club, New York, NY, May 21, 2003.
“The Philharmonic Looks for a Home on Union Square, 1856-86.” sponsored by Music in Gotham: The New York Scene, 1862-75.” Graduate Center CUNY, December 2, 2002.
Convener and organizer of the symposium, “American Art at the Crossroads,” Graduate Center CUNY, April 19 and 20, 2002.
“Unitarianism and the Iconography of Democracy: Decorations for the Library of Congress,”
College Art Association Conference, Philadelphia, February 21, 2002.
“Heroes and Renegades for the Bronx: John Ahearn and the Hall of Fame, Gotham History Festival, Graduate Center CUNY, October 14, 2001.
“The American Marriage of Art Nouveau and Arts and Crafts: The Graphic Work of Will Bradley”, The Arts and Crafts Movement Reexamined, Salve Regina University, Newport, RI, September 27, 2001.
“Mary Cassatt’s Chef-d’Oeuvre Inconnu and the Advent of Symbolism,” Midwest Art History Society Conference, Minneapolis, MN, April 7, 2001.
Panelist, “Women’s Words”, in conjunction with the exhibition, Women’s Works, City of New York, Parks & Recreation, March 13, 2001.
“J.P. Morgan, Charles McKim and the American Renaissance” and “J.P. Morgan, the American Medici,” two lectures given at the Morgan Library, New York City, November and December, 2000.
“The Iconography of the American Renaissance: Decoding the Program of Cass Gilbert’s Minnesota State Capitol”, for the symposium, Cass Gilbert, Life and Work: From Regional to National Architect, Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House, New York City, November 13, 1998.
“Triumph and Tragedy: The Lost Murals of William Morris Hunt”, Brattleboro Museum and Art Center, Vermont, July 23, 1998.
Convener and organizer of, “Reflecting on Nineteenth-Century American Art, A Symposium in honor of Professor William H. Gerdts,” Graduate Center CUNY, May 22, 1998.
Co-Chair, “New Narratives, New Reading: Reclaiming the 19th Century”, College Art Association Annual Conference, Toronto, Canada, February 27, 1998.
“Witnesses to History: George P.A. Healy’s Painting, Webster’s Reply to Hayne” for conference “Portraiture in the Age of Photography, 1850-1910″, National Portrait Gallery, November 8, 1997.
“Public Memory and Learned Authority: The Hall of Fame for Great Americans”, American Studies Association Conference, Washington, D.C., October 31, 1997.
“William Morris Hunt: The Newport Years, 1856-1862″ for conference “From Chalet to Chateau: Richard Morris Hunt in Newport”, Salve Regina University, Newport, RI, September 26, 1997.
Presentation of work in progress, “Public Memory and Learned Authority: The Hall of Fame for Great Americans”, for graduate student symposium in American Studies, Graduate Center CUNY, May 8, 1997.
Chair, “Future Directions for 19th-Century Art History,” College Art Association Conference, New York, 1997, and Boston, Massachusetts, February 1996.
“Mary Cassatt’s Modern Woman: A Mural for the 1893 Woman’s Building, World’s Columbian Exposition, Chicago,” Columbia University’s Women and Society Seminar, November 20, 1995.
Keynote Address, Art & Technology Conference, City College of New York, May 12, 1995.
Paper: “Hall of Fame for Great Americans: National Values in the South Bronx,” College Art Association conference, San Antonio, Texas, January 1995.
Paper: “Modern Woman a Mural by Mary Cassatt,” Mary Cassatt Symposium, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver British Columbia, February 14, 1994.
Moderator, “Contemporary Public Art in the Bronx,” Lehman College, November 6, 1993.
Panel Member: Arts for Transit, Metropolitan Transportation Authority, July 1993.
Panel Member: Percent for Art Program, Department of Cultural Affairs, New York City, December 1992.
Paper: “Reconstructing Columbus: Changing Images of a National Myth,” delivered at: Lehman College as part of its “Quincentennial of the European Discovery of America: Encounter of Two Worlds,” April 1, 1992; Bronx Community College, Language and Culture Conference, “1491-1992: Reciprocal Discoveries,” April 29, 1992; Senate House Museum, Kingston, New York, October 14, 1992; the National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., October 23, 1992; City College of New York, October 28, 1992; and the American Studies Association conference, Costa Mesa, CA., November 7, 1992.
Paper: “The ‘Ultra’ Feminism of Mary Cassatt: Murals for the 1893 Woman’s Building,” College Art Association, Chicago, February 1992.
Co-chair of workshop: Feminist Art History Conference, “The Arts and the Craft Tradition,” October 1990.
Co-chair art history panel College Art Association: “Politics and Public Art: 1776-1990,” New York, February 1990.
Moderator, studio panel: “Public Art and the Public.” College Art Association, New York, 1986.
Panel member: “Power, Taste and Influence: the Dynamics of Collecting Women’s Art,” College Art Association, Philadelphia, 1983.
Organizer: two symposia for National Endowment for the Arts study on alternative spaces: “Let’s Talk About Alternative Spaces,” The Kitchen, New York, November 1981, and “New Ways of Finding Space and New Ways of Paying for it,” Just Above Midtown/Downtown, February 1982.
Paper: New York State Capitol Symposium, sponsored by the New York State Temporary Commission on the Restoration of the Capitol, Albany, New York, March 1981.