As part of the Terra Foundation for America Art’s Art Design Chicago initiative, I am delighted to be speaking alongside Erika Doss (University of Notre Dame) about the sculpture of Virginio Ferrari for an event organized by University of Chicago Arts and the Department of Art History. The event will occur at the Cochrane Woods Art Center on 8 November, 5-7pm. My paper 'Taking Flight: Virginio Ferrari and the Jet Age' will use his 'Volo Tragico' series (1963-4) as a departure point to explore the transatlantic contexts for Ferrari’s early work, and its position within a post-war sculptural idiom preoccupied by the experience of flight.
Read more about the event at the Art Design Chicago website
Over the last year, I have worked with undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Pittsburgh to curate This is Not Ideal: Gender Myths and their Transformation. Opening on 26 October, the exhibition features more than 30 works from the collection of the University Art Gallery, alongside new works by local contemporary artists Katie Ott and Adam Milner. In-depth undergraduate research on each work in the exhibition has been published in a 70-page exhibition catalogue, which also features essays by myself alongside essays and interviews by Pitt graduate students Brooke Wyatt, Katie Loney and Clarisse Fava-Piz.
Find out more about the exhibition on the UAG website
As the final event in a series of conferences organized by Maggie Cao, Sophie Cras and myself, Mining Value: Art and the Extraction of Resources will occur at The Power Institute, University of Sydney on 9-10 August. Speakers for the event will include Ann Elias, Iain McCalman, Amy Ogata, Anne Dunlop, Matthew C. Hunter, Ian McLean and Anna Arabindon-Kesson. Supported by the Terra Foundation for American Art, the conference will also include collection-based visits to the Mitchell Library at the State Library of New South Wales and the Albert Chapman Mineralogy Collection at the Australian Museum.
Read more about the event at the Power Institute website
On 27 January, 12pm, I will be speaking about Alexander Calder's Pittsburgh 1958 at the Pittsburgh International Airport in a public program hosted by the Office of Public Art for the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council.
More details are available here
I was among the speakers on a panel on Museum Collections and the Digital Humanities for the Carnegie Museum of Art's Digital Provenance Symposium on 6 November 2017, among the outcomes of its pioneering Art Tracks initiative.
Watch the sessions on Vimeo
On 28 October, I will be presenting new research on the early paintings of Richard Smith for the 'In and Out of American Art: Between Provincialism and Transnationalism' conference at the University of St Andrews, organized by Alistair Rider, Catherine Spencer and Sam Rose.
Read the full program on the ArtHist.net
On 7 September, I will be presenting a paper on Richard Serra as part of the Objects of Exchange symposium at the Institute national d'histoire de l'art in Paris, the third in a series of related events planned by Sophie Cras, Maggie Cao and myself.
Read the full program on the INHA website
I am pleased to have contributed an article titled 'Transactions: Trade, Diplomacy, and the Circulation of American Art' to the thirtieth anniversary issue of American Art, published by the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
See the full issue at University of Chicago Journals
On 25 and 26 May, the culminating conference for the Refiguring American Art initiative I led as Terra Foundation Research Fellow in American Art will be presented at Tate Liverpool.
Read the abstracts on the Tate website
My online publication on Kenneth Noland's Gift 1961-2 in the Tate collection is now available. The publication offers a new reading of the painting in relation to the social and cultural mores of 1960s America, from the cold war space race to popular psychology.
Read In Focus: Gift 1961-2 on the Tate website