“The Art of Revolutions,” Philadelphia, PA (October 26-28, 2017)

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October 26-28, 2017
American Philosophical Society
Philadelphia, PA

The tumult and transformations resulting from the Age of Revolutions (1770s-1840s) created a trans-Atlantic body of art and material culture that reflected and inspired new ideas and actions. "The Art of Revolutions", co-sponsored by the American Philosophical Society, Museum of the American Revolution, and Philadelphia Museum of Art, explores the role of imagery in influencing and giving meaning to the political revolutions that defined the late-18th and early-19th centuries.

The symposium covers the American Revolution, French Revolution, Circum-Caribbean Revolutions, and the Revolutions of 1848. We hope the chronological scope and transatlantic breadth of the conference will stimulate an interdisciplinary dialogue that crosses traditional geographic barriers and transcends the limitations of strict periodization.

Registration is now open and free of charge. "The Art of Revolutions" will be held from October 26-28, 2017 in Philadelphia, PA.


The Art of Revolutions Conference Program
October 26-28, 2017

Thursday, October 26
6:00pm: Reception and Keynote, Museum of the American Revolution, 101 S. Third Street
Salon-style discussion about the politics of art in revolutionary times with Catherine E. Kelly, a historian of the early American republic and author of Republic of Taste: Art, Politics, and Everyday Life in Early America, and Cordula Grewe, a specialist in nineteenth century European art and most recently author of The Nazarenes: Romantic Avant-garde and the Art of the Concept. Michael Quinn, President and CEO of the Museum of the American Revolution, will moderate the conversation.

Friday, October 27

8:30-9:00am: Conference registration, light breakfast and coffee at APS

9:00am-12:30pm: Panel Session 1

Welcome and Introductory Remarks
Patrick Spero, American Philosophical Society

Panel 1: Prints, Performance, and Patriots in the Garden

“The Visual Culture of Commemorative Summerhouses in the Age of Revolutions”
Kerry Dean Carso, State University of New York at New Paltz
“Charles Willson Peale, Nancy Hallam, and Shakespeare’s Cymbeline on the Revolutionary Stage”
Amy M. E. Morris, Cambridge University
“The Printer and the Painter: Portraying Print Culture in an Age of Revolution”
Martha J. King, Princeton University
Comment by: Carol Soltis, Philadelphia Museum of Art

Panel 2: Art in the Age of Atlantic Revolutions

“Independentistas: Francis Drexel’s Trans-American Gallery of Latin American Revolutionaries”
Katherine Manthorne, City University of New York
“The Materiality of the Haitian Revolution in the Atlantic World”
Ashli White, University of Miami
“The Art of Freedom: Camille Pissarro and the Age of Emancipation”
Jon Sensbach, University of Florida
Comment by: Gregory Nobles, American Antiquarian Society

12:30-2:00pm: Lunch, APS
2:00-4:30pm: Panel Session 2

Panel 3: Iconoclasts and Vandals
“Kill the King: Revolutionary Iconoclasm in New York and London”
Wendy Bellion, University of Delaware
“Revolutionary Vandalism Assessed: Destruction and Creation in a Drawing by Hubert Robert”
Frédérique Baumgartner, Columbia University
“Vandalisme Révolutionnaire and Art Policy during the French Revolution”
Nausikaä El-Mecky, Heidelberg School of Education
Comment by: Anna Marley, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

Panel 4: The Revolutionary Politics of Everyday Art
“Paper Chiefs: Sayer & Bennett’s Portraits of American Revolutionaries”
Amy Torbert, Harvard Art Museums
“Printerly Protest in Revolutionary America”
Jennifer Chuong, Harvard University
“American Idols: Fashions à l’Americaine in Pre-Revolutionary France”
Kimberly Chrisman-Campbell
Comment by: Martin Brückner, University of Delaware

4:30-5:30/6:00pm: Reception, APS

Saturday, October 28

9:00-9:30am: Light breakfast and coffee, APS

9:30-12:00pm: Panel Session 3

Panel 5: Remembering Revolution in Material Culture
“’Cruelly Murdered’: Gravestones and American Innocence, 1775-6”
Caitlin Galante-DeAngelis Hopkins, Harvard University
“Diamonds and Democracy: Winterhalter’s Royal Portraits after the Revolutions of 1848”
John Webley, Columbia University
“’Revolutionary Penelopes”: Patriotic Seamstresses in 19th century Italian Art”
Isabella Campagnol, Istituto Marangoni, Milan
Comment by: Zara Anishanslin, University of Delaware

Panel 6: Performance and Public Displays of Revolution
“Parade as Persuasion: Re-Thinking New York’s Federal Procession”
Laura Auricchio, The New School
“’What have we to do with Rome”: The Politics of Art, Spectacle, and Peale’s Triumphal Arch”
Amy Ellison, American Philosophical Society
“Visualizing Permanence: Materiality and Politics in Depictions of Public Architecture during the French Revolution, 1789-1794”
Camille S. Mathieu, University of Exeter
Comment by: Anne Verplanck, Penn State University, Harrisburg

12:00-1:00pm: Lunch, APS