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2016 Symposium—Fort Worth
The AHAA Fourth Biennial Symposium took place in Fort Worth, Texas, October 6–8, 2016.  Sessions were held at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art and the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, with a reception at the Art Galleries at Texas Christian University.


The Association of Historians of American Art Fourth Biennial Symposium
October 6–8, 2016
Fort Worth, Texas



Thursday, October 6

Texas Christian University
Moudy Gallery
2805 S. University Dr.
Fort Worth, TX 76129

5:00-7:00: Reception

Friday, October 7

The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
3200 Darnell Street
Fort Worth, TX 76107

8:30-9:00: Registration/Coffee

9:00-9:15: Welcoming Remarks 

9:15-10:30: Between the Coasts
Moderator: Shirley Reece-Hughes
1. Amanda C. Burdan: Highways and Skyways in the Rural Modern Migration
2. Laura Turner Igoe: “A Path in Space”: Distortions of Space, Time, and Objectivity in Lightning Photography
3. Amy Von Lintel and Bonnie Roos: Trans-American Modernism: New York Abstractionists, West Texas, and the Dord Fitz Circle

10:30-10:45: Break

10:45-12:00: Revisiting the Gilded Age
Moderator: Maggie Adler
1. Rebecca Bedell: Winslow Homer and the Sentimental
2. Elizabeth Lee: Illness at Skerryvore: Sargent, Stevenson and James
3. Erin Pauwels: Damned Old Libel: Celebrity Portraiture & Collaborative Authorship in the American Gilded Age

12:00-1:30: Lunch

1:30-2:45: The Politics of Collecting and Exhibiting
Moderator: Sue Canterbury
1. Ellen Macfarlane: Race and the Beginnings of Group f.64 Photography
2. Caroline M. Riley: Distilling Display: Margaret Gibbs and the Museum of Modern Art’s Three Centuries of American Art exhibition in 1938
3. Nancy J. Scott: Georgia O’ Keeffe and Dr. Barnes: An Epistolary Exchange of Resonance and Resistance

2:45-3:00: Break

3:00-4:00: Graduate Student Lightning Round 
Moderator: Joy Kim 
1. Noga Bernstein
2. Janine Boldt
3. Eliza Butler
4. Emily Casey
5. Kanitra Fletcher
6. Laura Fravel
7. Rachel Hooper

5:30-7:00: Reception at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art (3501 Camp Bowie Blvd)

Saturday, October 8

Amon Carter Museum of American Art
3501 Camp Bowie Blvd
Fort Worth, TX 76107

8:30-9:00: Registration/Coffee and pastries

9:00-9:15: Welcome 

9:15-10:45: Monuments and Memorials
Moderator: Andrew Walker
1. Sarah Beetham: Monumental Crisis: The Civil War Citizen Soldier in 21st-Century American Life
2. Emily Burns: Imperialist Nostalgia or Political Contestation?: Cyrus Dallin’s series of American Indian Equestrian Monuments
3. Akela Reason: The Worth Monument and Civil War Commemoration in New York
4. Andrew Wasserman: Grave Conditions: Alan Gussow, the Nuclear Dead, and Surviving Reagan’s America

10:45-11:00: Break

11:00-12:15: Appropriation and Emulation
Moderator: Mark Thistlethwaite 
1. Alexis L. Boylan: Walton Ford, J.J. Audubon, and the Truth of Art and History
2. Rachel Middleman: Marjorie Strider: “Erotic” Pop, Feminism, and All-Women Exhibitions
3. Emily Moore: Preserving Lincoln: Totem Poles in the New Deal

12:15-1:45: Lunch

1:45-3:00: Visual Culture for the Populace
Moderator: Fran Colpitt 
1. Monica Bravo: Diego Rivera’s “Painting of Pulquerias” and Edward Weston’s Pulqueria Photographs
2. Christopher J. Lukasik: David Hunter Strother’s Racial Topography and the Rise of Mass Visual Culture
3. Erika Nelson: South Becomes North: Political Cartoons and the Creation of National Identity during the Mexican-American War 4. 

3:00-3:15: Break

3:15-4:30: Issues of Materiality
Moderator: Theresa Leininger-Miller
1. Christina Weyl: Sue Fuller: Fiber and Femininity
2. Lauren Lessing, Terri Sabatos, and Nina Roth-Wells: In Effigy: The Maiming of Colonial Portraits during the American Revolution
3. Kay Wells: Marketing Modernism in Postwar America: The Print Renaissance, the Tapestry Revival, and the Craft of Reproduction


Two area hotels will feature a symposium rate. Please call the hotels directly for reservations by September 8, 2016, and request the group code "AHAA Symposium." The Residence Inn has extended their block deadline to Thursday, September 15.

Residence Inn by Marriott – Cultural District Hotel
2500 Museum Way
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Room Rate: $169.00

TownePlace Suites – Fort Worth Downtown
805 East Belknap
Fort Worth, TX 76102
Room Rate: $129.00



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