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Artists & Inspiration

Objects in Motion, Objects at Rest: Late Nineteenth-Century American Paintings

May 17, 2021 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Art historian Melody Deusner (Indiana University) will trace some of the unexpected journeys that American paintings have taken before they arrived on the walls of our museums. Using as a key example the work of Adirondack landscapist Alexander H. Wyant (1836-1892), we will examine different ways that paintings were exhibited, talked about, published, and promoted in their own time, and will consider such issues as transportation, lighting, and weather as they affected both people and things.

About The Speaker:

Melody Barnett Deusner is Associate Professor of Art History at Indiana University. In researching and teaching the visual and material culture of the late nineteenth century, she focuses primarily on the relationships between artists and their patrons; on the founding of museums and other arts institutions; and on the afterlives of objects. Her first book, Aesthetic Painting in Britain and America: Collectors, Art Worlds, Networks (2020), explores surprising intersections between art, business, and technology.

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