Fall 2018

Past Events

November 09, 2018
November 09, 2018


University Forum and Academic Conference Center, 3207 Broadway, New York, NY 10027


Noted scholars and curators expand on the themes presented in Posing Modernity and present new scholarship. 


With Makeda Best (Harvard Art Museums), Suzanne Preston Blier (Harvard University), Jennifer Devere Brody (Stanford University), Marilyn R. Brown (University of Colorado, Boulder), Adrienne L. Childs (Independent Scholar), Sandrine Colard (Rutgers University, Newark), Joanna Dee Das (Washington University in St. Louis), Therese Dolan (Temple University), Ruth Fine (Independent Scholar), Anne Higonnet (Barnard College, Columbia University), Kellie Jones (Columbia University), Isolde Pludermacher (Musee D’Orsay), Richard Powell (Duke University), and James Smalls (University of Maryland, Baltimore County). 


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Session One


The Sculptor on Paper: Edmonia Lewis and Photography
Makeda Best, Richard L. Menschel Curator of Photography, Harvard Art Museums


Blackness in Formation
Jennifer Devere Brody, Professor of Theater and Performance Studies, Stanford University


Olympia and the Question of the Representation of the Black figure in the Salon of 1865
Isolde Pludermacher, Curator, Musée d’Orsay


Session Two


Anne Higonnet, Professor, Department of Art History and Archaeology, Barnard College, Columbia University


James Smalls, Professor and Chair of Visual Arts, Art History and Museum Studies, University of Maryland, Baltimore County



Posing Modernity: The Black Model from Manet and Matisse to Today

on view at The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery

AFTERNOON SESSION: 1:30pm-6:00pm


Session Three


Black Women, Orientalism, and the School of Gérôme
Adrienne L. Childs, Independent Scholar


A Black Life Mattered: Édouard Manet’s portrait of Jeanne Duval Then and Now
Therese Dolan, Professor Emerita of Art History, Temple University, Tyler School of Art


Degas and the Black Model: From New Orleans to “Miss La La”
Marilyn R. Brown, University of Colorado, Boulder and Tulane University, New Orleans


BREAK (15 minutes)


Session Four


"The Aesthetic of the Cool" revisited: Two portraits by William H. Johnson
Richard Powell, John Spencer Bassett Professor of Art & Art History, Duke University


Engaging the Mask: Black Models and the Trace of Substitution Picasso and Matisse Portraiture
Suzanne Preston Blier, Allen Whitehill Clowes Professor of Fine Arts and of African and African American Studies, Harvard University


Katherine Dunham in Post-War Paris: Revising the Discourses of Dance, Modernity, and Primitivism
Joanna Dee Das, Assistant Professor of Dance, Washington University in St. Louis


Session Five


Romare Bearden: Piecing It Together
Ruth Fine, Curator Emerita, National Gallery of Art


Constructing Women's History in African Photography: From the Female Body to the Female Gaze
Sandrine Colard, Assistant Professor in Arts, Culture, and Media at Rutgers at Newark