Nature and Nationalism: American Landscape and the Hudson River School, 1825-1865
Free Public Lecture
Keynote lecture, Parallel Histories Symposium
American landscape painting rose to prominence during the nineteenth century. During this time artists, such as Thomas Cole, Asher B. Durand, Frederic Edwin Church, Jasper Francis Cropsey, and others reckoned with exactly what 'national' meant and how it might be addressed and conveyed through art.
Join Franklin Kelly, Deputy Director and Chief Curator National Gallery of Art Washington as he examines major works produced by Church, Durand, and Cropsey in the years 1850-1865, a period when American unity came under strain as sectional disputes, particularly between states in the North and those in the South, were on the rise and political and social systems became increasingly fraught.
This keynote lecture is part of the Parallel Histories Symposium to accompany the exhibition 'Not As The Songs Of Other Lands'. This lecture will be presented in the Forum Theatre, Arts West building.
'Not As The Songs of Other Lands' is organised by the Ian Potter Museum of Art in collaboration with the Terra Foundation for American Art, which is recognised for its generous support. This exhibition is presented in partnership with the Russell and Mab Grimwade Miegunyah Fund.
Franklin Kelly, Deputy Director and Chief Curator
Deputy Director and Chief Curator
National Gallery of Art Washington
Franklin Kelly is an art historian specialising in eighteenth, nineteenth, and early twentiethcentury American and British painting. He is the Deputy Director and Chief Curator of the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., and a Distinguished Affiliate in the Department of Art History and Archaeology at the University of Maryland, College Park. He has authored books, articles and essays on a wide range of artists, including William Blake, John Constable, J. M. W. Turner, John Singleton Copley, William Sidney Mount, Asher B. Durand, Martin Johnson Heade, Thomas Eakins, George Bellows, Edward Hopper, Charles Sheeler, and Jackson Pollock. At The National Gallery of Art, Washington he was curator for *'Frederic Edwin Church*, (198990); *Twentieth Century American Art: The Ebsworth Collection* (2000), and coorganiser of the exhibition *Hudson River School Visions: The Landscapes of Sanford R. Gifford*, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, Texas (20032004). He coorganised exhibitions, *Constable’s Great Landscapes: The SixFoot Paintings*, Tate Britain, London, The National Gallery of Art Washington, Huntington Art Gallery, San Marino, California (20052006) and *Edward Hopper and J.M.W. Turner*, The National Gallery of Art, Washington' (20072008). Kelly has lectured extensively at museums and universities in America and abroad, and has also held curatorial appointments at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, and the Corcoran Gallery of Art.