• Fitz Henry Lane
    Gloucester Harbor 1856
    oil on canvas
    Courtesy of the Terra Foundation for American Art, Daniel J. Terra Collection

  • Nature and Nationalism: American Landscape and the Hudson River School, 1825-1865

    Keynote lecture, Parallel Histories Symposium

    Thursday 6 Apr 2017, 6.00- 7.30pm
    Forum Theatre, Arts West

    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.

    Franklin Kelly is an art historian specialising in eighteenth, nineteenth, and early twentieth-century 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, (1989-90); Twentieth Century American Art: The Ebsworth Collection (2000), and co-organiser 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 (2003-2004).  He co-organised exhibitions, Constable’s Great Landscapes: The Six-Foot Paintings, Tate Britain, London, The National Gallery of Art Washington, Huntington Art Gallery, San Marino, California (2005-2006) and Edward Hopper and J.M.W. Turner, The National Gallery of Art, Washington (2007-2008).

    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.

    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.

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