Conversations on American Art and Museums
Conversations on American Art and Museums
Since 1982, the Henry Luce Foundation’s American Art Program has supported wide-ranging collection projects and exhibitions at art museums in all 50 states. In commemoration of the program’s 40th anniversary, the Foundation has organized a year-long series of virtual conversations moderated by field leaders and Luce grantees, past and present. The New-York Historical Society is honored to present these Henry Luce Foundation Conversations on American Art and Museums. With an eye toward the future, the participants will explore the role of the visual arts in an open and equitable society, and the capacity of art museums to challenge accepted histories, elevate under-represented voices, and host the critical conversations in which we need to engage.
A Wider Lens: Expanding Narratives
Friday, October 14, 2022 | 1 – 2 pm ET | Free
Featuring: Doryun Chong, Bridget R. Cooks, Katy Siegel, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, Christopher Bedford (moderator)
Engaging multiple perspectives, this conversation considers how factors including institutional scale and site, social histories, and transnational contexts, can shape the stories museums tell and the ways in which audiences participate in making meaning.
(De-)Coding Queer Identity in U.S. Art Museums Today
Friday, November 11, 2022 | 1 – 2 pm ET | Free
Featuring: Gonzalo Casals, Lola Flash, Richard Aste (moderator)
In this program, the speakers will discuss recent advances and ongoing challenges in representing Queer identities in US art museums today.
Black Presence and the American Art Museum
Friday, December 9, 2022 | 1 – 2 pm ET | Free
Featuring: Rujeko Hockley, Cameron Shaw, Kellie Jones (moderator)
This conversation engages the historically ambivalent place of artists of African descent in the American art museum and considers what it might portend for us today.
Access, Outliers, and Exhibiting Disability
Friday, January 13, 2023 | 1 – 2 pm ET | Free
Featuring: Lynne Cooke, Matthew Higgs, Park McArthur, Catherine Morris (moderator)
Focusing on the work of curation, this conversation will offer reflections on current language, methodologies, and narratives of disability and exhibition making.
Human/Nature: Pathways from Art to Environment
Friday, February 10, 2023 | 1–2 pm ET | Free
Featuring: John Grade, LaMont Hamilton, Julie Decker (moderator)
Drawing on the Anchorage Museum’s program of artist residencies in the Polar North, this session will explore how museums and artists in collaboration might connect or reconnect us to the Earth’s landscapes and build deeper understandings of past, present, and future.
On Being and Belonging in America: Recalibrating Dialogue and Gallery Space for American and Native American Art
Friday, March 10, 2023 | 1–2 pm ET | Free
Featuring: Philip J. Deloria, Marie Watt, Karen Kramer (moderator)
This conversation centers on the Peabody Essex Museum’s new installation of Native American and American art, exploring the challenges and rewards of combining two collections to consider what it means to belong in America and how artists have the power to transform what we see and how we think.
Latinx Art and American Pasts and Futures
Friday, April 14, 2023 | 1–2 pm ET | Free
Featuring: Rodrigo Moura, Pilar Tompkins Rivas, E. Carmen Ramos (moderator)
With museums seeking to implement more inclusive practices and Latinx art emerging as an area of focus, the panelists will consider how three museums are navigating this pivot point in the framing of national culture and the recalibration of understandings of U.S. art and history.
Craft in the American Museum: Authenticity and Artifice
Friday, May 12, 2023 | 1–2 pm ET | Free
Featuring: Anya Montiel, Seph Rodney, Glenn Adamson (moderator)
The speakers in this session will consider the contexts chosen for craft in American museums and how they are influenced by the values associated with handmade objects.
Asian American Art, Inside and Outside the Museum
Friday, June 9, 2023 | 1–2 pm ET | Free
Featuring: Aleesa Pitchamarn Alexander, Margo Machida, Melissa Ho (moderator)
This conversation will consider how, 50 years after the term “Asian American” was coined, scholars and curators are building on foundational work to advance the field of Asian American art through key partnerships and initiatives.
Future Museums: Preserving Culture in a Volatile World
Friday, September 8, 2023 | 1–2 pm ET | Free
Featuring: Anna Tobin D'Ambrosio, Additional speaker to be announced, Lacy Schutz (moderator)
This panel will explore how museums can serve immigrant populations and help to preserve the tangible and intangible elements of their cultures that have been disrupted by war, interventions, or climate change.
Creative Dialogues: Curating with Community Partners
Friday, October 13, 2023 | 1–2 pm ET | Free
Featuring: Ryan Dennis, Peggy Fogelman, Betsy Bradley (moderator)
Museums in the 21st Century: An Institution Transformed
Friday, September 9, 2022 | 1 – 2 pm ET | Free
Featuring: Kevin Gover, Amy Scott, W. Richard West (keynote moderator)
The opening conversation in the series will focus on recent efforts to reinvent the mission and practices of art museums, with a particular focus on museums of Native American art and culture that have been at the forefront of this work.