Images and Imperialism: American Artists and Cuba at the Turn of the 20th Century

Images and Imperialism: American Artists and Cuba at the Turn of the 20th Century
The C. Richard Hilker Lecture
Carol Troyen
Thu, May 3rd, 2018 |
6:30 pm to 8:00 pm


George Luks covered the Spanish-American conflict from a bar. Frederic Remington wired his employer from Havana, “There will be no war;” Hearst replied, “You furnish the pictures and I’ll furnish the war.” William Glackens depicted invading Americans, Spanish soldiers, and the Cubans caught between them. After the war, Winslow Homer commemorated the critical battle of Santiago in his ominous Searchlight on Harbor Entrance, Santiago de Cuba. Join us to learn how artists’ responses—documentary, political, and aesthetic—to American involvement in Cuba shaped notions of conflict and imperialism.

Carol Troyen is the Kristin and Roger Servison Curator Emerita of American Paintings at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

This is a special program presented free of charge by the Sansom Foundation, a nonprofit organization that supports numerous causes. Since 2013, the Foundation has held a series of scholarly lectures to celebrate and commemorate the leadership of the late C. Richard Hilker, its past President.


The Robert H. Smith Auditorium at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024


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