February 22, 2023 – Amber N. Wiley, PhD

Amber N. Wiley, Ph.D.
Presidential Associate Professor in Historic Preservation/City & Regional Planning
University of Pennsylvania

“Barry Farm-Hillsdale: Reimagining Preservation for a Just Future”

This talk is about the fight to preserve a public housing project in Washington, DC, its local listing as a DC landmark, and subsequent (and ongoing) efforts to commemorate its history while also envisioning a new version of preservation that puts people first. Major themes include architectural integrity, cultural landscape theory student and community engagement in the visioning process, and the production of a documentary film.

There will actually be a screening of the film at Penn on March 1: https://cpcrs.upenn.edu/events/barry-farm-community-land-justice-washington-dc.

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March 22, 2023 – Cassandra Good

Associate Professor of History
Marymount University
“Seeing Women in Politics: Visual and Material Representations of Women’s Political Participation in America, 1776-1876.”
The political history of America’s first century is most often told as a story of great men. While gender historians have documented many ways that women could indeed participate in politics in this era, both our master narrative and our mental image of early American politics remain stubbornly male-centered. However, there is ample visual and material evidence that can change this picture. Most images of political gatherings in this period include women, and there are sometimes subtle signs in women’s portraits of their political involvement. Women also advertised their political beliefs in their homes and on their bodies, using objects from teapots to hair comb adorned with the faces and slogans of their favored candidates. Indeed, once we look closely, it is easy to see women everywhere in early American political life.

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April 12, 2023 – Dr. Martha Lucy

Deputy Director for Research, Interpretation and Education
Barnes Foundation
“Men Watching Women Watching Themselves: The Curious Erotics of the Nineteenth-Century Toilette”

Toilette scenes showing women primping before a mirror—applying makeup, lacing up corsets, brushing out hair—were everywhere in late nineteenth-century Paris. This talk will explore the widespread practice, detailed in French novels as well as in art and visual culture, of men paying for the privilege of watching a woman perform these intimate rituals. Why did the fashioning of one’s self-image hold so much erotic potential in the nineteenth-century imagination? How might we deconstruct the complex network of gazes at work in these images?

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April 19, 2023 – Dr. Ikem Stanley Okoye

Associate Professor, and Associate Chair
Department of Art History, University of Delaware
Captive Audience”
The talk will explore the deployment of art as an instrument of fear and terror in the 19th-century era of transatlantic slavery. ‘Art’ and ‘Slavery’ may seem like uncomfortable bedfellows. One typically exists in the sanitized and civilized worlds of high culture, the other engages in the arena of something rather abject. My talk nevertheless brings them together in an exploration of the depiction of captivity in southern Nigerian art, especially through the appearance of states of captivity in a specific group of southern Nigerian works. Through these objects and a construction for them of an art history of their production and reception in the light of a fuller understanding of local history, I will explore what they tell us about how different ‘classes’ of Africans understood and represented the idea of slavery.
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October 26, 2022 – Paul M. Farber, PhD

Paul M. Farber, PhD
Director and Co-Founder, Monument Lab
Senior Research Scholar, Center for Public Art and Space, University of Pennsylvania

“Monument Lab: On Civic Practice and Possibility”

We encourage everyone who is on campus to join us for this in-person talk in Old Library 224. If you are not able to join us in person, please register for the Zoom link at https://visualculture.blogs.brynmawr.edu/