Annual Meeting

Date of Event: 
Jun 7 2015 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm


Smith Club of Minnesota Annual Meeting:
"In search of Smith's Lost Collection of American Paintings."

Sunday, June 7. 6:00-9:00 pm. Walker Art Center. Join us for time with friends, conversation, a business meeting and a lecture by John Davis, Ph.D. and Alice Pratt Brown Professor of Art at Smith College. Contact Emily Beck with questions.

John Davis earned his A.B. from Cornell University and M.A., M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees from Columbia University. Professor Davis offers courses covering the history of art and architecture in the United States, from the seventeenth through the mid-twentieth centuries, and he also directs Smith College's Smithsonian Internship Program through the Program in American Studies. He is the author or co-author of four books and museum catalogues, as well as several dozen articles and essays. His most recent book (co-authored with Sarah Burns) is American Art to 1900: A Documentary History (2009), and his co-edited Blackwell Companion to American Art is due out in 2015. Current research interests include American exceptionalism, American artistic connections to Les Vingt, the National Academy of Design's architectural aspirations, William Merritt Chase's exhibition strategies, and the landscapes of Kenyon Cox.

A note from our speaker...

"I will be talking about the remarkable formation at Smith College of what was, in its time, the most important museum collection of American art in the nation, as well as the subsequent dissolution of the collection in the mid-20th century when historic American art was not highly valued. Recently, my students and I have been piecing together the story of this chapter of Smith's history, and we have located a number of the paintings that were once in the Smith collection. This detective story is fascinating and will also be part of my talk.

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