Amy Mooney to Host Portraiture Lecture Series as University of Oxford Terra Visiting Professor
Art and Art History Associate Professor and current Terra Visiting Professor of American Art at Oxford University, Amy Mooney, will be hosting a series of online lectures on historical American portraiture beginning Monday, May 25.
In the four-part series, Regarding the Portrait, Mooney will examine the central role portraiture played in fostering social change in the United States from the 1890s through the 1950s.
According to Mooney, "From the etiquette texts used at historically black colleges to the post cards produced by Hull House to the Harmon Foundation's exhibition of 'Portraits of Outstanding Negro Origin,' this series will explore the ways in which the portrait was employed to build social relationships and negotiate modern subjectivity."
Drawing from her forthcoming book, Portraits of Noteworthy Character, Mooney considers the strategic visual campaigns generated by individuals and social institutions that used the portrait to advance their progressive political ideologies.
The series will be live streamed on YouTube beginning Monday, May 25 at 11 a.m. CST. Each lecture will feature different topic and a guest moderator:
- Regarding the Portrait: The Primers (May 25)
- Regarding the Portrait: The Pragmatists (June 1)
- Regarding the Portrait: The Photographers (June 8)
- Regarding the Portrait: The Progressives (June 15)
Melanie Chambliss, an Assistant Professor in Columbia College Chicago's Humanities, History, and Social Sciences department, will moderate the lecture on Monday, June 8.
For more information about the series and livestream, visit torch.ox.ac.uk.