Thursday, October 27, 2005

Art Scholar Investigates Turner's Slave Ship, November 9

Chestertown, MD, October 27, 2005 — Washington College's C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience, in conjunction with the Department of Art, presents as part of the American Pictures Series, "Turner's Slave Ship as American Picture: Color and Painting in New York City at the End of Reconstruction," a lecture by Eric Rosenberg, Wednesday, November 9, at 4:30 p.m. in the College's Hynson Lounge. The event is free, and the public is invited to attend.

Rosenberg will discuss Joseph Mallord William Turner's famous painting, The Slave Ship(Museum of Fine Arts, Boston), which was embroiled in Reconstruction-era controversies over the direction of American art and social relations when it was exhibited in New York City between 1872 and 1876. As a result of the painting's extremism of technique and subject matter, anxieties arose regarding the importance of color as a cultural marker and indication of identity.

Rosenberg, who is Chair of Art History at Tufts University, specializes in modern and contemporary American art and is the author of articles appearing in several journals and exhibition catalogs, including Art History, Appendx, Friedle Dzubas: Critical Painting, and Art History and its Institutions.

The lecture is part of the American Pictures Series, which examines individual works to reveal their historic and artistic meaning. Past lectures have featured artists ranging from Gilbert Stuart to Mark Rothko. The series is cosponsored by the C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience and the Department of Art at Washington College. Drawing on the special historical strengths of Washington College and Chestertown, the C.V. Starr Center is dedicated to exploring the early republic, the rise of democracy, and the manifold ways in which the founding era continues to shape American culture.

For news about upcoming events at the C.V. Starr Center, visit, or by call Program Manager Kees de Mooy at 410-810-7156.

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