Wednesday, September 15, 2010

John Wilmerding Lecture

On Thursday, September 23, at 5:30 p.m., curator John Wilmerding will give the 2010 Shouky Shaheen Lecture at the University of Georgia Lamar Dodd School of Art (LDSOA). He will speak about his current project, an overview of Robert Indiana, American pop artist.

"Love" by Robert Indiana

Wilmerding has a collection of American paintings and drawings from the mid-to-late 19th century. He comes from a family of collectors—his great-grandparents built a collection of works that eventually went to the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Wilmerding is a former visiting curator at the Met and deputy director of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., and is president of the board of trustees at the latter. As a curator, he has organized exhibitions on American art, including “American Light: The Luminist Movement, 1870–1875” at the National Gallery in 1980. Wilmerding is also a trustee of other museums, including the Guggenheim Museum and the Wyeth Foundation for American Art.

“As an art scholar, curator and collector, his work and the work of his ancestors has transformed American visual culture,” said Asen Kirin, associate director of LDSOA.

The Shouky Shaheen Lecture brings distinguished artists and scholars annually to the art school and is made possible by Doris Shaheen as a gift to her husband. The lecture is in room S151 of LDSOA on the East Campus of the University of Georgia and is free and open to the public.

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