November 14, 2023 7:00 pm

Reinstalling Nineteenth-Century American Art in US Museums, part 1: Art/History

Please join us on Tuesday, November 14 at 7PM ET for the Virtual Salon “Reinstalling Nineteenth-Century American Art in US Museums, part 1: Art/History.” This event is organized by Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide and is part of a series of online events cosponsored by the Association of Historians of Nineteenth-Century Art (AHNCA) and the Dahesh Museum of Art. 

Join us for a discussion among four curators who are in the process of reinstalling the American galleries at their museums. They will consider what it means to install nineteenth-century American art now, reflecting on (1) the shift in emphasis from art to history as an organizing principle; (2) concurrent efforts toward greater inclusivity and diversity; and (3) strategies employed to “fill gaps” in the narratives they want to tell. The panel will be moderated by Isabel L. Taube, Co-Managing Editor, and Kimberly Orcutt, Executive Editor, Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide.

Erin Corrales-Diaz is the Curator of American Art at the Toledo Museum of Art. Before coming to Toledo, Corrales-Diaz was the Assistant Curator of American Art at the Worcester Art Museum. She has also held dual posts as Curator of the Johnson Collection and Visiting Scholar at Wofford and Converse Colleges. She is a specialist in nineteenth- and early twentieth-century American art with a particular focus on art of the American Civil War and African American art. Corrales-Diaz received her doctorate from the University of North Carolina and an MA in art history from Williams College.

Kathleen A. Foster is The Robert L. McNeil, Jr., Senior Curator of American Art and Director of the Center for American Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and Adjunct Professor in the History of Art at the University of Pennsylvania. With publications on topics ranging from eighteenth- to twentieth-century American art (most recently about Thomas Eakins and watercolors), she is currently leading the team planning for the reinstallation of the Museum’s collection: the new Early American Galleries (1650–1850) opened in the spring of 2021, with the second-floor galleries (1850–1950) to follow.

Eleanor Jones Harvey is Senior Curator at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. She earned a BA with distinction in art history at UVA, and a PhD at Yale University. Dr. Harvey studies the intersection of landscape painting and American culture. She organized The Civil War and American Art (2012–13) and Alexander von Humboldt and the United States: Art, Nature, and Culture, (2020–21). She was the curator of American art at the Dallas Museum of Art from 1992 to 2002. At both Dallas and SAAM she has participated in building-wide reinstallations of the permanent collection.

Sylvia Yount is the Lawrence A. Fleischman Curator in Charge of the American Wing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Previously, she held senior curatorial positions at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the High Museum of Art, and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Yount has completed numerous collection reinstallations and organized major exhibitions on a variety of topics, especially women and artists of color. She is currently leading an American Wing reinstallation to mark the department’s centennial in 2024. She continues to lecture and publish on American art and history as well as on contemporary museum practice.

* * *

This event is free and open to the public but registration is required at: