Upcoming Engagements

April 14, 2023
Reflective Acts and Mirrored Images: Yayoi Kusama’s Narcissus Garden,” Laumeier Sculpture Park / Webster University, St. Louis, MO (rescheduled from February)

April 14-15, 2023
“Shinkichi Tajiri: Made in America,” Moonscape of the Mind: Japanese American Design After Internment Symposium, Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts and the College of Architecture, Washington University, St. Louis, MO

Past Engagements

March 18, 2023
Material Dispersions: Sculpture and Photography in Postwar Italy,” Magazzino Italian Art, Cold Springs, NY

December 16, 2022
“When the Floor Falls Out,” Works on the Floor Symposium, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT

November 17, 2022
The Value of Public Sculpture Today: Richard Hunt in Omaha,” sponsored by the University of Nebraska, Omaha, KANEKO, Omaha, NE

November 16, 2022
Millwork Conversations Presented by Google | Marin Sullivan,” Millwork Commons, Omaha, NE

November 12, 2022
The Ephemerality of Light and Sound,” Gallery Talk for Exact Dutch Yellow by Luftwerk Studio, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL

October 6, 2022
Edges of Indigenous Materiality: The Work of Anna Tsouhlarakis,” Tyson Ten: Artists and Scholars In Conversation, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, AR

July 21, 2022
“Lunchbag Seminar: Marin Sullivan, Art Historian, Curator, and Director, Harry Bertoia Catalogue Raisonné,” Zoom, 12-1pm EST, Research and Scholars Center, Smithsonian American Art Museum and Renwick Gallery, Washington, D.C.

June 2, 2022
Book Talk: Lead in Modern and Contemporary Art, EPCAF, Zoom.

April 6, 2022
“Alloys: American Sculpture and Architecture at Midcentury,” Landmark West! and Docomomo-NY/TriState, Zoom.

March 23, 2022
“Synergizing Space: Sculpture and Architecture in Postwar America,” Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History workshop talk, University of Texas, Dallas, held at the Nasher Sculpture Center

February 24, 2022
“The Cadence of Sculpture: Rafael Lozano-Hemmer’s Call on Water,” Sculpture & Poetry Conference, Hosted by the Henry Moore Institute in partnership with University of Leeds (online)

January 29, 2022
“The Moment of Sharing’: Harry Bertoia’s Large-Scale Commissions,” Symposium: Harry Bertoia, Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, TX

June 2021
“Direct Metal: American and British Sculpture in the 1950s,” Leeds Art Fund Online Talks Series, Leeds Art Fund, Leeds, United Kingdom

February 2020                   
“The Art and Design of Mid-Century Modern Architecture,” Society of Architectural Historians session, CAA 108th Annual Conference, Chicago, IL; Session co-chair

November 7, 2019
“Harry Bertoia: Designer, Sculptor, Maker,” Clyde Burroughs Lecture Series, Scarab Club, Detroit, MI

November 23, 2019
“David Smith and American Sculpture at Mid-Century: Some Observations,” David Smith: Dialogues, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield, UK

October 2019
“Harry Bertoia: Sculpting Mid-Century Modern Life,” Fine Arts Society of Peoria Lecture Series, Peoria Riverfront Museum, Peoria, IL

May 2019
“Harry Bertoia’s Midcentury Modernism,” Myth, Mystique, Masterpiece: 24th Annual American Art Conference, Bonhams, New York, NY

November 2018
“Sculpting Corporate Display: Harry Bertoia and Richard Lippold in 1950s Chicago,” Chicago Design: Histories and Narratives, Questions and Methods, Chicago, IL

October 2018
“Sculpture as Texture: Edgar Miller’s Reliefs,” A Lost Chapter Read Anew, Edgar Miller Legacy, DePaul Art Museum, Chicago, IL

May 2018
“The Limits of Artistic Integration: Harry Bertoia’s Dallas Library Commission,” 2018 SAAM Fellows Lectures, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.

April 2018
“Chandeliers for the Atomic Age: Richard Lippold at Lincoln Center,” Midwest Art History Society Annual Conference, Indianapolis, IN

January 2018
“Postwar Public Sculpture in Chicago,” Urban Art and Urban Form, 2017-2018 Mellon Foundation Sawyer Seminar, University of Chicago, Chicago

December 2017
“Sublimating Sculpture: Robert Smithson, Photography, and the Transformation of Matter at the End of the 1960s,” Sublimation – Mind, Matter, Concept in Art after Modernism, Johannes Gutenberg Universität, Mainz

October 2017   
“Sculpture in the (Ancient) City: Calder, Smith, and Smithson in Italy,” The Course of Empires: American-Italian Cultural Relations, 1770-1980, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.

February 2017     
“Harry Bertoia’s Craft: An Alternate History of American Sculpture at Midcentury,” Modernism’s Craft Discourse, CAA 105th Annual Conference, New York

November 2016
“Alexander Calder, Large-Scale Sculpture, and the Public Sphere,” Howard E. Wooden Lecture, Wichita Art Museum, Wichita, KS

April 2015      
Sculptural Screens and Utopian Visions: Harry Bertoia’s Architectural Commissions of the 1950s,” Materialising Modern Identities: Architectural sculpture after 1750, AAH 2015 Annual Conference, University of East Anglia, Norwich

February 2015 
The Material of Labor: Art, the Esposizione Internazionale del Lavoro, and Italia ’61,” Di politica: Intersections of Italian Art and Politics since WWII, CAA 103rd Annual Conference, New York

February 2015  
“Untying the Knot’: The State of Postwar Italian Art History Today,” Study Day, Sponsored by the Italian Art Society and the Center for Italian Modern Art, New York, NY; Co-organizer

February 2015
“Materializing a Modern Italy: Gio Ponti, Internationalism, and the 1961 Esposizione Internazionale del Lavoro,” Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT

November 2014
“Modern Art and Industrial Craft: The Ceramic Sculpture of Lucio Fontana and Fausto Melotti in Postwar Italy,” New Voices/ New Visions Lecture Series, Keene State College, Keene, NH

March 2014
“Reflective Acts and Mirrored Images: Yayoi Kusama’s Narcissus Garden,” School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies, University of Leeds

November 2013 
Purging by Fire: Alberto Burri, Arte Povera, and Postwar Italian Art,” Pyrotechnic Sculpture Symposium, Henry Moore Institute, Leeds

September 2013
“Divergent but Parallel: The Ceramic Sculpture of Lucio Fontana and Fausto Melotti in Postwar Italy,” 360 Speaker Series: Symposium – Return to Earth: Ceramic Sculpture of Fontana, Melotti, Miró, Noguchi, and Picasso, 1943-1963, and Its Legacy, Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, TX

February 2013    
Sculpture as Multiple: Joseph Beuys’s Arena,” The Photographic Record: Images of and as Objects Session, CAA 101st Annual Conference, New York

March 2012
Sculture nella cittá: Sculpture as (Group) Installation,” Sculpture and Its Exhibition Histories Session, AAH Annual Conference, Open University, UK

April 2011
“Disinterested Utopianism and Collaborative Patronage: Art, Industry, and Sculture nella cittá,” Public Sculpture session, Midwest Art History Society Conference, Grand Rapids, MI

February 2011
“The Emergence of Earth Art: Cornell University, 1969,” Holland-America Symposium, Rijksmuseum Twenthe, Enschede, NL

January 2011
“Events, Environments, and Experiments: Sculpture and Photography in Italy, 1962-1972,” Comini Lecture Series, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX                      
October 2008
“The Emergence of Earth Art: Cornell University, 1969,” Cornell University, From Earth Art to Eco Art Conference, Ithaca, NY