Upcoming Engagements

Past Engagements

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