Francisca Efigenia Meléndez y Durazzo, Portrait of a Girl, c. 1795, tempera on ivory, 5 x 5 cm, Meadows Museum, SMU

The SMU Art History Department, its graduate program in the Rhetorics of Art, Space, and Culture (RASC/a), and the Meadows School of the Arts are proud to announce the program for Art and Architecture in the Long Eighteenth Century: HECAA at 25, an international conference in celebration of the twenty-fifth anniversary of the founding of the Historians of Eighteenth-Century Art and Architecture. HECAA at 25 will present recent research on eighteenth-century visual culture, consider questions of historiography and pedagogy, and chart paths for the future of the field.

Preliminary Program 

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Keynote Addresses

Melissa Hyde, University of Florida

(in partnership with the Dallas Museum of Art’s Michael L. Rosenberg Lecture Series)

Daniela Bleichmar, University of Southern California


The History of Studying Eighteenth-Century Art, the Belgium of Art History

Michael Yonan, University of Missouri, chair

Wendy Roworth, University of Rhode Island

Malcolm Baker, University of California, Riverside

Heather McPherson, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Meredith Gamer, Columbia University

Kevin Chua, Texas Tech University

Engaging Twenty-First-Century Publics: Innovations in Teaching, Advising, Exhibiting, and Curating, Amelia Rauser, Franklin and Marshall College, chair

Lilit Sadoyan, Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Kelsey Brosnan, New Orleans Museum of Art

Alden Gordon, Trinity College

Amelia Rauser, Franklin and Marshall College

David Pullins, Frick Collection

The Future of Studying Eighteenth-Century Art: HECAA at 50?

Amy Freund, Southern Methodist University, chair

Ewa Lajer-Burcharth, Harvard University

Cassie Mansfield, Getty Foundation

Mimi Hellman, Skidmore College

Catherine Girard, Eastern Washington University

Paris Spies-Gans, Harvard University

Andrei Pop, University of Chicago

Research Sessions

Things Change, Wendy Bellion, University of Delaware, and Kristel Smentek, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, chairs

Jeffrey Collins, Bard Graduate Center, “Repair or Reinvention? Recreating the Red Faun”

Tara Zanardi, Hunter College, “Artful Nature and Material Splendor: The Dauphin’s Collection at the Royal Cabinet of Natural History”

Susan Wager, University of New Hampshire, Durham, “The Sweet Hereafter: The Multiple Lives of Boucher’s Biscuit Porcelain Figures”

Jennifer Chuong, Harvard University, “Wood in Transition: Veneer Furniture in the Early American Republic”

People, Places, & Things in the Global Eighteenth Century, Nancy Um, Binghamton University, chair

Elisabeth Fraser, University of South Florida, “The Ottoman Costume Album as Agent of Contact in the Global Eighteenth Century” 

Irene Choi, University of British Columbia, “‘The Principle of Things’:  Materiality and Morality from Dutch Still Life”

Dipti Khera, New York University, “Connected, yet Dispersed, Pictures, Places, and Histories of Art, c. 1700”

Dawn Odell, Lewis and Clark College, “Chinese Art and a South Carolina Rice Plantation”

Art and Political Authority in the Long Eighteenth Century, Meredith Martin, New York University, & Aaron Wile, University of Southern California, chairs

Sarah Grandin, Harvard University, “Font Fit for a King: The Roman du Roi, Print, and the Mechanical Arts under Louis XIV”

Douglas Fordham, University of Virginia, “Free Market Patriotism”

Ünver Rüstem, Johns Hopkins University, “Ottoman Baroque Architecture and the Aesthetics of Power”

Jennifer Van Horn, University of Delaware, “Slavery and Portraiture in a New Nation”

Apprehending the Spatial: Methods and Approaches, Christopher Drew Armstrong, University of Pittsburgh, chair

Lauren Cannady, Clark Art Institute, “The Garden in an Eighteenth-Century Curiosity Cabinet”

Laurel O. Peterson, Yale University, “A New Golden Age: Art and the Politics of Revolution at Chatsworth”

Stacey Sloboda, University of Massachusetts, Boston, “St. Martin’s Lane: Neighborhood as Art World in Eighteenth-Century London”

Carte Blanche, Denise Baxter, University of North Texas, chair

Nina Dubin, University of Illinois at Chicago, “‘Master of the World’: Love and Other        Inconstancies in Eighteenth-Century   French Art”

Jessica Priebe, University of Sydney, “Assembling Ambition: Leroy de Barde and the Reimagining of the Artist’s Museum in the Long Eighteenth Century”

Andrew Graciano, University of South Carolina, “An 18th-Century Electrical Machine and the Re-Identification of a Portrait Subject in the National Portrait Gallery, London”

Research by Emerging Scholars, Christopher Johns, Vanderbilt University, chair

Danielle R. Ezor, Southern Methodist University, “A Restaurant in the Salon Carré: Consuming Chardin’s Still Lifes”

Ashley Bruckbauer, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, “Dangerous Liaisons: Ambassadors and Embassies in Eighteenth-Century French Art”

Vincent Pham, University of California, San Diego, “Self-Made Men: Lord Chesterfield and His Library Portraits”

Hyejin Lee, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, “Ornaments as a Technique of Aerial Manipulation in Eighteenth-Century Parisian Elite Interiors”

Thea Goldring, Harvard University, “The Imagined Machine of the Encyclopédie Planches

Katherine Calvin, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, “Merchants, Markets, and Cultural Contact in Early Modern Aleppo”

Delanie Linden, Southern Methodist University, “Silver, Flesh, and Holy Water: Colonial Conversions in the French Enlightenment”

Ji Eun You, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, “Interpretation of Neoclassical Designs in Decorative Art through Winckelmann”

Special Sessions

How to Art History, Elizabeth Bacon Eager, Southern Methodist University, chair

This roundtable for early-career scholars will discuss strategies for publication, the job hunt, careers in museums, academia, and independent scholarship, and life/work balance.

Breakout Discussion Groups,  Jessica Fripp, Texas Christian University

Multiple small discussion sessions, led by teams of junior and senior scholars, will provide an opportunity for focused, intimate debate about the keynote addresses and issues raised in other conference sessions.

Local Organizing Committee: Denise Baxter, University of North Texas; Kelly Donahue-Wallace, University of North Texas; Lindsay Dunn, Texas Christian University; Elizabeth Bacon Eager, Southern Methodist University; Amy Freund, Southern Methodist University; Jessica Fripp, Texas Christian University; Nicole Myers, Dallas Museum of Art.


Early bird deadline, with discounted fee, is July 1, 2018.

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