Francisca Efigenia Meléndez y Durazzo, Portrait of a Girl, c. 1795, tempera on ivory, 5 x 5 cm, Meadows Museum, SMU, Dallas, Museum Purchase with funds from The Meadows Foundation, MM.08.01.20

Thursday, November 1 | Friday November 2 | Saturday November 3 | Sunday November 4

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Thursday, November 1

Meadows Museum on the SMU Campus

5900 Bishop Blvd. and Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N Harwood St.


Registration Opens (Pastries and coffee available)

9:00 – 10:00  

Welcome and HECAA Business Meeting, Amelia Rauser, Franklin & Marshall College, President

10:00 – 10:15

Coffee Break

10:15 – 12:00

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

Michael Yonan, University of Missouri (chair)

Wendy Wassyng 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

Sarah Betzer, University of Virginia

12:00 – 1:15    

Lunch on your own

1:15 – 2:45  

Research Session: 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, The Morgan Library & Museum, Making Spaces: Immersive Politics and the Murals at Chatsworth

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

2:45 – 3:00 

Coffee Break

3:00 – 4:30    

Research Session: 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 Eighteenth-Century Electrical Machine and the Re-Identification of a Portrait Subject in the National Portrait Gallery, London


Buses Depart to Dallas Museum of Art


Cocktail Hour

Hosted by the Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History, University of Texas at Dallas, Mezzanine 2, DMA

Free time in DMA galleries


Keynote Address/Michael L. Rosenberg Lecture

Horchow Auditorium, DMA

Sponsored by the Dallas Museum of Art

Knowing Their Place? Women Artists in Eighteenth-Century France

Melissa Hyde, University of Florida

Friday, November 2


Meadows Museum on SMU Campus, 5900 Bishop Blvd.


Registration Opens (Pastries and coffee available)

9:00 – 10:45

Research Session: 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 to Korean Chaekgeori

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

10:45 – 11:00

Coffee Break

11:00 – 12:30

Roundtable: Engaging Twenty-First-Century Publics: Innovation in Teaching, Advising, Exhibiting, and Curating

Amelia Rauser, Franklin & Marshall College (chair)

Lilit Sadoyan, J. Paul Getty Museum

Kelsey Brosnan, New Orleans Museum of Art

Wendy Bellion, University of Delaware

David Pullins, Frick Collection

12:30 – 2:00

Lunch on your own

2:00 – 3:15

Research Session: Emerging Scholars 1

Christopher Johns, Vanderbilt University (chair)

Danielle Ezor, Southern Methodist University, A Restaurant at the Salon: Consuming Chardin’s Still Lifes

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

Delanie Linden, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Silver, Flesh, and Holy Water: Colonial Conversions in the French Enlightenment

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

3:15 – 3:30 

Coffee break

3:30 – 4:45

Research Session: Emerging Scholars 2

Christopher Johns (chair)

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

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

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

Hyejin Lee, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Perfumed Flights of Imagination: Reverie, Ornaments, and Elite Female Identity in Late Eighteenth-Century Boudoirs

4:45 – 5:15

Meadows Gallery Visit

5:15 – 7:00

Research Session: 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


Busses depart Meadows Museum for HECAA Anniversary Banquet

(for pre-paid ticket holders)


Banquet (Bolsa, 614 West Davis Street, Dallas, TX 75208)


Saturday, November 3

Owen Fine Arts Center, SMU campus, 6101 Bishop Blvd.


Registration (Pastries and coffee available)

9:00 – 10:30

Keynote Address

Daniela Bleichmar, University of Southern California, Painting and the Time and Place of History

10:30 – 11:00

Recent Acquisitions in Eighteenth-Century Menswear from the Texas Fashion Collection

Annette Becker, Director, Texas Fashion Collection at University of North Texas

(coffee available)

11:00 – 12:30

Breakout Sessions

Participants will convene in small pre-assigned groups for discussion-look for your group number on the back of your nametag

Chair: Jessica Fripp, Texas Christian University

Heather Belnap, Brigham Young University Craig Hanson, Calvin College Kristin O’Rourke, Dartmouth College Wendy Wassyng Roworth, University of Rhode Island Heidi Strobel, University of Evansville
Daniella Berman, Institute of Fine Arts, NYU Susanna Caviglia, Duke University Zoë Dostal, Columbia University Tracy Ehrlich, Parsons School of Design Joanna Gohmann, Walters Art Museum
Christina Lindeman, University of South Alabama Amber Ludwig, Independent Scholar Hector Reyes, University of Southern California Amanda Strasik Alexandra Wellington, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Franny Brock, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill Kathryn Desplanques, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill Lindsay Dunn, Texas Christian University Jennifer Germann, Ithaca College  

12:30 – 2:00

How to Art History: A Workshop for Emerging Scholars

Elizabeth Bacon Eager, Southern Methodist University (chair)

Michael Yonan, University of Missouri

Nicole Myers, Dallas Museum of Art

Kimberly Chrisman-Campbell, Independent Scholar

Come with questions about job hunting, professional networking, publishing, and balancing life and work. Boxed lunches provided for preregistered guests.

2:00 – 3:45

Research Session: Art and Political Authority in the Long Eighteenth Century

Meredith Martin, New York University

and Aaron Wile, University of Southern California (chairs)

Sarah Grandin, Harvard University, Font Fit for a King: The Romain 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

3:45 – 4:00

Coffee Break

4:00 – 5:45

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

Amy Freund, Southern Methodist University (chair)

Ewa Lajer-Burcharth, Harvard University

Cassie Mansfield, Penn State University

Catherine Girard, Eastern Washington University

Paris Spies-Gans, Harvard Society of Fellows

Andrei Pop, University of Chicago

5:45 – 7:45

Closing Cocktail Reception

Dinner on your own


Sunday, November 4


Buses depart Magnolia and Lumen Hotels for Kimbell Art Museum


Arrive at Kimbell Art Museum


Buses depart Kimbell Art Museum—one to DFW, one to Dallas Love Field