“Somehow a Past”: New England Regionalism, 1900 to 1960

A symposium presented in conjunction with the exhibition Marsden Hartley’s Maine at the Colby College Museum of Art and the Colby College 2017–18 Humanities theme “Origins.”

Friday, October 6, 2017

Diamond Building Atrium
8–8:45 am: Registration and coffee

Ostrove Auditorium, Diamond Building
9 a.m.: Welcome from Sharon Corwin, Carolyn Muzzy Director and Chief Curator, and Elizabeth Finch, Lunder Curator of American Art

9:15–10:15 a.m.: Keynote Lecture, Martha McNamara, Wellesley College

10:30–noon: Panel 1: Projecting New England

Erin Pauwels, Tyler School of Art, Temple University, “‘Change Your Style’: Charles Demuth in the New England Artist Colonies”

Sarah Powers, Virginia Museum of Arts, “Postcards from Vermont: Reconciling the Rural and the Modern in Charles Sheeler’s Vermont Landscape

Justin Wolff, University of Maine, Orono, “The Familiar Ephemeral: Everyday New England and Amateur Film”

Respondents: Chelsea Wessels and Mary Ellis Gibson, Colby College

Moderator: Justin McCann, Colby College Museum of Art

12:15–1:45 p.m.: Lunch (on your own) and visits to the galleries

Given Auditorium, Bixler Art and Museum Building
2:00–3:30 p.m.: Panel 2: Taking Place

Austen Barron Bailly, Peabody Essex Museum, “Thomas Hart Benton, Metacomet and Martha’s Vineyard: New England Origins for an American Modernism”

Leo Mazow, Virginia Museum of Arts, “Wagon Wheels and Tourist Homes: Edward Hopper’s New England Regionalism”

Dana Ostrander, PhD candidate, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, “Native / American: Locating Indigeneity in Marsden Hartley’s Madawaska–Acadian Light-Heavy

Respondents: Katherine Stubbs, Colby College, and Diana Tuite, Colby College Museum of Art

Moderator: Tanya Sheehan, Colby College

3:45–5:15 p.m.: Panel 3: Divining Objects

Libby Bischof, University of Southern Maine, “Objects of Affection: Modernism, Regionalism and Friendship in the Lives and Works of Marsden Hartley, Paul and Rebecca Strand, and Gaston and Isabel Lachaise”

Erika Doss, University of Notre Dame, “Windmills and Mountains: Agnes Pelton, Marsden Hartley, and Spiritual Modernism in New England”

William D. Moore, Boston University, “William F. Winters, Jr. invents the Shaker Aesthetic: Industrial Photography, Museum Exhibitions, and American Modernism, 1923-1939”

Respondents: Randall R. Griffey, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Laura Saltz, Colby College

Moderator: Lauren Lessing, Colby College Museum of Art

William D. Adams Gallery (museum lobby)
5:30–6:30 p.m.: Reception