American Art Gallery

Building a Legacy

October 20, 2007
10 a.m. — 4:30 p.m.
Atkins Auditorium
Cost is $15 for members, $20 for nonmembers and $10 for students and faculty

Building a Legacy: Collecting American Paintings for Kansas City—A Symposium in Honor of Crosby and Bebe Kemper is a one-day symposium celebrating the Kempers' exceptional support of American art at the Nelson-Atkins.  It brings together seven of the nation’s top American art historians for talks on key paintings in the collection.

The symposium also marks the recent publication of The Collections of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art: American Paintings to 1945, available through the Museum Store.

Building a Legacy: Collecting American Paintings for Kansas City—A Symposium in Honor of Crosby and Bebe Kemper is funded by McQuaid Brothers Remodeling and Gary Randall Smith.


9-10 a.m. On-site registration and check-in
10-10:30 a.m. Welcome and Introduction
10:30-11 a.m.

All in the Family: John Singleton Copley
Paints the Barretts
Carrie Rebora Barratt, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

11-11:30 a.m. Courting Trouble: William Sidney Mount’s Winding Up
Bruce Robertson, University of California, Santa Barbara
11:30-Noon From the Height of Fame to the Mount of Olives: Frederic Church in the Holy Land
Franklin Kelly, National Gallery of Art
Noon-2 p.m. Break
2-2:30 p.m. Nervous Nostalgia in the 1870s: Eastman Johnson and Winslow Homer
Sarah Burns, University of Indiana, Bloomington
2:30-3 p.m. Public and Private: John Singer Sargent’s Portraits
Erica Hirshler, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
3-3:30 p.m. Thomas Eakins’ Monsignor James P. Turner
in Perspective
Kathleen Foster, Philadelphia Museum of Art
3:30-4 p.m. Thomas Hart Benton's National Imaginary
Erika Doss, The University of Notre Dame
4 p.m. Closing remarks


Symposium registration includes day-long parking in the Museum garage.

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