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The Montana State University Foundation and the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery are pleased to invite scholars, students, connoisseurs, and friends of American-French cultural exchange to attend an international conference, Political Portraiture in the United States and France during the Revolutionary and Federal Eras ca. 1776-1814, to be held in Nan Tucker McEvoy Auditorium of the Donald W. Reynolds Center for American Art & Portraiture on 25 and 26 September 2014.
This conference will mark the bicentennial of an important historical event: British capture of Washington, D.C., in 1814 and their burning of the Capitol along with Congress's state portraits of Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette. French and American scholars from universities and museums will discuss aspects of diplomatic strategy, democratic representation, and public identity as promoted in portraits. This conference is made possible by generous support from the Terra Foundation for American Art, the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, and the Henry Luce Foundation.
This event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited to 290, so please make a reservation and bring a paper ticket.
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Dr. Todd Larkin, Montana State University
The Montana State University Foundation was established in 1958 for the purpose of instituting a fund for the sustenance and enrichment of the flagship campus of Montana State University, Bozeman. A charitable, non-profit organization, the Foundation has declared its mission to be “to serve as a prudent steward of resources aimed at enhancing the excellence of Montana State University." It shares with the university a commitment “to educate students, to create knowledge and art, and to serve communities by integrating learning, discovery, and engagement.” Together these entities have made Montana a leader in humanistic and scientific research.
The National Portrait Gallery was founded in 1962 for the purpose of displaying portraits of “men and women who have made significant contributions to the history, development, and culture of the people of the United States." The Gallery is the only museum of its kind in the United States to reflect a connection between American history, biography, and art. Its mission is “to inspire visitors from around the world by spotlighting the American experience through powerful images that connect people and their stories.” At the same time, the Gallery shares the broader aim of its parent entity, the Smithsonian Institution, “the increase and the diffusion of knowledge.”