[Day 2] Edgar P. Richardson Symposium: New Perspectives on Portraiture

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In celebration of the National Portrait Gallery’s 50th Anniversary, we are pleased to announce the 2018 Edgar P. Richardson Symposium, New Perspectives on Portraiture. Scholars will discuss the power dynamics between artists and their sitters, the manipulation and evolution of portraits as physical objects, and the dissemination of images. The symposium will explore how portraiture has evolved and how images of people reflect codes of behavior, social and political environments, and the rhetoric of the day. Hosted by PORTAL, NPG’s Scholarly Center, the symposium is free and open to the public.

Coinciding with the release of the new publication Beyond the Face: New Perspectives on Portraiture, which features essays by symposium participants, the two-day event will conclude with a book signing and public reception in the museum’s Kogod Courtyard.


This registration is for day two* of the two day symposium at the National Portrait Gallery. The event will take place in the Nan Tucker McEvoy Auditorium. Please use the entrance located at G Street NW, as the F Street entrance will be closed at that time. Please be sure to arrive by 8am for check-in.

We are happy to provide ASL interpretation upon demand. Please email Jacqueline Petito at by September 3, 2018 to request an interpretter.

*Free registration and further details are available at:

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8 a.m. Check-in

9 a.m. Session 3: Reassessing Subjectivity

Individual presentations to be followed by panel discussion moderated by Kate Clarke Lemay, Historian and Director of PORTAL, Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery

Akela Reason, Associate Professor of History, University of Georgia

“Soul-Searching: The Portrait in Gilded Age America”

Amy M. Mooney, Associate Professor of Art and Art History, Columbia College, Chicago

“Photos of Style and Dignity: Woodard’s Studios and the Delivery of Black Modern Subjectivity”

Jonathan Frederick Walz, Director of Curatorial Affairs and Curator of American Art, The Columbus Museum

“Side Eye: Early Twentieth-Century American Portraiture on the Periphery”

Richard H. Saunders, Director, Middlebury College Museum of Art, and Professor of History of Art and Architecture, Middlebury College

“Making Sense of Our Selfie Nation”

11 a.m. Break

11:15 a.m. Session 3: Panel Discussion

12 p.m. Lunch on your own

1:45 p.m. Session 4: Theatricality, Performativity, and Play

Individual presentations to be followed by panel discussion moderated by Asma Naeem, Chief Curator, Baltimore Museum of Art

Erin Pauwels, Assistant Professor of Art History, Temple University
“‘Let Me Take Your Head’: Photographic Portraiture and the Gilded Age Celebrity Image”

ShiPu Wang, Professor of Art History and Founding Faculty of the Global Arts Studies Program, University of California, Merced

“Playing Against Type: Frank Matsura’s Photographic Performances”

Anne Collins Goodyear, Co-Director, Bowdoin College Museum of Art

“Call it a Little Game between ‘I’ and ‘Me’: Mar/Cel Duchamp in the Wilson-Lincoln System”

Nikki A. Greene, Assistant Professor of Art History, Wellesley College

“Habla LAMADRE: María Magdalena Campos-Pons, Carrie Mae Weems, and Black Feminist Performance”

3:45 p.m. Break

4 p.m. Session 4: Panel Discussion

5 p.m. Book Signing and Reception in Kogod Courtyard

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