John Malcolm, origine de la Révolution américaine, XVIIIe siècle, estampe, 15,7 x 22 cm, Blérancourt, musée franco-américain
Type : Appel à communication. Date limite appel à candidature:15 mars 2017. Date de la manifestation : 19-21 octobre 2017. Lieu : Philadelphie.
The tumult and transformations resulting from the Age of Revolutions (1770s–1840s) created a trans-Atlantic body of art and material culture that reflected and inspired new ideas and actions. Inspired by the American Philosophical Society’s 2017 exhibition on the legacy of the patriot portraitist Charles Willson Peale and his artistic family from the eighteenth century until the middle of the nineteenth, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA)’s forthcoming publication of The Artof the Peales: Adaptations and Innovations, along with a series of other Peale-centric events happening in Philadelphia, the APS and PMA will co-sponsor a scholarly conference, 19–21 October 2017, that explores the role of imagery in influencing and giving meaning to the political revolutions that defined the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. The conference is especially interested in papers covering the American Revolution, the French Revolution, the Circum-Caribbean Revolutions, and the Revolutions of 1848.
Potential topics include:
• the work of individual artists or artistic movements
• the role and influence of those who reproduced artwork for the public, such as printers or engravers
• the ways in which works were received by audiences
• the function of art in shaping public perceptions both at the time of revolutionary events and through historic memory Continuer la lecture →
KELLY Catherine, Republic of Taste : Art, Politics, and Everyday Life in Early America, Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016, 352 p.
Présentation de l’éditeur :
Since the early decades of the eighteenth century, European, and especially British, thinkers were preoccupied with questions of taste. Whether Americans believed that taste was innate—and therefore a marker of breeding and station—or acquired—and thus the product of application and study—all could appreciate that taste was grounded in, demonstrated through, and confirmed by reading, writing, and looking. It was widely believed that shared aesthetic sensibilities connected like-minded individuals and that shared affinities advanced the public good and held great promise for the American republic.
Exploring the intersection of the early republic’s material, visual, literary, and political cultures, Catherine E. Kelly demonstrates how American thinkers acknowledged the similarities between aesthetics and politics in order to wrestle with questions about power and authority. Judgments about art, architecture, literature, poetry, and the theater became an arena for considering political issues ranging from government structures and legislative representation to qualifications for citizenship and the meaning of liberty itself. Additionally, if taste prompted political debate, it also encouraged affinity grounded in a shared national identity. In the years following independence, ordinary women and men reassured themselves that taste revealed larger truths about an individual’s character and potential for republican citizenship. Continuer la lecture →