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Midwest Art History Society

Annual Conference

Saint Louis Art Museum
Saint Louis Art Museum

Midwest Art History Society
April 3 – 5, 2014
Saint Louis, Missouri

The Midwest Art History Society will hold its 41st annual Conference in St. Louis, Missouri, from April 3–5, 2014. The conference will be hosted by the Saint Louis Art Museum, with additional support from the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, as well as the Mildred Lane Kemper Museum of Art, the Department of Art History and Archaeology, Washington University in St. Louis; the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis; the Department of Arts and Communication at Saint Louis University; the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Missouri-St. Louis; and the Department of Art at Webster University. The decision to host the 2014 meeting in St. Louis was made based on the many new art facilities that have opened within recent years in St. Louis, particularly the Saint Louis Art Museum’s new east building designed by award-winning British architect Sir David Chipperfield. Sessions will take place in the newly-renovated facilities for Education and Public Programming at the Saint Louis Art Museum. Sessions on specific topics and general sessions devoted to particular periods will be featured, including one session devoted to concepts of time as expressed in art. In addition, a special session will be conducted in the galleries devoted to a Renaissance sculpture that was made from an antique ruin.

A special exhibition on view at the St. Louis Art Museum at the time of the meeting, Impressionist France: Visions of Nation from Le Gray to Monet, explores the significance of landscape imagery in the development of national identity in mid- to late-nineteenth-century France. The show is arranged as an imaginary journey around the varied French landscape and includes sections devoted to urban views, forests, rivers, mountains, and marines. A wide range of visual media are included, with works by Impressionist and Barbizon School painters (e.g., Claude Monet, Auguste Renoir, Jean-François Millet) and prominent figures from the golden age of early French photography (e.g., Gustave Le Gray, Edouard Baldus, Charles Marville).

The conference will begin on Thursday, April 3, with a breakfast and special viewing of the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts and the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis. In the afternoon, the conference keynote speaker, Axel Rüger, Director of the Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam, will speak on a newly discovered Van Gogh painting depicting a French landscape, Sunset at Montmajour (1888). The Saint Louis Art Museum will host a reception on Thursday evening in the Taylor Family Foyer in the new east building. The annual business meeting will take place on Friday morning over breakfast, followed by a special curator-led viewing of “Impressionist France”. The Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum will host a reception for conference participants on Friday evening.

Conference City: St. Louis

During the last fifteen years, the city of St. Louis has seen a noteworthy expansion of arts organizations and the construction of notable new museum buildings. The Saint Louis Art Museum, one of the nation’s leading comprehensive art museums with collections that include works of art of exceptional quality from virtually every culture and time period, opened its newly-expanded facility, designed by British architect David Chipperfield in June 2013. The new building houses the museum’s fine collection of 20th and 21st century painting and sculpture. To emphasize the broad holdings within the museum’s collection, one gallery has been devoted to ancient art. The new space also contains a new restaurant called Panorama, and expanded visitor amenities. Read more...

Hotel Accomodations

The conference hotel is the Chase Park Plaza, 212 N. Kingshighway Blvd St Louis, MO 63108; (314-633-3000), located about a mile from the Museum in the dynamic and celebrated Central West End neighborhood, known for galleries, great dining, charming houses, and interesting shops. The hotel is a combination of two buildings housing a condominium tower, hotel, cinema, and several restaurants and bars, all constructed between 1920 and 1930. The hotel is holding 50 rooms at a conference rate of $140 per night plus taxes. Guests have until March 11th to book before the rooms will be made available to others and the conference rate will no longer apply. Reservations can be made by calling (877) 587-2427, Mon-Fri 8am-8pm CST and asking for the Midwest Art History Society Conference rooms.

For conference information in the Fall 2013 MAHS Newsletter including a mail-in registration form, download PDF file