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Midwest Art History Society

Midwest Art History Society
Annual Conference 2014

Saint Louis Art Museum
Saint Louis Art Museum

The Midwest Art History Society held its 41st annual Conference in St. Louis, Missouri, from April 3–5, 2014. The conference was 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. Sessions were held in the Saint Louis Art Museum that recently opened its new east building, designed by award-winning British architect Sir David Chipperfield. Specific and general session topics were featured, including a special panel conducted in the museum galleries devoted to a Renaissance sculpture that was made from an antique ruin. A special exhibition on view at the time of the meeting, Impressionist France: Visions of Nation from Le Gray to Monet, explored the significance of landscape imagery in the development of national identity in 19th-century France. The exhibition included works by Impressionist and Barbizon School painters such as Monet, Renoir, and Millet, and early French photographers Le Gray and Baldus. The conference keynote speaker was Axel Rüger, Director of the Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam, who spoke on a newly discovered Van Gogh painting depicting a French landscape, Sunset at Montmajour (1888). The Kemper Museum hosted reception on Friday evening. The next MAHS conference will be held in Minneapolis from March 26 - 28, 2015. Check back for more information soon.

History and Purpose

Welcome to the Midwest Art History Society, an organization that brings together academic, museum-based, and independent art historians in the common goal of scholarly inquiry and the exchange of ideas. Founded in 1973, the organization is open to all art historians, regardless of specialization.

The membership is focused in the states that comprise the Midwestern United States, but residents of any state or country are welcome to join. The Society gathers once a year in the spring, for three days of scholarly presentations, panel discussions and workshops. Meetings are usually hosted by universities, colleges and museums, and the programs reflect the collaboration between these institutions.

The Board of Directors meets every fall and during the annual meeting in the spring. Members of the organization work to foster close relationships between museum and academic art historians, and have devoted themselves to mentoring and encouraging the development of young art historians who are just entering the profession. Graduate student participation is eagerly encouraged, and grants to offset the expenses incurred by students presenting papers at the annual conference are offered.

In Memoriam: Linnea Hedrick

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