MAHS Annual Conference

2019 Annual Conference & 2020 Conference Preview

See below for information about the recently held MAHS Annual Conference of 2019 in Cincinnati. The 47th Annual Conference of the Midwest Art History Society, March 19-21, 2020 will be in Houston. Sessions will be held at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. The conference hotel is the Magnolia Hotel Houston. Click here to reserve your room now! Check back in the coming months for more 2020 Conference news!


The 46th Annual Conference of the Midwest Art History Society was held from March 21–23, 2019 in Cincinnati, where the stellar architecture, art collections and cultural sites provided a captivating setting. Sessions were held at the Cincinnati Art Museum (CAM) on Thursday and Friday, March 21 and 22, and at the Taft Museum of Art on Saturday, March 23. On Thursday evening, the keynote lecture was given by S. Hollis Clayson, Bergen Evans Professor in the Humanities at Northwestern University, in association with CAM’s exhibition Paris 1900: City of Entertainment featuring works drawn from the collections of the City of Paris museums.

After sessions concluded on Friday, the Contemporary Arts Center in downtown Cincinnati hosted an evening reception. Special behind-the-scenes programs at the partner museums made this conference a particularly memorable experience, including tours of the newly renovated Union Terminal, an iconic Art Deco train station now home to the Cincinnati Museum Center.

Keynote Speaker

Keynote Speaker

Keynote Speaker Hollis Clayson, Northwestern University, presented a lecture titled "Is Paris Still the Capital of the Nineteenth Century?"
Keynote Speaker

Keynote Speaker Details

The keynote speaker, S. Hollis Clayson is Bergen Evans Professor in the Humanities and Professor of Art History and (by courtesy) History at Northwestern University. Her lecture, “Is Paris Still the Capital of the Nineteenth Century?” was presented at the Cincinnati Art Museum in conjunction with the exhibition Paris 1900, a survey of visual culture in the French capital at the turn of the century. Dr Clayson is the author of numerous publications on the art of the Belle Époque. Her new book, Illuminated Paris, appearing in 2019, traces the dramatic evolution of lighting in Paris and how artists responded to the shifting visual and cultural scenes that resulted from these technologies.

2019 Conference Overview

The 2019 Annual Conference featured a wide array of scholarly sessions in addition to a distinguished keynote lecture by Hollis Clayson, plus special gallery talks and receptions.

2019 Conference Overview Details

The Midwest Art History Society (MAHS) held its 46th Annual Conference in Cincinnati, from Thursday, March 21 to Saturday, March 23, 2019, hosted by the Cincinnati Art Museum and the Taft Museum of Art. For more details on the conference, see the MAHS Newsletter, Fall 2018. Sessions on Thursday, March 21 and Friday, March 22 were held at the Cincinnati Art Museum. On Friday evening, the Contemporary Arts Center in downtown Cincinnati hosted an evening reception. Sessions on Saturday, March 23 were held at the Taft Museum of Art. The keynote speaker was S. Hollis Clayson, Bergen Evans Professor in the Humanities and Professor of Art History and (by courtesy) History at Northwestern University. Her lecture, “Is Paris Still the Capital of the Nineteenth Century?” was presented on March 21 in conjunction with the Cincinnati Art Museum's exhibition Paris 1900, a survey of visual culture in the French capital at the turn of the century.

Conference Schedule

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Conference Schedule Details

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Conference Booklet

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Conference Booklet Details

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