MAHS Annual Conference

2018 Annual Conference

The Midwest Art History Society held its 45th Annual Conference in Indianapolis, from Thursday, April 5 to Saturday, April 7, 2018, hosted by the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields and the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art. Friday’s program concluded with a bus trip to the Miller House in Columbus, Indiana, designed by Eero Saarinen. Next year's conference will be held in Cincinnati. Check back for more details in the coming months.

2018 Conference Overview

The 2018 Annual Conference featured a wide array of scholarly sessions in addition to a distinguished keynote lecture by Erika Doss, plus special gallery talks and receptions.

2018 Conference Overview Details

The Midwest Art History Society (MAHS) held its 45th Annual Conference in Indianapolis, from Thursday, April 5 to Saturday, April 7, 2018, hosted by the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields and the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art. For more details on the conference, see the MAHS Newsletter, Fall 2017. Sessions on Thursday, April 5th and Friday, April 6th were held at the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields. Friday’s program concluded with a bus trip to the celebrated showcase of 20th–century architecture, Columbus, Indiana, with a tour of the Miller House and Garden designed by Eero Saarinen. Sessions on Saturday, April 7th were held at the Eiteljorg Museum. The keynote speaker was Erika Doss, Professor of American Studies at the University of Notre Dame. Her talk was related to her 2010 book, Memorial Mania: Public Feeling in America, a topic with particular relevance in light of the current re-evaluation of public monuments.

Keynote Speaker

Keynote Speaker

Keynote Speaker Erika Doss, University of Notre Dame, presented a lecture titled "Monumental Troubles: Reckoning with Problematic Public Art in America," on Thursday, April, 5, 6:00 pm at the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfield. Reception followed at 7:15.
Keynote Speaker

Keynote Speaker Details

This year’s keynote speaker, Erika Doss, is Professor of American Studies at the University of Notre Dame. Her lecture, “Monumental Troubles: Reckoning with Problematic Public Art in America,” was related to her 2010 book, Memorial Mania: Public Feeling in America, a topic with particular relevance in light of the current re-evaluation of public monuments. Dr. Doss spoke on Thursday evening, April, 5, 6:00 pm at the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields. A museum reception followed at 7:15 pm. Both events were free with conference registration.