2008 Annual Conference

2008 Annual Conference

Apr 2 – 5, 2008

The Midwest Art History Society's 35th annual meeting was held on April 2-5, 2008 in Chicago. Hosted by Loyola University, Columbia College Chicago and the Art Institute of Chicago, the conference took place with the partnership of DePaul University, Lake Forest College, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Further assistance was provided by the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Terra Foundation American Art. The conference hotel was the Club Quarters, conveniently located in Chicago's Loop at 111 W. Adams Street.

The conference sessions and programs were selected with an eye to showcasing areas of specialization closely associated with Chicago and its educational and cultural institutions. Additional emphases on American and Renaissance art were designed to coordinate with the Terra Foundation of the Arts sponsored American Art American City initiative and the Renaissance Society of America (which met on April 3-5, 2008 at The Renaissance Chicago Hotel).

On Thursday and Friday a full range of scholarly sessions took place at the conference hotel. A welcome tea was held Thursday afternoon at the hotel. Thursday evening conference attendees were able to attend one of two talks at the Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S. Michigan Avenue: At 6:00 pm. in Fullerton Hall Tom Hines spoke on Hollywood design of the 1920s. At the same time in Morton Hall Judith Barter, Field-McCormick Chair of American Art at the museum, lectured on the Edward Hopper exhibition, on view nearby. Another American exhibition Watercolors by Winslow Homer: The Color of Light was installed in adjacent galleries.

The MAHS business lunch took place on Friday. On Friday evening the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Columbia College Chicago, 600 S. Michigan, was the location of a MAHS reception. Saturday morning, April 5, The Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 East Chicago Avenue, hosted an early opening, continental breakfast, and curator's tour of the current exhibitions Alexander Calder in Focus and selections of the museum's permanent collection. The conference's morning sessions were also be held at the MCA. Loyola University Museum of Art, 820 North Michigan Avenue (just two blocks west of the MCA), was the site of a luncheon on Saturday. The conferences afternoon sessions were held at LUMA on Saturday where Gilded Glory: European Treasures from the Martin D'Arcy Collection were on view.

In addition to the scholarly sessions that developed from the Call for Papers, two additional sessions were presented: Recent Acquisitions of Renaissance Art in Midwest Collections chaired by Judith Mann of the Saint Louis Museum of Art, and a round table on recent conservation projects undertaken by the Art Institute of Chicago chaired by Martha Tedeschi.

Special attention was given to arranging MAHS sessions related, Renaissance art in conjunction with the Renaissance Society's concurrent conference. Included a special session to honor the late Charles Cuttler, co-founder of MAHS, chaired by Burton Dunbar of the University of Missouri, Kansas City, a session on women artists and patrons in early modern Europe chaired by Marilyn Dunn of Loyola University, and Ann Roberts's (Lake Forest College) session on Narration and Naturalism in Renaissance Art.