2019 Past Speakers:
Mark D. Mitchell
is the Holcombe T. Green Curator of American Paintings and Sculpture. His research interests in American art extend from the colonial period to the later twentieth century, with particular depth in landscape and still-life painting. Exhibitions organized by him at Yale include: It Was a New Century: Reflections on Modern America, and Yosemite: Exploring the Incomparable Valley. He came to Yale in August 2015 from the Philadelphia Museum of Art, where he organized Audubon to Warhol: The Art of American Still Life and George Inness in Italy. Mitchell began work in Philadelphia in 2007, having previously held curatorial posts at the National Academy Museum in New York and the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. He has organized notable exhibitions of American landscape painting, including studies of George Inness, Francis Silva, and James Suydam, and contributed to important surveys of American drawings and watercolors at both the Hood Museum of Art and the Princeton University Art Museum. Mitchell was a co-curator of Art across America, a comprehensive survey of American art held at the National Museum of Korea in Seoul that was organized in partnership with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the Terra Foundation for American Art. Mitchell holds a doctorate in American art from Princeton University and completed his undergraduate work at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
The Symposium Keynote Lecture has been permanently endowed by David W. Dangremond, Newport Symposium Chairman Emeritus
is the Carolyn and Peter Lynch Curator of American Decorative Arts and Sculpture in Art of the Americas at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. He was a co-curator of the MFA’s 53-gallery Art of the Americas Wing, which opened in 2010, and is a contributing author to the books A New World Imagined: Art of the Americas (MFA, 2010), Painting a Map of Sixteenth-Century Mexico City: Land, Writing, and Native Rule (Yale University Press, 2012), Made in the Americas: The New World Discovers Asia (MFA, 2015), Art and Industry in Early America: Rhode Island Furniture, 1650–1830 (Yale, 2016), which won the Charles F. Montgomery Book Prize and the Historic New England Book Prize, and most recently Claggett: Newport’s Illustrious Clockmakers(Winterthur, 2018). His recent exhibitions at the MFA include Made in the Americas: The New World Discovers Asia (2015), Collecting Stories: Native American Art (2018), and Cecilia Vicuña: Disappeared Quipu (2018). He holds graduate degrees from Yale University in the History of Art and from the Winterthur Program in Early American Culture. Prior to joining the MFA in 2007, Carr served in the departments of American Paintings and Sculpture and American Decorative Arts at the Yale University Art Gallery. Carr is currently at work on Royal Houses of the Eagle: Aztec and Habsburg Empires, which explores the idea of collecting from a cross-cultural perspective in the sixteenth century.
was an editorial director for the publishing company Alain de Gourcuff Editeur in Paris from 1992 to 2001. In this capacity, he coordinated the publication of a series of works on Russian architecture, fine and decorative arts in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. With Oleg Neverov, curator of the State Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg, he contributed towards the production of Great Private Collections of Imperial Russia (The Vendôme Press, New York, 2005). More recently, he directed the publication of Tsarskoïe Selo, on the palaces and parks of this Imperial summer residence, published in English by Thames & Hudson under the title The Summer Palaces of the Romanovs – Treasures from Tsarskoye Selo (2012). Ducamp subsequently published Saint-Pétersbourg, a major reference book on the city and its palaces' general history and architecture (Citadelles & Mazenod, Paris, 2012). A Professor for architecture and the decorative arts at the École du Louvre in Paris, he regularly gives lectures on Russian or French subjects in Europe and the United States (The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; The J.-Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; the San Francisco Museum of Art, etc.). A member of the Association des Parcs Botaniques de France and the Société des Amateurs de Jardins, Ducamp is also the president of the Association Paris- Saint-Pétersbourg, a cultural body which promotes cultural exchanges between France and Russia. He earned his degree in Law and History of Art from the University of Paris X.
Alice Cooney Frelinghuysen
is the Anthony W. and Lulu C. Wang Curator of American Decorative Arts at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. She has published widely and curated exhibitions on American ceramics and glass, as well as late nineteenth-century decorative arts, especially the work of Louis Comfort Tiffany. A graduate of Princeton University, she earned her MA at the Winterthur Program in early American culture. In 2009, she oversaw the curatorial team that reinstalled the American Wing's Charles Engelhard Court, and in 2016 curated the installation of the Worsham-Rockefeller Dressing Room and organized the complementary exhibition, as well as co-authored the accompanying Met Bulletin on the Artistic Furniture of the Gilded Age. Her most recent book is American Art Pottery: The Robert A. Ellison Jr. Collection, published in October of 2018.
Will B. Mackintosh
is a cultural and social historian of the 19th century United States, with particular interests in the history of leisure, the history of crime, and the cultural history of capitalism. He is author of Selling the Sights: The Invention of the Tourist in American Culture (NYU Press 2019) and editor of The Panorama, Extensive Views from The Journal of the Early Republic. He is currently working on a new project dealing with the Loomis Gang, a group of horse thieves in nineteenth-century New York. He offers courses on early American history, the American Revolution and Early Republic, gender history, urban history, the history of the book, and the history of capitalism. He holds graduate degrees from the University of Michigan and an undergraduate degree from Swarthmore College. Macintosh is a Professor of History at the University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, VA.
is the Philip and Lynn Straus Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College, where she has served since 2000. Previously, she was the curator of prints and drawings at the Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia in Athens and research assistant at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta. During her career she has curated over fifty exhibitions, authored and edited numerous catalogues and articles, and given tours, talks, and interviews. Her exhibitions have won awards from the Federal Council on the Arts and Humanities, National Endowment for the Arts among others. She holds a Ph.D. in art history from the City University of New York Graduate Center, where she received the Luce Dissertation Fellowship in American Art, and a B.A. in painting and drawing from Mercer University. A specialist in twentieth-century art and in the history of prints and drawings, she also has interests in European and American painting. Recent undertakings include Thomas Rowlandson: Pleasures and Pursuits in Georgian England (2011) and Mastering Light: From the Natural to the Artificial (2014). Reviews of her exhibitions and catalogues have appeared in numerous publications, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Print Quarterly, Gazette des Beaux-Arts, The Art Newspaper, and Burlington Magazine.
Mark Richard Smith
is the writer, producer and director of the feature documentary film, Louis Sullivan: the Struggle for American Architecture. The film examines Sullivan’s life and work within the larger context of a pivotal period in American history, when a largely rural nation emerged from the industrial revolution as a global power. Smith has presented the film and spoken before such groups as the American Institute of Architects and other professional organizations, museums, preservation societies and universities. His interest in Louis Sullivan was sparked by his graduate studies at Loyola University in Chicago, where he earned a Masters Degree in American History. Smith’s first career was as a graphic designer for national brands such as American Airlines and Blockbuster Entertainment. After his completion of his documentary on Louis Sullivan, he moved to independent filmmaking and currently works as a screenwriter in Los Angeles, California.
Les Standiford has served as Founding Director of the Creative Writing Program at Florida International University in Miami where his students have included Dennis Lehane and 2012 inaugural poet Richard Blanco. He is the author of twenty-two books, including the John Deal series of thrillers, and a number of works of history, including the New York Times best-seller Last Train to Paradise: Henry Flagler and the Spectacular Rise and Fall of the Railroad that Crossed an Ocean --a History Channel Top Ten Pick & the One Read choice of more than a dozen public library systems that is now in its 35th printing. The Man Who Invented Christmas: How Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol Rescued His Career and Revived our Holiday Spirits was a New York Times Editors Choice and best-seller and in 2017 became a feature film starring Dan Stevens and Christopher Plummer. In the fall of 2019 Grove Atlantic will publish his most recent book: Palm Beach, Mar-a-Lago, & the Rise of America’s Xanadu.
Sylvia Yount is the Lawrence A. Fleischman Curator in Charge of the American Wing, The Metropolitan Museum of Art. She is responsible for the administrative and curatorial oversight of the historic department of fine and decorative arts from the colonial period to the early twentieth century. Before moving to The Met, she held various curatorial leadership positions at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the High Museum of Art, and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. In addition to completing pivotal collection reinstallations, she has organized major exhibitions with accompanying catalogues on Cecilia Beaux, Maxfield Parrish, and American modernism, among other topics, with a particular focus on women and artists of color in regional and national contexts. She received a PhD and a MA in the history of art from the University of Pennsylvania and a BA in Italian from New York University. She has lectured and published widely on late nineteenth- and twentieth-century American art and culture, as well as on issues of curatorial responsibility and current museum practice. Her most recent exhibition, Native American Art: The Charles and Valerie Diker Collection, is on view at The Met until October, 2019.
Dr. Shamoon Zamir is a professor of Literature & Visual Studies, NYU Abu-Dhabi. He works in the areas of literature, photography and intellectual history. His study of the African American writer W.E.B. Du Bois explored literature’s dialogues with philosophy and sociology and his most recent book, The Gift of the Face, explores the relationship of aesthetics and ethics in the work of the early twentieth-century photographer Edward S. Curtis and examines the ways in which image and text, art and science, pictorialist photography and anthropology come together in Curtis’s portraits of Native Americans. Professor Zamir has published on twentieth-century African American and Native American fiction and on modern poetry and has translated short stories from Urdu. He was the co-founder of Talus, a small press and journal specializing in poetry, contemporary international writing and cultural studies and is a series editor for American Studies: Culture, Society & the Arts.