Wanda M. Corn, “Women Building History: Public Art at the 1893 Columbian Exposition”
Wanda M. Corn
the Robert and Ruth Halperin Professor Emerita of Art History at
Stanford University, specializes in modern art and visual culture. She
takes a special interest in the ways artists and art movements traveled
globally in the early 20th century; her scholarship on transatlantic
modernism focuses on the exchanges and interdependencies of avant-garde
artists in Paris and New York.
During her career at Stanford, she brought John D. Rockefeller's
personal collection to the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, including
110 paintings described as the museums’ “single most important gift of
art.” She also served as acting director of the Stanford Art Museum, now
known as the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts.
She has published works about artists including Georgia O'Keeffe, Andrew
Wyeth and Grant Wood as well as other topics in modern art.
Dr. Corn has received numerous awards and honors for her research. She
organized the 2017 exhibition “Georgia O'Keeffe: Living Modern” at the
Brooklyn Museum, and wrote the accompanying catalogue, which received a
2018 Dedalus Foundation Exhibition Catalogue Award.
Erica E. Hirshler, “Collecting, Creating, and Contributing: New England Women in the Arts, 1870-1940”
Erica E. Hirshler
is Croll Senior Curator of Painting, Art of the Americas, at the Museum
of Fine Arts, Boston. An expert in late 19th- and early 20th-century
American painting, she has published extensively on John Singer Sargent,
Mary Cassatt, Childe Hassam, Dennis Bunker, William Merritt Chase,
Winslow Homer and women artists and collectors. American Impressionism
and the Boston School figure frequently in her lectures and writings.
Dr. Hirshler holds a BA from Wellesley College and a PhD from Boston
University. She has presented at numerous museums and cultural
institutions across the United States, Europe and Japan. Her numerous
books and articles include “A Studio of Her Own: Women Artists in Boston
1870–1940” (2001) and “Sargent's Daughters: The Biography of a
Eve Kahn, “The Forgotten Impressionist Mary Rogers Williams 1857-1907”
One of the celebrated speakers for the 2020 Newport Symposium is Eve Kahn
, a noted historian and journalist who is most well known for her weekly Antiques column that ran in The New York Times from 2008 to 2016. As a writer, scholar and exhibition adviser, Kahn specializes in art,
architecture, design and preservation. She is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard University and lectures regularly in New York, New England and elsewhere.
Adding to her accolades, Kahn is also an accomplished author. She will discuss her latest project and book, “Forever Seeing New Beauties: The Forgotten Impressionist Mary Rogers Williams 1857-1907” (Wesleyan University Press, 2019). In her presentation, Kahn will address the life and work of one of America's most accomplished yet least-known female artists.
Ashley Householder, “Becoming Vanderbilt”
is curator of exhibitions for The Preservation Society of Newport
County, responsible for developing and producing in-house, borrowed and
traveling exhibitions that are displayed in the Galleries at Rosecliff.
Her 2019 exhibition, “John James Audubon: Obsession Untamed,” explored
the legacy of the great American artist and naturalist, while her 2018
exhibition, “Bohemian Beauty: The Aesthetic Movement and Oscar Wilde’s
Newport” examined the ideas embodied by the artists, poets and thinkers
popular during this important era of 19th-century artistic
experimentation. Her 2017 exhibition, “Pierre Cardin: 70 Years of
Innovation,” was seen by more than 115,000 visitors during its
nine-month run and featured 42 original designs from Cardin’s private
archives in Paris.
Householder holds an MA in the history of decorative arts from The New
School’s Parsons School of Design and has worked in exhibitions,
collections and programs at the National Building Museum, the White
House, Decatur House Museum and the Smithsonian Institution, all in
Washington, D.C. Prior to coming to Rhode Island, she worked in arts
publishing in New York, serving as a buyer for Rizzoli Bookstore.
Beverley Cook, “Art & the Vote: The Museum of London Suffragette Collections”
the curator of social and working history at the Museum of London,
where she has worked since 1986. She specializes in London's history
from the period 1880s-1918, with particular interest in the suffragette
campaign, poverty and east London.
She was lead curator for the refurbishment of the museum's Victorian
Walk gallery in 2000 and the People's City Gallery in 2010 and has
curated and co-curated a number of temporary exhibitions at the museum
including Shades of Suffragette Militancy in 2018, Dickens & London
in 2011 and an exhibition on Michael Caine in 2013. Her recent projects
include offering historical support and advice to a suffragette feature
film starring Carey Mulligan.
Margaret K. Hofer, “Clara Driscoll and the Tiffany Girls”
Margaret K. Hofer
has been the vice president and museum director for the New-York Historical Society since 2015, having previously served as curator at the institution for more than 20 years. She is recognized for her scholarship on women in lesser-known pockets of New York history.
In 2007, she co-curated “A New Light on Tiffany: Clara Driscoll and the Tiffany Girls” at the historical society’s museum, a show about the women who cut glass for Tiffany Studios’ famed lamps, windows, mosaics and enamels. The exhibit continued to tour the world through 2012. She has been responsible for numerous other exhibitions and has organized the New-York Historical Society’s Tiffany galleries as well as other permanent collection reinstallations.
Hofer is the author of five exhibition catalogues and has contributed to numerous journals and magazines, including The Magazine Antiques and Antiques & Fine Art. She regularly lectures at conferences and museums across the country.
She received her B.A. from Yale University and M.A. from the University of Delaware's Winterthur Program in Early American Culture. Hofer has previously worked at the International Center of Photography, taught courses at New York University and consulted for other cultural institutions in the region.
Margaret Adler, “To the Rescue: Picturing Ida Lewis”
is curator at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Fort Worth, Texas, where she has organized or co-organized exhibitions on Audubon, hunting and fishing in American art, Samuel F.B. Morse and Sam Francis, among others. Prior to joining the Amon Carter, Adler held the Barra fellowship at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. She serves as co-chair for the Association for the Historians of American Art.
Though her scholarly research focuses on 19th-century art, Adler is also passionate about collaborating with contemporary artists, helping them with large-scale commissions. She has worked with Jenny Holzer, Pepon Osorio and Gabriel Dawe on site-specific installations. She is currently planning a major commission with artist Mark Dion and collaborating on a traveling exhibition pairing Winslow Homer and Frederic Remington. She holds a BA in Classical Languages and Art History and an MA in Art History from Williams College..
April F. Masten, “Art Work: Women Artists and Democracy in the 19th Century”
Associate professor of history at the University of Stonybrook, April F. Masten
studies how the convergence of particular economic, political and social events and ideas build structures of opportunity for cultural producers. Her first book, “Art Work,” looked at the education and careers of women artists in mid-19th-century America. She is currently researching the subject of antebellum Irish- and African-American competitive jig-dancers. Both projects began with the premise that the lives of artists document important historical shifts, because every art form derives its meaning from the conditions of its production and reception.
Dr. Masten received her doctorate in American History from Rutgers University and holds an MA in the Social History of Art from the University of Leeds in the U.K. and an MA in European and American History from Rutgers. She is the author of numerous published articles and lectures widely on 19th century culture and women artists.
Amisha Padnani, “Overlooked”
is an editor on The New York Times obituaries desk and the creator of “Overlooked,” a series that tells the stories of remarkable people whose deaths were not originally reported on by the Times. The series is becoming a television show and will eventually be turned into a book. She has traveled the world talking about her work and has done a TED talk about how to refocus society's lens on who is considered important.
Before joining the Times in 2011, Padnani worked as a reporter and digital editor for several New York City-area newspapers.