Salmagundi Art Club of New York


Hamilton and Friends: Portraiture in Early New York
Off-Site, February 11, 2016

Thursday, 6:30 pm
$16 Admission
$10 for SCNY Members (Members contact the Club for Promotion Code discount)
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Alexander Hamilton was a man of many faces: politician, economist, revolutionary — and rumored philanderer. After he was killed in a duel with Aaron Burr in 1804, Hamilton’s widow, Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton, worked tirelessly to defend her husband’s reputation. Today we are familiar with likenesses of Alexander Hamilton — including one that is on the ten dollar bill. This panel will explore how portraiture served in the decades after the American Revolution as a critical tool in shaping and canonizing the public image of leaders and notables. Join us for a conversation about how the Hamiltons and other members of the colonial New York elite commissioned portraits to use both as status symbols and a means to craft their public image. This program delves into the themes of our exhibition Picturing Prestige: New York Portraits, 1700-1860.

•         William H. Gerdts, Professor Emeritus of Art History, CUNY Graduate Center
•         David Jaffee, Professor and Head of New Media Research, Bard Graduate Center
•         Elizabeth Mankin Kornhauser, Alice Pratt Brown Curator of American Paintings and Sculpture, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
•         Brett Palfreyman, Assistant Professor, History Department, Wagner College
•         Bruce Weber (moderator), Museum's Curator of Picturing Prestige: New York Portraits, 1700-1860

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