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Exhibiting Nationhood, Curating Modern Culture: German Art and Design in Early 20th-Century America
Parlor, March 30, 2016
Wednesday, March 30, 6:30 PM
Lecture & Powerpoint Presentation by Megan McCarthy.
Megan McCarthy received her PhD in Art History from Columbia University in 2015. Her dissertation, entitled The Empire on Display: Exhibitions of Germanic Art & Design in America, 1890-1914, offers the first comprehensive and critical study of Germanic art and design exhibitions from the late Wilhelmine Period and argues that they served as newfound modes of cultural diplomacy in the United States. Mounted at a time when Germany experienced increased international criticism for its colonial endeavors and foreign policy, the study sheds light on the central role played by German émigrés in these exhibitions and how the events related to their efforts to bridge two national identities.