The Mary C. Stoddard Lecture Fund was established in 2002 with a bequest of Mary Stoddard to provide a visiting lectureship in the history of art, with a focus on decorative arts, Islamic arts, and the history of textiles. Mary C. Stoddard received her B.A. in the History of Art from the College of Letters and Science at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1947.
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9:00-9:15 -- Welcome and Conference Introduction
9:15-10:50 -- Panel I
Diasporic Currents: Locating Blackness Across the Atlantic
Krista Thompson (Northwestern University)
The Photographic Archive, Disappearance, and the Black Heroic Figure in Colonial Jamaica
Olubukola Gbadegesin (St. Louis University)
The Ekphrastic Life of Sarah Forbes Bonnetta
Darcy Grimaldo Grigsby (UC Berkeley)
Brilliance and Blindness from Paris to New Orleans and Back: Creole Degas
10:50-11:00 -- Break: Pastries + Coffee
11:00–12:35pm -- Panel II
Graphing Empire: Fixed Encounters, Moving Bodies
Kailani Polzak (UC Berkeley)
Varieties of Inscription: Sydney Parkinson and the Maori Moko
Bronwen Douglas (Australia National University)
Encounters, Graphic Representation, and the Generation of Racial Knowledge in Oceania
Todd Olson (UC Berkeley)
Sea-Change: Instruments, Swimming, and Race in the Early Modern Atlantic World
12:35-2:00 -- Lunch (conference participants only)
2:00-3:35 – Panel III
Building Boundaries, Crossing Borders: Mixture, Metaphor, and the Racialization of Asia
Sugata Ray (UC Berkeley)
(Mis)Translating James Gibbs in the Indian Ocean World: Neoclassical Mosques, Subaltern Cosmopolitanisms, and the Architecture of a Muslim Modernity
Ashley Bruckbauer (UNC Chapel Hill)
Negotiating Race in French Images of Embassy
Thadeus Dowad (UC Berkeley)
“Islands in the Estranging Sea of Islam“: Ottomans, Race, and Islamic Art at the End of an Empire
3:35-4:45 -- Concluding Remarks
Stoddard Lecture 2016, featuring Suzanne Blier. The lecture will be followed on Friday, April 15, by an all-day conference on Difference/Distance: Picturing Race Across Oceans in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries. See this page for details.
The Stoddard Lecturer for 2014-15 is Professor Thomas B.F. Cummins, Dumbarton Oaks Professor of Pre-Columbian and Colonial Art at Harvard University.
Finbarr Barry Flood, New York University, is this year's Stoddard Lecturer.
Laurel Thatcher Ulrich
When Harriet Powers' "Bible Quilt" was exhibited at the Smithsonian in 1974, its label read, "Made by Harriet, An Ex-slave, Athens, Georgia." A curator at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, which had recently acquired another of her visionary textiles, quickly provided Harriet’s last name and a bit more of her history. Made in Georgia in the late 1880s, Powers' quilts had been exhibited at so-called "Colored Fairs" in Georgia and then at the Atlantic Exhibition in 1895, but for most of the twentieth century, they remained in private hands. Their rediscovery in the 1970s reinforced an already growing interest in American quilting and in the African roots of American culture. By 1991, Powers was so-well known among the general public that when the Smithsonian attempted to have her "Bible Quilt" reproduced in China, a phalanx of quilters picketed the museum. Powers' continues to inspire contemporary quilters, poets, filmmakers, writers, artists, and amateur historians. But, curiously, her work has received surprisingly little attention from scholars, including those who specialize in women's history or the American south. Ulrich’s lecture will introduce Powers' quilts to those who don't yet know them and make an argument for why they matter.