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Butler Launches ‘On America’ Lecture Series July 10

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – As part of its centennial celebration, The Butler Institute of American Art is welcoming guest speakers from across the country for its “On America” lecture series, held select Wednesdays at 7 p.m. throughout the summer.

The series begins July 10 with Barbara Haskel, the curator of the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, giving a presentation titled “How the Mexican muralists reshaped American art.” She has been a curator at the museum since 1975 and was presented in 2005 with the  Smithsonian Archives of American Art’s Flieschman Award for Scholarly Excellence.

On July 17, William Underwood, director of the Georgia Museum of Art, and his lecture “Reading American pictures: Meaning in Paintings from the Georgia Museum,” followed on July 31 by Art Institute of Chicago curator Sarah Kelly-Oehler with “We too look at America: Charles White and Chicago’s African-American artists.”

The final two presentations in the On America series will held Aug. 7 and Sept. 18. The first of the two will feature Timothy Standring, curator of the Denver Art Museum, with “American responses to French art during the second half of the 19th century. The series concludes with “The collection of David and Peggy Rockefeller: Behind the scenes at the world’s most valuable auction sale” by Eric Widing, deputy chairman of Christie’s American Art.

The On America series is presented in conjunction with extended Wednesday evening hours at the Butler sponsored by Youngstown Live and is underwritten by the Fibus Family Foundation and Vallourec. 

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Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.