Samuel Russell Endowed Lecture

Samuel Russell Endowed Lecture. Image of Weisman Art Museum.
Event Date & Time
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Event Location
William G. Shepherd Room, Weisman Art Museum

333 E River Road
Minneapolis, MN 55455

The 2022 Samuel Russell Endowed Chair Lectures will feature talks by Professor Jennifer Marshall and Associate Professor Laura Kalba from the Department of Art History. Both Kalba's and Marshall's talks will ask us to consider moments when the interests of both art-making and money-making overlapped, revealing how both aesthetics and the market are highly social, highly symbolic forms of power.

This event is free and open to the public. Complimentary appetizers and desserts will be served during the reception, with a cash bar.

"Artist's Stories / Geology Stories: William Edmondson and the Medium of Extraction"

This talk draws from Art History Professor Jennifer Jane Marshall's forthcoming book on the American artist, William Edmondson (ca. 1874-1951). Active during the Great Depression in Nashville, Tennessee, Edmondson is best remembered as the first Black American artist to anchor a solo show at the Museum of Modern Art. In "Artist's Stories/ Geology Stories," Professor Marshall will look closely at Edmondson's sculptures of animals and angels—hand-carved in North American limestone—in order to consider how the self-taught artist participated in, dramatized, and so also revised modern extractive economies of removal and circulation.

"A Visual History of the Paris Stock Exchange, c. 1808-1908"

Writing in the 1860s, French novelist and art critic Champfleury described the auction house as “a bourse for art objects, where in the process of finding its buyer and seller, every item produces feverish currents.” Reflecting the speculative nature of art collecting, comparisons between the financial and art markets became increasingly commonplace in the mid-19th century.

Looking at the architectural history of the Paris Bourse and the abundant visual imagery depicting the early nineteenth-century, temple-like monument, this presentation by Art History Associate Professor Laura Kalba aims to provide a different perspective on the historical relationship between art and ‘the market.’ It shows, more specifically, how the Paris stock exchange functioned as an intensely visual—artful even—public performance, resting on the relentless exchange of representations. Far from being inherently resistant to representation, the financial world emerged, in fact, as a privileged site for understanding the ways money and visual media worked hand-in-hand to shape modern society.

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