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Second Annual Anne d'Harnoncourt Symposium

Wharton Esherick and the Birth of the American Modern will be the Second Annual Anne d'Harnoncourt Symposium, in honor of the late director of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. It is made possible through the generous support of the Center for American Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Department of the History of Art at the University of Pennsylvania. The symposium will bring together leading scholars from various disciplines to speak on topics raised by the exhibition. The symposium will conclude with a visit to Hedgerow Theatre for dinner and a performance of a dramatic adaptation of Theodore Dreiser's An American Tragedy.

The keynote address, "Wharton Esherick and the Making of Modernism," will be given by Peter Conn. Dr. Conn is the Vartan Gregorian Professor of English, University of Pennsylvania, and author of many publications, including The American 1930s: A Literary History (2008) and The Divided Mind: Ideology and Imagination in America: 1898-1917 (1983). He has lectured at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the Whitney Museum, and other institutions on a number of American artists, including Edward Hopper, William Christenberry, Thomas Wilmer Dewing, Maxfield Parrish, Charles Sheeler, and The Eight.

Participants include:

  • Robert Aibel, Moderne Gallery
  • Mansfield Bascom, Wharton Esherick Museum
  • David de Muzio, Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • Paul Eisenhauer, Wharton Esherick Museum
  • Lynne Farrington, University of Pennsylvania
  • Caroline M. Hannah, Bard Graduate Center
  • Roberta A. Mayer, Bucks County Community College
  • W. Douglass Paschall, Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • Penelope Reed, Hedgerow Theatre
  • Thomas P. Riggio, University of Connecticut
  • Mark Sfirri, Bucks County Community College
  • William Whitaker, University of Pennsylvania

(See videos of the Presentations)

A block of rooms has been reserved at Club Quarters, 1628 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, for participants at the Second Annual Anne d'Harnoncourt Symposium: Wharton Esherick and the Birth of the American Modern, Oct 1–2, 2010. Club rooms are available for the nights of September 30th and October 1st and 2nd for $99 per night. Please note there is an additional charge of $15 per extra person per room, and that Philadelphia's current hotel tax is 15.2% (separate charge). If you would like to reserve a room, please call Club Quarters Member Services during business hours at 212-575-0006 by September 3, 2010. Any reservations after the cut-off date will be subject to availability. Individuals should identify themselves with University of Pennsylvania and use group code: UOP933. Room, tax, and incidental charges are the responsibility of each guest. Club Quarters will require a credit card from each guest at the time of the reservation and upon check–in.