Appearances


“Speculative Spirit: The Angel Appearing to the Shepherds in Context“, invited lecture for the Chrysler Museum of Art in conjunction with their ongoing major in-gallery conservation effort on the largest canvas Thomas Cole ever made. This provided a welcome chance to engage with conservators, always a rewarding part of the work, and to share some of the early findings of this complex project that is expected to continue into 2023. A particular highlight was the spontaneous visit to the gallery with much of the engaged audience to continue the conversation and see this remarkable object in the flesh. June 5, 2022


“Old Objects and New Audiences: The Hudson River School Today”, invited lecture for the New Britain Museum of American Art in conjunction with their exhibition The Poetry of Nature: Hudson River School Landscapes from the New-York Historical Society. In this talk, I made a first effort to share with the general public a kind of mission statement for thoughtful and nuanced museum work going forward on a body of work that risks being loved to death. I was gratified by the thoughtful response. March 20, 2022


Brief overview of the history of the Monhegan Island art colony, representing the Monhegan Museum of Art & History. January 27, 2022


“Isabel ‘Downie’ Church: An ‘Ancient’ Artist and Her World” for Alumae (a.k.a. Ancients) of Miss Porter’s School, Farmington, CT. October 21, 2021

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Radio interview with NPR Affiliate WAMC’s The Roundtable with co-curators of Cross Pollination. July 18, 2021


“Transatlantic Dialogues in American Landscape Art”, MFA Visual Arts Lecture Series, Institute of Art & Design, New England College, March 5, 2021


Panel for the Monhegan Museum of Art & History including my remarks (starting at 31:50) on the artistic significance of George Bellows’ 1914 Portrait of Jackie Hudson, October 20, 2020


“Hot Topics: Hudson Valley Art History” for the Hudson Eye festival, October 9, 2020


Clip from my commentary for a forthcoming documentary on the Cragsmoor Art Colony


“Olana As Epitome” in the series Olana Perspectives via Zoom, May 6, 2020


“Up Close and Personal: Martin Johnson Heade’s ‘Tropical Orchids’, The Sharp Family Gallery at Olana, February 9, 2020


“The Recursive Landscape: Cole and Beyond” Sunday Scholars lecture, Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, NY, January 12, 2020


I appeared in the 2019 PBS documentary ‘The Hudson River School: Cultivating a Tradition’ as an on-camera commentator on works by Frederic Church, Worthington Whittredge, and George Inness in the collection of the Newark Museum of Art. The above video combines my three segments and the film can be viewed in full in repeat airings nationwide and streaming on Amazon Prime.


“The Country House in American Art”, from the Symposium Buildings and Brushstrokes: Art Architecture and the Promise of America at George Washington’s Mount Vernon, May 27-29, 2016


“Thomas Cole’s Country Houses”, Sunday Salon lecture at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site, March 13th, 2016