The Baker Museum Lecture Series Creative Diversity:
Subjects and Styles in The Baker Museum’s Permanent Collection
Erika Doss, Ph.D., professor of American Studies at University of Notre Dame
Focusing on The Baker Museum’s exhibit Subject Matters: Selections from the Permanent Collection, this talk considers the extraordinary diversity of 20th-century modern art, from multiple media and styles to wide-ranging themes and issues. Highlights will include the creative diversity of American modernism, from biographical impulses to social and political imperatives.
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Dr. Erika Doss is a professor in the Department of American Studies at the University of Notre Dame. Her wide-ranging interests in modern and contemporary American art are reflected in the breadth of her publications, including Benton, Pollock, and the Politics of Modernism: From Regionalism to Abstract Expressionism (1991, which received the Charles C. Eldredge Prize), Spirit Poles and Flying Pigs: Public Art and Cultural Democracy in American Communities (1995), Elvis Culture: Fans, Faith, and Image (1999), Looking at Life Magazine (editor, 2001), The Emotional Life of Contemporary Public Memorials: Towards a Theory of Temporary Memorials (2008), Memorial Mania: Public Feeling in America (2010), and Monumental Troubles: Rethinking What Monuments Mean Today (editor, 2018). Her revised textbook American Art of the 20th and 21st Centuries was published in 2017. Doss is also co-editor of the “Culture America” series at the University Press of Kansas, and is on the editorial boards of Memory Studies, Public Art Dialogue, Material Religion: The Journal of Objects, Art, and Belief and The Journal of Transnational American Studies. The recipient of several Fulbright awards, Doss has held fellowships at the Stanford Humanities Center, Georgia O’Keeffe Museum Research Center, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Rockwell Center for American Visual Studies and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.
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