Arthur B. Davies, Modern Art, and Yoga

I, like many people across the country, have been using YouTube yoga videos to break up my routine and introduce a little more physical activity in my life during these long months of stay-at-home orders. Even as my state of

Romare Bearden, Activism, and Art

Recently in the United States there has been a great outpouring of activism, causing many of us to examine our places in the country and the world. Activism often goes hand-in-hand with artistic production, with professional and amateur artists alike

Alexander Pope’s Portrait of Duke and the Long History of Animal Portraiture

Pope is not widely known today, and when he is noted it is usually for the handful of still life paintings he made in the style known as trompe l’oeil. French for “fool the eye,” trompe l’oeil refers to paintings

Emory Douglas’s Revolutionary Newspaper Art

Over the past weeks, due to the killing of George Floyd by former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, America has been engaged in a national conversation about privilege, bias, and whose voices are heard in our country and its institutions.

A Late-Career Silkscreen by Jacob Lawrence

This week I have been immersed in the life and work of Jacob Lawrence, one of the best-known artists of the Harlem Renaissance as well as one of America’s foremost modern artists. Lawrence, who got his start painting scenes of

Research Highlights, Part 9: John James Audubon’s Birds of America

I am fortunate to live in a house with big, floor-to-ceiling windows. While researching the CFAM collection I often sit by one of these windows, and occasionally steal a glance outside. When I do, I nearly always see some bird

Research Highlights, Part 8: The Archives of American Art

One of the best resources for those of us who study American art is undoubtedly the Archives of American Art. Founded in 1954 in Detroit, the institution was originally intended to collect microfilm of archival material relating to American art

Research Highlights, Part 7: New Direction in Andrew Moore’s work

Last week I wrote about research I have been doing on two recent acquisitions in CFAM’s Alfond Collection. This week, I’d like to continue with American photographer Andrew Moore’s 2016 Pitt’s Folly, Perry County, AL, from the recent series Blue

Research Highlights, Part 6: Diving into Contemporary Art

In art history, as in most academic disciplines, we divide ourselves into a dizzying array of subfields, from experts in ancient Greek pottery to Qing-era Chinese painting to Mayan architecture and far beyond. My own expertise is in nineteenth century

Research Highlights, Part 5: Etchings of Modern Life in the CFAM Collection

One of the particular strengths of the CFAM collection I have been delighted to discover is in the medium of etching, one of the primary modes of printmaking used by artists since the Renaissance. To make an etching, a very