Oct. 19: Saturday Symposium

'American Moderns' focus of Saturday Symposium at Delaware Art Museum

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9:42 a.m., Sept. 10, 2013--The University of Delaware Friends of Art History and the Delaware Art Museum will present a day-long Saturday Symposium on Oct. 19 in conjunction with the museum’s exhibition “American Moderns, 1910-1960: From O’Keeffe to Rockwell.”

UD alumni and friends are invited to attend the event, which will engage the question “What does Modern mean?”

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The symposium will be held from 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the museum, 2302 Kentmere Parkway, Wilmington, and will feature tours and talks by experts who brought the exhibition into being. 

The cost is $35 per person and includes admission and the full program, as well as choice of lunch. To register for this event, visit the UD Alumni website.

The symposium will begin at 10:30 a.m. with a presentation by Heather Campbell Coyle, curator for American art at the museum and a doctoral alumna of UD’s Department of Art History. She will deliver an introductory talk about the exhibition, which features 57 paintings and sculptures that highlight changes in American art and culture during the tumultuous half-century from 1910 through 1960.

Following a tour of the exhibition and lunch, Terry Carbone, the organizing curator of the exhibition, will address the day’s theme in her lecture, “What Modern Means,” by exploring how modernism is no longer equated solely with abstraction. Over many decades, modern art has represented an encounter with the remade world of the 20th century and its revolutions in urbanization, mass-production, rapid communications, fast food and fashion.

Carbone received her master’s degree in art history from UD and a doctorate from the City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate Center. She has been on the curatorial staff of the Brooklyn Museum since 1985, and is now the Andrew W. Mellon Curator of American Art.

Mark F. Bockrath, a seasoned paintings conservator, will end the day by bringing the perspective of technical art history to the question of “what modern means.” During the period from 1910 to 1960, artists experimented with unorthodox materials and techniques that have demanded new conservation and curatorial strategies. Bockrath will discuss the challenges that he has experienced in the conservation of 20th-century works.

Bockrath received an interdisciplinary bachelor’s degree from UD in art history and chemistry and earned his master’s degree in art conservation, from the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation.

Bockrath is paintings conservator for Barbara A. Buckley and Associates Painting Conservation, a private conservation firm in West Chester, Pa.

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