Power Underestimated: American Women Art Collectors

An international conference jointly organized by The Graduate School in Languages, Cultures and Societies, Ca' Foscari, University of Venice and the Center for the History of Collecting in America at The Frick Collection, New York.

Venice
Thursday, April 17 and Friday, April 18, 2008

The full program is available in PDF format.

The Symposium is made possible through the generosity of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, and Agnes Gund.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

14:30

Welcome

14:45

Introductory Remarks

Anne Poulet, Director, The Frick Collection, and Rosella Mamoli Zorzi, Professor of Anglo-American Literature and Director of the Graduate School in Languages, Cultures and Societies, Ca' Foscari

15:00

Alide Cagidemetrio, Dean, Professor of Anglo-American Literature, Ca' Foscari, presiding

 

Keynote Address

Katherine Manthorne, Professor of Art History, Graduate Center of the City University of New York, Labor Pains: Women, Collecting, and the Birth of the New York Art World after the Civil War

15:45

Session I

Inge Reist, Director of the Center for the
History of Collecting in America, Frick Art Reference Library and The Frick Collection presiding

Margaret Laster, Ph.D. Candidate, Graduate Center of the City University of New York, The Public and Private Collections of Catharine Lorillard Wolfe (1828-1887)

Break

Rosella Mamoli Zorzi, Henry James, Galleries, and Women Collectors

William J. Hennessey, President and Director, Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, Virginia, Irene Leache, Anna Cogswell Wood, Jean Outland, Chrysler and the Founding of the Chrysler Museum

Elisabetta Mezzani, Ph.D. Candidate, Ca' Foscari, Collections in Edith Wharton

19:00

Panel Discussion I

Moderator: Katherine Manthorne


Friday, April 18, 2008
10:00

Session II

Rosella Mamoli Zorzi, presiding

Shelley Bennett, Senior Research Associate, The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, San Marino, California
The Magnificent Arabella D. Huntington (1850-1924): Her Passion for Collecting and the Burgeoning of an International Art Network circa 1900

Simone Francescato, Ph.D. Candidate, Ca' Foscari
Woman Collector / Woman Appreciator: The Collection and the Appreciation of Art Objects in Henry James's The Spoils of Poynton

Inge Reist, Charting Her Own Course: Helen Clay Frick (1888-1984) as a Collector

Lunch break

14:00

Session II

Esmée Quodbach, Assistant to the
Director of the Center for the History of Collecting in America, Frick Art Reference Library and The Frick Collection presiding

Tamara Follini, College Lecturer in English, Clare College, Cambridge University
Lillie Bliss (1864-1931): An Independent Collector

Lindsay Pollock, Writer and Journalist, Bloomberg News, New York Dealer, Tastemaker and Champion of American Art: Edith Gregor Halpert (1900-1970)

Sharon Littlefield, Curator, Shangri-La, Honolulu, Hawaii, Doorways to Paradise: Islamic Art for Doris Duke's Honolulu Home

Marguerite Steed Hoffman, Collector and Philanthropist, Dallas, Texas, Perspectives in Art Collecting Today

16:45

Panel Discussion II

Moderator: Rosella Mamoli Zorzi

18:00

Scuola Grande di San Rocco

Welcome by the Guardian Grando
Arch. Franco Posocco

Inge Reist, Sacred Art in the New World of American Collecting