Phillips Curator Susan Behrends Frank moderates a conversation about Giuseppe De Nittis and Impressionism. Panelists include Dr. Robert Jensen, Dr. Mary Morton, and Dr. Michael Marrinan, and Guest Curator Renato Miracco.
Supported in part by the Italian Cultural Society
IMAGE: Giuseppe De Nittis, The Road from Naples to Brindisi, 1872, Oil on canvas, 29.5 x 54.3 cm, Anonymous loan to the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields
Robert Jensen is professor of art history and visual studies at the University of Kentucky and the Director of the School of Art and Visual Studies. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, with a dissertation on Edouard Manet’s early market in Germany. He is perhaps best known for his book Marketing Modernism in Fin-de-Siècle Europe (Princeton, 1994). Since then, he has published on a wide variety of topics, many centered on art market studies, and has collaborated with the University of Chicago economist David Galenson, including an essay that challenges Harrison and Cynthia White’s famous book, Canvases and Careers: Institutional Change in the French Painting World, under the title “Careers and Canvases: The Rise of the Market for Modern Art in the 19th Century” (Van Gogh Studies 2007). Among his most recent essays is “The Rise and Fall and Rise Again of the Contemporary Art Market,” Journal of Cultural Economics (2022), a quantitative and comparative study of the market for contemporary art in Europe and America during the fifty years that frame 1900 as seen through the lens of the Goupil and Knoedler Galleries.
Mary Morton received her PhD in the history of art and architecture in 1998 from Brown University. The former associate curator of paintings at the J. Paul Getty Museum (2004–2010) and associate curator of European art at the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA), Houston (1998–2004), she joined the curatorial staff of the National Gallery of Art in 2010.For the National Gallery of Art, Morton has organized the following exhibitions: Cézanne Portraits (2018), Gustave Caillebotte: The Painter's Eye (2015), and Gauguin: Maker of Myth (2011). In 2018, Morton was awarded the Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters by France's Ministry of Culture.
Michael Marrinan is Professor emeritus at Stanford University, where he taught from 1989 to 2017, after teaching nine years at Columbia University in New York. His principal area of research is the art and culture of France from the 18th to the 20th century. He has written books on the political meaning of history painting (Painting Politics for Louis-Philippe, 1988), and the visual culture of nineteenth-century Paris (Romantic Paris, 2009) and the French painter Gustave Caillebotte in 2016.. His secondary interests include how knowledge in general is presented in visual form (The Culture of Diagram, written with John Bender, 2010). He has also co-edited volumes on description in the 18th century (Regimes of Description, 2005) and the digital legacy of Walter Benjamin's Kunstwerk essay (Mapping Benjamin, 2003). He was a Guggenheim Fellow in 1989 and a Senior Fellow at the Getty Research Institute in 2011.
Renato Miracco is a scholar, art critic, and curator. Formerly the Cultural Attaché of the Italian Embassy in Washington, he is presently the member of the Board of Guarantors for the Italian Academy at Columbia University. He has curated numerous important exhibitions on Italian art worldwide and has published widely. Miracco was awarded the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic for Cultural Achievements in 2018 and received a Green Card for Exceptional Ability from President Obama. Miracco is now an American citizen.