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Colloquia Series – Lacey Baradel
Colloquia Series - Lacey Baradel
WhenWednesday, Feb. 14, 2018, 4 – 5 p.m.
Campus locationArt Building (ART)
Campus roomRoom 312
Event typesLectures/Seminars
Event sponsorsDivision of Art History, School of Art + Art History + Design

Transportation, Intimacy, and Dislocation in the Work of John Sloan

In April 1907, a Harper’s Weekly critic commended John Sloan and his fellow New York Ashcan artists for representing “actual human beings, their emotional life, and the material environment that helps determine their character.” Although Sloan is best known for his portrayals of social interactions in urban settings, he turned to one aspect of New York's "built environment" — its rapid transit system — to probe themes of interiority and disconnection. This paper investigates Sloan’s depictions of commuters in relation to the artist’s own experiences of placelessness as well as period discourses about the social and psychological effects of spatial mobility in the turn-of-the-century city.

Lacey Baradel is the Allan and Mary Kollar Endowed Fellow in American Art and an Acting Assistant Professor (temporary) in the Division of Art History.

John Sloan, The Wake of the Ferry II, 1907. Oil on canvas, 26 x 32 inches. The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC.

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