Symposium: Points of Interest: New Approaches to American Weathervanes
Symposium: Points of Interest: New Approaches to American Weathervanes
This virtual symposium will showcase new research examining the rich and complex layers of meaning found within American weathervanes.
Folk Art Museum online
October 24, 2021 | 1:00 pm
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American Folk Art Museum
New York, NY

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1:00–3:00 p.m. ET | Session 1 Papers and Q&A

Welcome Remarks
Jason T. Busch, Director and CEO, American Folk Art Museum
Elizabeth Warren, President, American Folk Art Museum
Robert Shaw, guest curator, author of American Weathervanes: The Art of the Winds, and Editor, Americana Insights

Weathered Wood: The Materiality of Early American Weathervanes 
Laura Turner Igoe, Ph.D., Chief Curator, James A. Michener Art Museum

The Ecological Spectacle of Madison Square Garden’s Diana
Katherine Fein, Ph.D Candidate, Department of Art History and Archaeology, Columbia University

George Washington’s Dove of Peace: An Iconic Vane from a Moment of Change
Susan P. Schoelwer, Ph.D., Executive Director, Historic Preservation and Collections and Robert H. Smith Senior Curator, George Washington’s Mount Vernon

3:00 p.m. ET | Break (15 minutes)

3:15–5:00 p.m. ET | Session 2 Papers and Q&A

Winds of Change in the 1930s: Weathervanes, the Index of American Design, and Questioning Artistic Canon Formation
Elizabeth McGoey, Ph.D., Ann S. and Samuel M. Mencoff Associate Curator,  Arts of the Americas, The Art Institute of Chicago

Isamu Noguchi’s Weathervanes: An Artist Animates the Wind
Olivia Armandroff, Ph.D. Student, Art History, University of Southern California

Weathervanes and Double Consciousness: History, Provenance, & the Folk Art Canon
William D. Moore, Ph.D., Director, American & New England Studies Program and Associate Professor of American Material Culture, History of Art & Architecture, Boston University

Closing Remarks 
Emelie Gevalt, Curatorial Chair for Collections and Curator of Folk Art, American Folk Art Museum

5:00 p.m. ET | Symposium concludes

Image: Church banner weathervane, Artist unidentified, Orono, Maine, c. 1840 / photo by Ellen McDermott, courtesy Olde Hope Antiques, Inc.