Speakers

Lee GlazerLee Glazer is associate curator of American Art at the Smithsonian’s Freer Gallery of Art / Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, where her exhibitions include Surface Beauty: American Art and Freer’s Aesthetic Vision; Seascapes: Tryon & Sugimoto; Winslow Homer: Four Views of Nature; and The Texture of Night: James McNeill Whistler.  She is a specialist in turn-of-the-century American painting and has lectured and published on a wide range of art historical topics, including 19th-century popular illustration and song, Romare Bearden, and Whistler and American aestheticism. Recently, Dr. Glazer was the lead editor for the multi-author volume James McNeill Whistler in Context (2008), and she served as an advisor to the Third Mind exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum in New York. She is currently developing The Story of the Beautiful, an interactive web resource on Freer, Whistler, and their cross-cultural points of contact.

Eunyoung ChoEunyoung Cho is associate professor of art history at Wonkwang University, Ikasn, South Korea, where her focus is on modern American art and cross-cultural interchange. In 2008-09, she taught American art history as a visiting professor in the Graduate School of American Studies at Doshisha University in Japan and was an honorary visiting professor at Yunbian University in China in 2006-07. Her research has been supported by grants from the Luce Foundation, the Smithsonian, the American Association for University Women, and the National Endowment for the Humanities fellowships, and Dr. Cho has published extensively in Korean on artistic and cultural relationships among the US and East Asia.

Susan KeySusan Key directs the San Francisco Symphony’s Keeping Score Education Program, part of the Symphony’s media and education initiative that includes national television and radio series, an interactive website, and documentary and live performance DVDs. She has spoken and published on a broad range of topics in American music and culture, including Stephen Foster, Aaron Copland, early radio, and American Orientalism. Dr. Key has also developed innovative interdisciplinary programs for the San Francisco Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the J. Paul Getty Museum, including “Elaborate Measures: Performing the Orient.”

Linda MerrillLinda Merrill, former Margaret and Terry Stent Curator of American Art at the High Museum in Atlanta, was the curator of American art at the Freer Gallery from 1985 to 1998. Dr. Merrill received a BA in English from Smith College and a PhD in the History of Art from the University of London. She is the author of The Peacock Room: A Cultural Biography, the definitive study of Whistler’s celebrated interior decoration; A Pot of Paint: Aesthetics on Trial in Whistler v. Ruskin; An Ideal Country: The Art of Dwight William Tryon, and several other books and articles on aestheticist art of the late-Victorian era. Dr. Merrill currently teaches art history at Emory University