Plenary Speakers


Goley, Mary Anne Pic

In 1975, Mary Anne Goley  began her unorthodox art-historical career as the first Director of the Federal Reserve Board Fine Arts Program. Over the course of three decades at the Federal Reserve, she organized exhibitions on everything from New York Graffiti artists to the first American exhibition of Charles Rennie Mackintosh and built the Federal Reserve’s remarkable permanent collection. She was twice knighted, the first time by Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands and the second by the Grand Duke and Duchess of Luxembourg. Although she retired from her post on the first day of 2007, she is still deeply engaged with the discipline, having just published her first book, John White Alexander: An American Artist in the Gilded Age.


blakinger, john picJohn R. Blakinger is the 2018-2019 Terra Foundation Visiting Professor of American Art at the University of Oxford.  He studies modern and contemporary American art, with a focus on the relationship between aesthetics and politics.  He is also interested in the intersection of the visual arts with science and technology.  Blakinger received his PhD in art history from Stanford University in 2016 and was a pre-doctoral fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (CASVA) at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.  He was also a postdoctoral fellow in the Society of Fellows in the Humanities at the University of Southern California from 2016-2018.  His book Gyorgy KepesUndreaming the Bauhaus is forthcoming from the MIT Press in June 2019.  The project explores the fraught relationship between art, science, and military power during the Cold War through the artist, designer, and visual theorist Gyorgy Kepes’s unusual interdisciplinary collaborations.  Blakinger curated a 2014 exhibition of Kepes’s photographs at Stanford’s Cantor Arts Center; the show traveled to the Exhibition Research Centre at Liverpool John Moores University in 2015.  Other research has explored topics ranging from Andy Warhol’s Death in America paintings to the São Paulo Biennial, and writing has appeared in Tate Papers, CAA Reviews, Design Issues, and edited volumes. A book on art and camouflage was published in a French translation by Éditions B2 in 2014.  Blakinger is now conceptualizing a new book-length project exploring the resurgence of the culture wars in contemporary art during the Trump era. 

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