Programme

PLEASE NOTE that all events with asterisks before them are only for speakers presenting at the conference. For example, events on “Day Zero” are only for conference speakers. Day delegates are welcome to all other events. The two plenary lectures are free and open to anyone.

All meetings will take place in the lower ground floor of the Rothermere American Institute unless indicated otherwise.

For those staying at St. Anne’s College, breakfast will be served in the Dining Hall from 8.00-9.00. Check in time is from 13.00, check out by 10.00. Luggage may be left at the Porters’ Lodge on request (24 hours). 

*Day ZEROTuesday 25 June 2019

17.30-18.3Registration for Speakers, St. Anne’s Lodge

*18.3Informal Drinks for Panellists & Speakers, The Royal Oak

Day ONEWednesday 26 June 2019

9.009.30 Registration for Delegates

9.30-10.30 Panels

Towards Cultural Democracy?: Corporate Patronage and State-Sponsored Culture, from the New Deal to the Cold War Era, Garden Room
Isadora Helfgott, University of Wyoming
‘‘New Worlds to Conquer: The Genesis of Corporate Patronage for Art in the United States

Jody Patterson, Plymouth University
‘“Point of Promise and of Danger”: American Art and Cultural Democracy at Mid-Century’

New Perspectives on the Culture Wars: Budgetary Battles and AIDS Arts Activism in Reagan’s America, Seminar Room
Karen Patricia Heath, Rothermere American Institute, University of Oxford
Reagan Revolution Rescinded: How the NEA Survived Supply-Side Economics in the 1980s’

Jessica Wallace, Trinity College, University of Oxford
‘Obstructed Artistic Autonomy in Artistic AIDS Activism: A Microcosm of Federal Response to the Crisis’

10.30-10.45  Tea & Coffee Break 

10.4512.15  Panels

Gamers, Gatekeepers, and Guidelines: Steering Federal Funding Toward Complex Ends, Garden Room
Paul Bonin-Rodriguez, University of Texas, Austin
Networking Legacies and Outcomes: the NEA, the NPN, and the Quest for Equitable Arts Support Systems

Sarah Wilbur, Duke University
‘Bureaucratic Angling, Institutional Activism: The NEA Dance Program’s Covert “Culture Wars”’

Colleen Hooper, Point Park University
‘Among a Constellation of Arts Resources: The Comprehensive Employment Training Act (CETA) 1974-1982’

Fundraising, Propaganda, and the Artistic Limitations of the Warfare StateSeminar Room
Austin Porter, Kenyon College
The War in Museums: the U.S. Treasury Departments Art Exhibitions, 1942-45

M. Alison Reilly, Florida State University
Photography in the Service of America: The U.S. Government as Patron of the Arts at MoMA During World War II

Kelvin Parnell Jr., University of Virginia
Presidential Patronage: Franklin D. Roosevelt and Selma Burke’s Four Freedoms

12.1513.00 Lunch, including Tea & Coffee

13.00-14.30  Assessing Cultural Diplomacy Today: Views from Practitioners, Lecture Hall
Chaired by Amanda Niedfeldt, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

Courtney Austrian, Minister Counselor for Public Affairs, Embassy of the United States of America, London

Penny Egan CBE, Executive Director, UK-US Fulbright Commission

NB Chatham House Rule

14.30-15.00 Tea & Coffee Break

15.00-16.30 Plenary, Lecture Hall
Chaired by Amanda NiedfeldtUniversity of Minnesota-Twin Cities

John R. Blakinger, Terra Visiting Professor of American Art, University of Oxford
 ‘“To Remain Silent is to be Complicit”: Arts Funding in the Trump Era

17.00 Informal Drinkslocation tbc

*19.00 Dinner for Panellists & Speakerslocation tbc

Day TWO: Thursday 27 June 2019

9.1510.15 Panels

Culture War/Cold War: Poetic Politics and Literary Funding at Home and Abroad, Garden Room
Lisa Szefel, Pacific University
‘The First Culture War: A Prize to Ezra Pound, Treason, and the Fight for Democracy’

Amanda Niedfeldt, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
Writing on the Wall: Public-Private Patronage and Writers in Berlin during the 1960s’

Inside, Outside, and Beyond the Bureaucracy: Creative Expression, Artistic Need, and Democratic Principles in the Long Great Society Era, Seminar Room

Jamin An, University of California, Los Angeles
‘“A Shot in the Arm for the Arts: Henry Geldzahler and the Beginnings of the NEA Visual Arts Program

James R. Swensen, Brigham Young University
‘‘A Most Vital Lifeblood: The National Endowment for the Arts, Guggenheim Foundation, and the Formation of a New Golden Age of Photography 

10.15-10.30  Tea & Coffee Break 

10.30-12.15 Panels

Founders, Funders, and Fiscal CrisesPrivate Philanthropy and Public Funding In and Around New York City, Garden Room
Pollyanna Rhee, University of Illinois – Urbana Champaign
Assimilation and Uplift?: Local Arts Patronage and the Carnegie Corporation of New York

Natalie A. Mault Mead, Hunter Museum of American Art
Money, Youve Got Lots of Friends: Patronage During the Harlem Renaissance’

Christopher Ketcham, independent scholar
‘Speculations in Real Estate and Sculpture: Arts Patronage and Spatial Authority in New York City after John V. Lindsay’

Pauline Chevalier, Institut national d’histoire de l’art, Paris; Université de Bourgogne
Funding the Alternative: the NEA and New York Alternative Art Spaces (1969-1976)

From Conservative Beginnings to Progressive Ends and Back Again: The Promises and Pitfalls of Public/Private Collaborative Investments, Seminar Room
Charlotte Canning, University of Texas at Austin
‘HemisFair68, The Arts Patronage of Foreign Policy and Business’

Derek Miller, Harvard University
‘The Shubert Foundation, or The IRS as Theatre Patron’

Diana Benea, University of Bucharest
“Emphasizing Artistry without Sacrificing Business”: Ping Chong + Company’s Undesirable Elements Series (1992-) and the Challenges of Funding for Contemporary American Community-Based Theater

Kristin Leahey, Boston University
Four of the Many Signs of Change in the US Nonprofit Theatre  2019

12.15-13.00 Lunch, including Tea & Coffee

13.0014.30 Panels

Transmissions: Cultural Sponsorship, Cultural Diplomacy, and Cultural Criticisms, From, To, and Inside the USA, Garden Room

Matteo Pretelli, University of Naples “L ‘Orientale”
‘Olivetti, Cultural Sponsorship, and the United States’ 

Isabel Lee-Rosson, Talley Dunn Gallery
‘Soft Power, International Funding, and Complexities of Contemporary Art from Lebanon ca 1970’

Lorinda Roorda Bradley, University of Missouri-Columbia
An American Revolution: Information Exchange and Cultural Diplomacy in the Work of Charles and Ray Eames

Solving Old Budgetary Problems with New Fundraising Techniques: Crowdfunding in an Age of Culture War, Seminar Room

Hunter Kennedy, Los Angeles County Museum of Art
‘Democratizing Arts Patronage: Crowdfunding as a Response to Institutional Funding Controversies’

Jo Ann Oravec, University of Wisconsin – Whitewater, University of Wisconsin – Madison
Crowdfunding, Philanthropy, and the Rhetoric of Public Support for the Arts: Democratization, Datafication, or Government Defunding?

Monica Steinberg, University of Hong Kong
‘Art Provoking Policy: Semiotic Disobedience and Conscientious Law-Breaking’

14.30-15.00 Tea & Coffee Break

15.00-16.30 Plenary, Lecture Hall
Chaired by Karen Patricia Heath, Rothermere American Institute, University of Oxford

Mary Anne GoleyFounding Director of the Fine Arts Program of the Federal Reserve Board
Playing by the Rules, How I Directed the Fine Arts Program of the Federal Reserve Board, 1975 thru 2006

17.0Informal Drinkslocation tbc

*19.0Dinner for Panellists & Speakerslocation tbc

Day THREE: Friday 28 June 2019

9.15-10.45 Panels

CitiesCulture, and Cultural CapitalExperimentationTransformationand New Funding Models, Garden Room
Barbara Jaffee, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb
Timely Interventions: Government Patronage and Experimental Art in Chicago’

Paola Francisquini, Annex B
Redefining Philanthropy: A Study on Cultural Capital, Activist Grant-Making and Disrupting the Narrative’

Winter Phong, Texas Tech University
Municipal Arts and Culture Funding Models: A Look at Four American Cities’

Depicting America and Americans: Murals and Memorials in the New Deal Era, Seminar Room
Abby Eron, University of Maryland
‘Private Patronage in the New Deal Era: The Ellen Phillips Samuel Memorial’

Ellen E. Adams, Frederik J. Meijer Honors College
Cultural Patronage in the New Deal: Georgette Seabrooke and the Harlem Hospital Murals

Emily S. Warner, University College London
‘Picturing the Public: Patronage and Style in New Deal Murals’

10.45-11.15 Tea & Coffee Break

11.15-12.45 Panels

Donors and Donations in the 21st Century: Private/Public Partnerships in the Gallery and the Museum, Garden Room
Mary Lee Corlett, National Gallery of Art
‘Full Circle: The Private/Public Partnership of The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection: Fifty Works for Fifty States Project’

Wiebke Kartheus, University of Göttingen
‘Facilities That Carry Your Name: How Art Museum Architecture Reflects Patrons’ Influence on Culture: Notes from the Milwaukee Art Museum and the Pérez Art Museum’

Rethinking Cold War Cultural Diplomacy: Matronage, Patronage, and Public/Private Cooperations, Seminar Room

Camelia Lenart, University at Albany
‘The Tale of Two Eleanors and Cold War Arts Patronage: Martha Graham’s Collaboration with Eleanor Roosevelt and Eleanor Lansing Dulles in the Making of American Cultural  Diplomacy’

Carla Konta, University of Rijeka
Those ‘who fight for new ideas’: American Art in Socialist Yugoslavia and the role of US Public Diplomats’

Diana Stelowska-Morgulec, University of Warsaw,
American Arts Diplomacy towards Poland: Does it still exist?’

12.4513.30 Lunch, including Tea & Coffee

*14.0016.30 Excursion for Panellists & Speakers, 
Activities at the Ashmolean Museum or the Oxford Playhouse

*19.00 Drinks Reception St. Anne’s College (for speakers, panellists, and registered delegates)

*19.30 Closing Dinner St. Anne’s College (for speakers, panellists, and registered delegates)