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Virtual Lecture | The American West in France

How did the American West become part of the French imagination in the nineteenth century? Join us as Dr. Emily C. Burns, Associate Professor of Art History at Auburn University, explores the reciprocal dialogues between French and US culture through interests in the American West. What artworks by US artists—Albert Bierstadt, Frederic Remington, Alexander Phimister Proctor, Joseph Henry Sharp, and others—of iconic figures like cowboys and American Indians designed ideas about the West in France when they were exhibited in Paris? How did French artists render the American West from travel and from imagination? How did US artists take up the aesthetic of impressionism—itself tied to Paris—in evocative ways to depict a dynamic and momentary West? By thinking about the fluid mobility of ideas, images, art objects and styles between France and the United States, we will see how the American West became a point of transnational conversation in Dr. Burns’ talk titled Mobile Arts, Fluid Ideas: The American West in France / France in the West.


Dr. Emily C. Burns, Associate Professor of Art History, Auburn University
Please note that this is a virtual program that will take place on Zoom and participants need only to register one attendee per household. After you register your household, you will receive a welcome email that includes more information & instructions. Login details with a unique Zoom link will be emailed to you the day before the program. Participants need to register for a free Zoom account in order to attend. Download Zoom onto your computer, tablet, or smartphone in advance for the best user experience.

Registration Required – opens August 24