From March 26 through May 7, 2017, Alexander Nemerov, department chair and Carl and Marilynn Thoma Provostial Professor in the Arts and Humanities at Stanford University will present the 66th A. W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Art at the National Gallery of Art.
Nemerov’s six-part series will explore the Hudson River School painters, specifically focusing on Thomas Cole (1801–1848), John Quidor (1801– 1881), James Fenimore Cooper (1789–1851) and their contemporaries. These are the first A. W. Mellon lectures to be dedicated to American painting and literature in the 19th century and will present fundamentally new accounts on what the artists and writers chose to show of the world around them.
Since 1949, the A. W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts have presented the best in contemporary thought and scholarship on the subject of the fine arts to the people of the United States. The program itself is named for Andrew W. Mellon, founder of the National Gallery of Art, who gave the nation his art collection and funds to build the West Building, which opened to the public in 1941.