Conf: MORGAN: MIND OF THE COLLECTOR (Hartford, 10-11 Nov, 17)

Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
November 10th-11th, 2017

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J. Pierpont Morgan (1837–1913) spent over 20 years traveling the globe gathering the largest collection of art and cultural artifacts of his time. Estimated to have exceeded 20,000 works of art, Morgan’s collections represent a broad historical, artistic and geographic range. Acting on his father’s wishes, Morgan’s son donated more than 1,350 works collected by his father to the Wadsworth Atheneum in his native Hartford.

In fall 2017, the museum will mark the centennial anniversary of Morgan’s extraordinary gift and its historical impact with an exhibition, Morgan: Mind of the Collector. The Wadsworth Atheneum will host an international symposium in conjunction with the exhibition to examine and showcase the latest research about Morgan’s collection and how he shaped the identity of the collector in the modern age.



Wadsworth Atheneum Members/Students $45
Non-Members $60
Includes lunch, coffee, and receptions

Hotel Discounts are available for the attendees of the conference at the Hartford Marriott Downtown, 200 Columbus Blvd. Hartford, CT 06103, phone number 860-249-8000.



Friday, November 10, 2017

Introduction: Neil Harris, University of Chicago
Morgan the Collector

Session 1: Morgan and the Biblical Lands, chair, Steven Tinney, University of Pennsylvania

Yelena Rakic, Metropolitan Museum of Art
Discovering the Ancient Near Eastd

Lyle Humphrey, North Carolina Museum of Art
Morgan in Egypt

John Bidwell, Morgan Library & Museum
Morgan’s Bibles

Session 2: The Romance of History, chair, Christine Brennan, Metropolitan Museum of Art

Christine Brennan, Metropolitan Museum of Art
Morgan and Medieval Art

Roger Wieck, Morgan Library & Museum
Morgan and Manuscripts

Saturday, November 11

Session 3: Building a Beautiful Life, chair, Colin Bailey, Director, Morgan Library & Museum

Wolfram Koeppe, Metropolitan Museum of Art
Gold and Garnets: A Love of Precious Objects

Linda Roth, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
Prince’s Gate, London

Alice Cooney Frelinghuysen, Metropolitan Museum of Art
From Gilded Age Interior to Renaissance Palazzo: Morgan’s New York House

Session 4: The Politics of Collecting, chair, Inge Reist, The Frick

Catherine Scallen, Case Western Reserve University
Turning to the Experts

Jennifer Tonkovich, Morgan Library & Museum
Morgan’s experts and dealers in London and Europe

Barbara Pezzini, National Gallery, London
Collecting British Paintings

Session 5: Crafting a Legacy, Jennifer Tonkovich, Morgan Library & Museum

Charlotte Vignon, Frick Collection
Morgan and Duveen: The Formation and Dispersal of a Collection

Jo Briggs, Walters Art Museum
Morgan and His Fellow American Collectors