Go to the U of M home page


Wednesday, September 9, 2015

UPDATE: American Studies Brown-bag Lunch Conversations

AMERICAN STUDIES will be hosting its first Works-in-Progress Brown-bag Lunch Conversations on September 30th from 12:30 – 2:00pm (Scott Hall 105). American Studies affiliate faculty member, Professor Jennifer Marshall will be giving a talk about her paper “Nashville, New York, Paris, and Nashville: William Edmonson, Mobilize and Unmoved.” See below for more details. Email amstdy@umn.edu to receive a draft of the book chapter on which the talk is based on to read before the talk

Event: American Studies Works-in-Progress Brown-Bag Lunch Conversations Save the Date/Time:Wednesday, September 30th 2015, 12:30-2 (Nicholson 135). American Studies affiliate faculty member, Professor Jennifer Marshall, will pre-circulate a draft of an essay (title and abstract below) and then give a 20 minute talk during our first American Studies Works-in-Progress Brown-Bag Lunch Conversation this fall. Bring your lunch and contribute to shaping new scholarship, while also building intellectual community in the Department of American Studies!

“Nashville, New York, Paris, and Nashville: William Edmondson, Mobilized and Unmoved” by Jennifer Marshall (Art History and American Studies, UMN-TC) 
Centering on William Edmondson, a self-taught sculptor from Nashville, Tennessee who achieved national prominence in the late 1930s (ca. 1874-1951), this talk will pursue three main objectives. (1) It will begin by reflecting on how the current international contexts of thing theory and object-oriented ontology have brought new critical attention to artist-makers like Edmondson, whose hand-working of limestone so nicely dramatizes the “distributed agency” of artistry, in which creative will might seem equally a factor of materials, as of muscles and mind. (2) Next, it will explore how it had been an international context of ideas that first produced the conditions of Edmondson’s art-world visibility in the mid-1930s, ideas that included: the direct-carving movement, anti-modern modernism, folk-art fever, primitivism, and the humanist tradition of the against-all-odds artist, plucked from rustic obscurity. (3) Finally, it will contrast the many international currents that have repeatedly allowed for the circulation of works by Edmondson (as well as images of him and stories about him), with what remained and did not move: Edmondson himself (who stayed at home) and a dwindling number of his stone monuments still in situ, eroding on their Tennessee hills.