Landscape with Rainbow by Robert S. Duncanson

Master Drawings New York, January 23-30, 2021, includes exhibitions and online programming.

Round table: Artists of African descent and mulatto from the 18th to the 19th century @ Online via Zoom, January 29 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., see Calendar.

This virtual discussion will highlight the talents of seven Métis artists who have lived and studied in the United States or Europe. Panelists will discuss what influenced these people to become artists and their impact on global politics.

The panel discussion is chaired by Savona Bailey-McClain, Executive Director and Chief Curator of the West Harlem Art Fund. William Keyse Rudolph, Ph.D, Assistant Director, Curatorial Affairs, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, joins McClain; Virginia Anderson, Ph.D., Curator of American Art, Baltimore Museum of Art; Paul HD Kaplan, professor of art history at Purchase College, SUNY; Daniel M. Fulco, Ph.D., curator at the Museum of Fine Arts – Washington County.

The artists are Prince Demah Barnes, Grayton Tyler Brown, Robert Scott Duncanson, Julien Hudson, Joshua Johnson, Mary Edmonia Lewis and Eugene Warburg.


Dr William Keyse Rudolph is Deputy Director of Curatorial Affairs at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, a key role that helps shape the museum’s curatorial team, permanent collection, curatorial and exhibition directions. Rudolph previously served as Chief Curator and Marie and Hugh Halff Curator of American and European Art at the San Antonio Museum of Art, 2013-2020, as well as acting Co-Director. He has also been a curator at the Dallas Museum of Art, the Worcester Art Museum, and the Milwaukee Art Museum, in addition to holding research and support positions at the Philadelphia Museum of Art on European paintings and European decorative arts.

The main exhibitions that Rudolph has organized or co-organized include Bluebonnets and Beyond: Julian Onderdonk, American Impressionist (2008-2009), In Search of Julien Hudson: Free Artist of Color in Pre-Civil War New Orleans (2011-2012), Thomas Sully: Painted Performance (2013-2014), Highest Heaven: Spanish and Portuguese Colonial Art from the Collection of Roberta and Richard Huber (2016-2017), and Spain: 500 Years of Spanish Painting from the Museums of Madrid (2018).

In addition to receiving a doctorate. in art history at Bryn Mawr College, Rudolph also received advanced training in decorative arts through the Attingham Summer School for Country Houses and Collections and Royal Collections Studies. In 2017, Rudolph was a member of the Center for Curatorial Leadership, an intensive leadership training program for art museum curators.

Virginie MG Anderson is Curator of American Art and Head of the Department of American Painting, Sculpture and Decorative Arts at the Baltimore Museum of Art, and Assistant Professor in the Museums and Society Program at Johns Hopkins University. She holds a BA from Harvard University and a PhD from Boston University. She specializes in American painting from the 19th century to the present day, and her research interests also include the intersection of collection and identity. Her recent exhibitions at the BMA include Oletha DeVane: Traces of the Spirit (2019); By their creative force: American modernist women (2019-20); and freeform: 20th Century Studio Craft (2019-2020).

Paul HD Kaplan is Professor of Art History at Purchase College, SUNY. He is the author of The Rise of the Black Magus in Western Art (1985) and of numerous essays on European images of Black Africans and Jews. He was Project Scholar for “Speak of Me as I Am” by artist Fred Wilson, an installation in the American pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2003. In 2008 and 2012 he was a member of Du Bois (now hui Hutchins) Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University. He is a major contributor to volumes 2, 3 and 4 of The Image of the Black in Western Art by Harvard University Press (new edition, 2010-2012). His new book, Contraband Guides: Race, Transatlantic Culture and the Arts in the Civil War Era (Penn State Press, 2020), extending his research on the 19th century and American art and literature, includes a long chapter on Eugène Warburg .

Daniel Fulco is Agnita M. Stine Schreiber Curator at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, Hagerstown, MD. Dr Fulco brings more than ten years of museum experience through appointments in the conservation, administration and archives departments of regional and national institutions. He graduated from Connecticut College, New London, CT, with a degree in art history and a certificate in museum studies (2004). From 2004 to 2007 he was Deputy Director and Curator of the New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT. Dr Fulco received his Masters (2009) and PhD (2014) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Previously, he taught art history at the University of Maryland Global Campus, Marymount University (Arlington, VA) and Howard Community College (Columbia, MD).

Dr Fulco has curated numerous special exhibitions at WCMFA, including The Blues & the Abstract Truth: Voices of African American Art (2019) and the new permanent installation American Narratives: 1700-1920 (2018-19). In 2019, he lectured at the Frick Collection, New York, and at the University of Edinburgh (UK). Dr Fulco’s latest exhibition project is Joshua Johnson: Portraitist of Early American Baltimore (2021). In addition, he has two upcoming edited volume essays which will be published by Brill Publishers in Leiden, The Netherlands.

Philippe halbert is a graduate of the College of William and Mary and the University of Delaware’s Winterthur Program in American Material Culture. Halbert is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Art History at Yale. He studies cultural exchanges between Europe and the Americas before 1800. His current thesis explores the artistic and performative dimensions of Creole identity and self-shaping in the French Atlantic world.


Savona Bailey-McClain is Executive Director / Chief Curator of the West Harlem Art Fund, which for over 20 years has hosted premier public art exhibitions throughout New York City including Times Square, DUMBO, Soho, Governors Island and Harlem. His public art installations encompass sculpture, drawing, performance, sound, and mixed media, and have been covered extensively by The New York Times, Art Daily, Artnet, Los Angeles Times, and Huffington Post, among others. She is the host / producer of State of the Arts NYC, a weekly radio show on iTunes, Public Radio, Youtube, Mixcloud and other audio platforms. She is a member of ArtTable, the Governors Island Advisory Council and the NYC Sacred Places Advisory Board.


Masters Drawings New York (MDNY) is the premier event for the celebration and exhibition of Old Masters through contemporary drawings, paintings and sculpture in the United States. Dealers from across the United States and Europe display the highest quality artwork in galleries along Madison Avenue on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Scheduled for the last week of January, the event coincides with the big Old Masters auctions and scholarly events focused on drawings. It is a week dedicated to historical art, during which collectors, academics, museum curators and dealers travel to New York City from around the world to view works of art and participate in the city ​​events.



About Author

Leave A Reply