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Please join us for the interdisciplinary symposium, Transactions: Transnationalism and the Formation of American Culture that will be held at the BYU Museum of Art on Friday and Saturday, January 27 and 28, 2012. The symposium will showcase current scholarship investigating the important role that cross currents of cultural influence played in shaping transatlantic art sensibilities during the long nineteenth century (1780 -1920).

The Transactions Symposium will be held in conjunction with the exhibition The Weir Family, 1820 -1920: Expanding the Traditions of American Art that opened at the Brigham Young University Museum of Art on November 18, 2011, showcasing the work of the three New York and Connecticut painters: Robert Walter Weir (1803 -1889) and his two sons John Ferguson Weir (1841 -1926) and Julian Alden Weir (1852 -1919). The exhibition will travel to two other museums and will be accompanied by a catalogue published by The University Press of New England. Selected symposium papers will be published in hard copy or online.

Registration: Please register online at .
The registration fee is waived for BYU students, faculty and staff. BYU students, faculty and staff register here.

Schedule: Click here for pdf of schedule.

Please call or email Dr. Cheryll May with additional questions. 801-422-8201;

Accommodations: A block of rooms has been reserved at the Provo Marriott Hotel, a three-diamond rated, full-service hotel. You may reserve single/double rooms at the symposium rate of $95 per night by calling 1-800-228-9290. Please indicate that you are attending the Transactions Symposium at the BYU Museum of Art .

Local Transportation: The Salt Lake Airport is located approximately 50 minutes from the Provo Marriott Hotel near Brigham Young University.  A shuttle service operates between the airport and the Provo Marriott Hotel. The fare is  $33.00 each way for the first party, and $15 for any additional members of the same party.  Please call Express Shuttle at 1-800-397-0773 to reserve your seat.  Please email us ( with your flight information.  If arrival times are concentrated, we will send the museum van to the airport to drive attendees to Provo on Thursday afternoon and back to the airport on Saturday afternoon.

A free shuttle service between the hotel and the Museum of Art will be provided by the Provo Marriott Hotel on both the Friday and Saturday of the symposium.



Friday, January 27

9:00 – 9:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast
9:30 – 10:30, Keynote Professor François Brunet, Université Paris Diderot, Institut universitaire de France
“Towards a Transcultural Understanding of American Images in the Nineteenth Century”
10:30 – 10:45 Break
10:45 – 12:15 Session I
American Translations of European Artworks: New Media and New Messages
• Marie-Stéphanie Delemaire, Columbia University
“European Prints and American Cartoon,: the Case of Thomas Nast”
• Prof. Virginia Chieffo Raguin, College of the Holy Cross
“Transnationalism and the Nineteenth-Century Painted Window”
• Prof. Adrienne Baxter Bell, Marymount Manhattan College
“Utopian Pastiche: the Unity and Dissolution of History in the Paintings of Charles Caryl Coleman”

12:15 – 1:30 Lunch Break

1:30 – 3:00 Session II
Roots of American Culture, Real and Fabricated
• Prof. Dianne Guenin-Lelle, Albion College
“Transnational Influences on 19th Century New Orleans Literature”
• Prof. Elizabeth (Betsy) Boone, University of Alberta
“Transnational Traces: Discovering Old Spain in Nueva España”
• Prof. Steven Bradley, Colorado Mesa University
“I Like America: Imagined German Encounters with the American West from Karl May to Joseph Beuys”

3:00 – 4:30 Session III
European Cultural Imports: Art Treasures, Art Training, Aristocratic Husbands
• Prof. H. Christian Carr, College of Southern Maryland
“Bringing Home the World: the Collecting, Artistic and Architectural Patronage of Indiana Fletcher Williams, 1828-1900”
• Kalisha Roberts, Brigham Young University
“Ellen Day Hale: Transatlantic Negotiations and their Effect on Self Presentation”
• Rebecca Peterson, Brigham Young University
“Transatlantic Marriages in America

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