Stanford Professor to Discuss Works of Norman Rockwell

April 20, 2006
News Photo 3453Norman Rockwell's "The Connoisseur," 1962, private collection, all rights reserved.

Legendary artist Norman Rockwell, whose illustrations of American life earned him international fame, will be the focus of Baylor University's annual Allbritton Art Lecture. Dr. Wanda Corn, The Robert and Ruth Halperin Professor of Art History at Stanford University, will discuss "Ways of Seeing: The Art of Norman Rockwell" at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 26, in room 149 at the Hooper-Schaefer Fine Arts Center on the Baylor campus.

Having earned her bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees from New York University, Corn has taught at Washington Square College, University of California, Berkeley, and Mills College. She has been at Stanford since 1980 as the university's first permanent appointment in the history of American art. She has served as chair of the department of art and art history and, in 1989-91, as acting director of the Stanford Museum.

Corn has received fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Museum of American Art, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and the Stanford Humanities Center. In 1974 she was awarded the Graves Award for outstanding teaching in the humanities and in 1984-85 was a Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar. In 1987 she was invited to be in residence for one year as a Regents Fellow at the Smithsonian Institution. She has served two terms on the Board of Directors of the College Art Association and two terms as a Commissioner of the National Museum of American Art.

Active as a curator of museum exhibitions, Corn had produced various books and exhibitions, including "The Color of Mood: American Tonalism 1990-1910"; "The Art of Andrew Wyeth"; and "Grant Wood: The Regionalist Vision." Her major study, "The Great American Thing: Modern Art and National Identity,1915-35," published by the University of California Press in the fall of 1999, explores the workings of cultural nationalism within transatlantic modernism. She is now at work on a book about Mary Cassatt and the decorative program of murals and sculptures for the Woman's Building at the Chicago Columbian Exposition of 1893.

The Allbritton Art Institute was established within Baylor's art department in 1998 by Mr. and Mrs. Joe Allbritton. The Institute promotes the appreciation and comprehensive study of the artists and art movements of the 19th and 20th centuries with special emphasis on the movements of Impressionism and Post-Impressionism.

The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, call 710-1867.

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