What can portraits of the First Ladies tell us about power, gender, and representation in American art and history? This virtual presentation will consider how the representation of these 55 remarkable women changed across time and media.
Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw is the Class of 1940 Bicentennial Term Chair in the History of Art Department at the University of Pennsylvania. She received her PhD in art history from Stanford University and has served on the faculty of Harvard University and as the Senior Historian and Director of Research, Publications, and Scholarly Programs at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery. She is the author of numerous publications on the art and culture of the United States, with an emphasis on issues of race, class, gender, and sexuality.
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Credit: Unknown artist after Gilbert Stuart (American, 1755–1828). Martha Washington (detail), early-mid19th century. Oil on canvas. National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution. Photo: Mark Gulezian