Virtual Meade Friends’ Lecture:

First Ladies of the United States

Virtual James C. Meade Friends’ Lecture by Dr. Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw, Every Eye is Upon Me: First Ladies of the United States

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. 

This virtual presentation is free for members and $12 for non-members. Only those who register will receive the link and instructions for participating in this virtual lecture from home. Not a member? Click here to join today and enjoy this lecture for free!


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

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