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Glass House Presents: Charles Ethan Porter’s Aesthetic Enterprise

September 28, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Location: Zoom Videoconference

Join us for this live webinar on Wednesday, September 28 at 6 pm EST

Join New Canaan Library and The Glass House in welcoming curator Sylvia Yount, who will speak about Connecticut-based, New York- and Paris-trained Charles Ethan Porter (1847-1923), one of the first African American artists to exhibit his work nationally and the only late 19th-century painter of color to focus largely on the still-life genre. Sylvia Yount has prioritized Porter’s late 19th-century art as a curator at The Met, and her virtual discussion will explore the experimental approach to natural subjects over a prolific three-decade career. This talk coincides with artist David Hartt’s project A Colored Garden, which features an installation of Porter’s paintings at The Glass House.

Image: Charles Ethan Porter, Untitled (Cracked Watermelon), c. 1890. Oil on canvas. Collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.  Purchase, Nancy Dunn Revocable Trust Gift, 2015



Sylvia Yount is the Lawrence A. Fleischman Curator in Charge of the American Wing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where she is responsible for the administrative and curatorial oversight of the department of historical works by African American, Euro American, Latin American, and Native American makers, from the colonial period to the early-twentieth century. Before moving to the Met, she served as Chief Curator and the Louise B. and J. Harwood Cochrane Curator of American Art and department head at the High Museum of Art. She began her curatorial career at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, America’s oldest art school and museum. In addition to completing pivotal collection reinstallations at her former institutions, Yount has organized major exhibitions, with accompanying catalogues, on Winslow Homer, Jacob Lawrence, historical Native American art, Cecilia Beaux, Maxfield Parrish, and American modernism, among other topics focused on women and artists of color in regional and national contexts. She is currently working on an exhibition of late nineteenth-century New York art worlds and their intersecting artist circles, opening at The Met in December 2022. She continues to lecture and publish widely on American art and culture as well as on issues of curatorial responsibility and museum practice.


September 28, 2022
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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