Morgan: Mind of the Collector


CONFERENCE: Morgan: Mind of the Collector, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT, 10 – 11 November 2017.

J. Pierpont Morgan (1837–1913) spent over twenty years travelling the globe to amass the largest collection of art and cultural artifacts of his time. Estimated to have exceeded 20,000 works of art, Morgan’s collections represent a broad historical and geographic range of art and cultural artifacts. Acting on his father’s wishes, J.P. Morgan’s son, Jack, donated more than 1,350 works collected by his father to the Wadsworth Atheneum in his native Hartford.

The Wadsworth Atheneum will mark the centennial anniversary of Morgan’s gift and its historical impact with an exhibition, Morgan: Mind of the Collector. The Wadsworth Atheneum will host an international symposium in conjunction with the exhibition to reexamine and showcase the latest research about Morgan’s collection and how he shaped the identity of the collector in the modern age.


10 November 2017
* Neil Harris (University of Chicago), Morgan the Collector.

Session 1: Morgan and the Biblical Lands
Chair: Steven Tinney (University of Pennsylvania)
* Yelena Rakic (Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York), Discovering the Ancient Near East
* Lyle Humphrey (North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh), Morgan in Egypt
* John Bidwell (Morgan Library & Museum, New York), Morgan’s Bibles.

Session 2: The Romance of History
Chair: Christine Brennan (Metropolitan Museum of Art)
* Christine Brennan (Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York), Morgan and Medieval Art
* Roger Wieck (Morgan Library & Museum, New York), Morgan and Manuscripts.

11 November 2017
Session 3: Building a Beautiful Life
Chair: Colin Bailey, Director (Morgan Library & Museum)
* Wolfram Koeppe (Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York), Gold and Garnets: A Love of Precious Objects
* Linda Roth (Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford), Prince’s Gate, London
* Alice Cooney Frelinghuysen (Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York), From Gilded Age Interior to Renaissance Palazzo: Morgan’s New York House.

Session 4: The Politics of Collecting: The Global Network
Chair: Inge Reist (Center for the History of Collecting at the Frick)
* Catherine Scallen (Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland), Turning to the Experts
* Jennifer Tonkovich (Morgan Library & Museum, New York), Morgan’s experts and dealers in London and Europe
* Barbara Pezzini (National Gallery, London), Collecting British Paintings.

Session 5: Crafting a Legacy
Chair: Jennifer Tonkovich (Morgan Library & Museum, New York)
* Charlotte Vignon (Frick Collection, New York), Morgan and Duveen: The Formation and Dispersal of a Collection
* Jo Briggs (Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore), Morgan and His Fellow American Collectors.

Source: H-ArtHist

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