Speaker: Anna O. Marley, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

Bayou Bend presents a double feature—lecture and performance—about themes of early American painting, from portraits of George Washington to scenic landscapes. These events take place in Brown Auditorium Theater at the MFAH.

Lecture | 2 p.m.
This talk delves into the important and underexplored tradition of landscape representation in Philadelphia, from the Early American Republic, to the 1876 Centennial Exhibition, and ultimately the Hudson River School. Philadelphia’s key role in the growth of American landscape painting had never been the subject of a major museum exhibition until now.

Opening in June 2019 at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the exhibition From the Schuylkill to the Hudson: Landscapes of the Early American Republic illuminates the growth of the genre from its roots through its rise into the public consciousness. Among the artists featured are Thomas Cole, Frederic Edwin Church, Thomas Moran, Charles Willson Peale, and James Peale. More information about this upcoming exhibition is available here.

Performance | 12:30 p.m. & 3:30 p.m.
Artist, Storyteller, Son: Rembrandt Peale’s Reflections on Portraits of George Washington

Drop in! Admission is free. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

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About the Series
Twice a year, Bayou Bend presents renowned scholars who speak about interesting and important aspects of American decorative and fine arts.

About the Speaker
Anna O. Marley, curator of historical American art and director for the Center of the Study of the American Artist at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, joined PAFA in 2009. She is a scholar of American art and material culture from the colonial era to 1945 and holds a B.A. in art history from Vassar College, an M.A. in museum studies from the University of Southern California, and a PhD from the University of Delaware. Marley has curated numerous exhibitions, including Public Treasures/Private Visions: Hudson River School Masterworks (2009), Henry Ossawa Tanner: Modern Spirit (2012), and Spiritual Strivings: A Celebration of African American Works on Paper (2014).


The Carol and Les Ballard Lecture Series is generously endowed by Carol and Les Ballard.