Brown Bag Lecture: Barbara Wolanin

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Date(s) - 08/26/2015
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Ketchum Hall, Veterans of Foreign Wars Building


Event Description

Dr. Barbara Wolanin, Curator for the Architect of the Capitol
“The Friendship between Artist and Senator: Constantino Brumidi and Justin Morrill”

Barbara Wolanin will discuss her visit to the Justin Morrill Homestead in Vermont, her new understanding of the depth of the friendship between Brumidi and Senator Justin Morrill, and the extent of the paintings by Brumidi that were collected by Morrill.

Dr. Barbara Wolanin has been the Curator for the Architect of the Capitol since 1985. She is responsible for the care of the works of art and historical records under the jurisdiction of the Architect of the Capitol. Her duties include overseeing the art conservation program, research, and exhibitions. Among the conservation projects she has managed have been the bronze Statue of Freedom, the murals in the Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress, and numerous murals by Constantino Brumidi, including the Apotheosis of Washington, the frieze under the dome, and the Brumidi Corridors. Her book on Brumidi highlights the conservation of his murals. She coordinates donations and commissions of art with the Joint Committee on the Library (and the Senate). She works closely with the United States Capitol Historical Society in managing the fellowship program and in planning symposia and was has advised on and supported exhibits and tour training for the Capitol Visitor Center. As director of the Curator Division, she supervises the Photography and Records Management and Archives branches.

She received a Ph.D. in art history from the University of Wisconsin in Madison and master’s degrees from Harvard University and Oberlin College, where she majored in art as an undergraduate. She previously taught art history at James Madison University and Trinity College (now University) in Washington, D.C.

Pre-registration is requested.