Graphic Entanglements, Assessments, and Entwinements: A Visual Culture Program Roundtable

About the Event

Wednesday, May 17

5:30 pm ET

Virtual Event | Free

Moderated by Erika Piola, Director of the Visual Culture Program

What does it mean to see coal above ground? What does looking closely at government sponsored illustrations of the American West before the Civil war reveal? How do artistic constructions of pharmaceuticals, health, and illness affect our understanding of American visual culture and vice versa? Join Visual Culture Program fellows Andrea Krupp, Alexis Monroe, and Phillippa Pitts as they discuss these questions and their current research projects with Program Director Erika Piola. Learn more about their creative scholarship with historical visual materials that also fosters our knowledge of our present visual world.


Andrea Krupp, Artist and Independent Scholar, 2022-2023 Program in Visual Culture Terra Foundation Fellow in American Popular Graphic Arts

Andrea Krupp is a visual artist and independent researcher. A graduate of the University of the Arts with a BFA with honors in Printmaking, her current interdisciplinary project, Seeing Coal, combines archival research with coal-based materials and pigments to explore and comment on energy culture. Her artwork is held in the collections of the Ballinglen Museum of Contemporary Art, Woodmere Art Museum, the Free Library of Philadelphia, and the Nevada Museum of Art Center for Art and the Environment. Her work and research has been supported by the Independence Foundation, the Ballinglen Arts Foundation, The Arctic Circle, and the Library Company of Philadelphia.

Alexis Monroe, New York University, 2022-2023 Program in Visual Culture Terra Foundation Fellow in American Popular Graphic Arts

Alexis Monroe is a PhD candidate at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University specializing in the art, literature, and history of the 19th-century American West. Her research has been supported by the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, the John Carter Brown Library at Brown University, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Her article on the historiographic significance of the completion of the transcontinental railroad appears in the Fall 2022 issue of American Art.

Phillippa Pitts, Boston University, 2022-2023 William H. Helfand Fellow in American Visual Culture

Phillippa Pitts is a PhD candidate and Horowitz Foundation Fellow for American Art at Boston University. She returned to doctoral work after a decade in museum practice, having held positions at the Philadelphia Museum of Art; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Portland Museum of Art; and Portland Art Museum, among others. Phillippa’s writing has appeared in Panorama, The Journal of Museum Education, and MuseumsEtc. Her research has been generously supported by CASVA, the Kress Foundation, Winterthur, the American Antiquarian Society, the William H. Clements Library, Oak Springs Garden Foundation, and the Library Company of Philadelphia.

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Sponsored by the Visual Culture Program


May 17 2023


5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

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