6:00 pm — Reception (with hors d'oeuvre and a cash bar)
7:00 pm — Lecture
The images accompanying the founding of the United States--of honored Founders, dramatic battle scenes, and seminal moments--gave visual shape to Revolutionary events and symbolized an entirely new concept of leadership and government. Since then they have endured as indispensable icons, serving as historical documents and timeless reminders of the nation's unprecedented beginnings.
The lives of the five great American artists of the Revolutionary period--Charles Willson Peale, John Singleton Copley, John Trumbull, Benjamin West, and Gilbert Stuart--were every bit as eventful as those of the Founders with whom they continually interacted, and their works contributed mightily to America's founding spirit. In this lecture, hear Professor Staiti, Professor of Fine Arts at Mount Holyoke College, describe the fascinating collective stories of these five artists and open a fresh window on the Revolutionary era, illuminating the personal backgrounds of our “Founding Fathers,” and deepening our understanding of the whirlwind out of which the United States emerged.