Tales and Truths: Defining Artists of the Early Republic 

Online Lecture Series  

Tuesdays 7–8 PM EST

In the earliest years of the democratic experiment, many now iconic artists contributed to the creation of a national identity, and their work reflects early ideas about government, immigration, capitalism, technology and our relationship to natural resources that are still influencing the politics of the present. Each week, Monica Zimmerman, PAFA's Vice President of Public Education, Engagement, and Museum Operations, will dive deeply into the stories of five artists who had the privilege of shaping our earliest ideas of art and citizenship and consider how we find ourselves wrestling with both the dreams and the prejudices that they helped to enshrine.

July 19 – Benjamin West

July 26 – Charles Wilson Peale

August 2 – John Lewis Krimmel

August 9 – Thomas Birch

August 16 – Samuel F.B. Morse

A zoom link will be emailed upon registration. Each lecture will be recorded and registrants will have access to the recorded lectures for six months. 

Image: John Lewis Krimmel, Fourth of July in Centre Square, 1812, Oil on canvas, 22 3/4 x 29 in.

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Tuesday July 19
Registration includes all five lectures in the series, starting July 19, 2022. The online lectures will run on Tuesdays, 7:00 - 8:00 PM EST, on the following dates: July 19, July 26, August 2, August 9, and August 16.
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