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De Baca to speak at Smithsonian Museum

Assistant Professor of Art History Miguel de Baca will speak at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C., during The Art of Memory and Mourning forum.

The symposium will present recent academic works that address mourning, loss, remembrance, and memorialization as explored through a variety of art forms in the U.S. over the past three centuries. 

De Baca, the Kenneth and Harle Montgomery Assistant Professor in the Humanities at Lake Forest College, is among six experts invited to speak. His talk, “A Wall for Apricots,” will explore dedication and loss in sculptures by Anne Truitt, a minimalist known for her reduced geometric forms.

The symposium, on Friday, November 14, is dedicated to art historian Cynthia J. Mills (1947-2014) and recognizes the 2014 release of her book, Beyond Grief: Sculpture and Wonder in the Gilded Age Cemetery. Mills was the executive editor of the journal American Art and Smithsonian American Art Museum academic programs advisor.