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Graduate Student Symposium on the History of Art—Keynote Lecture

February 29 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Organizer: Barnes Foundation

Where: Barnes Foundation

2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19130 United States


For the 28th Annual Graduate Student Symposium on the History of Art, Pamela M. Lee will deliver the keynote lecture, “Eli Whitney, Serial Artist.” Lee is the Carnegie Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art at Yale University.

In the 1790s, inventor Eli Whitney developed a system to mass-produce muskets, building on his experience with the cotton gin. This talk charts the industrialization of gun manufacture during the early American republic as a form of shadow governance, serializing the historic interests of racial capitalism in the present. In discussing Kevin Beasley’s A View of a Landscape (2018), William Giles Munson’s Eli Whitney Gun Factory (1827), and works by other artists, Lee argues that the twinning of gun and gin technology was critical in the formation of “interchangeability”—a technique central to the era of mass production.

Thursday, February 29, 6:30 – 8pm

Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130

Virtual + In-Person Programing, find more details on website. Free; registration required.