Karl Kusserow, curator of American art at Princeton University Art Museum and author of Picturing Power: Portraiture and Its Uses in the New York Chamber of Commerce, will discuss the ways in which portraiture was used by wealthy and powerful leaders of American commerce to fashion an identity that promoted their corporate, civic, and ideological agendas. Following the lecture, Kusserow will sign copies of his new book at a reception in the Museum celebrating the accompanying exhibition.
Curator of American Art
Karl Kusserow specializes in American art before 1945. A graduate of Wesleyan University, he received his Ph.D. from Yale. He recently completedInner Sanctum: Memory and Meaning in Princeton's Faculty Room at Nassau Hall (2010) and Picturing Power: The New York Chamber of Commerce, Portraiture and its Uses (2012), as well as an edited volume of essays on early American art at Princeton (Princeton University Art Museum Record 70 (2011)). Upcoming exhibition and publication projects focus on American collecting of avant-garde European art, ecocriticism and American art, and the various versions of Charles Willson Peale’s George Washington at the Battle of Princeton.