Lecture: “Telling Tales or Telling Truth: How Artists Created America”

This lecture was presented by Bailey Van Hook, Ph.D. on February 27, 2015

The exhibition Telling Tales: Stories and Legends in 19th-Century American Art assembles paintings and sculptures that recount stories relating to American cultural tastes, aspirations, and, at times, contradictions that marked the first full century of the new democracy. These works offer insight into the way in which the ideals and attitudes of early America began to take hold, and how, through art, they were transmitted and perpetuated across the country. This lecture looks at how artists drew inspiration from classical sources to explore contemporary issues of the 19th century.

Telling Tales is on view at the Frist Art Museum from February 27 through June 7, 2015.

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