Lambertville, NJ: Karl Kusserow is an author, lecturer and curator who has spent much of his career studying the meaning and influence of portraits in American culture. On November 1, Karl Kusserow will speak at Rago Arts and Auction Center on the history of American portraiture.
Karl Kusserow joined the Princeton University Art Museum in 2005 and was appointed its inaugural John Wilmerding Curator of American Art in 2013. A graduate of Wesleyan University, he received his doctorate from Yale University and has worked at the Yale Art Gallery, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and as art advisor to several major corporate collections. His exhibitions and related publications include Inner Sanctum: Memory and Meaning in Princeton’s Faculty Room at Nassau Hall (2010) and Picturing Power: Portraiture and its Uses in the New York Chamber of Commerce (2013), both of which explored the changing uses and meanings of institutional portraiture, and the dilemma of portraying portraits of power in a democracy.
Kusserow’s lecture, titled “Pride of Place: Self and Surroundings in Early American Portraits,” will explore how portrait settings of the early 18th through the mid-19th centuries reflect Americans’ changing relationship to nature.
A wine and cheese reception begins at 5 p.m. Kusserow’s talk begins at 6 p.m. Everyone is encouraged to R.S.V.P to the open house.