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Activation &      Engagement I


Objectives & Focus:

In continuation of the rich dialogue engendered by the Materializing Race "unconference" in August 2020, and in response to participant feedback and suggestions, this virtual roundtable provides a platform for critical discussions within museums and public history settings, highlighting early American objects (1450 to 1830).

Hear curators and scholars from Canada, Mexico, the UK, and the US discuss objects, race, and identity with a particular focus on interpretation, curation, and mission.


This free event is the first in a two-part series focused on bringing historical issues of race and identity to the forefront of museum and historic site programming and the public humanities more broadly. 

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We would like to thank the Society of Winterthur Fellows for their generous sponsorship of this event.

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Roundtable Date & Time:

Saturday, Sept. 26,2020, 1:00-3:00PM EST

Virtual Format:


This roundtable will take place via Zoom. Due to privacy and security concerns, the session will not be recorded.

Panel One presentations will be 10 min. each with 15 min. Q&A at the conclusion of the presentations.

Panel Two discussion will last 55 min. following a 5 min. break between panels.


PANEL ONE: Objects in Focus

Date: Saturday, September 26,2020

Time: 1:00-2:00PM EST

Panel Moderator:

Philippe Halbert

Yale University


The ‘Ownership Bracelet’: False Assumptions, Insurgent Histories, and the Technology of Captivity

Joseph Yannielli (Aston University)

Christine Whyte (University of Glasgow)


Extracting Presence

Brittany Luberda

The Baltimore Museum of Art

Whose Chair? Reframing Ownership within Mount Vernon's Decorative Arts Collection

Jessie MacLeod

George Washington's Mount Vernon/The Mount Vernon Ladies' Association

An Ecuadorian Virgin in California: the Case of the Cantor Arts Center’s Virgin of Quito

Kate Holohan

Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University

PANEL TWO: Curatorial Roundtable

Panel Two Moderator:

Philippe Halbert

Yale University


Mayela Flores Enríquez

PhD Candidate

Universidad Iberoamericana (formerly at Museo Franz Mayer)


Michael Galban


Seneca Art and Culture Center, Ganondagan State Historic Site


Jean-François Lozier

Curator of French North American History

Canadian Museum of History 

Jorge Rivas Pérez

Frederick and Jan Mayer Curator of Spanish Colonial Art

Denver Art Museum

Date: Saturday, September 26,2020

Time: 2:15-3:00PM EST




Portrait of Major John Norton as Mohawk Chief Teyoninhokarawen (detail)

Date: c.1805

Place: England

Maker: Mather Brown

Medium: Oil on canvas

Location: Yale Center for British Art

Accession No.: YCBA/lido-TMS-62228

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