Lecture: “About Face: World War I, Plastic Surgery, and the American Beauty Revolution”

with David M. Lubin, Wake Forest University


Event details

The 2008 Murphy Lecture Series presents Dr. David Lubin, Charlotte C. Weber Professor of Art at Wake Forest University, lecturing on the visual culture of World War I in the United States. "About Face: World War I, Plastic Surgery, and the American Beauty Revolution, 1915-30" will be presented Thursday, March 13 at 5:30 PM in the Spencer Museum of Art Auditorium. A reception in the Spencer's Central Court will follow the lecture. A leading scholar of 19th- and 20th-century American art, film, and popular culture, David M. Lubin has lectured at colleges, universities, and art museums throughout the U.S., Europe, China and Australia. He earned a Ph.D. in American Studies from Yale University and taught art history and American studies at Colby College before assuming his current position as Charlotte C. Weber Professor of Art atWake Forest in 1999. As an undergraduate, Lubin studied filmmaking at the University of Southern California's School of Cinema while reviewing music for Rolling Stone magazine.He is the author of four books: Act of Portrayal: Eakins, Sargent, James (1985); Picturing a Nation: Art and Social Change in Nineteenth-Century America (1994); Titanic (1999); and Shooting Kennedy: JFK and the Culture of Images (2003). The last examines American postwar visual culture and photojournalistic images of Jacqueline and John F. Kennedy during the decade of their courtship and marriage from 1953 to 1963. In 2004 Shooting Kennedy received the Smithsonian American Art Museum�s Charles C. Eldredge Prize for Distinguished Scholarship in American Art. During the 2006-07 academic year, Lubin was in residence at Harvard�s Charles Warren Centerfor Studies in American History, where he began writing a book about the impact of World War I on American art and popular visual culture.


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