Department of Art History and Art


Henry Adams

EDUCATION, Harvard University, B.A. l97l with Honors in Fine Arts
Yale University, M.A. l977, Ph.D. l980 in Art History

TEACHING POSITIONS, 1997: Professor of American Art, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland OH; October 1996: Visiting professor, Department of Art History, Colorado College, Colorado Springs (three week block); 1984 to 1993: Adjunct Professor of Art History, the University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas; and (from 1989) Adjunct Professor, University of Missouri, Kansas City; 1982 to 1984: Adjunct Professor, Department of Fine Arts, University of Pittsburgh; l98l to l982: Assistant Professor of Art History, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; l977 to l978: Visiting Lecturer, Wesleyan University; l977: Teaching Assistant, Yale University.

EMPLOYMENT 1997: Curator of American Art, The Cleveland Museum of Art; 1996: Interim Director, The Kemper Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri; 1994 to 1995, Director, The Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens, Jacksonville, Florida; l984 to 1993, Samuel Sosland Curator of American Art, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri; l982 to l984, Curator of Fine Arts, Museum of Art, Carnegie Institute.

SELECTED ARTICLES IN JOURNALS, "Winslow Homer's 'Impressionism' and Its Relation to His Trip to France," Studies in the History of Art 26, National Gallery of Art, Washington D. C., l990, pp. 60-89; "Rockwell Kent's Illustrations to Moby Dick," two part article, The Rockwell Kent Collector , vol. XIX, no. 2, Fall 1992, pp. 3-8, and Summer 1992, Vol. XIX, no. 1, pp. 3-8; "Thomas Hart Benton's Illustrations for The Grapes of Wrath," San Jose Studies , Winter l990, pp. 6-l8; "The Identity of Winslow Homer's 'Mystery Woman,'" The Burlington Magazine , vol. CXXXII, no. l045, April l990, pp. 244-252; "John La Farge's Discovery of Japanese Art: A New Perspect-ive On the Origins of Japonisme," The Art Bulletin , LXVII, no. 3, September l985, 449-485, 2 appendices; "John Graham's Woman in Black and a Related Drawing: The Evolution of an Image," Arts , LIX, no. 4, May l985; "William James, Henry James, John La Farge, and the Found-ations of Radical Empiricism," The American Art Journal , XVII, Winter l985, 60-67; If Not Rembrandt Then His Cousin?" The Art Bulletin , LXVI, no. 3, September l984, pp. 427-44l; "John La Farge and Japan," Apollo , CXIX, no. 974, February l984, pp. l20-l29; "William Morris Hunt's 'Chef d'Oeuvre Inconnu,'" Proceedings of the New York State Capitol Symposium , Temporary State Commission on the Restoration of the Capitol, Albany, New York, l983, pp. 96-l05 and l87-l9l; "A New Interpretation of Bingham's Fur Traders Descend-ing the Missouri," The Art Bulletin , December l983, pp. 675--680; "The Beal Collection of Watercolors by Charles Demuth," Carnegie Magazine , LVI, no. l2, November-December l983, pp. 2l-28; "The Development of William Morris Hunt's The Flight of Night," The American Art Journal , XV, no. 2, Spring l983; "Mortal Themes: Winslow Homer," Art in America , LXXI, no. 2, February l983, pp. ll2-l26; "A Fish by John La Farge," The Art Bulletin , June l980, pp. 269-280; The Stained Glass of John La Farge," The American Art Review , II, no. 4, July-August l975, pp. 4l-63.

BOOKS AND EXHIBITION CATALOGUES (*Indicates curated or co-curated the exhibition.) "Life-Lines: A Lifetime of Drawings by Samuel H. Crone, 1858-1913," in Return to Memphis: The Art of Samuel Hester Crone (1858-1913) , Art Museum of the University of Memphis, September 6-November 8, 1997; Boardman Robinson: American Muralist and Illustrator, 1876-1952 , Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, September 21, 1996-January 12, 1997; *"Albert Bloch: The Invisible Blue Rider," in Albert Bloch: The American Blue Rider , Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and Stadtische Galerie in Lenbachhaus, Munich, 1997, Prestel Verlag, publisher; "Charles Burchfield's Creative Imagination," Charles Burchfield , exhibition curated by Nancette Macejunes and Michael Hall, Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus Ohio, 1997; * Made in America: Ten Centuries of American Art , Hudson Hills Press, New York, 1995, curated by Henry Adams, Michael Shapiro and Kate Johnson. An exhibition organized by a consortium of five midwestern museums, introductory essays and selected entries; "Thomas Hart Benton as a Teacher," introduction to Marianne Berardi, Under the Influence: The Students of Thomas Hart Benton , Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art, St. Joseph, Missouri, January 1994, pp. 1-29; * Toward Modernism: The Collection of Mr. and Mrs. James Beal , Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; * The Arvin Gottlieb Collection: Painters of Taos and Santa Fe , July 19-September 6, 1992, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City; *"Ascesa e caduta di Thomas Hart Benton," "Gli ultimi anni," "Catalogo delle opere," "Notizia biografica," "Exposizioni principali," and "Bibliografia essenziale," in Thomas Hart Benton , Museo d'Arte Mode rna, Citta di Lugano, published by Electa, Milan, September 5-November 15, 1992; "A Study in Contrasts: The Work of Harnett and La Farge," William M. Harnett [exhibition catalogue], The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, l992, pp. 60-71; * Thomas Hart Benton: Drawing From Life , l990, Abbeville Press, 208 pp., to accompany an exhibition of l00 drawings by Thomas Hart Benton circulated by the Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington. Exhibition shown at The Henry Art Gallery (March l6-May 6, l990), Lagunia Gloria Art Museum, Austin, Texas (June 8-July 29, l990), and the Minneapolis Institute of Art (October l3, l990-January 6, l99l); * Thomas Hart Benton: An American Original , April l989, published by Alfred Knopf, Inc., in association with the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and the WGBH Educational Foun-dation in Boston. 357 pp., written to accompany the Centen-nial Exhibition of Benton's work, organized by the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, and the PBS documentary Thomas Hart Benton , created by Ken Burns in association with WGBH, Boston. The exhibition opened at the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City (April l6 to June l8, l989), and travelled to The Detroit Institute of Arts (August 4 to October l5th, l989), The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (November l6, l989 to February ll, l990), and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (April 26 to July 22, l990); *"The Mind of John La Farge," lead essay in John La Farge , Abbeville Press, New York, l987, and served as curator, organizer, and fund-raiser for the accompanying exhibition which opened at the National Museum of American Art in Washington D.C. (July l0 to October l2, l987), and traveled to the Museum of Art, Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh November 7, l987 to January 3, l988), and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (February 24 to April 24, l988); "Introduction," in Henry Koerner: From Vienna to Pittsburgh, The Art of Henry Koerner , (exhibition catalogue), Carnegie Institute Museum of Art and University of Pittsburgh Press, May l983, pp. 9-26; "The Contradictions of William Morris Hunt," in William Morris Hunt: A Memorial Exhibition , Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, June l979, pp. 20-34.

COLLECTION CATALOGUES (*Indicates curated an accompanying exhibition) * American and European Masterpieces from the Norton Museum of Art [exhibition catalogue], Cummer Museum of Art, May 1995, with Marianane Berardi and Sally Metzler, introduction and selected entries. Master Paintings from the Butler Institute of American Art , Harry N. Abrams, Inc., Publishers, in association with the Butler Institute of American Art, New York , 1994, selected entries. * American Drawings and Watercolors from the Kansas City Region , July 19-September 6, 1992, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, 496 pp., with illustrated check-list of all American drawings and watercolors up to 1945 in The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, and the Spencer Museum of Art, Lawrence, Kansas. Introduction and selected entries. Handbook of American Paintings in the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art , Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, 1991, 208 pages. * American Drawings and Watercolors, Museum of Art, Carnegie Institute , exhibition catalogue of l00 selected drawings, with an annotated check-list, including apparatus, of the entire collection, Museum of Art , Carnegie Institute, May l985, 240 pp. This exhibition opened at the Carnegie Institute and travelled to Edinburgh , Scotland (August 3-September 2l, l985), the Amon Carter Museum (April l8-June l, l986) and the Huntington Library Art Gallery (June 2l-August 3, l986). Introduction and selected entries. "George Caleb Bingham's The Jolly Flatboatman," catalogue essay, American Paintings from the Manoogian Collection , National Gallery of Art, l989, pp. 64-65.

SELECTED ARTICLES ON ART ACQUISITIONS "George Ault, January Full Moon," American Art Review , vol. V, no. 1, Summer 1992, pp. 77, 154. "Family Heirloom Enters the Museum" (Charles Willson Peale's Portrait of The Hall Children) Calendar of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art , May l99l, pp. 2-3. " Benton 's 'Closest Friend' Enters Collection" (an early self-portrait by MacDonald-Wright), Calendar of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art , March l99l, p. 3. "Behind the Scenes--William Keith Painting Restored," Calendar of Events, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art , September l985, pp. 4 and 6. "Bingham Portraits Donated to the Museum," Calendar of Events, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art , Kansas City , June l985, (contains previously unpublished documentation relating to Bingham's portrait of Roma Johnson Wornall). "John La Farge's Roses on a Tray," Carnegie Magazine , January-February l985, pp. l0-l4. "John Sloan's The Coffee Line," Carnegie Magazine , LVII, no. 6, November-December, l984, l9-24. "The Pittsburgh Background of Pearlstein's Realism," Carnegie Magazine , May-June l984, pp. 20-24. "An Interview with David Hockney," Carnegie Magazine , LVI, no. 8, March-April l983, pp. l0-ll and 20-2l. "Rackstraw Downes Discusses The Dam at Swanville," Carnegie Magazine , LVI, no. 8, March-April l983, pp. l2-l5 and 38.

SELECTED POPULAR ARTICLES "In Search of Rembrandt," Smithsonian Magazine , December 1995, pp. 82-91. "The American Land Inspired Cole's Prescient Visions," Smithsonian Magazine , May 1994, pp. 98-107. "Rubens was scholar, diplomat, and a lover of life," Smithsonian Magazine , October 1993, pp. 58-69. "The Enduring Vitality of Plains Indian Art," Smithsonian Magazine , November 1992, pp. 124-133. Reprinted by the U. S. Information Agency for its overseas information program. The Paintings of George Bellows," American Artist , July 1992, pp. 52-59, 80. "Will the real William Harnett please stand up?" Smithsonian Magazine , March, 1992, pp. 52-63. "Thomas Eakins: the troubled life of an artist who became an outcast," Smithsonian Magazine , November 1991, pp. 52-69. "Thomas Hart Benton : Bad Boy of the Art World," USA Today Magazine , November l989, pp. 32-44. "John La Farge, the Inventive Maverick," Smithsonian Magazine , July l987, 46-59. "Picture Windows," Art and Antiques , April l984, pp. 94-l03. " Fairfield Porter: Why the Fuss?" Carnegie Magazine , March-April l984, pp. 8-l0. "Daniel Terra and American Art: From Private Collector to Public Champion," Portfolio , V, no. l, January-February l983, pp. 48-53.

SELECTED BOOK REVIEWS "The Selected Papers of Charles Willson Peale and His Family," The Pennsylvania Magazines of History and Biography , vol. CXVIII, no. 4, October 1994, pp. 395-98. "Lois Fink's American Art at the Nineteenth-Century Paris Salons" Winterthur Portfolio , vol. 29, no. 4, winter 1994, pp. 284-287. "The Columbus of the Woods: Daniel Boone and the Typology of Manifest Desiny by J. Gray Sweeney," Gateway Heritage , Missouri Historical Society, St. Louis . "The Paintings of George Bellows," The Burlington Magazine , vol CXXXIV, October 1992, pp. 684-687. "The Eight", The Burlington Magazine , CXXXIV, February 1992, pp. 145-46. "Winslow Homer in the 1870s, Winslow Homer in Gloucester , Winslow Homer in the 1890s, and Reckoning with Winslow Homer," The Burlington Magazine , June, 1991, pp. 407-408. "Millard F. Rogers, Jr., Sketches and Bozzetti by American Sculptors, l800-l950", The Burlington Magazine , December 1990, pp. 884-885. "Paul Manship by Harry Rand," The Burlington Magazine , January l990, pp. 46-47. "Timothy J. Garvey, Public Sculptor: Lorado Taft and the Beautification of Chicago", The Winterthur Portfolio , vol. XXIV, nos 2/3, summer/autumn l989, pp. 200-20l. "Barbara Novak's The Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection: Nineteenth century American Paintings" , The Burlington Magazine , CXXX, no. l0l8, January l988, pp. 42-43. "Ann Uhry Abrams' The Valiant Hero: Benjamin West and Grand-Style History Painting", The Burlington Magazine , CXXVIII, no. 999, June l986, 435-436. "H. Barbara Weinberg's The American Pupils of Jean-Leon Gerome," The Burlington Magazine , CXXVIII, no. l002, September l986, 683. "Thomas Eakins and the Heroism of Modern Life by Elizabeth Johns," The Art Bulletin , LXVIII, no. 2, June l986, 345-348. "Allen Weller, Lorado In Paris: The Letters of Lorado Taft, l880-l885," The Winterthur Portfolio , XXI, nos 2/3, Summer/Autumn, l986, 209-2ll. The Arrogant Connoisseur: Richard Payne-Knight, l75l-l824, edited by Michael Clark and Nicholas Penny," Jim Springer Borck, general editor, The Eighteenth Century: A Bibliography , n.s. 8--for l982, A M S Press, New York, l982. "Paris, Grand Palais: A New World: Masterpieces of American Painting," The Burlington Magazine , CXXVI, no. 974, May l984, pp. 3l2--3l5. "Romantic Revision by Bryan Wolf," Art in America , LXXII, no. l, January l984, pp. l3-l4. "New Books on Japonisme: Klaus Berger, Japonismus in der westlichen Malerei; Jacques Dufwa, Winds from the East; Frank Whitford, Japanese Prints and Western Painters; Siegfried Wichman, Japonisme: Japanese Influence on Western Art in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries; Chisaburoh Yamada (editor), Japonisme: An International Symposium", The Art Bulletin , LXV, no. 3, September l983, pp. 495-502.

GRANT APPLICATIONS 27 successful grant applications for publications and exhibitions, totalling, $1,995,049, including 5 successful applications to the NEH, 2 to the NEA, 3 to the Luce Foundation for American Art, and 2 to the Kress Foundation.

OTHER ACTIVITIES Member: College Art Association, Association of Historians of American Art. Corresponding Member, Massachusetts Historical Society (elected April l2, l990). Listed: Who's Who , Who's Who in American Art , Who's Who in the South and Southwest , Dictionary of International Biography , Contemporary Authors , Writer's Directory , International Who's Who of Professionals , and International Authors and Writers Who's Who. Reader: American Studies , The University of Kansas, Lawrence; The Art Bulletin ; George Braziller, Inc.; Cambridge University Press; The Getty Grant Program; Great Plains Quarterly , The University of Nebraska, Lincoln; The University of Kansas Press; The University of Missouri Press; The University of Nebraska Press; The Pennsylvania State University Press; The University of Pittsburgh Press; Smithsonian Institution Press; The University of Virginia Press; The Winterthur Portfolio ; The Yale University Press. Panelist: National Endowment for the Arts (August l9-2l, l986, and February 7-8, 1991)) and National Endowment for the Humanities (January 23, 24, l985 and 1995). Outside reviewer for NEH, spring 1992. Museum Accreditation Committee, AAM, March 1995, May 1998. Cited in Christie's and Sotheby's sales catalogues, for paintings by John La Farge and Thomas Hart Benton. 1992, listed, "The Great Experts," Art News , September 1992, page 93.

AWARDS l989, William F. Yates Distinguished Service Medallion, William Jewell College , Liberty , Missouri , for the betterment of life in Kansas City and the Midwest . Convocation, August 3l, l989.) l985, Arthur Kingsley Porter Prize of the College Art Association for the best article published in The Art Bulletin by a scholar at the beginning of his or her scholarly career. Awarded to "John La Farge's Discovery of Japanese Art: A New Perspective on the Origins of Japonisme." This was the first time the award, which has been bestowed annually since l957, was awarded either to an Americanist or to a museum curator. l980, Frances Blanshard Prize, Yale University , for the best doctoral dissertation in Art History. ("John La Farge, l835-l9l0: From Amateur to Artist," 455 pp.)