Upcoming Event

Curatorial Talk and Book Launch: “Victorian Radicals”

October 10, 2018
6 – 8pm 
Rizzoli Bookstore
1133 Broadway, NYC



Join us for a conversation and reception on the occasion of the North American launch of the groundbreaking American Federation of Arts traveling exhibition Victorian Radicals: From the Pre-Raphaelites to the Arts & Crafts Movement

Exhibition co-curator Tim Barringer will be joined by scholars Jason Rosenfeld, Ph.D. and Peter Trippi for a lively discussion about the ideas that preoccupied artists and critics in Victorian England—the relationship between art and nature; questions of class and gender identity; the value of the handmade versus machine production; and the search for beauty in an age of industry.

Victorian Radicals is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue published by Prestel featuring contributions from the exhibition’s curators, who present new scholarship on Birmingham’s collection and its wider contexts.  The catalogue will be available for purchase.


Tim Barringer, Paul Mellon Professor and Chair of the History of Art at Yale University. He specializes in the art of Britain and the British Empire, notably the Pre-Raphaelites, and American painting. He has curated exhibitions at Tate Britain, Yale and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Jason Rosenfeld, Ph.D., Distinguished Chair and Professor of Art History at Marymount Manhattan College, New York, and a Senior Writer and Editor-at-Large at The Brooklyn Rail.  He has curated and co-curated several exhibitions on topics ranging from the Pre-Raphaelites and Victorian art to contemporary artists. His most recent publications include John Everett Millais (Phaidon, 2012).

Peter Trippi, editor-in-chief of Fine Art Connoisseur, the magazine that serves collectors of historical and contemporary representational art.  He is also president of Projects in 19th-Century Art, a firm he established through which he has co-curated exhibitions about the Victorian painters J.W. Waterhouse and Lawrence Alma-Tadema. Previously he served as director of the Dahesh Museum of Art (New York) and vice director for development at the Brooklyn Museum.


Victorian Radicals: From the Pre-Raphaelites to the Arts and Crafts Movement is organized by the American Federation of Arts and Birmingham Museums Trust.

This exhibition is supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional funding provided by Clare McKeon and the Dr. Lee MacCormick Edwards Charitable Foundation.

The AFA thanks Prestel and Rizzoli Bookstore for support of this event.



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