The University of Iowa

American art in pre-WWII France is topic of luncheon lecture March 1

February 20th, 2013

The European Studies Group will welcome Dimitrios Latsis, a Ph.D. candidate in the UI Department of Cinema and Comparative Literature, for the next lecture in their luncheon series on Friday, March 1, at noon in 1117 University Capitol Centre.

Latsis will present “À la recherche de Yankee Art: Franco-American 'Exhibition Diplomacy' on the Eve of WWII.” This event is free and open to the public and a light luncheon will be provided.

In 1938, the Museum of Modern Art organized a US government-funded, multi-disciplinary exhibition in Paris, titled "Three Centuries of American Art". In this presentation, Latsis will explore the geopolitical, aesthetic, and cultural dimensions of the exhibition as an episode of cultural diplomacy in Franco-American relations and as an attempt to promote, for the first time, an American 'national artistic scene' to the world.

The European Studies Group is part of International Programs. To see the full list of spring lectures in this series, visit

For more information, contact Jennifer Sessions at or 319-353-2199.