Thursday Registration

Due to the fact that Wake Forest University has cancelled all in-person classes and gatherings of 50 people or more for an indefinite period of time, we have decided to reschedule the entire conference for this coming fall semester. We are aiming for September 2020, and will be in regular communication as we restructure our schedule.

“Walk And Learn!” Events 
Register for ONE Docent Tour Option below:

“Moravians and their Neighbors: The American Indian Context at MESDA”
Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA)
924 South Main Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27101
12 spaces available

This behind-the-scenes collection tour and discussion will concentrate on the American Indian context of encounter, response and influence and as revealed in material culture through objects in the collection of the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA). The focus of the docent-led study will include visual evidence and descriptions of the native peoples encountered by 16th, early 17th-century and 18th-century colonists, explorers and naturalists and will come face-to-face with members of Cherokee and Yamacraw delegations who made the Trans-Atlantic voyage to England in the 18th century. Objects under study will include baskets, ceramics, needlework, paintings, powder horns and other items either crafted by or reflecting the world of the Cherokee, Catawba and other Native American peoples. The “Walk and Learn!” event will conclude with a look at portraits of several important Creek and Cherokee headmen who came to Washington in an effort to negotiate treaties in the decade prior to removal.

“What is American about American Art?”
Reynolda House Museum of American Art
2250 Reynolda Rd, Winston-Salem, NC 27106
24 spaces available

Since the colonial era, American art has been enlivened and at times upended by international crosscurrents and cultural exchange. Fully a quarter of the artists represented in Reynolda House’s collection immigrated to the country, and many others studied abroad. It has often been asked, “What is American about American art”? This tour will explore highlights tour of the fine art collection, the historic house, and the temporary exhibition of Tiffany Glass: Painting with Color and Light. The latter is relevant to the tour theme, since American artist Louis Comfort Tiffany drew inspiration from global cultures, especially the Near East, and applied it to religious as well as secular American settings.

“Becoming Moravian: Stories of Cultural Exchange and Transformation” at the Moravian Archives
Moravian Archives
457 S Church St, Winston-Salem, NC 27101
24 spaces available

Before and after “becoming American,” Moravian communities were traveling the world and spreading the gospel. The 19th and 20th centuries marked an expansion of Moravian missionary activity. One impact that is often overlooked is how missionary efforts abroad expanded the cultural horizons of the home populations back in Salem, North Carolina. Missionaries collected and sent back hundreds of cultural objects to show their supporters evidence of the diverse communities they worked among. Many of these objects were later donated to the Wachovia Historical Society, which were then transferred to the Museum of Anthropology at Wake Forest University for permanent study and conservation. This exhibit displays collected by missionaries in the Arctic, the Caribbean, and Latin America to tell stories of cultural meetings, exchanges, and transformations.

Cultural Performance: “The Search for Wachovia: The Wachovia Experience for American Indian and African American Peoples”
Hanesbrands Theatre, Milton Rhodes Art Center
209 Spruce St N, Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Discussion and Reception to follow.

Advanced registration required to guarantee a space (up to capacity). On-site registration will be available as space allows.