De Wind is Op! Symposium

Experts in the field explored and discussed the exhibition De Wind is Op! and related themes in greater depth at this one-day symposium.

DE WIND IS OP! Climate, Culture and Innovation in Dutch Maritime Painting

Friday October 18, 2019

In the major exhibition De Wind is Op! Climate, Culture and Innovation in Dutch Maritime Painting, the New Bedford Whaling Museum explores its extraordinary collections of Golden Age Dutch and Flemish paintings through a fresh lens.

These treasures are interpreted around the themes of wind, climate and sea as the drivers behind a uniquely Dutch national identity represented in maritime works of art of this period. To explore and discuss the exhibition and related themes in greater depth, the Whaling Museum  invited experts in the field to participate in the De Wind is Op! Symposium.

New Bedford Whaling Museum partners for this project included the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Harvard Art Museums, and the Dutch Culture USA Program of the Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

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The symposium was supported in part by Deborah and William R. Elfers.

Watch a VIDEO of the symposium presentations. (4 hours, 30 minutes)
See the detailed symposium schedule here or read an abbreviated schedule below.

$50 Members  |  $65 Non-Members  |  $25 Students with ID


9 am – 10 am | Registration, Coffee, and Exhibition Viewing

10 am – 10:30 am | Opening Remarks, Tour of De Wind is Op! Exhibition Themes and Highlights

Christina Connett Brophy, PhD, The Douglas and Cynthia Crocker Endowed Chair for the Chief Curator, New Bedford Whaling Museum

Roger Mandle, PhD, Co-Founder of Design Art Technology Massachusetts (DATMA), Former Deputy Director and Chief Curator of the National Gallery of Art, and former President of the Rhode Island School of Design

10:30 am – 11:10 am | De Wind is Op! (but not always)

Arthur Wheelock, Jr., Senior Advisor to The Leiden Collection. He recently retired as curator of Northern Baroque painting at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., and as Professor of Art History at the University of Maryland

11:10 am – 11:30 am | Coffee Break

11:30 am – 12:10 pm | Monogrammist PDP:  Storm and Strife in the Work of a Mysterious Early Marine Painter

Lawrence Otto Goedde, PhD, Professor and Chair, Department of Art, University of Virginia

12:10 pm – 1:30 pm | Lunch

12:30 pm – 1:00 pm | Wind and Water Works – A Look into the Future of the North Sea and the North Atlantic

Carter Craft, Sr. Policy Officer for Water, Climate and Infrastructure, Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York

1:30 pm – 2:10 pm | Early Personifications of the Wind, from Medieval Art to Flemish and Dutch Maps

Chet Van Duzer, Researcher in Residence, John Carter Brown Library

2:10 pm – 2:50 pm | Overseas: Maritime Imagery and Dutch Global Expansion

Joanna Sheers Seidenstein, Stanley H. Durwood Curatorial Fellow, Harvard Art Museums

2:50 pm – 3:10 pm | Coffee Break

3:10 pm – 3:50 pm | Maritime Art and Dutch Trade: What the Pictures Tell Us

Antien Knaap, Curatorial Research Fellow at Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Benjamin Weiss, Director of Collections and Leonard A. Lauder Curator of Visual Culture, at Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

4 pm – 5:00 pm | Display and Discussion of Dutch Rare Books, Manuscripts, Maps and Prints from the NBWM Permanent Collections

Mark Procknik, Senior Librarian, New Bedford Whaling Museum

Michael P. Dyer, Curator of Maritime History, New Bedford Whaling Museum

5 pm – 6:30 pm | Reception and Closing Remarks