Elizabeth O'Leary (VFMA photo by Travis Fullerton)
Randolph-Macon College continues its interdisciplinary series, “Working Girls,”
with a lecture on Tuesday, April 6, 2010 at 6:00 p.m. in Old Chapel, Room 212 (the
Topping Room). Elizabeth O’Leary, associate curator of American art at the Virginia
Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, Virginia, will present “Lilly Martin Spencer: Images
of Women’s Work and Working Women.” This event is free and open to the public.
Lilly Martin Spencer (1822-1902) was perhaps the best-known female artist in antebellum
America. Drawing her subject matter from the private realm of a middle-class wife
and mother, Spencer typically used members of her own household as models. Elizabeth
O’Leary will explore Spencer’s servant images in particular and the ways in which
her representation changed as the painter’s domestic imagery garnered public attention.
O’Leary is a distinguished scholar of American art and her publications include
At Beck and Call: The Representation of Domestic Servants in Nineteenth-Century
Painting and From Morning to Night: Domestic Service in Maymont House and the
Gilded Age South.
The “Working Girls” series is sponsored by CASE (Committee on Assemblies and Special
Events) and the Randolph-Macon College history, art history, sociology and anthropology,
and women’s studies departments.
For more information about the “Working Girls” series, contact R-MC History Professor
Anne Throckmorton at (804) 752-7269.