Doctoral candidate Liz Simmons (CTPhD program) is this year's graduate student representative for the Philadelphia Museum of Art's Spotlight Gallery Conversation series. Throughout the 2016-2017 academic year, she will be holding several public conversations at the PMA in which she discusses one piece of artwork in depth with her audience. These hourlong discussions will take place once a day for a three-day period, Thursday through Saturday, and will occur on four separate weekends throughout the year.
The series kicks off at 11:00 AM on Thursday, October 27 (and continues at 11:00 on both Friday and Saturday) with Luca Giordano's Saint Sebastian Cured by Irene. In the coming months, Simmons will address other works in the PMA's collection, including Mattia Preti's Saint John the Baptist Rebuking Herod (December 8-10, 11:00 AM), Pontormo's Portrait of Alessandro de’ Medici (February 9-11, 11:00 AM), and Bernardo Fioriti's Bust of Gianlorenzo Bernini (April 20-22, 11:00 AM).