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Emerging Scholars: Brooklyn’s Cyclorama, Sheet Music Xenophobia, and an Electric Gown
May 16 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
About this event
Winners of the Victorian Society New York’s annual Emerging Scholars contest will speak on a fascinating array of topics. Hannah Morand, a graduate student at the University of Toronto, will analyze a 120-foot-long panoramic painting of a U.S. Army victory at Gettysburg, shown in the 1880s at venues including a freestanding circular building near Brooklyn’s City Hall. Anna Lea, a graduate student at the University of Vienna, will explore caricatures and interpretations of Chinese people and Chinese Americans in Tin Pan Alley sheet music and compositions. Madeline Porsella of the Bard Graduate Center will reveal new discoveries about a Vanderbilt heiress cladding herself in a gilt-trimmed dress embroidered with lightning bolts and illuminated by battery-powered light bulbs.