Jamaica Kincaid is one of the featured speakers at the second annual “American Pictures Distinguished Lecture Series.” Sponsored by the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery and the Smithsonian American Art Museum, in partnership with Washington College in Chestertown, Md, the series pairs great works of art with well-known figures in contemporary American culture. The lecturer chooses one specific work of art and discusses its meaning and significance. Kincaid joins Roz Chast, internationally recognized cartoonist for the New Yorker, leading Lincoln scholar Harold Holzer, and actor, writer, visual artist and filmmaker John Waters.
For her lecture, scheduled for April 11 in Washington D.C., Kincaid has chosen a painting by Edward Larson Henry Saturday, Kept In (1889), which had been used as a cover illustration of her first novel, Annie John.
For additional information on the series and schedule see http://starrcenter.washcoll.edu/events_programs/american_pictures.php