Professor of Fine Arts on the Alumnae Foundation
American art; cultural history; film studies
Paul Staiti is Alumnae Foundation Professor of Fine Arts. He teaches courses in American art, architecture and film, including seminars on The Gilded Age and Reading the Hollywood Film. He's published on the artist and inventor Samuel F. B. Morse, still-life painter William Michael Harnett, and American portraitists Gilbert Stuart and John Singleton Copley. For Copley he co-curated an exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. He has also written on the portraits of nineteenth-century American capitalists and the late sea pictures of Winslow Homer. Now he is working on the group of portraits Copley painted in London of American diplomats, including John Adams, at the end of the American Revolution.
- "Paul Staiti on the Tour de France," Office of Communications, July 9, 2009
- "Paul Staiti--Faculty Award for Teaching," Office of Communications, February 26, 2009
- "MHC Faculty Celebrated February 23," Office of Communications, February 9, 2009
- "Questioning Authority Goes to the Oscars," Office of Communications, February 18, 2008
- "Where Paradox Rules: The Delightful Trickery of Trompe L'Oeil," College Street Journal, October 18, 2002